Man Aged 20 Ties Knot With Childhood Sweetheart After learning He Only Has Weeks Left To Live

Sep 15, 2021 by apost team

“In sickness and in health, until death do us part.” These are the words that most couples who use traditional vows say to one another on their wedding day when they profess their love for one another in front of their closest friends and family members. For high school sweethearts Sergio Soto and Isabella Cristobal, these words carried an emotional weight behind them.

Soto and Cristobal are both only 20 years old, but they knew it was the right time to tie the knot. Soto has been battling cancer since he was 15 years old and was told he only had a limited amount of time left to live. Wanting to make the most out of his last few weeks, Soto knew it was the right time to propose to his long-time girlfriend. Cristobal had been by his side through all of the ups and downs over the past few years, watching Soto bravely continue on with his battle against leukemia.

The high school sweethearts officially got married on Sept. 7, 2021, in San Francisco, California. The pair looked absolutely stunning together. Although their wedding day was filled with a sense of bittersweetness, the newlyweds wanted to focus on the happiness the day brought. As Soto continues to stay strong in his battle against cancer, Cristobal has continued to stay by his side, and the two are hopeful for their future together. They hope that they are able to inspire others that it’s never too late to hold onto hope and live your life to the fullest.

Their Emotional Wedding Day

According to KGO-TV, Soto has been sick for a long time. He has been fighting leukemia since he was just 15 years old. Fortunately, he has had the love and support of his long-time partner, Cristobal, who has consistently stayed by his side. KNTV reported that the pair first met while they were both attending high school in the East Bay area and began dating shortly after.

The lovebirds tied the knot on Sept. 7, 2021, in San Francisco, just one week after learning that Soto only had a few weeks left to live, according to KGO-TV. Although there were plenty of emotional moments throughout the ceremony, the two 20-year-olds hope that they can give others hope. They managed to put together a gorgeous ceremony in just one week as they celebrated their eternal love for one another.

The high school sweethearts were able to celebrate a beautiful day together at no charge, thanks to the heartwarming and generous donations from so many local businesses. KGO-TV reported that a Mission Bay restaurant called The Ramp donated the venue as well as food and drinks for Soto and Cristobal’s big day. Cristobal’s wedding dress and Soto’s tux were also donated to them by the Noe Valley bridal boutique Lace & Liberty and from Men’s Wearhouse.

The couple’s wedding day was filled with happiness, hope, and love, as it’s clear that these two truly have loved each other through it all and will continue to do so. “I love you so much, and I hope we can spend our life together for as long as we can,” Soto told Cristobal on their special day, according to KNTV.

Hopeful For The Future

After their ceremony wrapped up, Soto continued to speak incredibly highly about his new wife. “No matter what happens with my treatment, or whatever happens, I know she’ll always be there, take care of me and stuff,” Soto said. “She really makes me happy.” The 20-year-old continued, “So, I knew she was the one for me, so that’s why I proposed. She’s the love of my life and I really want to be with her forever.”

While their main reason for getting married was to commit to one another for the rest of their lives, no matter how long or short that time may be, Soto and Cristobal also hoped that their story would give others hope, especially those who are either battling cancer or have lost someone to the disease. According to KGO-TV, Cristobal shared a message that she hopes resonates with everyone: “Be positive like Sergio, stay strong and live life one day at a time.”

On their shared Instagram account, the couple shared an update on Soto’s health journey on Sept. 14, 2021. They found out that Soto’s chemotherapy he was previously on had not been working and that his leukemia was “extremely aggressive.” Thankfully, his new round of chemotherapy helped bump down the extremity of his cancer, and doctors are hopeful that he will now have months to live rather than weeks. “After hearing that sergio cried,” the couple wrote in the caption. “He cried because it’s so scary. It’s scary for the both of us.” Soto has a long battle to overcome but is still hopeful for the future.

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