After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Tricia Somers was admitted to a Pennsylvania hospital for a procedure.
That's when she met another Tricia: Tricia Seaman.
"Before she even said anything, I just felt comfort. It was almost like someone just put a warm blanket on me," Somers told the CBS Evening News. "I've never felt anything like that before or any other connection with anybody else."
Seaman had worked at Pinnacle Health Hospital in Harrisburg for 14 years, but she had never received a question like the one Somers presented her with.
During a later trip to the hospital, the single mom of an 8-year-old boy learned her cancer was terminal.
"I mean what do you say to somebody? She's 45 years old. So I just gave her a hug," Seaman said.
That's when Somers asked Seaman, a "stranger," a fateful question.
"'Well, I'm really glad you stopped in because I didn't think that I would get to see you again and I have something that I need to ask you,'" she recalled. "'Can you take my son? Will you raise him if I die?'"
Somers' ex-huband was not around to raise her son, Wesley, and she had no immediate family to ask for help.
After discussing things with her family, Seaman surprised Somers with remarkable news: not only would her family take in Wesley, but they also wanted Somers to avoid living out her last days in a nursing home. Thus, they also invited her to live with them.
Since May, the Somers family has been living with the Seaman family.
"We love her... It's like another mom. And I think he loves us as much as we love him," said Seaman's kids told CBS Evening News.
Seaman said she felt a higher calling when she made the decision.
"It is, but that's what we're supposed to do - more than we're asked," she said, adding "they needed to be together."
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