A Pennsylvania teen has been given a wonderful gift from his town: a wedding to the love of his life.
Eighteen-year-old Luke Blanock from Canonsburg, a small town in Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. He has since then gone through countless chemotherapy sessions for the aggressive disease known as Ewing’s sarcoma.
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Before he was given his diagnosis last December 2013, Blanock was a beloved basketball player in Canon-McMillan High School. He started to feel numbness in his legs which turned out to be a tumor blocking normal blood flow.
Despite undergoing surgery and bravely enduring painful chemotherapy sessions, the cancer would not leave his body. But Blanock did not give up, he still spent time playing basketball and with his high school sweetheart, Natalie Britvich.
There was a little light along the way as the cancer was gone by December 2014. But the family’s celebration was short-lived when Blanock found out just three months later that the cancer was found on his left femur and had to be surgically removed. The doctors later on replaced part of his hip with a titanium rod.
Things took a turn for the worse when the doctors labeled his cancer as terminal. But despite all the struggles, he has remained positive about everything, saying, “I think any young person dealing with cancer, or any other disease that’s traditionally known for taking people’s lives, really has to mature at a pretty fast rate, and I spent a lot of time in thought sitting in hospitals, so I realized what was most important to me and acknowledged it before most people do.”
Blanock even got the courage to propose to Natalie, whom he’s known since middle school.
“In December 2015, after the diagnosis, I decided I wanted to marry her, and we talked about it and we both were really excited about it,” he added. “Then I proposed January 6 in Canonsburg.”
Blanock has nothing but praises when it comes to his girlfriend, crediting her presence for keeping him in a better mood all the time. Going as far as saying that Natalie”brightens up my spirits.”
“We just knew. Even after I brought it up to her, she admitted that that thought ran through her head, and when I brought it up to her, she seemed really excited,” Blanock said.
The wedding ceremony was held in their hometown of Canonsburg, and what made it extra special was that the whole town banded together just to make it happen.
“The wedding was so much fun, it was amazing to see all of our family and friends come together for a reason other than sad things that have gone on in recent years,” he said.
Miraculously, Blanock says he no longer feels the same pain that he felt before. In fact, doctors have completely taken him off pain medication since early this year.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover Blanock’s medical costs.