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This Might Make You Cry

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This is so sad, yet touching.

Reece Fleming was diagnosed with leukaemia back in 2004 when he was just 4 years old.

He battled the disease for years until this May, when doctors gave the 8 year old boy only a few weeks to live.

The family decided to try and help him achieve most of his goals before he would pass. And one of those was to marry his school sweetheart, Elleanor Purgslove.

Reece's mother said "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 "proposed" to his little friend.

After she accepted, their parents arranged a pretend wedding at Reece's home (not the kids pictured above).

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.

Soooooo sad!

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 an amazing little boy.

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  3. Steph says – reply to this



  4. kimW says – reply to this


    i just started crying and sobbing in Starbucks……..wow, so sad….

  5. ash says – reply to this


    omg so sweet and sad : (

  6. brian says – reply to this


    that breaks my heart…

  7. Spart says – reply to this


    That is simultaneously the sweetest and saddest thing I have ever read.

  8. david says – reply to this


    wow, that was really beautiful.

  9. Carla says – reply to this


    What a sweet idea, and what a brave little boy. Makes me realize how lame I am sometimes not fully appreciating what I have. It's been a rough week–I needed this.

  10. 10

    So sad and bitter sweet.

  11. mt st says – reply to this


    I'm crying :(

  12. Aria says – reply to this


    That is really sweet and sad at the same time. Hopefully he has a wonderful life wherever he is now.

  13. Eric says – reply to this


    How sad :(

  14. eric says – reply to this


    nicole, would you marry me!?

  15. ass says – reply to this



  16. awww says – reply to this


    awww… I think this is so sweet. How wonderful for the parents to go along with this.

  17. kate says – reply to this


    Yes it's a pretty sad story, who i am most concern about is the little girl, she must be devastated… why would her parents let her go that far and not protect her heart too? Why she had to go through all of this she is just a lil girl and will be really hard for her to go through all this mouning experience and get over this boy, I think the girls parents were very irresponsible.
    As for the kid, it's great that his parents tried to make him get the most of life but still they pushed too far with the fake marriage thing, that was shocking!

  18. sieou says – reply to this


    so sad

  19. jessi says – reply to this


    beautiful story, extremely heartbreaking. where are the tissues!?

  20. KrisG says – reply to this


    It did make me cry. Nice contrast to all the sadness celebrities bring on themselves.

  21. ALS says – reply to this


    very sad to lose any child to cancer, accidents, etc. however, did anyone think about what psychological affect that may have on the little girl who "married" a dead boy? just a thought….

  22. pinke says – reply to this


    !st!!!! sad. just rub it in his face,, uh thats a good idea. celebrate his life not the one his parents want for closure.

  23. MIZZ says – reply to this


    I am crying…: ( .

  24. clh72 says – reply to this


    So touching - I teared up just reading about this. My love and prayers go out to the family.

  25. Laure says – reply to this


    That's really sad…What a wonderful child and an unfortunate life lost…

  26. chica says – reply to this


    poor girl! her husband just died! she must be so confused.

  27. Tia says – reply to this


    OMG that is so sweet. May God bless him and his family.

  28. 28

    OMG, how sad and touching! God Bless this little angel and his little "wife"!

  29. Aly says – reply to this


    This is so sweet! My condolences to the boys family .. how sad :(

  30. PBCHM says – reply to this


    Sad, but a lovely story!!! We should all draw inspiration from this and live to the fullest! Hey PH….When is your wedding? I want an invite!! :)

  31. Grace says – reply to this


    you fucker……..you made me cry!

  32. LAURA says – reply to this


    So sad, & a wonderful story, nice to share & bring a small memory of such a sweet boy. Prayers for his family. ALSO…. too sad for your site, but still glad you posted, so that everyone can remember such a trooper.

  33. addy says – reply to this


    Re: kate – thanks for being bitchy after a sad story. idiot

  34. Hanna says – reply to this


    This is just stupid.. what does a little boy know about marriage !
    This just shows that americans don't value marriage if they let a little boy get married. There are a lot of things involved in marriage… you have to have a real working relationship, and love, and all those things.

  35. Alena says – reply to this

  36. kimbe says – reply to this


    aww, this is so sweet yet very sad. that poor little boy, he married his sweetheart and then he died. that has to be the best story i have ever heard. :)

  37. Crist says – reply to this


    What a beautiful story..and brave boy…Makes you appreciate what you have…never take one day for granted…May he RIP with the angels

  38. ashle says – reply to this


    soooooooo sad!

