I was sent a link by a friend regarding a young couple from Pennsylvania who recently married in a beautiful ceremony. By the time I finished reading the article I had to get a box of tissues. Their story was so moving that I just had to share their tale with my readers.
Couples get married all the time, some are a result of loneliness, some marriages are arranged through family intervention. Most however take place as a result from nothing more than a deep sense of love, adoration and respect. When you love someone with all your heart, you simply don’t want to waste another day being apart from them. This was the case for young couple Luke Blanock and his high school sweetheart Natalie Britvich. The couple recently said “I do” in front of 200 family and friends in a heartwarming ceremony in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
But unlike most weddings, this union holds a sad note. 18-year-old Luke has Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer found in the bone or in soft tissue. The former high school basketball and baseball star was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma back in December of 2013. Luke’s parents Kurt and Jan set up a Go Fund Me Page, and according to one of the updates, Luke’s cancer has spread and is terminal. Despite Luke’s prognosis, he hasn’t let the disease stop him from making one of the most important decisions of his life – to marry his high school sweetheart.
A month after Luke was told the terrible news, he proposed to his girlfriend, Natalie Britvich. When you consider all the medical bills the family have had, there wasn’t a lot of change left over for a wedding. The couple wanted to get married as soon as possible, so with the help of the community, they were able to put the entire wedding together in under a month. As the families Go Fund Me page reads: “How can you put together a wedding in a few weeks on a shoestring budget? Well it took a lot of people a lot of work! I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for all of the hard work that went into this wonderful day”.
The page then goes on to list all the businesses that donated their time for the happy couple. Reading the list of businesses had me reaching for the box of tissues. It is so wonderful to read how much the community rallied behind this beautiful young couple. As Luke’s uncle, Patrick Goode, who attended the wedding, told ABC News. “It was very happy, very high energy. Luke was healthy enough to walk down the aisle by himself, without his crutches. It was really beautiful”.
Ashley Cyprowski, the wedding planner, told ABC News how thankful she was to the community who really came together to put on this wedding. “We got a ton of donations. The flowers, the reception hall itself, just a lot of people came together from our local community and donated their time, their services, and their goods,” Cyprowski said, noting that “With all their medical expenses they don’t have a lot to spend on something like this.”
If you want to keep up to date on how Luke and Natalie are going, or if you would like to make a donation to Luke’s Go Fund Me Page, simply click on the highlighted text.
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