5-year-old Lila May Schow only has a few months to live, so her family decided to throw her the best birthday party they possibly could.
Lila was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at age 2 and has been fighting the cancer ever since. Her doctors recently told her family that the little girl only has months to live.
“At first we just wanted to do a nice princess party, but we’re on a limited time with Lila,” said her dad, Ryan Schow, in an interview. Together with other members of her family, including her mother and stepfather, Heidi and Blake Hall, Schow decided to include other important events in a girl’s life in addition to the birthday theme. “We decided to give her that prom she’ll never see and that wedding day.”
Lila’s mom mentioned the upcoming event on Facebook, and the family’s entire community joined in to help make Lila’s day even more special.
With all the extra help, Lila’s family turned the Butler Banking Building in Hood River, Oregon, into a castle. The preparations included six different cakes, horse-drawn carriage rides, a DJ, a banquet, princesses, face-painting, and balloons.
“She was pretty impressed. But I’d say her favorite parts were the carriage ride and when her daddy cried because she was so happy.”
As for Lila’s “wedding,” she said “I do” to her Dad. “She’s a very caring little girl. And really resilient and very strong. Even when she’s hit hard with chemo and in her surgeries, she just keeps loving, and has the ability to really inspire people, too.”
Lila loved every minute of her party, even stating that “she had her own fairy tale ball.”