Teen Battling Cancer Gets Bucket List Fairytale Wedding

Emily Linneman sits in wheelchair at wedding altarEmily Linneman, who is battling bone cancer, fulfilled her bucket list by marrying Jack Schroer with the help of the community. Credit: KMOV

Emily Linneman is a terminally ill teenager who dreamt of her wedding day since she was a little girl. In fact, a “fairy tale wedding” was the last item on her bucket list. To help cross it off her list, Linneman’s Missouri community rallied together to give her the wedding she’d always hoped for.

According to Steve Harris of KMOV, Linneman was diagnosed with a bone cancer three years ago that took one of her legs. Then, two months ago, she and her family received news that her doctors had found an incurable tumor found on her hip.

When doctors suggested that she start a bucket list, Linneman did just that. She played basketball, rode on the back of a Harley motorcycle, got a tattoo of a cardinal on her leg, and adopted a miniature pig.

With one wish left on her list, she needed the help of friends, family and her community.

“She said mom this isn’t fair. I’m not supposed to die yet. I’m supposed to get married and have kids,” her mother, Kim, told KMOV.

Enter Jake Schroer. Linneman went to the bowling alley one evening five months ago as teenagers do, but as fate would have it, she met Jake Schroer and the two instantly fell in love.

“And he came into this knowing how sick she was and fell in love with her anyway,” Kim said.

Schroer proposed to Linneman, she said yes, and the wheels began turning quickly to offer up the best wedding ceremony and reception for the bride and groom.

The couple was married on the grounds of a local winery with Big Dave a the tattoo artist and ordained minister officiating. Their wedding rings were provided at no cost, and two bikers created ice sculptures for the event.

But the most important part of the wedding? The young bride who had battled so much, got to be a princess for the day.

“All I wanted was for her to look beautiful in front of her friends and family…and it ended up looking like a fairy tale,” Emily’s mother said. “It honestly was.”

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Kaitlin Jones
Kaitlin Jones
Kaitlin is an online news writer at The Knot covering viral wedding news. She has a Bachelor’s in English from Plymouth State University. Kaitlin has a passion for news writing and all things Disney.