Teen stricken with rare cancer weds high school sweet­heart

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PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen who doc­tors say is dy­ing from a rare form of cancer has been granted one of his fi­nal wishes, to be mar­ried to his high school sweet­heart.

The Tampa Bay Times re­ports 19-year-old Dustin Sny­der and 21-year-old Sierra Sive­rio were wed Sun­day in Plant City, near Tampa.

“Af­ter her be­ing there with me through this cancer, al­ways sup­port­ing me and lov­ing me, that’s when I knew she was the one,” Sny­der said. “I wanted to give her some­thing back be­fore my time was up.”

Doc­tors say Sny­der has weeks or maybe a month to live. Wast­ing no time, Sny­der pro­posed to Sive­rio on Thurs­day. The news­pa­per re­ports the com­mu­nity quickly came to­gether to make sure the wed­ding took place, do­nat­ing every­thing from the rings to the wed­ding gown and the venue.

The two say they’ve been over­whelmed by the out­pour­ing of sup­port from strangers.

Sny­der’s sis­ter, Brit­tany Hails, posted her brother’s story on Face­book and started a Go Fund Me page, which had raised nearly $13,000 by Fri­day. An up­date said they had met their goal and left­over do­na­tions would help the fam­ily with other ex­penses.

“I didn’t think it would go this far, but God was on our side,” Hails said. “Dustin’s re­ally ex­cited, and all we wanted is for him to be happy. And he’s happy right now.”

The teens met in mid­dle school, but had lost touch be­fore re­unit­ing in high school. Sny­der has bat­tled syn­ovial sar­coma much of that time.

On June 27, 2016, the day be­fore his 18th birthday, Sny­der went to the hos­pi­tal with chest pains, which his mother thought were brought on by asthma.

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