Early this year, when Rowden and Leizl decided to get married in July on Rowden’s 30th birthday, they had everything they could ask for. Together, with their 2-year-old daughter, life was perfect.
Suddenly, everything changed.
In May, Rowden got diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer. As he laid in bed waiting for the inevitable, he declared his last wish to marry the love of his life. His wish was granted, preparations were made and his wife Leizl, dressed in a wedding gown, walked down the hospital corridor instead of an aisle.
Since Rowden, by then, was too weak to be taken to church, the church was brought to him and the marriage ceremony took place in the hospital with him in the bed and his better half standing beside him. It might have been the happiest moment of his life.
Ten hours later, at the age of 29, Rowden passed away in the same hospital bed he said his vows in putting an end to this “heartbreaking fairytale.”
His survivors include his wife Leizel May, daughter Zakiah Rowzel, mother Lorelei, and brothers Hasset and Hisham.
The three-minute-video of the wedding was uploaded on YouTube by his brother Hasset Go. Emotions ran high among friends and family as Rowden’s trembling hands were supported by his wife while exchanging the rings.
In a post on his Facebook page, Hasset thanked the Philippine General Hospital in Manila for attending to his brother's needs for two weeks, and for cooperating in granting Rowden's wish.