On Dec. 24, 2009, Dr. Alex Levy — a childhood cancer specialist at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Fla., attended to Chloe Williams, a 4-year-old girl who was brought in by her parents, Mark and Michelle, suffering from a severe headache and vomiting.
After running tests, Dr. Levy soon found himself faced with having to give the little girl's parents the worst news that any parent could ever receive, especially on Christmas Eve.
He had to tell them that their daughter had a malignant brain tumor.
Naturally, her parents were devastated. Dr. Levy discusses his initial conversation with Mark Williams:
"I'll never forget that the dad said to me, 'Will I ever get to walk my daughter in her wedding?' " Dr. Levy says in the short film "Chloe's Wedding Day."
"I said to him, 'I don't know, but we're going to try damn hard to make that happen.' "
Three surgeries and a year and a half of chemo later, Chloe's condition had improved.
Dr. Levy remembers telling Mark Williams his one wish for Chloe:
"The only thing I ever want," says Levy in the video, "is to be able to go to her wedding one day."
That's when Mr. Williams told him that he wanted him to walk his daughter down the aisle.
The story was later told in "Chloe's Wedding Day," a short film by Strong Films. Watch it here:
The story doesn't end there, however ...
According to an article by the Huffington Post, Chloe's cancer returned in 2013, after the film was released, and then again in February of last year.
Although those tumors were successfully treated with radiation and surgery, Chloe and her family found themselves continuing to fight.
According the Facebook page her family has set up, Chloe has just completed three months of daily radiation and three more surgeries. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
On Aug. 24 of this year, Chloe Williams started fifth grade.
We hope you'll join us in wishing her well, and keeping her in our thoughts and prayers.
To keep up with updates on Chloe Williams, please visit the Chloe's Cause Facebook page.