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    Teen whose dying wish was to be a bride dies


    Bailey Shaw, the teenager whose dying wish was to have a wedding ceremony with her boyfriend, lost her battle with cancer. She was 19.

    Bailey died Saturday, about a week after the gothic-style ceremony where she and her 17-year-old boyfriend, Alan Bookman, exchanged vows that were not legally binding. A celebration of Bailey’s life is scheduled for April 16. The time and place are still to be determined.

    Bailey was diagnosed two years ago with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that affects children, while on a trip to visit a family friend in California. After her first few treatments, the cancer that began in her ribs vanished. But then it began to spread throughout her body.

    “”She never gave up,”” said her father, Ken Shaw. She died at her parents’ Far North Dallas home.

    Bailey was strong-willed and determined to beat cancer, Mr. Shaw said. She had planned on marrying Alan, getting a job and finding an apartment when doctors told her that she would have just a few weeks to live.

    Despite her sickness, Bailey continued with her passions of drawing and rescuing stray animals. She had a pit bull named Sinful and two snakes, but she wanted more.

    “”Even while she was sick, she rescued two dogs. She wanted to rescue every problem she found,”” Mr. Shaw said.

    The day that Bailey and her family were told there was nothing more doctors could do, she and Alan picked out wedding rings. She organized the small details of her wedding and designed her black dress.

    “”She really had a lot of talent and didn’t have time to run with it long enough,”” her father said.

    In addition to her father, Bailey is survived by her mother, Kay, of Dallas, and sisters Victoria Shaw of San Antonio and Darby Shaw of Dallas.

    Donations can be made to the Brandi K. McPherson Foundation at 944 S. Lamar St., Suite 101, Dallas, Texas 75202; the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer at 6500 Greenville Ave. Suite 342, Dallas, Texas 75206, or the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas – Central Region6655 Deseo DriveIrving, Texas 75039.

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