When 18-year-old Luke Blanock wanted to wed his high school sweetheart, Natalie Britvich, their community threw more than its support behind them. In fact, people in the town of Canonsburg, PA donated or paid for nearly everything needed to throw the teens' 200-person ceremony and reception.
#LoveCameBlaKnocking and I couldn't be happier :) I can't thank everyone enough for the sweet posts and support. This was the best night of my life. WOO IM A BLANOCK!!! Guess this means I need to change my username... A photo posted by Natalie Britvich (@nataliebritvich) on Feb 22, 2016 at 3:53pm PST
#LoveCameBlaKnocking and I couldn't be happier :) I can't thank everyone enough for the sweet posts and support. This was the best night of my life. WOO IM A BLANOCK!!! Guess this means I need to change my username...
A photo posted by Natalie Britvich (@nataliebritvich) on Feb 22, 2016 at 3:53pm PST
That's because Blanock, a former high school basketball and baseball star who had lost feeling in his legs two years ago, was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma in 2013. After receiving 24 rounds of chemo, more than 100 radiation treatments and two surgeries, Luke learned two months ago that the cancer had spread and was terminal. That's when he decided to propose to Natalie--and in just a month, the entire community had pitched in to make the big day happen.
"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," said Ashley Cyprowski, who planned the event. "With all his medical expenses, they don't have a lot to spend on something like this."
Getting married -- lol! pic.twitter.com/BRviaPf1tJ— Luke Blanock (@lukeblanock11) February 19, 2016
Getting married -- lol! pic.twitter.com/BRviaPf1tJ
Luke's medical team even timed his treatments to make sure the groom was feeling his best for the wedding.
"I've never seen the family as happy as they were that day. Luke was so high energy, he was just glowing," Cyprowski added.
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