After a 5-year-old girl was diagnosed with cancer, she made a list of things to do, and her first wish was to marry her 6-year-old best friend. Her parents made her dying wish come true.
Watching your children suffer is one of the worst things a person can experience, and seeing them go through painful diseases such as cancer can be heart-wrenching.
In such situations, parents try their best to do whatever it takes to make their sick children feel happy. They may go to any extent, even if that means getting their 5-year-old daughter 'married' to her best friend.
THE SHOCKING NEWS
In 2014, a couple discovered the most shocking news of their lives. The doctors had diagnosed their two-year-old daughter, Eileidh Paterson, with stage-4 neuroblastoma, a type of cancer.
After numerous chemotherapy sessions and surgeries, the doctors declared that medical treatment would only prolong Eileidh's life instead of curing the disease. In 2017, they told her parents that the 5-year-old girl wouldn't live for long.
With a heavy heart, Eileidh's mother, Gail Paterson, accepted the unfortunate news and made a bucket list with her little one. The list included visiting Disneyland, going to the zoo, and living in a bright-pink bedroom. However, nothing matched the first wish on her list.
THE NUMBER ONE WISH
The first wish on Eileidh's bucket list said she wanted to marry her 6-year-old best friend, Harrison Grier. Gail revealed that Harrison had told her he would marry her, and now their wish was about to come true. The mother recalled:
"He even 'borrowed' one of his mom's rings to give to her."
On June 18, 2017, Eileidh's wish came true. Her parents arranged a princess-themed 'wedding' ceremony for her, where she wore an adorable dress paired with a shiny crown. Eileidh's friends and family attended the wedding and saw her walk down the aisle with a smile.
THE 'WEDDING' CEREMONY
Eileidh and Harrison stood in front of the altar and listened to their fairy tale written by Gail. The story claimed Eileidh was a princess who didn't give up despite her cancer, the "beast," trying to bring her down. Gail explained:
"It took her hair but it couldn't take her smile."
The fairy tale revealed that Harrison wanted to 'marry' Eileidh, so they tied the knot, unaware of the future. The story taught people to enjoy their lives because no one knows what might happen the next day.
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
When it was time to exchange rings, Harrison and Eileidh gave each other St. Christopher necklaces. They were declared "best friends" as their friends and family looked at them and smiled.
After watching her daughter go through countless painful chemotherapies, surgeries, and blood tests, Gail was glad to see her dance and enjoy herself. For once, Eileidh lived her life instead of going in and out of hospitals. Gail said:
"She most certainly deserves it. Eileidh is the bravest little girl in the world and is definitely a superhero."
Videos of the unique 'wedding' ceremony went viral, and people worldwide saw Eileidh walk down the aisle to stand with her prince charming.
Soon, a fundraising campaign had started on social media, where people donated money so that little Eileidh could tick more wishes off her bucket list.
The fundraising page aimed to collect £10,000 ($12,000+), but with people's generous donations, Eileidh got more than £12,000 ($14,000+) to fulfill her wishes.
Unfortunately, the little girl couldn't use the money because she passed away on July 1, 2017. Her mother shared the sad news on the fundraising Facebook page. She said:
"With a very heavy heart, I'm heartbroken to tell you all that Eileidh gained her Angel wings at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday 1st July."
Eileidh's condition deteriorated when her cancer spread aggressively. Friends and family came to say their goodbyes, and soon, the little girl closed her eyes forever.
THE SPECIAL FUNERAL
Her family hosted a pink-themed funeral for the bubbly girl, ensuring that everyone remembered how lively Eileidh was. They arranged a bright pink-colored coffin, and the mourners were dressed as princesses and superheroes. Gail said:
"She won the hearts of everyone who met her and will be sorely missed."
What would you do if you were in Gail's shoes? Would you do the same things for your daughter trying her best to beat cancer?
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