Mar 11, 2009

Kids Marry in Wedding of HOPE


Just want to share with you the article on CBS NEWS:

Planning a wedding is a dream come true for a lot of little girls, but one young bride walked down the aisle much earlier than anyone expected. Early Show correspondent Debbye Turner Bell shared her heartwarming story. "It was a glorious affair, there were 100 guests, beautiful flowers and great music and a very special bride and groom," Bell said. It looks like the wedding every bride dreams of, except this bride is 9 years old. Her groom is 7. Jayla Cooper and Jose Griggs met at the hospital. They both have leukemia, but Cooper's cancer is advancing. When doctors told her family she had just weeks to live, the wedding was her greatest wish.
more details from mid-day news:
Dallas: Texas girl, suffering from leukemia, 'married' her best friend a 7-year-oldWedding bells rang this past Sunday for a rather uncommon bride and groom, nine-year-old Jayla and her now husband, seven-year-old Jose Griggs. But this union of children isn't due to some twisted religious rite.
till death do us part: Jayla Cooper and Jose Griggs Jayla Cooper was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago and according to doctors, has come to the end of her path. Childhood leukemia, depending upon the type, has improved with treatment over the years but there is still a rate of recidivation either due to malignancies or later recurrences.For two years, Jayla spent her home away from home at the Children's Medical Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Dallas, TX where she met her future husband and leukemia patient, Jose when he was 5. So, after two years of sharing a bond that most people will never understand, the parents of both children gave Jayla her dying wish.On the biggest day of her life, the little girl continued to show others how to live life to the fullest, smiling brightly as she walked beside her father, Jerrod Cooper, down the isle adorned in a lovely white gown. For the time, every person in the room seemed to have set aside any feeling other than joy for the couple, grasping tightly to the moments that remain.As for the seven-year-old groom, his mother said in the article that "he's having a hard time dealing with this" because he is aware that she is dying and he doesn't want her to "go." Jose is recovering from his leukemia.So in an effort to fulfill as much of her child's dreams as possible, Lisa Cooper continues to give her daughter all that she can so that her last days here on earth are more than hospital beds and distressed family members.The happy couple spent their honey moon at Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor family waterpark in Grapevine, TX complete with waterslides, kiddie spa and arcade. A honeymooners paradise... for a couple of kids.

4 comments:

niko said...

napaiyak ako while reading but when i read about the honeymoon.. whoa. i smiled, what did they do? play arcade and enjoy the rides!

Beng said...

hehehe..ako nga din eh...naglaro isip ko kung anong honeymoon ang ginawa nila...

Mom of Four said...

kayong dalawa, mga utak nyo naglalaro ha. hehehe..but anyways, parang namaga ang ulo ko sa goosebumps when I read the story. Naisip ko agad mga anak ko, parang di ko kayang i handle kung isa sa kanila ang may sakit at alam kong may taning na ang buhay. Love is so powerful that even kids feel it. Sana ang mga adults eh ganon din, para walang divorced or separated or abused. Di ba?

Beng said...

I agree..sana lang mababait ang ating mga asawa..