Carla marries despite struggle
BY NOW most North Coast locals are probably familiar with the name Carla Deery.
Carla was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and the response of her friends, family and community can only be described as heart-warming.
There's been one big change though; Carla has changed her surname.
Last Saturday Carla married her long-term partner, Matt Cramp, in a ceremony at Kungala.
"I had tears streaming down my face," Matt said.
"She looked absolutely amazing."
The couple have been together eight years and have two beautiful little girls, Angel and Ruby.
"We met through a circle of friends... I was a funny bastard and I reckon I attracted her because I made her laugh," Matt boasted with a smile.
The wedding was arranged in just two weeks as Carla's family was visiting and in the area.
"It was absolutely awesome... an absolutely amazing day," Matt said.
Though Carla has faced a few more challenges since we last reported on her journey, Matt said she was still smiling.
"She's had a few curveballs thrown at her, but she's doing well.
"She's still got that big grin on her face."
A handful of Carla's colleagues from the Emergency Department at Coffs Harbour Hospital have organised another fundraiser for Carla.
The Endure for a Cure Walk will see the nurses walk 304km from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay at the end of November.
Carla's friend and colleague, Victoria Higgins, wrote on the fundraiser website, "We are a group of nurses, everyday people, trying to make a difference for our mate. Your support is appreciated."