This is so heartbreakingly touching. A little girl from Oregon with terminal cancer celebrated what is expected to be her last birthday on July 31, so her parents threw her a party complete with princesses, prom dresses and even a proposal — all things she won’t get to experience. Read on for the moving details.
Lila May Schow, 5, from Hood River, Oregon, has been battling Stage 4 neuroblastoma for three years. She had to stop receiving chemotherapy treatments because doctors said her body wasn’t strong enough, so she isn’t expected to live past Thanksgiving. After hearing this incredibly tragic news, her parents wanted to give her a birthday celebration she wouldn’t forget that combined events she wouldn’t otherwise get to take part in. While the reason for the party is super sad, what the community around Lila May did for her was amazing.
Lila May’s parents, Heidi Hall and Ryan Schow, reached out about the party on Facebook, hoping to gather lots of friends and family to make the day extra special. A local news station saw Lila May’s story and suddenly a massive party was coming together. Hundreds of people offered everything from lavish decorations to custom cakes to give Lila May “all the joys she’s never going to get,” Heidi said to Oregon’s KOIN 6 News.
Around 1,000 people — including Disney princesses — showed up for Lila May’s special day, most of whom Heidi said she didn’t even know. The night had an adorably appropriate princess theme, so Lila May rode in on a horse-drawn carriage, walked through a drawbridge built just for her, and strolled on a red carpet all the way down to her princess throne. Can you say precious?
If your eyes haven’t teared up yet, prepare yourself — we haven’t even gotten to the really touching stuff! Because she won’t make it to her wedding day, she shared a sweet daddy/daughter dance with Ryan. She also danced with her stepdad, Blake Hall, who then got down on one knee and asked Lila May to marry him. As if that’s not cute enough, Lila May said yes. Okay, now we really need the tissues!
Lila May had the time of her life at her celebration, and it’s amazing that one little girl’s story can have an impact on so many people. At the end of the night, Heidi was still in awe of what her community had done for her daughter. “I wanted something great,” she told KOIN 6, “but this is unbelievable.”
HollywoodLifers, send your well wishes to this amazing little girl in the comments below!
— Taylor Weatherby