Reece Fleming was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2004 when he was just 4 years old. At age 8, with weeks to live, his dying wish was to marry his school friend.
Reece Fleming battled leukemia for years until this May, when doctors told the family, little Reece, only 8 years old, would only have a few weeks to live.
Reece Fleming’s family decided to try and help him achieve most of his goals before his death. One of those wishes was to marry his school sweetheart, Elleanor Purgslove.
Reece Fleming’s mother stated, “When we found out that we only had a few weeks with him we tried to do absolutely everything with him that we could. Him and Ellie had been ‘special friends’ for a couple of years but then they broke up. We said we’d have a pirate party and Ellie came. She went to visit Reece a few times in hospital as well.”
Then during a recent laser tag party, Reece Fleming “proposed” to his little friend Elleanor Purgslove.
After she accepted, their parents arranged a pretend wedding at Reece’s home. On that day, Elleanor arrived at Reece’s house in a wedding dress. Her mother acted as vicar as the school friends exchanged rings and vows. Reece, dressed in his favorite shirt, also presented Elleanor with a red rose.
The families went out to dinner in the mayor’s limousine and organized the wedding with rings and even a fictional certificate.
The kids got married on July 4th. And Reece told his mom, “I can go now,” after his wedding wish had been fulfilled.
His mom added, “He was so proud of her, and we were proud of them both.”
The following day after the wedding, Reece died at home with his family.
During the funeral, the mourners followed a horse-draw hearse on foot.
His mom added, “Even on the Saturday that he died, he got out of bed and walked to the sofa. He always tried walking, right to the end, so we thought if he walked for us then we would walk for him.”
What a sad story… condolences to Reece Flemings family and friends.