Brenda Schmitz, a wife and mother of four boys, died of ovarian cancer at 46-years-old in September 2011 — but what she left behind is undoubtedly generating tears around the world today.
One month before passing, Brenda wrote a letter to her husband David and had it sent to Des Moines radio station KSTZ “Star” 102.5 FM. Each year the station takes submissions and grants Christmas wishes.
On Friday, the station invited David to their studios.
“About a week and half ago we got a letter in the mail,” radio host Scott Allen explained. “We’ve been doing the Christmas wish program for 20-plus years. We’ve never received a wish like this — ever.”
Brenda’s letter to David was then read aloud on-air.
“When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer,” Brenda wrote. “I am writing this letter to have sent to you by a dear friend who has instructions to do so when it was the time.”
“As I was thinking about my last months on Earth I told David my wishes after I was gone that I believe he followed through with the attitude and courage I know he possesses,” the letter continued. “What a great husband and father he is.”
“I know all this is extremely hard on him,” it adds. “He is the one making the best decisions from here on out for my family and ultimately finding a caring, compassionate loving woman in time to help raise the boys. She must be quite a lady and I wish I could have met to take on the task of raising a larger extended family with unwavering love and devotion and a huge heart.”
The letter then addresses the kids David and Brenda had together.
“We have four boys — Carter, Josh, Justin and my little Max,” the letter said. “Max is the youngest at 2-years-old. I was diagnosed right after his first birthday. No child as young as Max should lose his mother and it brings tears to my eyes now thinking of it.”
“God I will miss seeing him and the boys grow up to be fine men,” it continues. “I have relayed to David to try and not let him forget me. He is such a bright, intelligent, beautiful boy. I will miss all my boys. My favorite has always been the one standing in front of me.”
Brenda then details several wishes she has for the family. Her first wish is someone to pamper David’s new partner. Brenda then asks for a “magical trip” for the family. Finally, she asks for “a night full of drinks, food and fun” for the cancer nurses and doctors at the local hospital that treated her.
“May God bless and keep all of you safe there,” she concluded. “Thanks for this. When you wish upon a star…. Brenda.”
At the conclusion of her letter, KSTZ announced they would fulfill each and every one of Brenda’s wishes.
[sharequote align=”center”]“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we got [the letter].”[/sharequote]
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we got (the letter),” Allen said. “It really inspired us to do something for her.”
“There was no question that we were going to do something for this wish,” he added. “It was what could we do that would be deserving of Brenda’s name and memory.”
(H/T: Mail Online)
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