Texas 9-Year-Old With Weeks to Live Marries

Submitted by: fancylad 8 years ago in

Family and friends gather to celebrate wedding of 7-Year-Old Boy and 9-year-old Jayla Cooper, who is battling leukemia.
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Female 961
At first I was kind of shocked. After watching the whole thing I think its beautiful. It obviously was a celebration of life and love. The man said, take him to be your friend forever. which is awesome. Go her.
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Female 263
Also also, lol when Ditas said, "I have been in a loving and stable relationship for 7 MONTHS."

No offense, dude... you can say that again in another 7 or so months. ; )

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Female 263
Also, Dragosal is a total moron. And I mean that on an almost personal level. That girl is going to die very soon and she wanted to see her dream of "marriage" come true. It isn`t a real marriage in the legal sense, it`s a celebration and a way for a little girl`s last dream to come true. Can`t you appreciate that? Or are you too dense to see the beauty of a real-life dream come true?
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Female 263
Saddest Video Online=Epic Win
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Female 166
That was so sad but beautiful too.
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Female 62
I don`t think it was an actual marriage. The guy said "friend" forever, not "husband," it`s a celebration of love and friendship, not a relationship, since they got through so much as friends.
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Male 426
oh, and congrats, ditas, on your "7 month" relationship...sometimes goldfish live longer than that...this little girl might not.
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Male 426
i agree w/ sabre200000...dragosal and ditas are both older than this girl will ever live to be...you`ll get to hold off on things like this until you`re sure that it`s the "right" thing...if this little girl wanted to spend all that money on beanie babies, my opinion would not be changed one bit...maybe we can pool our money and buy dragosal and ditas some hearts.
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Male 1,039
dragosal has a lot of growing up to do..and is looking at it the wrong way. ditas you don`t seem to understand either.

This isn`t about "love and marriage". It`s about a little girl who wants to accomplish a dream she knows she`ll never live to see.

Many little girls want to grow up, find someone that loves them, and get married. This little girl will die before then. It is a matter of love...FAMILY love, not sexual or even intimate necessarily, but a love to make this young girl happy before she passes on.

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Male 1,039
This little girl has one wish, and it doesn`t matter what it is.

She`s got very little time left, so you do what she wants NO MATTER WHAT IT IS. I have a 16 month old little girl and this is very painful to read or watch.

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Female 313
I`m sorry, but in a way, i agree with Dragosal.
They are too young to understand what love and marriage is. I`m 17, and i`m still not sure what love and marriage mean. (and i have been in a great, loving and stable relationship for the past 7 months). I wont say it was a waste of money, because they deserve all the money in the world, they have been going through pretty rough times.. But they could have spent it in something else, like a holiday, maybe a trip to Disneyland or something... Some other way to celebrate their friendship, but not a wedding =/
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Female 23
Why is she wearing a fuzzy princess crown? XD
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Female 16
dragosal, you`re insane. You are so ignorant it`s sick.
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Female 132
Dragosal you are a dick. You have no f*cking idea what that is like! I had leukemia and now I can hardly walk and doctors say i probably won`t be able to again because of a side effect of chemo. I spent over 90 days in the hospital of those day being my birthday, easter, july 4th, AND CHRISTMAS!!!
That little girl wanted to have that one life experience before she died and I personally found it very sweet and even started crying. You on the other hand obviously have no heart whatsoever and will live a long and lonely life. So just shut the f*ck up, k?
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Male 98
time to consumate it!
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Female 53
I can`t believe no one heard when the preacher said "Do you take him to be your FRIEND forever?"

Obviously, the parents are granting their daughter`s dying wish with a little make-believe wedding to make a dream of hers come true since she only has 4 weeks left to live.

Some little girls dream of getting married; there`s nothing wrong with being small and having fun little fantasies--that`s what childhood is all about and it is sad her life will be cut short.

Some of the comments on here are so mean towards a dying 9 year old girl; some people need to have sympathy.

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Male 426
dragosal...you`re right, you`re a douchebag.
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Female 1,199
That`s so sad.

