Young wife of Oliver Quickenden pays tribute to cancer victim husband - brother of X Factor contestant Jake
The young wife of Oliver Quickenden has paid tribute to her husband after he lost his brave battle with cancer.
Nineteen year-old Oliver – the brother of X Factor hopeful Jake Quickenden – had a rare form of cancer called osteosarcoma – a condition that caused him great pain and made his bones vulnerable to breaking.
He had been battling the condition since he was diagnosed on February 25, 2010 and passed away on Saturday.
Oliver's wife Olivia, 19, from Scunthorpe, met him on a night out with friends in February, 2011.
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She said: "After we met that night, we became inseparable.
"We never spent a night apart.
"As soon as I met him, I knew he was special and the one for me.
"Three weeks after we met, we went on holiday to Tenerife, which was amazing.
"In April last year, his tumours flared up again, which prompted him to propose to me."
The couple got married on July 22 2011, on Olivia's 18th birthday.
His brothers, Jake and Adam, were the best men and the family celebrated at a party at San Pietro restaurant in Scunthorpe.
Olivia said: "The whole day was filled with laughter and we all had an amazing time.
"I will miss him every day."
In June this year, Oliver had major spine surgery which left him paralysed and Olivia became his full-time carer.
His mum Lisa Quickenden, of Manor Road in Bottesford, said: "We are a really close family and did everything together. Oliver enjoyed watching football and boxing and would always be smiling.
"Oliver's ultimate dream was to become a firefighter, but had tried his hand at everything.
"I am so proud of him and he will be missed by all who knew him."
As a student, Oliver had attended Thomas Sumpter School (now known as Melior College) and had a part time job at Asda in Scunthorpe before he was diagnosed with cancer.
He had started a sports science course at John Leggott College in 2009 but had to finish when he became too ill to attend.
Students at John Leggott College took part in a sponsored head shave in 2010 and raised around £1,000 for charity in Oliver's honour.
A spokesman for the John Leggott College PE department said: "Olly was a popular student who had a lot of potential. Our thoughts are with his friends and family who we know were a constant support to Olly."
Oliver's funeral is on Friday, September 21 at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe, at 1pm and members of the public are invited to attend.
The family has asked for nobody to wear black in order to celebrate his life.