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'Tower of Voices' Memorial Honors Flight 93 Passengers Who Lost Their Lives on 9/11

'Tower of Voices' Memorial Honors Flight 93 Passengers Who Lost Their Lives on 9/11The 93-foot structure contains a wind chime for every passenger who was on board



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Parkland students bring the March for Our Lives summer tour to an end in Newtown

Parkland students bring the March for Our Lives summer tour to an end in NewtownThe organizers of the Road to Change tour have visited over 50 cities in an effort to register and mobilize voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections — and to build a coalition of youth in communities affected by gun violence.



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Greek seaside town remembers lives lost to wildfire

Greek seaside town remembers lives lost to wildfireMourners gathered in a church in the Greek coastal town of Mati on Sunday where they wept and lit candles in memory of those killed when a massive wildfire swept through the popular resort near Athens earlier this week. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing fierce recriminations for the government’s response to the fire and has promised a national plan to avoid a repeat of the disaster. Rescue crews are still looking for survivors of the blaze which began last Monday in Mati, 30 km (17 miles) east of Athens, as the death toll rose to at least 91 with dozens more injured.



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Texas ranchers support Trump’s border policy, hoping it saves lives

Texas ranchers support Trump’s border policy, hoping it saves livesWhile Republican lawmakers are panicked over the fallout, President Trump doubled down on the “zero tolerance” policy in a speech on Tuesday.



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Jennifer Hudson sings 'Amazing Grace' at the March for Our Lives: Road to Change rally

Jennifer Hudson sings 'Amazing Grace' at the March for Our Lives: Road to Change rallyChance the Rapper and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords also participated in the Chicago rally on Friday.



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Las Vegas shooting: New CCTV video shows people running for their lives

Las Vegas shooting: New CCTV video shows people running for their livesLas Vegas police have released footage from a camera positioned on top of the Mandalay Bay Resort recording during last October’s mass shooting in the city – the deadliest in modern US history. The eerie video shows floodlights sweep the concert crowd before the shooting starts. The newly-released footage, provided more than eight months after the shooting, represents the fifth batch of records made public by the Las Vegas police department.



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Trump Mourns 'Young And Beautiful' Lives 'Destroyed' By Russia Probe

Trump Mourns 'Young And Beautiful' Lives 'Destroyed' By Russia ProbePresident Donald Trump on Sunday lamented the lives "devastated" by special



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Hero teacher saved lives during Indiana school shooting

Hero teacher saved lives during Indiana school shootingJason Seaman, a science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., subdued a student armed with two handguns who opened fire inside his classroom Friday, May, 25, 2018 .



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Pa. Father Saves Lives of Pregnant Daughter, Unborn Twins by Shielding Her From Gunfire on Her Wedding Night

Pa. Father Saves Lives of Pregnant Daughter, Unborn Twins by Shielding Her From Gunfire on Her Wedding NightA Pennsylvania man is in critical condition after shielding his pregnant daughter from a hail of bullets intended for her on the night of her wedding



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Bride with Stage 4 Cancer Lives to See Wedding Day After Doctors Urged Her to Move Up Ceremony

In September, doctors urged 29-year-old Laurin Bank to move up her wedding date, fearing that the cancer patient wouldn’t live to see March 24. She said “no.”

“This date was special to us,” Bank says of herself and her now-husband Michael. “We felt like moving that date was giving up and giving in to the cancer and letting it run our lives. We didn’t want to give in. That was our goal … and I was able to walk down the aisle to my husband. I was able to dance with him and I didn’t need a wheelchair or oxygen. I did it I made it.”

Bank, of Columbia, South Carolina, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in September 2014. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy before being declared cancer-free in April 2015.

“When I learned I was cancer free I felt ecstatic,” she tells PEOPLE. “I felt free and that I had gotten my life back. And I was more ready than ever to live my life.”

Michael (left) and Laurin Bank

However, her health took a turn in August 2017 when doctors told Bank her cancer had returned as stage four, and had metastatized to her bones, liver and lungs.

“It’s not news I wanted to hear,” she tells PEOPLE. “I looked at my oncologist and said, ‘quality over quantity. That’s my goal. And if there’s treatment, I want to do it.’ I was ready to fight. I fought once and I knew I could fight again. Being stage four is scary but I’m young, so I have a lot of fight in me.”

Bank began treatment as part of a clinical trial and her health began to improve. But, in September, doctors gave her a fierce warning.

“The oncologist said waiting six more months to get married would be risky. She said she wasn’t sure whether I’d need a wheelchair to get me down the aisle. She said it would be best for us to move up our wedding date. The doctor also said with my lungs not being so strong, I might need oxygen for my wedding day.”

Michael (left) and Laurin Bank

However, she says she and Michael picked March 24 because it’s the anniversary of their first date three years ago.

“Mike looked at me and said, ‘Don’t you dare worry. It’s going to be okay,’ ” says Bank, who chronicles her health journey on her personal blog, The Polka Dot Queen. “We didn’t want to give in to the cancer. We wanted to have [our wedding] on our terms.”

And they did. On March 24, a smiling Bank walked down the aisle, wed Michael and danced energetically in front of 230 of her closest family and friends.

Laurin (left) and Michael Bank

Laurin (left) and Michael Bank

“I danced until the last song of the night,” she says. “The wedding day was the best day ever. I was so shocked that I made it! I felt good and I felt strong. It was an emotional morning. As I walked down the aisle to him, I was just bursting with joy and happiness because I was so excited to marry him.”

Now, Bank says her health is improving and she’s continuing her treatment. She says she and Michael are looking forward to their trip to Italy in September, as they haven’t been able to fly overseas for their honeymoon as a result of Bank’s illness.

“Our goal is to go on our dream honeymoon like we originally planned,” she says. “Until then we’re planning a bunch of mini trips to celebrate and enjoy.”

Michael adds: “I made the decision that I want to be there for her and support her 100 percent. I’m going to support her through this fight.”


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