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As soon as Hayden Hatfield started walking down the aisle, her eyes locked on her flower girl.

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Hatfield,nowHayden Ryals, 26, had registered as a bone marrow canada goose factory outlet donor in 2015 at a time, canada goose outlet sale she said, when she was struggling, changing her major at canada goose outlet jackets Auburn University and trying to decide what she wanted to do with her life and who she wanted to be. It was almost exactly a year later when she received a phone call she was a match to an anonymous 1 year old child many miles away.

“I had started to question whether I had a purpose here,” she said. “That phone call gave me a canada goose black friday sale purpose.”After Skye was born in 2015, she developedpetechiae, or pinpoint bruises, said herfather,Todd Savren McCormick. The bruising eventually disappeared but then returned, and the childkept getting sick. Four canada goose outlet new york city days before her first birthday, after months of doctor appointments and tests and unanswered questions,Skye wasdiagnosed withjuvenile canada goose outlet online myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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So on July 28, 2016, doctors in Alabama extracted some of Ryals’s bone marrow, and the next day, doctors in California transplanted it into Skye’s bloodstream.

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canada goose outlet london Then, while Skye was recovering from the second bone marrow transplant, Savren McCormick said, one of her eyes started to swell and doctors diagnosed her with a second form of cancer post transplant lymphoproliferative disease. It had attackedher eyelid, both sides of her neck, her chest and her spinal column, her canada goose outlet reviews father said. canada goose outlet london

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canada goose outlet vip Savren McCormick said that because there are regulations on donations, they returned to theBe the Match registryand found another donor this time, using peripheral blood stem cells instead of the bone marrow. But, the father said, “if Hayden hadn’t donated her bone marrow, our daughter would not have made it [to] her other donation. She got us to a place where we could survive this.” canada goose outlet vip

ButRyals said she didn’t save the toddler.

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Over the past year, the two families stayed in contact with each other but had never met face to face. In March,Ryals sentSkye a very special present for her third birthday an Elsa doll from the movie “Frozen,” a Poppy blanket from “Trolls” and an invitationto her wedding.

“I said I wanted them to know how much I love them and how much they’re canada goose outlet black friday wanted,”Ryals said. She said that though she knew it was a long shot, she mentioned how nice it would be for Skye to be her flower girl. She walked over to Skye, she said, and fell to her knees.

Ryals said Skye’s mother asked the toddler whoRyals was and she responded, “Hay Hay,” her nickname for Ryals. Then she hugged Ryals.

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On June 9,Skye entered the chapel, paving the way with flower petals just as she had been practicing step, step, drop her father said.

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canada goose outlet 2015 Then Ryals walked down the aisle to marry her groom,Adrian, carrying a bouquet draped with something from Skye and her parents a gold locket with Skye’s picture tucked into one side and a message engraved on the other: “This heart beats with yours.” canada goose outlet 2015

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