When Tristin Laue and Tianna Hargrafen wed in the backyard of the Laue family residence, there was naturally cause for celebration. But this was no ordinary wedding ceremony, as the couple were in a race against time to tie the knot. Tragically, the groom was gravely ill with a rare form of liver cancer, and he and his fiancée were carrying out his final wish before it was too late.
And Tristin had learned that he had the disease after enlisting in the United States Army National Guard in July 2016. Upon his return from boot camp, he had been given a diagnosis of fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FLC) – an uncommon type of liver cancer that tends to be found in teens and younger adults.
After discovering that he had cancer, then, Tristin received his medical discharge from the National Guard in April 2018. But there was still a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the former military recruit. Just as he was finishing up immunotherapy, he began to embark on a new relationship with Tianna. And the couple’s romance would blossom into something more serious, too – even as Tristin began to suffer complications from his cancer.