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Mark Cuban gives struggling couple their dream wedding

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban pays for the wedding of a couple beset by health issues
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, normally used to paying NBA fines, paid for a couple's wedding

Mark Cuban likes giving money away.

We've known that for years. He's been fined nearly $2 million during his 14 years as owner of the Dallas Mavericks, but that hasn't stopped the billionaire from running his mouth.

But sometimes Cuban finds much better things to do with his fortune than just financing a rant aimed at a league official.

Just ask Monica Wilkinson of Watauga, Texas. She and her fiancee had been planning on getting married since 2009, but a series of hardships -- including miscarriages, a late-term stillborn daughter and financial difficulties -- keep causing the big event to be put on the back burner.

Earlier this year, Wilkinson was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. After emergency surgery, she is now undergoing chemotherapy, with radiation therapy still to come.

"It just was seeming like every dream we had was just completely out of reach for everything," Wilkinson said.

With medical bills piling up, the wedding seemed like one of those impossible dreams. Until Cuban stepped in and made it a reality.

"I got a call from his assistant," said Wilkinson, who had been making calls to various charitable organizations looking for funding for their wedding. "And she said Mark Cuban was going to help pay for our wedding. And I was completely floored. I thought it was a joke."

Apparently Cuban ended up financing the entire April affair, which Wilkinson described as her dream wedding.

"I felt like a princess," she said.

"Now we actually have those memories that can actually get us through. I can go back and have those pictures now and have a reason to smile. Because I got to feel special and it was all thanks to Mark Cuban."

Pretty sure former NBA Commissioner David Stern never felt that way after getting all those checks from Cuban through the years.

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