Des Moines, IA (KCCI/CNN) — A very special Christmas wish touched an Iowa family and a radio station. The station, Star 102.5 in Des Moines, holds a contest every Christmas to grant wishes.
The year, they got one was was very different. It was from a woman who died two years ago from cancer.
Of the thousands of Christmas wishes the station has received over two decades, they've never received one like this.
"When you are in receipt of this letter, I will already have lost my battle to ovarian cancer." began the letter, written by Brenda Schmitz.
Brenda wrote the letter more than two years ago, shortly before she died and she had arranged to have a friend keep it until her husband, David found a new love.
"Brenda's wish was to she wanted David to find someone to love him and take care of their boys and help raise them and when that had happened and he had moved on it was okay for this letter to be sent and her wish to be granted." said Scott Allen of Star 102.5 in Des Moines.
Last week, Brenda's husband David Schmitz heard the letter for the first time.
First, Brenda's wish for David's new fiancee, "My reason for writing 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. I was hoping 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-- hair, makeup, body massage, clothes, shopping, spa, a weekend getaway, whatever. She deserves it."
David Schmitz said "Before Brenda died - the reason I say this is - she had told me she wanted me to move on hopefully meet somebody and she goes I know you'll find somebody. And I said 'well, how will I know if she is the right person?' She goes 'because you'll know I'll be there.'"
In the letter, Brenda expressed her desire for the new, blended family to take a magical trip somewhere where they could all enjoy each other's company and companionship.
There was one other wish, a big party for all of the people who cared for her during her cancer treatment at Mercy Hospital.
"There are people in this world that no matter who they touch they bring something special to that persons life and Brenda was that kind of person." said Dr. Deborah Turner, Gynecological Oncologist at Mercy.
The radio station put together a trip to Disney World for the new blended family of eight. It included pampering for David's new wife, catered meals and a staff party for the doctors and nurses that cared for Brenda at the hospital.
And with that, Brenda Schmitz was able to give her family the wish she'd dreamed of, two years after her death by concluding, "May God bless and keep you safe there. Thanks for this. When you wish upon a star... Brenda."