Towards the end of Brenda Schmitz’s battle with ovarian cancer in 2011, realizing she’d likely never see another Christmas, she entrusted a letter to a close friend to be held until her husband had found love once again. What she gave to her family with those final words finally reached them when during a recent Christmas wish special on Des Moines “Star” radio, 102.5, the contents of that letter were delivered to her husband David.
Brenda succumbed to her cancer in September of 2011. In October of the following year, David met Jane. Since then the two and their children have built happy lives together, which is exactly what Brenda’s letter had been waiting for.
In it, she asks David firstly, to pamper and cherish the woman he’d found.
She deserves it, being a stepmother to all those boys. Make her smile and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me.
Following this, she asked the whole family take a “magical trip” together, which was made possible with support from the station and local sponsors, who sent the family on a trip to Disney World. Finally, she requested a night of drinks, food and fun for the medical staff of the cancer treatment center where she received her care.
In addition to her Christmas wishes, a special letter was included for Jane, the contents of which remain naturally, a private matter. David was awestruck and emotional as his late wife’s wishes and words served as a remind that she was still and would always be with him. During the interview, he retold a story in which he observed a double rainbow in the sky the morning she passed.
Station manager Scott Allen summed up the reaction to Brenda’s posthumous Christmas wishes saying,
There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we got [the letter.]