Best Man Aged 7: Boy Beats Cancer To Give Moving Speech At Parents' Wedding

14/08/2014 16:57 | Updated 22 May 2015

Brave speech

A seven-year-old boy who beat leukaemia became his dad's best man at his parents' wedding – and even gave a moving speech.

Dad Luke Vaughan asked Alex to be best man months before doctors discovered his son was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in January.

It was uncertain whether Alex would be well enough to fill the role because of the aggressive treatment he had to fight the cancer.

But when the day arrived, Alex proudly took his place by the side of his father and handed over the rings during the wedding between Luke and Alex's mum Kim Cocker.

Alex later read out the speech, which he had written himself, at the ceremony in Preston.

His mum said: "He wrote it himself and it was amazing. The speech went really well, Alex was so confident, and everyone was crying."

Alex's two-year-old brother, Dylan, was guest of honour for the day, and the four were back at home in Chadderton, Greater Manchester, in time for Christmas. Now Alex is preparing to go back to his primary school after the holiday break.


When my dad asked me to be best man, I felt special because I didn't think he would pick me as well as my uncle Lewis.

When I said yes, I expected to get invited on the stag do, but to my surprise I was too young for beer! When I decided to do a speech it was to tell my mum and dad how much I love them.

At first I was scared, but then I remembered what my dad told me in Spain.

He said: "You shouldn't be scared of anything because you've been through the scariest thing ever."

So with that advice here I am, oh yeah and the £20 bribe off my mum helped! Firstly I want to thank them for everything they do for me and my little brother Dylan.

Even though we drive each other mad and argue over silly things I still wouldn't change them for the world.

So finally, I would like everyone to raise their glasses (nanna Joyce not the one's on your face).

To Mr and Mrs Vaughan, my mum and dad.

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