Teen Marries Boyfriend With Terminal Cancer, Is At Same Church 6 Months Later For Funeral
Marriage is a very important commitment that God has called ‘Holy,’ and it’s a big deal! Most people would believe that being 18 years old is too young to get married. But, for Luke Blanock, marriage couldn’t come a moment too soon.
Luke was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2013. From that moment on, he knew that he had to live his life to the fullest while he still could. Knowing his time was very limited, he decided to make the most out of every second he had left. He actually proposed to his high school sweetheart, Natalie Britvich, and she said yes!
The two teens were married in front of 200 guests in February of 2016. They quickly put the wedding together with a lot of help from their friends, family, the community, and several generous donations. “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,” Luke’s uncle, Patrick Goode, said. “I’ve never seen the family as happy as they were that day,” Ashley Cyprowski, who was Luke and Natalie’s wedding planner, said. “Luke was so high energy, he was just glowing.”
Getting married -- lol! pic.twitter.com/BRviaPf1tJ
— Luke Blanock (@lukeblanock11) February 19, 2016
Six months after the two celebrated this joyous occasion, 400 friends and family joined together again in the same church. But, this time they gathered there to mourn the young man who had touched all of their lives. Rev. Stan Gregorek, who was the same man who officiated Luke’s wedding, ended up handling Luke’s funeral arrangements as well. “Though death was not unexpected, it still leaves us shaken and vulnerable, broken and confused,” Gregorek said to the crowd. “It’s not natural to lose a loved one this young. But it is natural to ask why. Why him? Why now?”
When Kurt Blanock delivered the eulogy, he told everyone in attendance that his son didn’t let cancer get the better of him. “Luke treated cancer like a minor inconvenience,” Kurt said. “He was more upset that dying would make Natalie a widow than that he was going to die. Natalie, your love gave Luke strength. In December, it looked like Luke had only weeks to live. I am certain that the power of your love was the factor that turned things around.”
Natalie, who is now a widow, did her best to stay strong through her husband’s passing. “I am sitting here trying to come up with words but none will do Luke justice,” she wrote. “The cards you were dealt were so unfair but the moments we had were so much more than fair. I will love you and miss you endlessly.”