An Iowa man was able to fulfill one last wish hours before cancer claimed his life.
On April 27, 20-year-old Tristan Laue married his girlfriend, Tianna, KWWL reports. Five hours later, he lost his battle against a rare case of liver cancer.
Tianna told KWWL:
“Make sure you tell people you love them because you never know when you won’t be able to.”
Tristan joined the U.S. Army in July 2016, but he was medically discharged in April 2018.
After his release, Tristan attended the University of Northern Iowa.
During a presentation, UNI presented Tristan with a certificate for completion of his last semester.
As KWWL reports, the university told the veteran:
“Just the way you conduct and carry yourself. I was like wow this is officer material.”
Most recently, Tristan proposed to Tianna on Easter.
However, a few days after the proposal, his family realized Tristan’s time was coming to the end. In other words, the wedding would have to occur sooner rather than later.
Around two days later, the community came together for Tristan and Tianna’s wedding, which took place in the backyard of his family’s Waverly home.
Tristan’s father described Tianna as his son’s angel. He added that now the veteran can be hers.
“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.”
Tristan’s funeral was held on May 4 at Crosspoint Church in Waverly.
Since his death, former classmates of Tristan have created a GoFundMe page to raise money for a memorial bench in his honor. Additionally, the creators say they plan to have his name placed Chickasaw Legacy Pathway.
The page has since exceeded its goal of $5,000.