Jen Bulik-Lang, who touched our hearts when strangers and friends helped her create her dream wedding this summer, passed away Thursday at home. Garvin Thomas has her story.
A Bay Area bride whose story touched thousands of people around the world has lost her battle with lung cancer. Jen Bulik-Lang passed away at 8 a.m. Thursday in her home in Mountain View according to her husband, Jeffrey Lang.
"It was beautiful," Jeff said in a phone call, "very peaceful."
Jeff said Jen's condition worsened over the past week.
"She had periods of confusion, had difficulty moving, and was sleeping a lot," Jeff said.
When asked what message he would like to deliver to those who followed Jen's story, Jeff said, "She may have left her body, but she is still with me. She always will be."
Jen, 35 years old, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer earlier this year. She said the news she had just four to six months to live motivated her to "focus on life." Part of that committment meant marrying Jeff, her boyfriend of six years.
The two became engaged in mid-July, with a plan to wed just two weeks later.
Erica Ota, a wedding planner from Emeryville, heard about Jen's story and volunteered her services to help plan Jen's dream wedding.
Using Jen's Pinterest page as a guide, Erica convinced more than 60 wedding vendors to donate more than $50,000 in goods and services, including a New Orleans style marching band that lead their guest from ceremony to reception.
NBC's "Today" show aired a story about their wedding as well. As a result, the Langs recieved well-wishes, blessings, and donations to help with Jen's medical costs from people around the world.
In the weeks after their wedding the Langs took advantage of generous offers of places to stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Sausalito and Lake Tahoe.
On August 15, Jen posted an entry to her blog titled, "Uncertainty." "When will my life go back to normal?" she wrote. She ultimately decided it likely never would. She concluded by writing, "I have to laugh at the insanity because this is so out of my control. I think I should have some control over this but I really don't."