Cancer Patient Who Wedding was Funded by Town Dies at 19

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man who made headlines when his small town helped him marry his high school sweetheart despite his terminal cancer diagnosis has died.

The Canon-McMillan School District says Luke Blanock died Sunday. The former high school athlete was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in 2013. He continued to play basketball and baseball at Canon-McMillan high school until last fall.

Blanock’s hometown of Canonsburg rallied together to fund a wedding ceremony for him and his girlfriend Natalie Britvich in February. His parents set up a GoFundMe page to help finance it.

They honeymooned, with their parents, in Florida and met members of the Pittsburgh Pirates during spring training.

Blanock walked in graduation ceremonies in June and received his diploma.

Funeral arrangements haven’t yet been announced.

 

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