  39. 39

    Totally teared up - fosho

  40. sid30 says – reply to this


    Re: kate – that is true..poor lil girl and if strangers are sad about the lil boy it must be worse for the girl and his family. my prayers goes out to them :(

  41. wow says – reply to this


    amazing story!

  42. trins says – reply to this


    I am over here sobbing.. Don't worry about that little girl…she has an angel watching over her.

  43. Frank says – reply to this


    One day half the population will have cancer. No one cares that we constantly eat, drink, breath and absorb hundreds of chemicals every day that have never been fully tested.

  44. Hanna says – reply to this



  45. 45

    I've just gone and soaked my arm warmer with my tears and it was because of this sad but beautiful story. SO SO SAD.
    Tigger no Happy :(

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  47. haven says – reply to this


    That didn't make me cry. It freaked me out. "Him and Ellie had been 'special friends' for a couple of years but then they broke up." They are children!!! What kind of mother would say that? It sounds like she's talking about a 25 year old couple!

  48. Trish says – reply to this


    He sounds like a sweet little boy, but to tell you the truth, I find it a little creepy.

  49. 49

    That is so sad. I hate hearing stories about kids dying, but it's quite touching. Bless his family!

  50. Anghe says – reply to this


    I have to agree with Kate. Very bitter sweet though and it brought a tear to my eye…how incredibly unfair life can be. On the funny side though. Who the fuck says "aww sad (sad emoticon)" and then follows it by "first?" LOL Way to miss the message of what's important in life…hahahah but thanks for making me laugh ;)

  51. Brytn says – reply to this


    This story is so touching. I'm so happy that Reese got his last wish fulfilled! :)

  52. Jane says – reply to this


    at least he died happy :')

  53. Julie says – reply to this


    this is the sweetest, most heartbreaking thing. and i love that last line, "so we thought if he walked for us then we would walk for him." what a brave little boy.

  54. candi says – reply to this


    That is so sad, sweet story, but so sad . My condolences to the family. I couldn't imagine losing my lil boy. Bless his heart.

  55. Steve says – reply to this


    What a brave kid, RIP

  56. Alena says – reply to this


    Re: kate
    I think that her parents did something that she can be proud of. She did an amazing thing by helping to let this boys dreams come true, that's a gift that is rewarding for years to come. Maybe I'm being harsh, but by 8 I had already experienced death of a friend…they can't protect her forever. And for all we know the parents sat the girl down and discussed it with her, I seriously doubt they would have FORCED her to do anything she didn't want to do.

  57. Me says – reply to this


    That is beautiful of the parents to have the wedding for him. He's an inspiration, we all should strive to accomplish our goals everyday, as it was our last. :(

  58. Aimee says – reply to this


    Re: Hanna – Actually i think they were English familys.

  59. Nicho says – reply to this


    I'm crying already. ='(

  60. Mandy says – reply to this


    What a sad/sweet story. Imagine being a 'widow' at 8 years old, even after a pretend wedding.

    My only disgust comes from the ASS holes and the Alex the Douches, not to mention Beyon who still use stories like this to act like complete and total wastes of oxygen. Fuckers. At least Eric added, "How sad. First?" Isn't there an endless pit that we can throw you into so you can never be heard from again?

    Its a shame that you have to start your day seeing if you can be 'first' on a Perez post (no offense Perez). I enjoy my Perez as much as anyone, but there are also magical website like CNN, Fox News, the AJC, New York Times. Grow a pair and actually learn something, assholes.

  61. Alici says – reply to this


    god bless that sweet little boy

  62. Meega says – reply to this


    AWWWWWWWW That is so sad and cute.

  63. casey says – reply to this


    sooo sad.
    but its so great that he was such a well-spirited little boy, and never gave up. so touching.

  64. Denis says – reply to this


    There was a little girl on Oprah about 10 or 15 years ago (she was about 6 or 8 at the time) who did the same thing. She was one of the first wave of children diagnosed with AIDS and she was basically terminal. I still bawl every time I think of these kids.

  65. viv says – reply to this


    Re: Hanna – what kind of an idiot are you!! This isnt a real marriage and everyone knows it!!! if he wanted to be a "pilot" before he died he would have gotten to fly with a pilot in a plane!!! Its not about a real marriage you horses ass!!!! Its about letting a kids dream, however odd it is, happen for him before he dies!!!!

  66. nicol says – reply to this


    the answer is YES eric…absolutely…i can't believe it! we're getting married!!!

