A teenager from Florida with a rare type of cancer was given only weeks to live and he wants to live out the rest of his days with the love of his life. Dustin Snyder, of Valrico, wants to marry the person’s who’s been there for him throughout, his high school sweetheart Sierra Siverio.
Dustin Snyder, 19 years old, was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma a rare form of cancer on the day before his 18th birthday. Doctors conducted surgery to remove the cancer from his affected lung but the cancer returned, taking over his stomach and pelvic area and he is currently on hospice with a pain pump connected to his heart.
Snyder’s mom, Cassandra Fondahn, told The Washington Post doctors were hoping to save his lung but had to remove it. He was cancer-free in January 2017 but by August doctors found three most spots.
According to the GoFundMe page, Snyder and Siverio’s wedding will be on Sunday.
“I love her. She’s been there for me through this whole process,” Snyder told The Washington Post. He told the paper that he treated his long-time girlfriend to dinner Thursday night where he asked her to marry him and she said yes.
“She’s the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with,” he told the Post.
Fondahn told the Post they were told the cancer would keep returning until doctors couldn’t treat it anymore. She added that her son is getting worse with the hospice team increasing his pain medications. Doctors informed the family several weeks ago that the teen only had weeks to live.
“He got a small burst of energy since this whole wedding thing came about,” Fondahn said. “We’re really hoping that Sunday gets pulled off for him.”
The page raising money for the young couple’s wedding has raised over $20,000as of Saturday. Dustin and Sierra’s love story starts in sixth grade, but lost touch after middle school only to meet once again as high school seniors,
“Definitely my first love,” Siverio said, “For sure.”
The wedding will be at the Big Red Barn in Riverview, Florida.