Girl who "married" best friend loses battle with cancer
LOS ANGELES, Ca. - Eileidh Paterson from Scotland was only 5 years old when she started working on her bucket list. That’s because in 2014, she was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma -- an aggressive type of childhood cancer.
After spending the majority of the past three years in hospitals undergoing treatment and surgeries, her oncologist concluded Eileidh would not survive long-term. So her mother started a GoFundMe page to help raise money so that she could create as many memories as possible. She wrote at the time, “Anything we can do to make her life that little bit easier, comfier & most importantly magical, then we owe that to her & she most certainly deserves it.”
The account reached their goal and raised over $15,000 in three months. Before going to a zoo or travelling to Disneyland, however, there was one thing she wanted to do more than anything else. Get “married” to her best friend -- 6-year-old Harrison Grier.
According to the Edinburgh News, hundreds of guests attended the fairytale “wedding,” complete with princesses, superheroes, and a bagpiper. Eileidh was walked down the aisle by her older brother, Callum, to ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ from the Disney film Pinocchio. After beautiful stories and poems about Eileidh, the best friends held hands and exchanged St.Christopher necklaces to make it official -- Best Friend Forever.
Sadly, just days after the dream wedding, Eileidh passed away. Her mother posted the heartbreaking Facebook update Saturday.
"With a very heavy heart, I'm heartbroken to tell you all that Eileidh gained her Angel wings at 11.45am on Saturday," the post said.
Eileidh clearly touched many lives during her short life. Condolences are still pouring in from around the world.
Donations can still be made here.
You can watch the video above to see how Eileidh’s dream came true before she passed.