Dying girl's final party combines birthday, prom and wedding in one incredible celebration
Three years ago, 5-year-old Lila May Schow was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. She has gone through six rounds of chemo therapy, radiation, surgery to remove tumours, and a bone marrow transplant. After undergoing multiple treatments that proved unsuccessful, the sweet little girl was given months to live.
Her mother, Heidi Hall, decided to make her daughter's fifth birthday, and likely her last, as memorable as possible. Heidi created a Facebook page on which she explained Lila May's condition and that the family was planning a party for her.
They didn't expect what happened next. On Friday, the family's Hood River, Oregon community went above and beyond to plan the best party any little girl could ever dream of. A building, six cakes, a princess throne, and a horse and carriage were all donated to the event.
In addition, actors dressed as Disney characters worked the event for free just to put a smile on Lila May's precious little face. Heidi told KOIN6 News:
"I don't even know a lot of these people. It's just the most beautiful thing I think I've ever seen."
The party was so much more than a birthday celebration. The aim was to give Lila May everything she would have experienced had she had the opportunity to live longer.
It was a birthday party, a prom, and a wedding. At one point, Lila May's step-father got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and said:
"Lila May, will you marry me?"
The adorable little girl said "yes!" Later, Lila May even got her special father-daughter dance with her father, Ryan Schow. Ryan told KATU News:
"We don't know how much time we have left, and we have put up one hell of a fight. We just want to give her everything she deserves."
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