Jeniffer Bulik Lang, the Mountain View woman whose terminal cancer diagnosis inspired local vendors to throw her a dream wedding, died Thursday, Oct. 10, surrounded by her family. She was 35.
Jeniffer Lang, nee Bulik
Her husband 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 Jeff 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," she 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, 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 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 continued to struggle on helped her greatly, Lang 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.
Jeniffer Kate Lang, nee Bulik, was born May 12, 1978 at Stanford Hospital. She graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School in 1996, attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Management, studied veterinary medicine at Cal Poly. She earned her certificate at San Jose City Beauty College in 1998 and was known as an accomplished stylist who specialized in highlights. She served on the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce board and was a member of several local support groups. Family members called her "a true artist" who was always learning. She studied and practiced meditation, yoga, numerology, astrology and the Enneagram, her family said.
She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Lang of Mountain View; her parents Richard and Sylvia Bulik; her siblings Benjamin Bulik and Ashley Bulik; and her niece, Haley Lang.
The celebration of her life is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary located at 96 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View. Services are open to the public. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bonnie J. Adario Lung Cancer Foundation. An online guest book is at cusimanocolonial.com.