Mom Battling Breast Cancer Gets Touching Marriage Proposal (VIDEO)

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Sara and Lola
Sara Duncan & daughter Lola's YouTube video went viral.
A 44-year-old woman named Sara Duncan who is battling breast cancer became something of an Internet sensation in the U.K. recently when footage of her 6-year-old daughter, Lola, cutting her hair hit the web. Duncan initially made the video for close family and friends, but she decided to upload it to YouTube to inspire families to find a positive way of dealing with the disease and to raise money for cancer charities through It's a totally tearjerking clip, but you can tell Duncan is a very brave, bold woman who has much to say about her battle thus far. 

Sara was even invited on the U.K. morning talk show Daybreak to talk about it, and out of the blue ... her long-term partner and father to their two kids (Lola and brother Finn), Craig Etchells, got down on one knee and proposed in front of millions of viewers! What an amazing surprise!

Etchells turned to the host of the show and asked, "I planned to do something on the London Eye later this morning, but if I can I'd like to hijack 20 seconds to do something special?" Then, he turned to Sara, took her hand and said:

Sara, you are the bravest, most beautiful girl I've ever met in my life. I spoke to your dad yesterday and asked for his blessing and he said yes. Make me the happiest man in the world. Will you marry me?

Awwwww!! There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd -- probably out there among Daybreak's TV viewership either. Of course Sara said yes.

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Prior to the proposal, Etchell had talked about how the disease affected them as a couple, noting, "I’m really proud of Sara. The way it has brought us together has been phenomenal. I think it has brought out the best in both of us and our family." How heartwarming, considering how sometimes disease has a way of doing exactly the opposite to relationships? 

And I adore how he spoke of his pride for her and how he sees her as "brave." Seems as though even when she was in her darkest hour, or especially then, he fell even more in love with her, and their bond grew even stronger. It's truly inspiring to know that with all the strife and stress and pain disease can inflict, it can also bring people closer together and deeper in love. Here's hoping this is just the beginning of many more beautiful things to come for Sara, Craig, and their beautiful family.

Here's the original video of Sara and daughter Lola that made them YouTube stars:


How do Sara's story and marriage proposal make you feel?

Image via SaraLolaVideo/YouTube

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jrphelps jrphelps

Crying at my desk.  This is a truly touching story

nonmember avatar Amber

I also just sat at my desk at work and cried my eyes out. I lost my dad to cancer and I hate knowing any child has to suffer the pain and heartache of wondering if they are going to be left without their mother or father. Hurts my heart :(

Angela Lacey

My son's GF (only 17) is battling Osteosarcoma (bone cancer, her's is in the knee.) She too has lost all her hair. But she is winning the fight. Go Lauren!!! You are so brave and so strong. Go Sara, and all the others brave enough to battle and win against cancer.

antepen antepen

It is wonderful to hear how their challenges brought them together as a family and that they are making it official, now. Does the "now" sound sarcastic?


group hug

jessi... jessicasmom1

group hugthis is hard , be so proud of your little one there helping you along super sweet .. and Congratulations on your engagment. You all will make a very proud family. Best wishes

nonmember avatar margaret wilson

Very touching story about cancer. I'm confused though. They begat two kids together, did he propose marriage NOW--WHY?

Tammatha Brown

Too bad she appears to not know about Integrative/Alternative therapies so she doesn't have to cut her hair off.

Donna Ruth Doles

So special ..I lot a sister toback cancer 4 years ago ..she just stopped eating , she refused treatment ..I say however one choses to deal with it , is their life so ..god bless all those that have terminal illness's group hug

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