Toddler cancer survivor serves as flower girl to bone marrow donor

Allison Yee
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It was the devastating cancer diagnosis that saw toddler Skye Savren-McCormick given just a 10 percent chance to live and in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

For Skye, who had been diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia before she had even turned one, it was the kindness of complete stranger Hayden Hatfield Ryals that kick started her battle back to health.

And now the three-year-old has been given her chance to say thank you, after walking down the aisle as Hayden’s flower girl during the 26-year-old’s emotional nuptials last month.

After donating bone marrow to Skye, the 26-year-old invited the toddler to act as her flower girl as well. Photo: Facebook/hayden.s.hatfield

In a heartwarming story that’s gone viral, Hayden has revealed the pair’s special bond, that began when she was told she was a match for Skye.

After feeling lost and lacking purpose at college, Hayden had signed up with registry Be the Match to be a bone marrow donor. A year later in 2016, she received the call telling her she was a match with Skye.

The tot received her bone marrow transplant from Hayden later that year, but struggled with her health, developing secondary cancer and later going on to receive a transplant from another donor in 2017.

Hayden and her husband Adrian tied the knot last month, making sure Skye was a part of their big day. Photo: Facebook/hayden.s.hatfield

Despite the complications and the heartache, Skye’s parents Talia and Todd have always credited Hayden with getting their daughter past that first difficult hurdle.

“She was that sick,” Talia told ABC News.

“I feel like Hayden is such a huge success in why Skye was able to beat leukemia.”

Skye’s parents Todd and Talia reveal the toddler will have a lifelong bond with her donor. Photo: Facebook/talia.savren

While Hayden’s donation was anonymous, the Alabama-local couldn’t stop thinking about the transplant and sent the family an anonymous letter. The Savren-McCormicks replied in kind, and after contacting Be the Match to help them connect, soon began sharing emails, calls and texts.

While the Savren-McCormicks are based in California, it was a no brainer when they received the invite for Skye to help celebrate Hayden’s wedding by serving as a flower girl.

Skye is now in remission after battling cancer for most of her short life. Photo: Facebook/talia.savren

With the families meeting for the first time at Hayden’s wedding rehearsal, Talia reveals her daughter instantly knew she was someone special, with the pair connecting immediately.

“They are going to be part of our lives forever,” Talia told ABC‘s World News Tonight.

“She saved our daughter’s life.”


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