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Male 1,629
this is the dumbest thing i have seen in a long time, idc if it makes me sound like a dik. what a waste of time and money the kids are to young to comprehend the concept of love and marriage is a dated concept anyways its pointless and is only even around b/c religions cling to the ideal of dedicating yourself to another person and giving an oath to "god" or whoever the religion worships. if marriage meant anything anymore there wouldnt be anywhere near as many divorces as there are. and the mother of that girl is an idiot for even going with this poo...
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Female 64
i never wanted to get married when i was a little girl. thats being stereotypical, stupidbassprincess.
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Male 8,300
> Bekll
> It`s the end of life. There`s nothing after it

Bek, look at fillemorte`s avatar. You`re arguing with a ghost, that kind of proves her point I think :-)

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Female 1,984
"death isn`t an end"
It`s the end of life. There`s nothing after it.
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Female 741
death isn`t an end
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Female 1,984
--"Do they what? Have lupus? You`re a fan of House, you should already know that the answer is "Nope!""
It`s never Lupus! Gah!--

Wasn`t it actually lupus in one episode?

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Female 72
It`s a cute little tear-jerker.
They possibly didn`t get married legally (or maybe I wasn`t listening) but it`s still adorable. Every little girl wants to get married and every little girl wants to feel like a princess. It`s so sad she has to have her princess years cut so short.
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Male 596
The End of the Beginning is the end, But the Beginning of the end is the beginning
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Male 353
Having read five pages of comments... most of them have to be from 11 year olds. What have you become IAB?
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Male 286
@pat125 if both parents are consenting and they did the paper work it would be legal.
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Male 247
v I think they call it being a douchebag you asshat. What is up with IAB lately? It is looking more and more like Ebaum`s comment forums. Sad. v
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Male 24
I just can`t figure out why I feel good inside hearing about the Leukemia and that I could care less for the wedding. I really wish I wan`t so heartless... WTF is wrong with me...
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Female 115
thats sad :-(
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Male 2,788
burnin_roses


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Seriously?

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Male 390
well now i`m depressed...
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Male 756
I wouldn`t think the wedding was actually legally binding, more of a "staged" wedding to grant her last wish. If it was legal, that is kind of messed up.

But all that aside, it`s horrible to see kids die like that before their life even begins. At least she`ll die happy. That must have been gut wrenching for the parents though.

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Female 289
That is so sweet that their family has done that for them.

I have a 90% chance of getting lukemia. I have the cells in my blood, but the doctors can`t do anything about it until it turns into cancer. Hopfully when it is found it isn`t to late...

I feel so sorry for the little girl for what she has but happy for her that she is able to have her dream =-]

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Male 162
Two children, both with terminal illnesses, who have helped each other deal with it have a friendship ceremony to declare before their families that they will be friends forever. Yeah, that is pretty drated up. Grow up.
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Female 627
I`d like to think that she`ll live and be cancer free and then have to divorce him at age 11.
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Female 1,963
Awh... that just makes me want to cry. Kids dying is just so incredibly wrong.
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Female 1,436
That is awesome that the parent`s did this for both of the children. Geez - now I`m all girly inside. . . How wonderful for both of them! I love the, "Will you take ___ as your friend forever?" Complete aw`s!!!
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Female 267
That`s so sad...

"I`ve survived cancer three times, rhabdomyiasarcoma, condro-blastic osteosarcoma and most recently a lung metastasis. I`ll tell ya, it`s as hard to see your parents (and loved ones) watch you deal with cancer as it is to deal with cancer yourself. I`m not surprised they agreed to do this. Parents are probably distraught with sadness."
I`m glad you`re here with us today. :) I lost a grandfather to lung cancer (and probably my dad soon, he`s been coughing a lot and we don`t know what`s wrong with him. He`s going to the clinic today. He`s been a chainsmoker since he was 12.) and my best friend`s dad was given 6 months to live 10 years ago, and he`s still with us.

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Male 60
honeymoon? ;)
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Male 205
Do they know what married couples do after the wedding?!?!?!?!?!??! They kiss and stuff. It`s icky.
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Male 639
AnwarNova, wow. I can`t even imagine what you must have been through but good for you. I can imagine that your ready for anything now.
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Female 194
Awwwww! ;____;
It`s so cute and sad at the same time! D:
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Male 155
fake
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Male 378
hmm... I guess it`s the thought that counts?
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Female 175
awwww that`s so sweet and sad at the same time.<3
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Female 723
I love the heart-string-tugging posts as of late. *sniffle*
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Male 701
Aw, that`s nice. :)
<not the leukemia part>
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Male 555
Does a 9 year old really know what `love` is?
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Female 15,763
Oh...

