Outside a bank at the City of Hood River, Oregon a group of kind well-wishers and a collection of Disney Princesses waited for the arrival of little princess Lila May Schow.
A magical ‘Princess Ball’ awaited the 5-year-old little girl who was being brought there via horse-and-carriage.
Once they arrived, the little princess was escorted inside by her father Ryan Schow and step-father Blake Hall to be greeted by the hundreds of people who came for her birthday.
Why so much fuss for one little girl?
It was because that birthday party would be her last.
Lila May had been battling a rare type of cancer - stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer for three years. When the doctors had diagnosed her with this disease, they figured Lila wouldn’t have long to live.
Both fathers and mother Heidi Hall decided to launched a Facebook group to help organize their daughter’s last birthday party. They figured the celebration would be a combination of a birthday, a prom and a wedding.
The family thought they’d give her all the wonderful experiences any girl would have had if not for cancer.
It wasn’t long until hundreds of volunteers and donations from local businesses came forward and helped with the celebration. People from all over the country came with costumes, food, and music.
Lila came dressed as Cinderella and was surrounded by other Disney Princesses.
After the birthday celebration, his step-father Blake Hall got down on one knee and asked her to ‘marry’ him in a mock ceremony. She said yes and the two shared a father-daughter dance.
In fact, both fathers were given a moment to dance with their little girl during the celebration.
Ryan Schow was very grateful for the support his family was given. He said, “We wouldn’t have gotten this far and been able to fight this hard without all the help we’ve been given. We’re so grateful for that. It’s all about making a little girl smile.”
Watch the bittersweet party for little Lila here:
Not long after the birthday party, sweet little Lila passed away from the stage four neuroblastoma she was diagnosed with since September of 2012.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy.
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