  67. realm says – reply to this


    Talk about a touching story. So heartbreaking. R.I.P. Reece!

  68. charl says – reply to this


    this is really heartbreakin!

  69. David says – reply to this


    While this might have been a pretend wedding, are the girl's parents giving her the emotional support of a grieving widow? Doubtful. While this might have been good for the boy, it was not good for the girl. Ah, but our culture still cares very little for girls. So sad.

  70. Mark says – reply to this


    Re: Trish

    You're not alone.

  71. Poppy says – reply to this


    Re: Hanna – what kind of heartless bitch are you? can't you read? it was a pretend wedding, and a dying child's last wish and clearly made him very happy, and didnt harm anyone, or mock the institution of marriage in anyway. stupid? hardly.

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    Re: Hanna

    What the hell, what kind of moronic retard are you?
    The kid was dying, and his parents wanted to give him everything that a normal person in life should have.
    Honestly, why do idiots like you exist? =\

  73. Ashle says – reply to this


    This story is so cute and so sad at the same time. We should learn from him to enjoy life instead of wasting it.

  74. JustJ says – reply to this


    omg this story was so touching and sad : (

  75. brit says – reply to this


    wow…thats so sad, but sweet at the same time.

  76. kara says – reply to this


    That just brought me to tears like you would not believe. How sad.

  77. 77

    Bitter Sweet, this hurts my heart :(

  78. plum says – reply to this


    god bless you,baby!

  79. 79

    Re: kate – AGREE

  80. Jonno says – reply to this


    A very touching story indeed. To Kate: I am sure the little girl's–and the boy's–parents explained the entire situation, as well as all of the ramifications, before hand. I also don't believe that she was "forced" into anything and did this willingly, knowing full-well how much this would mean to her little friend as well as to herself. This "marriage" meant so much to this little boy–and because of that, to his parents–that any attempts by some bloggers to spoil that seem heartless.

  81. nikki says – reply to this



  82. Jamie says – reply to this


    That is the most touching story. God bless this little boys family.

  83. To Tr says – reply to this


    I also agree that this is creepy. While this marriage might be "pretend" for the adults, can you honestly say that it was pretend for this young girl? Some parents are nuts.

  84. Tiff says – reply to this


    How sad. Reece was such a brave little boy. It's very sweet of both parents and Ellie to make his wish come true. God Bless his family.

  85. Meiko says – reply to this


    Such a sweetie.
    I almost cried while I read this. DDD :

  86. Julie says – reply to this


    I cried at the line "I can go now" It's so sad. I'm stilll crying.

  87. cory says – reply to this


    how absolutely creepy and a very bizarre situation to put the little girl in.

  88. 88

    so sad…..RIP little groom

  89. jane says – reply to this


    that's not sweet - that's FUCKED UP

    what about the little girl? She's 8, and has now been "married" and a "widow" - what where the parents thinking?????

  90. Chels says – reply to this


    Re: Hanna – Hanna you're an idiot - it was in the UK.

  91. Emma says – reply to this


    So will his parents be paying for the little girls therapy?

  92. Jenne says – reply to this


    OMG…the tears will not stop…that is the saddest most touching thing I have read on here ever!!!

  93. 93

    that's so sad. that's like beyond sad. it's sad and touching. you're going to make me cry now Perez. wow. and what a great sign of respect by family and friends. they even walked to the funeral just honor the little boy. oh im going to be sobbing for the next hour. thanks a lot Perez. post something to brighten me up now.

  94. NURSE says – reply to this


    Re: Frank

    Aww, fuck off Frank. As I sit here and drink my coffee and smoke my cigarettes, I already KNOW what I'm going to die from, and it sure as hell ain't cancer. How about you? We live in a society who is so worried about what causes cancer that half the people in the world deny themselves simple pleasures just because some douche like you might suggest it might cause cancer. My FIL won't even cook out on a grill anymore. Where is your medical degree, Dr. Frank? Or are you just spewing forth facts that you picked up at Whole Food?

  95. amand says – reply to this


    wow ! that is so sad yet beautiful at the same time , my thoughts and prayers go out to his family ! i'm sure they are thankful for all the blessings in their lives , including that they had such an amazing and special little boy .

  96. UR FA says – reply to this


    Re: Hanna – SHUT UP STUPID

  97. jessi says – reply to this


    OMG!! Im crying like a child at work.. thankfully everyone is at lunch.. very touching and sad.

  98. kay says – reply to this


    aw. walk to remember 2: now with small children!

  99. cara says – reply to this


    What an amazing little boy

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