Amy Phipps Photography

High School Senior With 3-5 Months To Live Marries Girlfriend After Diagnosis

Dan 23 May 2020

Most of us don't end up with our high school sweethearts. Life is just too long, with too many twists and turns, for most of us to stick with our first love.

But for 18-year-olds Chase Smith and Sadie Mills, time is not a luxury they can enjoy. The newlyweds are deeply in love — but their marriage was a bittersweet event.

Chase Smith doesn't have long to live.

YouTube | Kaitlin Smith

Chase, a high school senior, has Ewing's sarcoma, a rare type of cancer.

Back in April, doctors gave him a grim prognosis: the cancer had spread, and he only had three to five months to live.

Load Comments

Within days, a wedding was planned.

YouTube | Kaitlin Smith

Chase and his girlfriend of six months, Sadie Mills, decided to tie the knot. They had a beautiful ceremony on the driveway of Mill's parents' house — the same place where they shared their first kiss months earlier.

Load Comments

It was a big day for Chase.

YouTube | Kaitlin Smith

He's been battling cancer since he was 12 — a full third of his life — but he never let it define him. His girlfriend, now wife, Sadie Mills, said she was excited to get married to her sweetheart.

Load Comments

Friends and family gathered to wish them well.

YouTube | Kaitlin Smith

In a fifteen-minute video posted to YouTube, the joyousness of the day is readily apparent. The sadness underlying the whole event is there, but it's in the background.

Load Comments

A little rain didn't dampen spirits.

YouTube | Kaitlin Smith

Chase confidently walked down the "aisle" (actually just the front yard) with his best man to wait for his bride. Marriage had always been part of their plan, but Chase's prognosis accelerated things.

Load Comments

This is Chase's reaction to seeing Sadie.

YouTube | Kaitlin Smith

While he'd mostly kept it together during the run-up to the big moment, he was overcome with emotion at seeing his bride-to-be walking down the aisle towards him.

Load Comments

Vows sealed, it was time to party.

Amy Phipps Photography

Chase and Sadie posed for a few pics, then gathered with friends and family for speeches and dancing under a big tent. It was a truly poignant wedding ceremony.

Load Comments

Here's to Chase and Sadie.

YouTube | Kaitlin Smith

It's a heartbreaking, bittersweet story. But even though Chase's life will be tragically cut short, he'll spend the rest of it with the person he loves.

Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section below.

h/t: YouTube | Kaitlin Smith, Indy Star

Load Comments
Next Article