20-year-old Iowa veteran fulfills last wish by marrying girlfriend hours before dying of cancer
Days before his death, 20-year-old Tristin Laue told his parents that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend but could not work up the nerve to ask her
A 20-year-old Army veteran from Iowa got his dying wish fulfilled when he married the love of his life just hours before passing away from liver cancer. The veteran, Tristin Laue, a few weeks ago confided in his parents about his wish of marrying Tianna.
Laue told them that he wanted to propose to her but could not work up the nerve to ask her. When he finally did, Tianna said yes and plans were quickly set in motion to make the wedding happen for them soon.
However, when Laue's family realized that they would not have enough time because of his deteriorating health, they reached a conclusion that the vows between the pair would need to be exchanged sooner than expected.
The 20-year-old's mother, identified as Debbie, posted a plea on Facebook, asking people to assist her in finding a tent to host the reception, decorations and a dress for Tiana for the special occasion.
The couple got married in front of family and friends on April 27.
Pictures taken during the ceremony show the groom beaming and looking at his bride from his bed. Laue, who joined the army in 2016 before being medically discharged last April, died hours after getting married to Tianna.
The bride, while talking to KWWL, said: "Make sure you tell people you love them because you never know when you won’t be able to."
"He’s the love of my life, and even like talking to my mom and everything, she said some people don’t get what you two had in the amount of time, like they’ll be together for years and still not have the same connection that you guys did," she added.
According to Laue's obituary, his funeral was conducted on May 4 and he was honored with full military rites by the Army Honor Guard.