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Mom gives her family Christmas gift 2 years after passing away

Mom gives her family Christmas gift 2 years after passing away

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR: Brenda Schmitz wrote a letter to her favorite radio station asking that they grant three wishes for her family. Photo: Saga Communications/Schmitz family photo.

Brenda Schmitz died of ovarian cancer in 2011. Before she did, she wrote a letter containing three wishes. She gave that letter to her best friend with instructions to send it to her favorite radio station only after her husband remarried. Watch the video below to see how Star 102.5 in Des Moines, Iowa gave her family a Christmas they won’t soon forget.

The family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from total strangers.

Brenda’s husband was a guest on the Big Ken and Colleen Show, where he heard the letter for the first time:

Brenda’s wish was for some special surprises to be granted for her family, her husband’s new partner, and for the men and women of Mercy Hospital who had helped care for her.

“My reason for writing is this. I have a wish. I have a wish for David, the boys, and the woman and her family if she has kids also. I want them to know I love them very much and they always feel safe in a world of pain. I was hoping that one small act you all could do for me can change and help their lives forever and they know I am with them always.

First for David’s new lifelong partner. A day or better yet a weekend of pampering in all aspects of her life. Hair, makeup, body massage, clothes, shopping, spa or weekend getaway. Whatever. She deserves it. Being a step-mother to all those boys and especially giving lil’ Max a “mothers love” that only she can give. Make her smile and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me. Perseverance will prevail. Thank you- I love you- whoever you are. Talk to me- you are heard. For the family- a magical trip somewhere where they all can enjoy their company and companionship as a family and create those memories that will be with them forever. Finally the cancer doctors at Mercy Hospital and nurses of 8 south. … A night out full of drinks, food and fun for all they do everyday for the cancer patients they encounter.”

Here’s a scan of the full letter sent to the radio station:

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brenda
Brenda Schmitz

max
Max Schmitz

max-jayneMax and his new step-mom, Jayne

extended-family
The new Schmitz family.

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