I don`t really have a comment this time.

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Male 162
Something doesn`t sit right with me with the mother of that girl....i don`t know what it is

oh well, this is such a sad story though :(

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Male 28
wow... i was totally weirded out till it said she had lukemia...this reminds me of that one singer who married his 13 year old cousin.
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Male 2,076
I`ve survived cancer three times, rhabdomyiasarcoma, condro-blastic osteosarcoma and most recently a lung metastasis. I`ll tell ya, it`s as hard to see your parents (and loved ones) watch you deal with cancer as it is to deal with cancer yourself. I`m not surprised they agreed to do this. Parents are probably distraught with sadness.
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Male 8,300
> wombatmaster
> that`s completely besides the point, she`s dying in weeks, she`s never going to have a chance to get married

I think that IS the point wombat, its traumatic enough on an adult when they lose a partner. One of these kids is going to die before the other, and the remaining one will be incredibly traumatised. You`re not giving the kids some "magical fairy tale wish come true", you`re exposing them to adult pain and loss in the midst of everything else they`re suffering. If the parents had one iota of sense, I think they would have realised this was a very very cruel thing to do to them.

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Male 1,029
Haha nobody`s responded to me as just `staple`. Anyway, I know it`s bad grammar, and I was born and raised in the northern US.
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Male 22
staple, does is a completely different word than do, you can`t just swap them, they might not teach that down in the south though
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Male 1,029
Wait, does they even know sex?
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Male 1,029
Does they know to have sex on their honeymoon?
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Male 22
seriously people, did you not hear who was directing the ceremonies? "Do you take Jose to be your friend forever?" not a real marriage. And that`s completely besides the point, she`s dying in weeks, she`s never going to have a chance to get married. Anybody who thinks this is wrong or stupid obviously does not feel emotion.
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Male 2,855
no no no, just wrong, she should be feeding the homeless or some other useless crap instead of doing something for herself
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Female 23
That`s so sad... :( I think it`s nice that she got last wish before she dies.
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Male 8,300
Cancer kids aside, it shows the parents have completely lost their grasp on sanity.
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Male 294
i dont care if shes about to die, they`re too young to get married. just wrong.
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Male 324
sad, i hate cancer stories, ive lost 3 people but my aunt got cured
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Female 2,064
How depressing...
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Male 132
um, wtf?
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Female 400
Saddest thing I`ve ever seen in my drating life.
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Male 1,365
Typing error, "She" not He. but my comment is relevant. This wedding thing has a sense of finality to it, feels more like a funeral gathering than a wedding.
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Male 1,365
hasn`t he suffered enough? Marriage was designed so that healthy, happy, independent people can suffer.
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Female 761
I hate reading all these damn ignorant comments--my mother is currently in the hospital...I don`t know if she`s gonna make it, so it`s just really making me want to punch a few of you (you know who you are) in the face and throw V8 juice in your eyes.
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Male 639
Dainty, I think I understand the terminology now as a psychological boost to people dealing with cancer. I guess it is the mindset which sepertates `dealing` or `living` with cancer from `fighting` it.

I`ve also just realised that my previous post may have sounded a little dismissive, so my apologies if it sounded that way, I was merely interested in the terminology. Also, my condolences for the loss of your friend.

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Female 248
kids these days, having babies, getting married...
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Female 360
I love this! those are the most amazing parents ever. This girl had been dreaming of her wedding day, and the mom had probably been dreaming of it too, it`s very sweet that she got to experience that in her life. Seeing kids die is the worst because you know they never got to experience life in general, they never got to grow up. But these two got to experience a little piece of adulthood before they died, and it`s awesome that the parents let them do so.
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Male 63
It means their body is fighting to stay alive. It`s common knowledge, or so I thought.
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Male 639
Can someone explain to me how you can put up a fight when dealing with cancer? Surely you can`t fight it, it is going to do what it does.

I`m actually honestly intrigued as to what people mean by it. Do they simply mean maintaining the attitude of `this cancer will not beat me`, or do they mean `I am going to use every treatment possible to get rid of this thing`?

