years after her death, woman gives family wonderful Christmas gift
woman who died more than two years ago has given her family an incredible
post-humous Christmas gift.
Brenda Schmitz, wife and mother of four,
passed away in September 2011 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 46.
A month before she died, Schmitz wrote a
letter addressed to a Des Moines, Iowa,
radio station and instructed a friend to wait to mail it until her husband,
David, had fallen in love again.
The station, Star 102.5, invited David, who
recently got engaged, into the studio last week to share the letter with him.
“When you are in receipt of this letter, I
will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer,” Brenda wrote in the
letter. “I am writing this letter to be sent to you by a dear friend who has
instructions to do so when it was the time. I had to type this because I can
hardly type anymore because of my shakiness. I told her 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.”
"As I was thinking about my last
months on earth," she continued, "I told David my wishes after I was
gone that I believed he'd follow through with the attitude and courage I know
he possesses, what a great husband and father he is. I know all of this is
extremely hard on him. He is the one making the best decisions from here on out
for my family and ultimately finding a caring and compassionate woman in time
to help raise the boys. She must be quite a lady."
Every year, the radio station solicits
Christmas wish letters from listeners, picks the best and, with the help of
sponsors, grants them.
Brenda's first wish for "David's new
lifelong partner" was "a day, or better yet, a week of pampering, in
all aspects of her life. ... She deserves it."
"Thank you," she added. "I
love you, whoever you are."
Brenda also asked for a "magical
trip" for the family of 8, and a "night out full of drinks, food and
fun" for her cancer doctors at Mercy Medical Hospital.
Local businesses chipped in to help the
station grant all of Brenda's wishes, including the trip — a four-day vacation
in Disney World.
"In more than 20 years of granting
Christmas wishes, we’ve never received a wish quite like the one we received
from Brenda Schmitz," the station wrote on its website.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we
got [the letter]," station manager Scott Allen told the Des Moines
“It’s not surprising," David said of
his wife's posthumous surprise. "The last year and a half she’s shown so
many signs that she’s [here]."
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