It may sound like like the ending to a Nicholas Sparks novel, but it turns out to be one woman’s heartfelt gesture to her husband and their children. Two years before she died, Brenda Schmitz was 46-years-old and dying of ovarian cancer.
A mother of four, Schmitz decided to write letters to her husband, their children, and his new fiance that he would one day have. Shortly before her death, Brenda gave the letters to her friend to deliver to radio station KSTZ when the time was right. The actual letters were written a month before she passed.
Two years after Brenda’s death, an anonymous source sent the letters as part of a Christmas wish. The radio station runs an annual Christmas wishes program each year, where listeners are invited to send their Christmas wish letters and the station grants a select few.
The station brought her husband, David, into the station and read the letter to him last week for an early heartfelt Christmas gift. Just talking about his late wife brought David to tears, and then following the small chat, he received something that was probably very unexpected.
Full of emotion from Brenda’s touching gesture, radio personality Colleen Kelly read the note to David that said:
“When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer. I told [my friend] once my loving husband David had moved on in his life and had met someone to share his life with again, to mail this letter to all of you at the station.”
Brenda’s wish was for David’s new bride, Jane, to have a pampering session free of charge. Recently, David had become engaged again, and it seems like no one was more thrilled that David had found happiness again than his late wife. Of her wish for Jane, Brenda’s note said:
“She deserves it, being a stepmother to all those boys. Make her smile and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me. Thank you. I love you, whoever you are.”
The other wish Brenda asked for was David, their children, his fiance Jane, and her children to go on a family vacation. In Brenda’s words, she wanted the family to go on a “magical trip” so that they can “enjoy each other’s company and companionship as a family, and create those memories that will be with them forever.”
The third and final wish was to take the Mercy Medical Hospital, specifically the doctors and nurses that took care of her, “for a night out of drinks, food, and fun.”
In order to grant all three of Brenda’s wishes, the radio station partnered with local businesses. This includes all of the wishes, including a four-day trip to Disney World for David and his family.