Tragic movie star Patrick Swayze and his dancer wife Lisa Niemi renewed their wedding vows in the midst of his cancer battle.
The Dirty Dancing star was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the beginning of 2008 and when doctors told Niemi the actor only had months to live, she suggested they hold a small ceremony at their ranch in New Mexico to celebrate their undying love for one another with friends and family.
And Niemi reveals horse-loving Swayze made the July, 2008, event extra special by arriving on his favourite white stallion, Roh.
In an excerpt from Niemi's new memoir, Worth Fighting For, obtained by People magazine, she writes, "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.
"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.
"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."
Swayze lost his cancer battle just over a year later (Sep09).