Doctors tell a high school student that he has 3 to 6 months to live and marry his high school sweetheart on her trail


The once dynamic 18-year-old who loved competitive swimming was now facing the biggest competition of his life. While a  GoFundMe account was set up to help raise money for Chase’s cancer treatment, Chase’s dad came up with the most helpful idea of them all.

He and Chase’s mother, Kelly Smith, could see the love their son had for Sadie and wanted him to know they fully supported the young couple moving forward in their relationship.


Chase described a conversation he had with his father about the possibility of marrying Sadie, saying his father told him,

“I can tell by your demeanor that you will marry Sadie one day. I want you to know if it’s on your mind right now, your mom and I are 110 percent behind you.”


With his parents’ blessing, Chase set out to do the one thing he’d dreamed of since he first met Sadie. Surrounded by Sadie and two sets of parents, Chase explained to them why he wanted to go ahead with the marriage.

“I told them how much Sadie had changed my life and how much I loved her, how special she was to me and the simple fact that no one was able to open up about my personal life and my cancer journey like me. I’m capable of that with her,” Chase told Indy Star when he asked who Sadie would marry him.


With the blessing of both sets of parents, Chase and Sadie set out to plan their simple wedding.


Due to the current pandemic, they knew other family and friends would not be able to attend, but wanted to share their special day with them.

Because of this, Sadie’s dad, Jeff Mills, shared a 15-minute video on his YouTube page highlighting moments from the beautiful party that took place at Sadie’s house in Indianapolis, Indiana.

On April 4, 2021 Chase ran (or maybe swam?!) into our Heavenly Father’s arms! 
He entered into his eternal home in Heaven and is now completely healed and free from pain or suffering.

All donations that remain after medical bills and funeral costs are paid will be donated to several projects that were near and dear to Chase’s heart. His family updated in the GoFundMe 

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