The parents of Annabelle Potts, the little princess with the rare brain tumour, have married thanks to the support of their family and friends.
Kathie and Adam Potts were married in a beautiful ceremony just over a fortnight ago, on March 1, at The Chapel at Gold Creek in the ACT. Annabelle was their flowergirl and their son, William, was the page boy.
The Evatt couple had been planning to quietly elope later this year but the diagnosis late last year of Annabelle's aggressive and difficult-to-treat brain tumour meant that the couple put all their plans on the back-burner to concentrate on their little girl's health.
The three-year-old has been receiving treatment at the Sydney Children's Hospital.
Her extended family have been in a "holding pattern" waiting for the results of her next MRI scan to understand what the next step might be.
Annabelle completed radiotherapy treatment almost four weeks ago and will have to wait another few weeks before she can have the MRI.
This result will inform the Potts family how much time they have left with Annabelle.
“We still wanted to get married and we wanted Annabelle to be part of the day, so Kathie’s two sisters, Louise and Alison stepped in and organised everything from the invitations through to the reception, held in Kathie’s mum, Lynne’s, backyard,” Annabelle’s father, Adam, said.
There was not a dry eye in the house when the little flowergirl and pageboy walked down the aisle in front of their Mum to the song ‘A thousand years’ by Christina Perri.
Adam’s sisters, Alanna and Annalise, read Disney quotes as part of the ceremony.
During the reception speeches, the story was revealed that when Kathie was a little girl, her favourite movie was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, where the beauty married fell in love and married her prince (also named Adam) and they lived happily ever after.
Annabelle has inherited her love of princesses and happy endings.
The Harden and Canberra communities have taken the Potts family’s ordeal to their hearts and have donated more than $100 000 for research and medical costs through a GoFundMe page.
This will allow the family to spend as much time as they can together without the worry of medical expenses.
Radio station 106.3 in Canberra have also stepped in, and with the aid of volunteers, have landscaped the garden and constructed a ‘Princess Castle’ in Adam and Kathie’s backyard, where Annabelle and William play.
Now all the Potts family needs is a fairytale ‘happily ever after’.