Finding love at the hospital doesn’t happen every day – especially when you’re just 12 years old.
Stella Usiak and Lucas Lowe met when they were both fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. But throughout their relapses, bone marrow transplants and numerous hospital visits, they kept in touch and became close.
“She’s had a crush on me for a while now, and I’ve had a crush on her, so her and me are boyfriend and girlfriend now,” Lucas told WGRZ.
Stella says Lucas is hilarious and a “gentlemen,” and Lucas finds Stella to be kind and nice, “like a woman should be.”
Their dates consists of talking over lunch and Lucas pushing Stella’s wheelchair down the hallway.
“She just wants a boy to like her. She just wants to have somebody make her feel special,” her mother Jennifer Usiak told the news outlet.
“Cancer teaches you, you are not guaranteed tomorrow,” Lucas’ mom, Maureen Warren, told WGRZ.
Hospital staff in Buffalo, New York, has sweetly witnessed the friendship blossom.
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“No one really knows what a kid with cancer is going through – not the parent, not the nurse, not a friend – the only other person that knows what a kid with cancer is going through is another kid with cancer,” Roswell Park Registered Nurse Angelica Zachara told WGRZ.
When they feel down, they know exactly what to do to make the other feel better.
On April 4, he created a touching video for his sweetheart, holding up note cards with encouraging words for her.
“It made her feel special and she cried and I cried,” Lucas said about the video.
Adds Stella: “It was amazing. I’ve never felt that way in my life, ever. It made me so happy. It made me feel like I’m a princess.”
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For the most part, their young love is quite innocent, but occasionally they sneak in a quick kiss on the check.
“We’re not really supposed to kiss without a mask but she does it anyway,” said Lucas, who also gave Stella a ring on Valentine’s Day.
Although they have had their struggles, they both say they’re thankful for each day they have together.
“I’m so lucky,” she said. “Yes, I’ve been given all these bumps in the road, and all this yuck stuff, but if I never got that, I wouldn’t have met Lucas.”