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Male 91
Not sure what youd say about this
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Male 94
all this says to me is that the priest is looking at a big paycheck, greedy mean person
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Female 46
Made me cry too... super super sad :(
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Female 531
oh god, that made me cry!
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Female 55
thats freaky and not to mention stupid.
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Female 1,082
awwww
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Female 84
thats so sad!
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Male 84
......Honeymoon?...
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Male 593
What can I say? Amazed. Stunned. Gobsmacked.
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Male 221
"Do they what? Have lupus? You`re a fan of House, you should already know that the answer is "Nope!""

It`s never Lupus! Gah!

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Male 1,182
this is so horrible
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Female 335
this is what went on in my head
Jake: Married?
Long Duk Dong: Married.
Jake: Married?
Long Duk Dong: Yeah. Married
Jake: [turns around, under breath to himself] Married?
Long Duk Dong: Married! Jeez.
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Male 817
Darthzew: "Do they...?"

Do they what? Have lupus? You`re a fan of House, you should already know that the answer is "Nope!"

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Female 340
Blakcat, I agree with you. When my sister went on the 9th, I and everyone else went into a state of shock. It happened SO suddenly, eight hours between the time we had any hint of anything being wrong and the time she was gone. It really opened my eyes that we need to cherish and be grateful for every moment that this life gives us.
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Female 1,142
Man. I`m twice her age, and I don`t even wanna get married.
Goes to show just how much we take for granted, or at least I do. :(
What awesome parents.
So much love, there, it`s heartbreaking.
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Female 390
Married? I`m sorry...whut?
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Male 552
this is like, a walk to remember but with 9 year olds
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Female 1,516
Yeah, Darthzew pretty much pinned what my big question was.
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Male 201
Do they...?

This is probably purely ceremonial, but they didn`t really answer that...

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Female 42
That was so sad and sweet at the same time. *wipes tears away*
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Female 761
Ok, please no more sad vids this early on *Wipes tears* this completely destroyed my day.
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Female 495
Very touching.
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Female 1,653
What makes it so much sadder is the fact that he`ll be a 7-yr-old widower just weeks after his honeymoon.
:(
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Female 280
That was sweet...*tear*
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Female 28
I read another story about this that said the little boy is in remission. Apparently he wouldn`t talk to the reporter about the wedding; he`s (understandably) upset and confused about the fact that he`s going to live while his friend is going to die.
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Female 1,578
Thats so unbelievably sad.
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Male 4,290
Alfie, take note. Marriage before offspring.
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Male 116
That is very touching and sad in one way, but also quite disturbing aswell. 9 years old and 7 years old.
Its sad to think there will probably be a follow up story to this one quite soon on i-am-bored.. :(
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Female 387
Awww, that`s so sweet!
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Female 876
Fnkychkn - Of course it`s not legal. It`s purely ceremonial.

Every little girl dreams of her wedding day, and I think that it`s touching that she is able to have hers. A very sad story, though.

It always scares me that people who are walking around, smiling, and talking can be gone in just a few weeks. Children, too.

But really, it`s lovely that the parents put this together for her.

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Male 1,788
That was a cool story.
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Male 817
FxyRoxy777: "randy.. I believe the "husband" boy has the same condition and will be dieing soon too :(. from what I heard in the clip"

I was under the impression they met there. They never went into detail as to what the boy had. For all we know he had cancer that`s now in remission or something and he`ll now live a very long and scarred life.

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Male 431
seeing the title of this clip, i thought it was some kind of attention getting, hick show but its actually a really touching story. vows said friends forever... very nice
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Female 855
Didn`t hear the "friend" part. That means it`s not legal. I hope.
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Female 855
My nephew just died from cancer. He didn`t see any overwhelming need to marry his girlfriend. Don`t the parents realize this is going to create problems down the road legally? How sad.
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Male 80
i wonder if they consummated the marriage..........
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Male 701
They`re sick so they get married? Why make things worse than they are?
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Male 212
It makes me so profoundly sad to even imagine the horror this terrible disease is inflicting on her and her family and many more people world wide.
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Female 652
randy.. I believe the "husband" boy has the same condition and will be dieing soon too :(. from what I heard in the clip
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Female 688
god, thats a bit grim isnt it :|
poor girl, poorer boy.

