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Leslie Rivera, Make-a-Wish Wedding Bride Dies From Leukemia

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With sadness, we report that Leslie Rivera, the 18-year old girl suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia, died Wednesday night from her illness.

FOX 11 in Los Angeles first told you about Leslie's story and how the Make-A-Wish Foundation and celebrity wedding planner David Tutera created a magical wedding for Leslie, who's one wish was to marry her high school sweetheart, Daniel Mendez, who has not left her side since she was diagnosed.

Our follow up report detailed that doctors tried an experimental procedure with Leslie to combat her progression with the disease. Leslie engaged in a ten dose procedure of a drug called Moxitumomab, which targets a molecule found only in leukemia cells.

David Tutera commented on his official Facebook page Thursday morning, "It is with a heavy heart to tell you that my beautiful Make-A-Wish America bride, Leslie, peacefully passed away last night with her husband Daniel and her family by her side. The love and prayers that you sent to her were felt, she luckily knew just how much she was loved, and today my wish is for each and every one of you to remember how precious our time on earth is."

To see more about Leslie and her touching story, be sure to click and read the original stories about Leslie that FOX 11 was honored to tell: Make-a-Wish Wedding Creates Cherished Memories and Doctors Try Experimental Procedure For Make-A-Wish Bride

Donations:

A fund to help pay for Leslie's funeral service has been set up at Bank of America:

It is called the Rivera Family Fund

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