A Minneapolis man who lost his life to cancer made sure his obituary -- and his love story with his wife -- was one we'll never forget.
Aaron Joseph Purmort died on November 25 at the age of 35. He was diagnosed with his first brain tumor in 2011. He turned to running as a distraction from the disease.
KSTP spoke with Aaron after a surprise run to support his effort was held in his honor. He teared up, saying he was "surprised and excited and overwhelmed" by the gesture. While Purmort fought the cancer, his wife Nora shared intimate details about his battle in a blog.
After his death, she posted his obituary, which the couple wrote together. In it, Aaron made a "shocking" confession:
"Purmort, Aaron Joseph age 35, died peacefully at home on November 25 after complications from a radioactive spider bite that led to years of crime-fighting and a years long battle with a nefarious criminal named Cancer, who has plagued our society for far too long. Civilians will recognize him best as Spider-Man, and thank him for his many years of service protecting our city."
It ends by joking that Aaron is "survived by his ... first wife Gwen Stefani." His "second wife" had a great sense of humor about sharing her husband. She later tweeted:
You can learn more about the couple's beautiful story and difficult journey on Nora's wonderful blog at myhusbandstumor.com. Grab some tissues before you start to read ... and you'll definitely want to heed her advice: "Let's be well and be good, especially to one another. Let's be more like Purm, even when we aren't ready to be."
If you'd like to help, please check out Nora and Aaron's You Caring page.
In June, KARE profiled Aaron and Nora's 'modern love story.' It's worth a watch, as is the "a&n" documentary teaser below.