Tragic news to report, as a 26-year old Stratford man died from cancer Monday at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Patch reports.

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Jonothan Stephen Sales was diagnosed in November 2018 with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and immediately underwent chemotherapy at the hospital. While his health was never the same since the diagnosis, his love for his wife never changed.

Stephen and his wife Alyssa changed their wedding to a sooner date after Sales was diagnosed. He said he didn't want to wait to get married because of his cancer.

According to Patch, the couple met at the same summer camp they worked at as counselors. Seven years later, they got married at the medical center in front of 75 family members and hospital staff.

Monday, less than three months after the wedding, Sales lost his battle to cancer with Alyssa and the rest of his family in the room.

Sales was also diagnosed with a different type of cancer, chronic myeloid leukemia when he was only 13. His early diagnosis caused him to be homeschooled, a period during which his tutors inspired him to teach.

Sales had a bachelor's degree in biology from Western Connecticut State University. He was a hard-working science teacher at Swift Middle School in Watertown and was passionate about his work and family, Patch reports.

Sales wished that any memorial contributions be gifted to the Connecticut Children's Foundation or Make-A-Wish Foundation. Visit  to leave your condolences.

Sale's death should be a reminder to all of us that life is short and time is precious. Today, give your loved ones an extra hug for those that can no longer hug theirs.

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