Breast cancer patient Alissa Bousquet got a stunning surprise to celebrate her final chemotherapy treatment, the Associated Press reports.
Alissa is being treated for breast cancer at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and though she still has surgeries ahead, she finally completed her chemotherapy late last week. Her husband, Brad, wanted to commemorate the occasion.
“She has amazed me with her strength, courage, and positive attitude through it all,” he wrote on Facebook. “I wanted to do something special…to show her the tremendous love and support she has from her friends and family,”
So he secretly contacted Alissa’s friends and family, asking them to purchase roses for $10 each. The orders were filled by a local florist, and all proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. In total, 170 families purchased 500 roses, raising more than $4,500. Alissa’s daughters and close friends presented the roses on her final day of treatment — and caught the emotional moment on video.
“After presenting the rose baskets to my wife we shared them with the other cancer patients receiving treatment today,” Brad wrote. “The joy of sharing these roses with the other cancer patients was one of my favourite parts.”
Here’s the full video of the surprise:
Today is my wife’s last chemotherapy treatment. She has amazed me with her strength, courage, and positive attitude through it all. She still has a few surgeries ahead of her but completing chemotherapy is huge milestone in her journey. I wanted to do something special during this last treatment to celebrate the end of her chemo and to show her the tremendous love and support she has from her friends and family. I also wanted to honour her fight against cancer by providing a donation in her name towards breast cancer research. To accomplish this I secretly sent a text to several of Alissa’s friends and family. I asked them to help me surprise her by showering her in roses during her last treatment. I arranged for our local flower shop to take the orders. Each rose was purchased for $10.00 with all of the proceeds being donated to Susan G. Komen towards breast cancer research. I was amazed when the orders started rolling in! We quickly reached 100 roses, then 300 roses, then 400. When we reached 500 roses I told the flower shop to stop ordering roses and let all the remaining orders go entirely to the Susan G. Komen donation. Together over 170 families wanted to purchase roses and we ended up raising over $4500 for breast cancer research. The flower shop placed the roses in 36 vases and then put them in 6 small wicker baskets. Alissa’s two teen aged daughters and four close friends (AKA Alissa’s Crew) made the delivery. After presenting the rose baskets to my wife we shared them with the other cancer patients receiving treatment today as a gift from our family. The joy of sharing these roses with the other cancer patients was one of my favourite parts. Many had tears as they read the card I wrote for them. Thanks so much for all the support from our friends and family!
Posted by Brad Bousquet on Thursday, June 23, 2016
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