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Last updated 05:00 25/02/2014
Jack Waller and Vivian Fittall with daughter Sophie
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SOULMATES: Jack Waller and Vivian Fittall with daughter Sophie at Red Beach’s Methodist church.

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After "amazing" community support for their whirlwind wedding on Saturday, Vivian Fittall and Jack Waller are planning their week around Vivian's chemotherapy treatment.

Vivian, 20, of Manly, says they are also planning a honeymoon somewhere in New Zealand as she cannot travel too far because of her cancer.

Both are just "blown away" by the support they have received.

"We can't believe how much people have done," Jack says.

With Vivian's parents Yahn and Wendy of Manly, they intend holding a thank you barbecue on the Hibiscus Coast soon for people who have supported them but couldn't be among the more than 100 at the wedding at the Red Beach Methodist Church or Whangaparaoa Golf Club reception.

Despite drizzle, Jack says it was the most amazing day of his life.

"I'm the happiest human being in the world."

Vivian says everything went better than expected. She even sang to guests.

Daughter Sophie, 9 months, was also a centre of attention and Vivian hopes to raise at least $60,000 to secure Sophie's future, particularly her education.

About $45,000 has been raised for the family with more coming in.

"It's just amazing the support we have received, from the Hibiscus Coast community and beyond," Yahn says.

He says social media has played a huge role in getting the message out and support coming in.

Sir Peter Leitch, the former Mad Butcher, chipped in with about $8000 he got from fundraising, also giving 500 sausages for Saturday's garage sale at the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre which also raised about $2000.

Organisers Rachel Down and Justine Wilcox-Brown were especially thanked by Yahn, along with volunteer wedding planner Fleur McDermott.

The wedding was brought forward from April after test results showed Vivian's cancer had spread to her bowel, liver and lungs.

Doctors believe it may be terminal but plan to extend her life with chemotherapy.

The condition which led to her cancer, familial adenomatous polyposis or FAP, is hereditary and has affected many in her family.

Jack and Vivian therefore decided to have Sophie early based on doctor's recommendations they had a small window of opportunity in which to have a child.

To be updated on Vivian's progress, visit facebook.com/vivianandsophie for information.

Donations can still be made on givealittle.co.nz.

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