After receiving some devastating news, one high school senior decided he was going to take the plunge and marry his girlfriend in a small and intimate ceremony on his parents' drive. The photos from the event are absolutely adorable.
Read on to find out about Chase Smith's valiant battle with cancer and how he decided to achieve his life-long dream.
Out of all the illnesses in the world, cancer is by far one of the most devastating.
via: GettyA result of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, cancer develops when the body's normal control mechanism stops working.
Instead of old cells dying like they're supposed to...
via: GettyThey instead mutate, forming new, abnormal cells.
We are a long way off from finding an official cure for cancer...
via: GettyAnd the numbers of those being diagnosed with the illness keep on rising every year. In 2019, an estimated 1.8 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States alone.
And the treatment we do have is grueling.
via: GettyThe goal is to kill as many cancerous cells as possible, all the while avoiding any damage to the normal and healthy cells nearby.
However, this isn't always possible.
via: GettyThe most common treatment, chemotherapy, acts as a "poison" and kills off the abnormal cells. However, it can often kill normal cells, too, which makes people incredibly ill, resulting in hair loss, weight loss, and general sickness.
And, while someone is undergoing chemotherapy...
via: GettyTheir immune system becomes seriously compromised, meaning they have to avoid social interaction as much as possible.
And, during this ongoing medical pandemic...
via: GettyCancer patients have been suffering a lot.
One high school senior received some absolutely devastating news last month.
via: Go Fund MeChase Smith, an eighteen-year-old with a rare type of cancer called Ewing's sarcoma was told he would only have 3-5 months left to live his life.
He has had a rough journey with the disease.
via: Go Fund MeAfter going through intense treatment, it seemed as if the cancer was becoming weaker. But in March, doctors told Chase that it was back and it was much more intense this time.
With tumors all over his body, the professionals had to be as honest with him as possible.
via: Go Fund MeAccording to The Indy Star, the cancer had spread to his skull, the fluid lining of his brain, his shoulders, lungs, and hips and no matter how much chemo he went through, it would literally be impossible to control the aggression Ewing's sarcoma proposed.
For anyone, this news could spiral them down to a dark place.
The couple had only been together for about 6 months.
via: YouTubeBut that didn't matter to them. They loved each other and ended up tying the knot in an intimate ceremony on Mills' parents' drive, the same exact place they had shared their first-ever kiss.
In a video interview, the two described their emotions:
via: YouTube"Overall, it was the best day of my life," Sadie said. "I've always wanted an outdoor wedding and the fact that Chase came up with the idea to have the altar right where we went on our first date, where we had our first kiss, that meant a lot to me."
Chase then explained that this was a dream of his.
via: YouTubeSince battling cancer from the young age of twelve, Chase quickly realized that it might be difficult to achieve all of his dreams, but this one was very important to him.
So he and Sadie planned to go to college together before fully committing to each other.
via: YouTubeBut their plans were wrecked when they were exposed to the devastating news that the disease had returned with a vengeance in March.
So there was only one thing the couple wanted to do:
via: YouTube"We definitely were thinking about getting married in the future and we knew we wanted to," Smith explained. "A lot of people do say, 'Oh they're getting married because he has the potential to pass away soon,' and that's not at all why we decided to get married. It was more of just a wake-up call that, 'Hey, God wants you two together.'"
via: YouTube"What was cool about that was whenever we were first talking about getting married, Chase brought it up and I already knew what he was gonna say. So I interrupted him and said, 'No, I know the same thing.' So that was definitely a God thing that the time was right."
The only thing left to do was tell their parents...
via: YouTubeAnd they were completely supportive of their decision. "I have the best two parents I could possibly have. For them to be a hundred percent behind me and my choices and my decisions on who I love and who I wanted to marry when I wanted to marry, it couldn't mean any more to me than what it did," Chase said in the video.
And as the big daw dawned on them, they were both overcome with emotions.
via: YouTubeSadie, dressed in a gorgeous, white gown and Chase, suited in a navy suit exchanged vows with the closest members of their family present and it was a completely tear-inducing moment. A bittersweet ceremony.