Mom with cancer reduced to tears when stranger leaves touching note after paying for her meal
There’s the saying that “a little kindness goes a long way.” A cancer-stricken mother who was eating at a restaurant one day received a touching note that melted the hearts of both herself and her family.
A few months after Jerina Edwards, of Tulsa in Oklahoma, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she and her family went to East China Buffet for a meal on Nov. 30, 2016. “We knew it was our last time going to church before my surgery,” she told Love What Matters.
The unsuspecting family didn’t know that someone was watching them as they entered the restaurant.
Thus, they were in disbelief when they asked for the bill and the waitress told them, “Your meal has been covered.”
The waitress passed on a note written on the check from another customer.
The note read: “I lost my wife to cancer five years ago. I know how tough it can be going through this. Your meal is on me. Merry Christmas.”
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Edwards believed that the man believed that she had cancer after seeing that she had lost her hair.
To thank the kindhearted stranger, Edwards took a photo of the note and posted it on her Facebook page. Her post soon gained traction. When her story was reported in the media, the man saw it and called her after asking for her number from his local media station.
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Edwards told ABC News that she learned that the man’s wife “died on St. Patrick’s Day, 2012, of a pretty rare bone cancer,” and “he also has three children, two girls and a boy who were about the same age [as my children] when their mother died.”
“He said, ‘I know how it is. It invades your whole life, especially around the holidays,’” Edwards recalled.
She said the man “didn’t want any recognition,” as “he just wanted to help.”
However, Edwards said that the experience changed her perspective.
“I have already had my eyes opened to how important it is to reach out to people and just LOVE them,” she said, reported The Telegraph.
“You meet people each day that you don’t realize are hurting and struggling and you can make such a difference with a phone call, a card, or a visit.”
“We’ve have [sic] been showered with love by people—many of whom we don’t even know—and this is just one example of it. There is so much good in this world. I will spend the rest of my life paying it forward & am so grateful.”
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