After celebrating early graduation and prom, Addison Conely continues to check things off her bucket list. "When we first decided to do her bucket list, it was the first thing she said, get married, so this is a big deal," said Addison's dad.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 8, 2022. It has since been updated.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Addison Conely, 17, knew she didn't have a lot of time on her hands. So she wants to do all the things in this short time that she thought she had her entire life for.
One of the things on her bucket list was to get married to the man she loves, Sebastian Snitily, 19, according to FOX11.
"They met almost seven years ago on a houseboat. It was love at first sight. She loved him. He was a little hesitant for a minute, but he definitely liked her and they've been the best of friends," said Staci Berry-Conely, Addison's stepmother.
The lovebirds exchanged vows in front of their friends and family in an intimate ceremony. Snitily's father served as the officiant for the wedding which was then followed by a reception. It was an emotional affair as the Conelys had always envisioned this day for their daughter.
"We are completely overjoyed. This is the love of her life, and it is our job as parents to support her in every wish that she has and with cancer being a big part of our lives now, we just live every day to the fullest," said Staci.
Meanwhile, Christopher said the important thing for him was to see his daughter happy. "It's a very joyous moment. It's a hard moment. It's a little earlier than we all expected but with the situation in our life, it's the right thing to do right now," said Christopher.
"The wedding was originally scheduled for next May until her cancer came back so, in two weeks, my beautiful wife and her friends put this together, so we could be here today," said Christopher, of the wedding that took place on March 30, 2022.
Addison, who was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in June 2021, was told in mid-March that her cancer had returned 72 days after a bone marrow transplant/ transfusion surgery.
"I didn’t think that it was real," said Addison. "A couple months later, then it kind of hit me that this is actually real life." The inspiring teen has been undergoing treatment while finishing high school on the side.
Unfortunately, doctors have informed Addison and her family that she may not live much longer, though she is undergoing new chemotherapy treatment. "By the grace of God, the chemo is working right now but the doctor is quick to tell us it could change at any moment, but we are taking this for what it is right now. We're just doing everything we can to save our baby," said Staci.
While the wedding was one of the top items on Addison's bucket list, her friends, family and the entire community got together to also help Addison tick a few other things off her bucket list.
An inspiring Chino Hills teen is making the most of what life she has left. Addison Conely has graduated high school, gone to prom and is to be married all within a week after her leukemia returned earlier this month. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/mXtMfROFGk— Travis Rice (@traviscrice) March 27, 2022
The Chino Valley community held a special cap and gown ceremony for a high school senior last week, three months ahead of Chino Valley High's regular ceremony. She and a group of her friends also had an early prom at Newport Beach. Her family has also helped her accomplish other bucket list items. "A hot air balloon ride, we did that. We were able to go to Las Vegas. She wanted to go zip-lining, so we did that. She wanted to go off-roading, so we did that. She wanted a puppy, and we did that," said Staci.
Christopher and Staci said Addison still wants to go to Hawaii and Bora Bora, but her top bucket list item is complete. "It was her dream [to get married]. It was on her bucket list. When we first decided to do her bucket list, it was the first thing she said, get married, so this is a big deal," said Christopher.
Now, Addison and her family are starting a foundation that donates colorful blankets to cancer patients in hospitals. A GoFundMe page has been launched to help Addison and her family with the mission.
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