Photo: Courtesy Natalie Britvich via Instagram
Love truly does conquer all. Pennsylvania teenager, Luke Blanock, didn't let a rare form of bone cancer dampen one of the most important days of his life. The newly married 18-year-old said "I do" to his high school sweetheart, Natalie Britvich, in a wedding ceremony completely donated by the members of his Canonsburg, Pennsylvania community. Get ready for a Thursday dose of some major feels!
After having been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma back in 2013, this Pennsylvania teen didn't let it stop him from experiencing one of life's greatest milestones, ABC News reports. During the early stages of his diagnosis, the parents of the former high school basketball and baseball star, took to Go Fund Me to create a support page in an effort to raise awareness for their son's rare cancer. Almost three years later, Blanock's Go Fund Me Page has reported that this inspirational teen's cancer has spread, and that the results are terminal.
Despite the devastating news, Blanock's encouraging local community came together to raise nearly $8,000 in support of a town wedding honoring the high school sports star and his then-girlfriend. The wedding included more than 200 people from across the town, and featured a communal effort in ceremony donations. Blanock's new wife shared a photo of the couple's touching first moments as a married pair with the caption, "#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!!!" The gorgeous bride also light heartedly commented on a very important wedding aspect adding," Guess this means I need to change my username."
But it wasn't just this adoring teenage couple who were gracious toward the community's immense donations! Blanock and his new wife's wedding planner, Ashley Cyprowski, couldn't help but mention how thankful she was for a community who came together to put on such a special occasion, reports ABC News. "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," noted Cyprowski. The couple's big day planner also commented on the monumental moment saying, "I've never seen the family as happy as they were that day. Luke was so high energy, he was just glowing."
Britvich's new hubby even shared a selfie of the milestone occasion. The photo, which perfectly shows off the teenage twosome's beaming smiles, was accompanied by the caption, "Getting married - lol!"
Getting married -- lol! pic.twitter.com/BRviaPf1tJ— Luke Blanock (@lukeblanock11) February 19, 2016