One Last Birthday: 5 Year Old Cancer Patient Heart-Melting Celebration

Most of us don’t even remember what we had for dinner last night — that’s the level to which we take our life for granted. But every now and then the universe reminds us that life isn’t a party that should be taken for granted.

We got a heartbreaking reminder from a little angle named Lila May Schow. Little Lila, aged 5 years, had been battling stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer for more than half her life.

Neuroblastoma is the most common cancer among infants, which affects their nervous system.


The little princess Lila’s body cannot withstand chemotherapy. She’s too young and weak. KOIN reported that she’s not expected to live beyond Thanksgiving.

Lila’s parents Heidi Hall and Ryan Schow accepted that this may be their lovely daughter’s last birthday. With a a heavy heart, they created a special group on Facebook and gathered support to organise a special birthday for an extremely special person.


With the support of local businesses, special donations, and a wave of loving volunteers, on July 31, an unforgettable party was rolled out.

The event was hosted at a neighborhood bank. A birthday, a wedding and a prom — her folks made sure these moments would be etched in time for all of eternity.



From the delicious cake to foot tapping music to mouth-watering food, everything came as a gift from people who wanted to see Lila smile.

Our princess was surrounded by Disney princesses.

Realizing she would never actually get married, her humble father proposed to her, and held her close as they had a father-daughter dance.

In an interview, her teary father said, “We wouldn’t have gotten this far and been able to fight this hard without all the help we’ve been given. We’re so very grateful for that. It’s all about making a little girl smile.”

Ladies and gentlemen, Princess Lila!

Lila left this world on 13th September 2015.

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