Teen with terminal cancer marries high school sweetheart days after diagnosis

A Valrico teenager with terminal cancer married his high school sweetheart just days after discovering he only has we...

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 7:39 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2018 7:39 PM

A Valrico teenager with terminal cancer married his high school sweetheart just days after discovering he only has weeks to live. The wedding was planned in just four days because the couple couldn't afford to waste any time.

There wasn't a single dry eye inside The Big Red Barn in Plant City on Sunday. It was the special place where high school sweethearts Dustin Snyder and Sierra Siverio got to say their "I do's".

The couple got engaged on Thursday and were married just four days later.

"We did it fast because honestly, we don't know how much longer he does have," said Sierra Snyder.

About a year ago, on the day before Dustin's 18th birthday, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called synovial sarcoma. Then it went into remission. It soon returned a second and a third time. That last time doctors said there was nothing else they could do.

"Appreciate the time you have," said the new bride, "You don't know how much time you have."

Her husband's doctors are expecting he has weeks to a month. But Sunday wasn't about counting the minutes.

"I feel amazing, it's the best most special day of my life for sure," said Dustin Snyder.

The crowd's hearts clashed between joy and sorrow. Despite the tears, there's an understanding: this couple is making their dream come true. It's something many of us will never get to plan out.

"It's a beautiful venue, beautiful place," said Snyder. "All the people I love. All my friends, family here. This is everything I could ever ask for."

The dress. The suit. The venue, cake, DJ--everything was donated by the community in just four days.

The family got more than $7,000 in donations to help them tie the knot.

"It's meant everything. I couldn't have imagined how much support and how much love I have from this community," he said.

The moment was perfect as the newlyweds shared their first dance as husband and wife. After all, what's more important than true love?

The couple plans to celebrate their honeymoon at Disney World. They also have a trip planned to Colorado next month.

Article Comments

Mason City
27° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 27°
Albert Lea
28° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 28°
28° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 28°
Charles City
30° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 30°
30° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 22°
Warmer weather is set to return this week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video


Recruiting the new generation of 4-H


Phase one of Beach Enhancement project underway


Eyota's volunteer fire department set to get new equipment


Lake Zumbro dredging project almost done


Weather forecast 10/12 2


Learning about sound therapy


Lourdes boys soccer advances to 1A semifinal


STEM Festival at NIACC


Weather forecast 9/12


RCTC volleyball cruises, sweeps Fergus Falls

Community Events