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Patrick Swayze renewed marriage vows with wife while fighting cancer

December 30, 2011 - London

Late actor Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi had renewed their marriage vows as the actor battled with cancer.

The Dirty Dancing star was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer at the beginning of 2008 when doctors said the actor only had months to live.

Niemi suggested that they hold a small ceremony at their ranch in New Mexico to celebrate their undying love for one another with friends and family.

She reveals that horse-loving Swayze made the July 2008 event extra special by arriving on his favourite white stallion, Roh.

"That afternoon Patrick said, 'I think I want to ride in on Roh.' Really? I balked, thinking of all the problems a strong stallion not ridden that often could cause. But I smiled," The Daily Express quoted Niemi as saying in an excerpt from her memoir 'Worth Fighting For', obtained by People magazine.

"I was standing at the back door ready to make my entrance, and Patrick was at the side of the house, mounting Roh, who was prancing about, wondering what the hell was going on. Patrick and our blinding-white stallion fairly floated around the pool to the 'Ooohs' and 'Aaahs' of our guests," she said.

"Patrick dismounted and held out his hand. I turned to our guests and grinned, 'After thirty-three years, he finally rides up on a white house!' They laughed. My heart was bursting with happiness," she added.

Swayze died from cancer just over a year later in September 2009.


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