Jayla Cooper: 9 Year Old Bride

February 24, 2009

Meet Jayla Cooper, a 9 year old terminal cancer patient who married fellow cancer patient 7 year old Jose Griggs in a ‘dream wedding’ in Texas. See photos, video and find out more about the dying girl whose wish was fulfilled.

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The young couple vowed to be ‘friends forever.’ Both the bride Jayla Cooper and the bridgroom Jose Griggs have leukemia and became friends at Children’s Medical Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Dallas, Texas where they have shared the experience of battling the disease for the past two years, creating a special bond between them.

Jose Griggs is recovering. But sadly, for the 9 year old bride in Texas, Jayla Cooper, doctors say she has only a few more weeks to live. The wedding was her last wish. The wedding took place at Paradise Cove, on the shore of Lake Grapevine, with family and friends attending. The lavish wedding was organized in less than a week, with donations pouring in from strangers, including the donated banquet hall and flowers.

In the symbolic wedding celebrating life and friendship, Jayla Cooper wore a white gown and her father Jerrod Cooper, walked her down the aisle.

“I love him, and it was just really important to me,” said Jayla. “I had fun dancing with my dad and with him and my granny.”

For the young bridegroom, Jayla Cooper’s imminent death has been difficult, but their friendship has been strengthening, according to his father Lawrence Griggs.

“He’s brighter, happier and more content with all that they go through in the hospital. She changed that, brought it all out [and] opened up a side of him I hadn’t seen.”

The family of Jayla Cooper is striving to help her make the most of her remaining time, while acknowledging the example she is setting in helping others life to the fullest. Her mother, Lisa Cooper shared her reflections in an interview.

“I can’t explain how I feel right now. I’m happy, but at the at same time I am sad because I know my child is going to go to heaven with the Lord.”

Their parents took the young bride and groom, Jayla Cooper and Jose Griggs, to Great Wolf Lodge for their honeymoon.

Here are wedding photos. A video is below.

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2 Responses to “Jayla Cooper: 9 Year Old Bride”

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    yany Says:

    q gesto tan dulce y triste a la vez,llenenla de amor, es dificil por lo q pasan y se q solo es un hasta luego todos al final cerraremos nuestros ojos para reencontrarnos con nuestros seres queridos , no la lloren mas esa niña se ve q ya acepto , pero creo q ella esta mas triste al ver llorar a su madre q de su propia enfermedad…acerquenla mas a dios llevenla a una iglesiaq ella sienta paz ,pero sobre todo luche por ella hasta el final sin importar loq digan los medicos, siempre y cuando no la expongan mas a tanto dolor fisico y mental.

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    booby&wayne&jw Says:

    jayla we love you !and will surely miss you dearly ,i know your journey home will be a grand one .you are so very special in every way just think you were hand picked from our great lord above and you get to see heaven!how great is that and you get to live in heaven,another special thing is you will be angel in heaven just as you are on earth.well i guess you will be getting some beautiful wings to fly around this earth just to watch over all of us ,but especially your dad&mom and brother and sister how great is that!oh yeah jose too!so god speed home love you forever and always .ps save a place for us!