This adorable 3-year-old cancer survivor was flower girl for the woman who saved her life
In what is one of the most moving stories you will hear, a three-year-old cancer survivor who is currently in the process of remission was made a flower girl at the wedding ceremony of the woman who saved her life.
Skye Savren-McCormick was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia before she had even turned one. After being diagnosed with the rare form of cancer, Skye had to undergo blood and platelet transfusions on a near-daily basis.
The youngster was given a 10 per cent chance of survival by doctors and she was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Thankfully, for Skye, this is where Hayden Ryals came in to play.
Ryals registered to become a bone marrow donor at the age of 26. A year later, she discovered that she was the perfect match for the toddler and decided to donate her bone marrow anonymously.
However, while things looked to on the up, Skye's family were devastated to learn that she had been diagnosed with a second form of cancer, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, a lymphoma that can develop after an individual has had a transplant. Now, though, Skye is in remission following treatment that included chemotherapy and further bone marrow transplants.
Ryals made the transplant through Be the Match, and she was able to make contact with Skye's family through the organisation that she made the donation with.
After getting in contact with the Savren-McCormick family, they quickly struck up a close correspondence, despite Skye living in California and Ryals being based in Alabama.
Then, on Skye’s birthday, she received an invitation from Ryals to act as a flower girl at her wedding to her fiancé Adrian Ryals. The pair finally met for the first time at the wedding rehearsal, with their special connection apparent from the get-go.
“We were in the front, looking around, and she [Ryals] came in and immediately came over to Skye and dropped to her knees,” her mother, Talia Savren-McCormick, told CNN. “It was so sweet,” she said. “It was like they were in love.”
Both parties have no doubt that the bride’s bond with Skye will continue far into the future.
“I look forward to the years to come with Skye growing up and continuing this relationship with Hayden, and watching Hayden grow up, too,” Savren-McCormick said.
“Anyone could be somebody who saves a life,” she continued. “You don’t have to be a superhero.”
“She’s everything to me,” Ryals said about the three-year-old. “And this whole journey, I’ve never once seen it as me helping her, because I was honoured to do it, and it was a privilege for me to get to do it."
It's a wonderful story and an amazing gesture from Ryals to get in touch with the family and invite Skye to be a flower girl at her wedding. Not only did she save the young girl's life, but she also gave her an unforgettable memory.