Bride Honors The Memory Of Her Daughter That Died From Cancer
Amanda Crowe Free just married on Dec. 13 wedding, but someone very special was missing from her wedding. Her 6-year-old daughter Azalee had died of cancer in November 2013. Thanks to Free’s friend, Ashley Frantz, her daughter was able to be in the wedding photos after all.
“Azalee was the most amazing soul I ever had the pleasure of coming in contact with. She was a special soul. She’d say her prayers at night and pray for all the other little kids in the world. We spent every minute together.” – Free told The Huffington Post
Azalee was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in June of 2012. She went through the agonizing process of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant, but she relapsed in August 2013 and died a few months later.
“It was the second hardest thing — coming home to tell my baby his sister wasn’t going to be there.” Free had raised both of her kids as a single mother.
Some time later in December 2014, she met her husband Chip.
“I know without a shadow of doubt that Azalee brought us together,” she said. “He just welcomed my broken heart with open arms.”
At the wedding, butterflies were released in Azalee’s memory. All but one butterfly took off into the wilderness, Free knew it was a message from Azalee.
“I prayed for signs for days and days — girl just let me know you’re there with me,” she said.”We did a butterfly release and in the process one landed on my chest — right on the left side of my chest … It was Azalee.”
Article: Huffington Post