November 07, 2021
A four-year-old girl battling cancer had her wish fulfilled thanks to the eagerness of the hospital staff to organize her dream wedding. The fairytale moment left the toddler beaming with happiness.
Little Abby's life is not quite different from most kids her age. After all, she loves fairytales, adores princesses, and develops crushes, which are some adorable parts of childhood not even cancer can snatch away.
The four-year-old spent most of her childhood battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia with the help of medical experts at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at AMC, New York.
Aside from offering her the best medical care, the amiable staff at the facility also extended an arm of friendship to the little girl, who remained ever cheerful.
She became particularly fond of one of the nurses, Matt Hickling, so much that she became hooked on marrying him. One day in 2015, Abby relayed her intentions to marry her favorite nurse to her mom.
Despite her initial shock, the mom shared the youngster's plans with Hickling, who couldn't wait to fulfill her wishes. He sprung into action immediately, enlisting the help of the other medical staff to plan a wedding in 24 hours.
Within the short notice, they got a colorful cake, fished out a "tux" for the would-be groom, and put together a bouquet of natural flowers donated by a local florist.
When the little girl arrived hours later for her routine leukemia treatment, she was greeted by her fairy-tale-themed wedding. Her physician Dr. Jennifer Pearce, and her mom jointly walked her down the aisle towards her handsome "groom."
A clip from the big day showed the sweet moment the youngster, clad in a white princess dress complete with a flower crown and a bouquet, approached a smiling Hickling who maintained a crouched position to match her height.
As soon as she came near the nurse, she ran the remaining distance, jumping into his awaiting arms excitedly. She then shyly said the magic words, "Will you marry me."
Everyone around was overwhelmed with emotions immediately as they watched the nurse accept her proposal with a big hug. The pair exchanged ring pops to seal the deal before setting out in a toy car sporting the words, "Just Married."
Hickling admittedly had a field day pushing his little bride around the hospital in their custom tin can-decorated wedding car with everyone cheering. Abby described the beautifully staged wedding as the best day of her life.
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