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Brooklyn man in final stages of cancer passes away after hospice wedding, reunion with sister

Posted at 10:31 PM, Mar 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-07 22:29:30-05

NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — A 26-year-old man with a rare form of cancer has died less than two months after marrying his longtime girlfriend at a New York City hospice.Officials at the Metropolitan Jewish Health System Hospice say Christopher Robinson died Friday holding the hand of his wife, Terry.The couple's Jan. 15 wedding fulfilled Robinson's wish to spend his last days married to the woman who had stood by his side. A city clerk brought the licensing paperwork to Robinson and staffers at the hospice in Brooklyn got decorations, a cake and a musician.

Robinson was diagnosed last summer with a rare form of renal cancer and given a few months to live.

Hospice officials say Robinson's family members feel strengthened by the support they have received.

In January, Robinson made one last wish to be united with his sister after two decades apart. Robinson's sister was initially denied an emergency visa request from the US embassy in Guyana. Weeks later, PIX11 and Sen. Chuck Schumer helped reunite the siblings in February.

This is the fundraising campaign for Christopher's Journey Fund:

The celebration of life for Christopher Robinson The funeral will be on Friday the 13th at Caribe Funeral home Utica ave Brooklyn NY bt ave k & L  4-7 & 7-9pm. Repass will be held at Caribe Hall on ave M bt Utica ave n 51st street Then On Saturday March 14th at St Gabriel's Episcopal Church 9-11 am, then to the Crematory for Cremation.