Jen Bulik-Lang, the Mountain View woman whose terminal cancer diagnosis inspired local vendors to throw her a dream wedding, died Thursday, Oct. 10. She was 35.
Her husband Jeff Lang announced the news of her death on his Facebook page. "My lovely wife, best friend, and constant companion continues to live on in my heart, and your heart. She's talking to me constantly, but she left her body at 8 a.m. this morning," he wrote.
She was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in December of 2012 and told it was unlikely that she'd live to see 2014.
In July, she married Lang, a Mountain View yoga teacher, in an outdoor ceremony near her childhood home in San Jose.
"It was a magical day for not just me but for everybody," Bulik-Lang told the Voice shortly after her wedding, held July 27 at Saratoga Creek Park in San Jose.
The event was organized by wedding planner Erica Ota, who pulled together contributions from more than 40 local vendors. The story of her bittersweet wedding attracted widespread media attention. At the time, Bulik-Lang said that it wasn't her intention to share her tale, but since she had an audience she was hopeful that some good would come of it.
Before media outlets began contacting Bulik-Lang for interviews, she said that she was already active in social media -- talking to other cancer patients and survivors, sharing her story and listening to the stories of others.
Talking to others about what they have gone through and how they continue to struggle on helped her greatly, Bulik said. "I just feel honored to be able to be that person who can share that hope and that inspiration with others," she told the Voice.
Memorial donations may be sent to Jeff Lang at 650 Castro Street, Suite 120-280, Mountain View, CA 94041