High school senior marries sweetheart after being given months to live

Chase Smith’s looming death did not stop him from marrying the love of his life.

The terminally ill Indiana high school senior melted hearts nationwide after he wed his girlfriend upon learning that he had only months to live.

Smith, 18, had reportedly been talking about tying the knot with Sadie Mills for some time, but decided to make it official due to his tragic prognosis, reports the Indy Star.

“He is all that matters to me,” says Mills, 18, who wed Smith on the same spot on her parents’ driveway where they exchanged their first kiss six months ago. The Indian Creek High School student reportedly broke down in tears upon seeing his future wife, who goes to Mooresville High School, in her wedding gown.

It had been a whirlwind romance for the two seniors, who hit it off during a swim meet between their rival schools late last year.

“I thought she was pretty cute,” says Smith, who reportedly called Mills over to talk and then asked for her phone number.

At first, the nationally ranked swimmer didn’t know if he’d have the time for their first date due to his busy schedule of swim meets and SATs. However, Smith changed his tune after Mills told him, “If you’re really interested, you’ll find time.”

Since then, the two high school sweethearts have been inseparable, going everywhere from church to the movies together, reports the Indy Star.

“We just fell in love with each other’s personality,” says Mills, who calls her beau a “good Christian boy.”

It wasn’t just a case of puppy love. The blossoming lovebirds planned to marry after college — something they discussed during deep, hours-long conversations on the couch.

Then, tragedy struck. The bone cancer that Smith had been battling since he was 12 returned with a fury in April, with tumors flaring up everywhere from his lung and hip to his skull and the lining of his brain, causing severe headaches. The prognosis was three to five months, with or without treatment.

“Ewing’s [sarcoma] is extremely aggressive, extremely brutal,” his mom, Kelli Smith, tells the Indy Star of the rare cancer strain, which afflicts mainly children and young adults, according to WebMD. “He has fought a big fight, but he is tired.”


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