An Iowa veteran who married his girlfriend on his deathbed, just hours before he passed of liver cancer will be memorialized by his former classmates with a memorial bench.
Tristin Laue was only 20 when he married his girlfriend Tianna a rushed ceremony because of his condition. Later he died from a rare form of liver cancer.
After his story went viral, his wife Tianna said she has been grateful for all the love she received from people around the world.
“He wanted our wedding to be big. It’s comforting to think he’s looking down and seeing how many people know a little bit of him now and, even if it wasn’t in the exact same way he wanted, he got his wish.” She said.
Grace Tolliver is a former New Hampton High School classmate who created a website to raise money to honor Tristin on a bench located on a school pathway.
“The Class of 2016 mourns our beloved classmate Tristin Laue. We thought it would be a great opportunity to honor him with a memorial bench and his name on the Chickasaw Legacy Pathway.” She stated. The fundraiser grew past its goal of $5,000 and continues to receive more and more funding.
“All proceeds will be going directly to the memorial as well as any funds left over will be going to help his loved ones in any way they need. Help us remember a great Chickasaw who brought laughter and kindness to us all!” She appealed online.
Kelly Larson who is Tristin’s aunt said that Tristian was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer after completing the Army National Guard boot camp and chemotherapy, surgery, and immunotherapy treatment did not work. After being discharged from the military he enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa.
On the day of his marriage, the young couple was surrounded by family and friends on a snowy day and five hours later he passed away surrounded by loved ones.