Wedding guests were treated to a tender moment of heart warming human connection when a little girl walked down the aisle at the wedding of a woman who saved her life.
Three year old Skye Savren-McCormick was the flower girl at Hayden Ryals’ wedding, two years after Hayden was Skye’s bone marrow donor.
Talking to Good Morning America, Skye’s mom, Talia Savren-McCormick, said, “I always tell people they’re smitten for one another. Skye calls her ‘Hay Hay.’”
Skye’s mom further added that during the wedding, her baby girl “stepped out and took a giant, handful of flowers and threw them on the ground. One of the bridesmaids said everyone was ugly crying.”
In March 2016, at only one year old, Skye was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. That same year, Hayden received a call from a coordinator with Be the Match, who told her that she was a match with a little girl diagnosed with leukemia whose name she later learned was Skye Savren-McCormick.
That same year, Skye had her first bone marrow transplant, from Ryals, and later, a vital infusion of cells. Her final transplant was April 2017.
Talia said that her daughter wouldn’t have made it to her final transplant if it had not been for Ryals. She said, “She was that sick. I feel like Hayden is such a huge success in why Skye was able to beat leukemia.”
A couple of months after her transplant, Skye’s parents received a letter from Ryals who reached out through Be the Match, and since then they started texting and sending Facebook messages to each other.
For her third birthday, Hayden sent Skye a birthday present. Inside the gift, was an invitation to her wedding.
Once Skye received a clean bill of health from her doctors, she traveled with her parents from California to the wedding in Alabama.
The pair met and embraced for the first time at Hayden’s wedding rehearsal. “I walked up and I just dropped to my knees and all I could do was smile,” Hayden told ABC News.
Soon after, Skye melted hearts as she threw flower petals for the bride as she walked down the isle.
The two families say they are looking forward to seeing each other again soon. “They are going to be part of our lives forever,” Talia told ABC News. “She saved our daughter’s life.