A man's wife's Christmas wishes were granted two years after she died, thanks to a "dear friend" and radio station. Brenda Schmitz died of ovarian cancer two years ago, but before she passed away, the Des Moines woman wrote a touching letter for her husband and his new family, should he ever find love again. He did, and the heartfelt letter was read by an Iowa radio station on Thursday, according to a Dec. 23 CBS News report.
The story about a wife's Christmas wishes has an incredible backstory and will -- like it has done for many -- bring tears of joy to your heart.
In 2011, Brenda was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer, which typically carries a grim prognosis. Having been given only months to live, she realized she would not likely see her sons grow up. She then hatched the idea of penning a letter addressed to her husband, David, and his new future family.
The dying woman arranged to have a close friend give the letter to Star 102.5 for their annual Christmas wish program. The condition of the letter was that it not be released until David found someone new in his life.
Well, in September, David proposed to Jayne Abraham and the rest is magic.
About a week and a half ago, an anonymous letter was sent to Star 102.5 Christmas Wish. We've been granting Christmas Wishes for over 20 years and I've never read a letter like the one I received from Brenda. Everyone, no matter the age, was moved," said station manager Scott Allen.
The station then invited the dead woman's husband to the radio station for receipt of an anonymous gift, stating that it was too "personal to talk about on the telephone.
Radio host Colleen Kelly read the letter about the wife's Christmas wishes to David:
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," Brenda wrote, adding that she wishes for he and his new family to "always feel safe in a world of pain."
The man's wife's Christmas wishes were three. One was that the new woman in his life got a treat of pampering.
Make her smile, and know her efforts are truly appreciated by me. Perseverance will prevail, thank you, I love you whoever you are."
Brenda's second wish was that David and his entire family goes on a vacation together.
For my family, a magical trip. Somewhere where they all can enjoy their companionship as a family and make memories that will be with them forever," she wrote.
And finally, her third wish was that the medical staff that cared for her at Mercy Medical Center has a fun night filled with food and memories.
The woman ended her touching letter simply by saying this:
May God bless and keep all of you safe there, thanks for this. When you wish upon a star, Brenda."
When Jayne was asked what the Christmas letter meant to her she said it was the part in which Brenda said, "she loved me."
In the letter, David's ex-wife said this to the woman she never met: "I love you, whoever you are."
Once David Schmitz's wife's Christmas wishes were read on the air, local businesses rallied together and sent in donations to the family. Thankfully, the family has plans to travel to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
What a story filled with rainbows and butterflies.