5- years old Eileidh Paterson dressed in a pink tulle skirt, rhinestone-lined silk top and with a sparkly crown to match, was just like one of the princesses in Disney and she was overjoyed as she walked the aisle to meet her 6 years old future husband.
Her union was just like bedtime fairy tale the terminally ill Paterson dreamed up with her mom after she has been diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma- cancer that is mostly found in the adrenal glands and, in her case, had spread to other organs.
“When we realized in February that any treatment was just a measure to just her lifetime because she would eventually not survive the illness so we agreed to make a list of things she really loves to do and make it possible to give her as many memories as possible, “Eileidh’s mother, Gail Paterson, narrated to CBS News.
So we did a trip to see Disneyland Paris, decorated a room in bright pink and to see the zoo were the top things that made Eileidh’s list.
But none of the items in her list can compare to her number one choice which is to marry Harrison Grier, her 6 years old best friend.
“Harrison has said for over a year that he was going to marry her,” Paterson said. “He even ‘borrowed’ one of his mom’s rings to give to her.”
On June 18, 2017, Eileidh and Harrison finally got their wish and got married.
They were both surrounded by family, friends and Disney characters, and as the pair stood in front of the altar, their fairy tale vows were read to them which was written by Eileidh’s mom.
Eileidh is seen as a princess who would “stop at nothing to survive,” despite her cancer — the “beast” — which is trying continuously to destroy her.
“Cancer took her hair but it couldn’t stop her smile,” Paterson wrote.
Several thousands of people stood behind Eiledh in her fight, as members of her army, which includes Harrison, Paterson said.
“Harrison desired more than anything to get married to Eileidh so that’s exactly we helped them to achieve and they did it,” the story read. ”
The question is if Eileidh and Harrison can be happy, smile and enjoy and treasures these little things then that’s what is recommended for us to do. We must make the most of every single day we see by doing the things that make life worth living, more than anything believe in our dreams, hope and love. If anyone deserves a happily every after, then it is most definitely them.”
Instead of rings, they exchanged St. Christopher necklaces.
Eileidh life’s Journey
“It reflects the journey through life that they now face together,” Paterson explained.
Eileidh was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 2.
Since then, the little girl has spent the majority of her young life in and out of hospitals, receiving countless chemotherapies, surgeries, anesthetics, blood tests — the list goes on and on, her mom explained.
For once, on her daughter’s “wedding day,” Paterson was happy to see her child be just that — a child.
She danced, laughed with friends, read stories with princesses and ate cake with her best friend, Harrison.
” we did everything we can do to make her life easier and most importantly made it magical,” Paterson said. “She most certainly deserves it. Eileidh is the bravest little girl in the world and is definitely is our superhero.”