a widower at 7!? jeeze :|

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Female 652
that was so sad. the fact that the mom kept crying behind her wasn`t helping. the poor dad kept looking at his daughter to make sure his wife wasn`t upsetting her
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Male 817
It`s nice that she wants to marry before she kicks off this mortal plain and that her folks bent over backwards to do it. But, man, when that girls dies, that boy is going to have all sorts of mental problems afterward. It`s like they didn`t consider him at all. Poor bastard.
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Male 126
sooo do you think they consummated the marriage

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Male 66
insanity went main stream..
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Male 1,894
wow. At first I thought it was going to be something like the onion, but it turns out that this is a really sweet story.
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Male 2,388
Um yeah the leukemia may have been untreatable but one thing is for sure they didn`t try. Does anyone know if the kid new she was gonna die? still touching
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Female 340
You know, I think this was sweet. It made me cry because it made me think of my sister.

Jan. 31, she married the love of her life. Now, she was 25, but still... It was the one thing that she had told me she wanted before death, was to meet and marry the man she would be the happiest with.

Feb. 9, she died suddenly.

Honestly, I have an easier time thinking that she got her dream wedding, she died one of the happiest people ever.

I don`t see what`s wrong with giving a girl who`s not expected to see her tenth birthday the wedding she always talked about and dreamed about. It`s cute, it`s sweet, and it`s a happy time that her parents can take with them when they are filled with heartbreak and tears when she`s gone.

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Female 676
pmarren, did you not catch the part that this was a 9 YEAR OLD`S DYING WISH? It wasn`t the parents who came up with it, it`s what she wanted and I think it`s wonderful that they did it for her.
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Female 35
I think it`s sweet. A friendship wedding. So cute.
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Male 817
Lauraly: "I rememeber a bunch of my friends had little play weddings."

When I was a little kid, I was in a cult too. :D

Heh, I joke. I was never a little kid.

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Male 4,593
What a load of horse-apples. The kid is going to croak and THIS is all the parents can think of to get through it?

Of all the stupid, insipid, ass-backward thinking...

What the f*ck is in the water in Texas? Seriously.

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Male 1,526
OH YEAH. child on child wedding night. giggidy
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Female 26
how sweet, GummyWurmz you`re a retard, find something else to practice your un-witty banter on.
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Female 2,258
It`s a little girl`s dying wish. If she doesn`t get her "wedding" now, she never will... it isn`t as though she was married off to some wealthy businessman who`s going to take her innocence. None of you never played house or had marriages when you were in 3rd-4th grade? I rememeber a bunch of my friends had little play weddings. They just made this on a bigger scale.
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Male 3,431
Agreed peloos. There are some worthless pieces of $hit on these forums.
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Male 3,819
WTH with all the negative comments?

Is it REALLY so horrible for a dying 9 year old girl to get to live out her biggest dream? Good for her, man.

Christ, people.

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Female 2
In case you haven`t noticed... the vows state "Do you take Jose to be your friend forever?" It`s more a statement of lifelong friendship rather than marriage. Why sully it? Marriage just happens to be the term used. I don`t see the "sick" in it. I doubt it will be considered a "legal marriage" in any court of law...and I doubt any benefits will be awarded, but granting your child her last wish of a wedding probably far outweighs looking to scam an insurance company.
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Female 1,412
Thats drated up. No offence but wtf? Her `hubby` didn`t look very happy, the look on his face was like WTF? I`m sure the groom got a special wedding diaper, and she probly toddled town the isle with her daddy.
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Male 282
I heard about this on the radio yesterday. This is about as sick as years ago when a man "married" his 8 year old daughter as part of roleplaying (like a tea party). As much as I love my kids, there are some things that you juts have to say "NO" to, no matter what the circumstances.

So, does the other kid get death benefits? Is the girl`s estate left to him?

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Female 68
this has to be a joke
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Male 352
inb4 Joke about rednecks.
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Male 20,909
Link: Texas 9-Year-Old With Weeks to Live Marries [Rate Link] - Family and friends gather to celebrate wedding of 7-Year-Old Boy and 9-year-old Jayla Cooper, who is battling leukemia.
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