Community Gives Teen Dying of Cancer a Wedding

'She was there with me since the beginning, and I couldn't imagine being with anyone else'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2018 6:59 PM CST

(Newser) – Dustin Snyder and Sierra Siverio are moving fast. The Tampa Bay Times reports Snyder proposed to his girlfriend of two years after leaving a Chili's in Florida on Thursday. They'd only been talking about marriage since Monday, and they're getting hitched on Sunday. But you have to move fast when doctors give you less than a month to live and marrying your high-school sweetheart is one of your dying wishes. "I wanted to give her something back before my time was up," Snyder says. The 19-year-old has synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer, and doctors say there's nothing they can do, according to WTSP. ABC News reports Snyder is in hospice with a pain pump connected to his heart. But that won't stop him from declaring his love for Siverio in front of friends and family this weekend.

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Snyder and Siverio dated in middle school and reconnected as seniors in high school when Siverio showed up to the Steak and Shake where Snyder was working. "I'm blessed that he has her," Snyder's mom, Cassandra Fondahn, says. "She's literally been by his side the whole time." Siverio says Snyder was her "first love," and Snyder says she "means the world" to him. “She was there with me since the beginning, and I couldn't imagine being with anyone else,” he tells WTSP. Now the community has come together to give them a wedding, donating a dress, photographer, venue, and even a diamond ring. “I can't believe the amount of people that have reached out to help,” Fondahn says. Another $13,000 or so in donations will help the young couple tie the knot. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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