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U.S. Marine proposes just days before his departure


What began as a day of dancing ended in fairy-tale fashion.

"I'd been thinking about it for a while and this was just a very good opportunity and I just went for it," said Stephen Wofford, U.S. Marine.

This weekend will be the last one Stephen Wofford and Valerie Mayer spend together.

Stephen is in the United States Marine Corps and leaves for Camp Pendleton in San Diego on Tuesday.    

For Stephen, there wasn't a better time to pop the big question.

"I know she loves dance and I know she'd be really happy after this and I just tried to be as creative as possible," said Wofford.

Members of Valerie's dance company read short notes from Stephen, describing his love for Valerie.

When Valerie came to campus today she knew she'd be dancing for a cure, she had no idea she'd be leaving with her happily ever after.

"I couldn't even say it because I was listening to all the words and it was really sweet and I was like what are they talking about and then I saw my name and I was just speechless," said Valerie Mayer.

 The couple has been together for two years, Stephen calls their first meeting at a Houston Astros game one of chance.

"It was purely luck my friend and his fiancé at the time had extra tickets and they invited us and we just hit it off," said Wofford.

 The excitement of engagement doesn't change struggles of being apart.   

"She's very supportive but she misses me a lot and I miss her," said Wofford.

 "It'll just be time, but it will be ok because we'll have the telephone and we can skype, it will be hard but we can do it," said Mayer.

  It will give Valerie some time to start planning her perfect wedding day.

I want a big wedding I think, I want it to be pretty and I'm just happy and I want him to be in his uniform when we have our wedding," said Mayer.

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