3-year-old cancer survivor walks down the aisle as a flower girl at her donor's wedding

3-year-old cancer survivor walks down the aisle as a flower girl at her donor's wedding

Hayden was thrilled when she matched with little Skye, who was in desperate need of bone marrow. Now, Skye is walking down the aisle as a flower girl at her donor's wedding.

A little girl who survived cancer got to walk down to the aisle as a flower girl at her donor’s wedding. CNN reports that three-year-old cancer survivor, Skye Savern-McCormick, was more than thrilled to be walking down the aisle for her donor, Hayden Hatfield Ryal’s wedding.

Skye, who is from California, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just after her first birthday. Doctors gave the little girl’s parents some scary news: Skye had a rare form of cancer called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, that gave her a 10% chance of survival. The little fighter needed blood and platelet transfusions almost daily.

Skye was in the hospital for 10 months because of complications while getting treatment. The little girl was in urgent need of a marrow transplant. The lucky match happened to be Hayden Hatfield, who lived across the States in Alabama.

Hayden registered as a bone marrow donor in college. The young woman told CNN that she felt lost after changing majors, feeling unsure about what she wanted to do. Hayden had always wanted to donate platelets and blood. When she found out that bone marrow could be donated, Hayden didn’t hesitate for a second before registering as a donor.

Hayden and Skye were found to be a match a year after Hayden’s registration. This helped her tremendously by giving her a purpose. Skye suffered a few complications following the transplant, but with chemotherapy and additional transplants, the little girl is now in remission.

Hayden anonymously reached out to the family through 'Be the Match', and soon the Ryals anonymously got back. After a few more anonymous exchanges, both the families reached out to Be the Match, saying that they wanted to get in touch with each other. After they connected, the two families formed a fast bond.


On Skye’s birthday, Hayden sent her a present along with an invite for the little girl to serve as a flower girl in her wedding. "We were really taken aback by how sweet it was," Savren-McCormick said to CNN.

The two of them met for the first time at Hayden’s rehearsal dinner. The second the bride-to-be saw Skye, she dropped to her knees and gave the toddler a tight hug. Hayden says that she now felt a deep connection with the little girl. "We were in the front, looking around, and she [Ryals] came in and immediately came over to Skye and dropped to her knees," Skye’s parents said to CNN.  "Skye gave her a big hug. The whole night they were sitting together. It was so sweet. It was like they were in love."

On Hayden’s big day, Skye was the center of attention. When the little girl walked down the aisle and slowly showered the path with petals, there was not a single dry eye in the room. "She's a fighter, and she is full of spunk, and she just has the best attitude, and I think everybody could learn something from this 3-year old," Hayden told CNN.

The young cancer survivor’s parents are encouraging people to register as donors, as it will save someone’s life in the future.

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