Terminally Ill Pennsylvania Teen Weds High School Sweetheart Two Months After Devastating Diagnosis: 'You Could See the Love Between Them'
Luke Blanock proposed to his girlfriend one month after learning he was terminally ill with a rare bone cancer
A Pennsylvania teen with terminal cancer has married the love of his life with the help of his thoughtful community.
Luke Blanock, 18, tied the knot with his high school sweetheart, Natalie Britvich, on Feb. 19 in a 200-person ceremony put on by the people of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, ABC News reports.
“One of my favorite moments of the evening was Natalie and Luke’s first dance,” wedding planner, Ashley Cyprowski, tells PEOPLE. “Just seeing the way the two of them looked at one another and how each was just absolutely glowing made the day very real. You could see the love between them, and that is what this day was all about.”
In December 2013, the high school baseball and basketball star was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, and during the last few years he has undergone 24 rounds of chemotherapy, over 100 radiation treatments and two surgeries. But one month after learning his illness had spread and become terminal, he proposed to Britvich, and the pair said “I do” just one month after that.
“The one thing I noticed after the evening was over was that not once was there mention of an illness,” says Cyprowski. “This day was solely about the love between two incredible individuals – a love that has conquered so many obstacles to get to this point.”
She continues, “They deserve the world and the community really pulled together to give that to them. We had so many reach out to donate their time and services. We could not have planned this special day from start to finish in a month without the kindness and generosity from our local vendors. I cannot thank them enough for making this day truly memorable for Natalie and Luke!”