A 19-year-old Florida man has died after a battle with cancer, but not before he was able to fulfill his dream to marry his high school sweetheart.
Dustin Snyder was given just weeks to live at the beginning of January. He told his mother, Cassandra Fondahn, that marrying his girlfriend, Sierra Siverio, would be his final wish. Five days later, their entire community came together make it happen.
From People: “It started off with a Facebook post where Dustin’s sister asked if anyone had a tux and wedding dress,” family friend Nicole Jordan Roberts told PEOPLE at the time. “They were going to do it in their backyard and we were all going to bring food.”
The community came forward with donations including the wedding dress, venue, food, music and flower arrangements (see video below).
Snyder was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer, on June 28, 2016, one day before his 18th birthday. He had a mass in his left lung. After the lump was removed, the cancer came back, and on Friday he passed away.
From People: The 19-year-old Valrico, Florida native “got his wings” on Friday according to his big sister Brittany Hails.
“I love you Dustin Wade Snyder,” Hails wrote on Facebook, attached to a photo of her and Snyder. “No more suffering, god got you now.”
Teen with terminal cancer marries his high school sweetheart. “All the people I love. All my friends, family here. It’s just everything I could ever ask for.” https://t.co/jg8EgKgI6v pic.twitter.com/NRuOn2DxyW
— ABC News (@ABC) January 29, 2018
Dustin Snyder, a teen battling terminal cancer whose final wish was to marry his high school sweetheart, has passed away. https://t.co/sit1Z1exyb
— FOX26Houston (@Fox26Houston) February 23, 2018
INCREDIBLY SAD UPDATE | A family friend confirmed Dustin Snyder has died! He’s the Valrico teen who married… https://t.co/P9O24UUhDt
— wendy (@anchorwendyryan) February 23, 2018
Sad news this morning. Dustin Snyder passed away yesterday. He’s the teen who had cancer and his last wish was to marry his high school sweetheart. pic.twitter.com/gxbtUYBASS
— Stephanie Claytor (@ClaytorReports) February 24, 2018