All of us are affected in some way by cancer during our lives, but despite how common it is, you can never prepare for the devastating blow of being told you have the disease.
Kim Whipple was told that she would only have a year to live after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The Arizona woman’s diagnosis was made in July 2019, and she has been bravely fighting the disease since then.
Earlier this month, Kim was sitting on her porch when a stranger walked up and gave her a letter, saying simply, “I want to give you this.”
When Kim opened up the letter, she learned a little more about the stranger who had handed it to her.
“I don’t know you and you don’t know me but when I was out walking my dog I noticed a lady in your garage sitting in a chair who is sick and I then I looked at the truck with the middle finger with the ‘c’ word.”
The anonymous author went on to explain that they had a brother who had died of the “c” word, who was their hero. They added:
“So when I see someone who might have it my heart is with your family and that lady I saw sitting in the chair. I will keep your family in my prayers. Hoping that she kicks its butt.”
Included with the letter was $60 of cash, and the author invited Kim to use it on anything, writing:
“I know it’s not a lot but something that might make her day brighter.”
The author even wrote that they would spray the cash with Lysol to make it safe to hand over during these extra-precautionary times.
According to FOX10, despite the fact that Kim was only given a year to live back in 2019, her future shows promise.
Doctors now hope she may end up in remission, which has given Kim the extra fighting power she needed to recover.
She says that along with prayers from her family and friends, this letter is another burst of positivity – something we could all do with a little more of right now.
The stranger who sent Kim’s letter has yet to come forward and identify themselves.
It looks as if they truly wanted their act of kindness to be selfless and about the letter and money itself – not about the person behind it.
A photograph of the letter was shared to Twitter by FOX10, and people took to the comments to praise the anonymous do-gooder for their thoughtful gift.
One person wrote:
“There still are good people on this Earth. Not too many but there are. You can be anybody you want to be! Be kind!”
Someone else commented:
“Such a wonderful story, especially in these times.”
Kim told FOX10 that receiving the letter was “one of the best things that’s happened to me in a long time.”
Her story is a reminder of the importance of looking out for strangers while COVID restrictions continue to tighten.
Giving selflessly can not only be good for your own wellbeing but can make give another person a much-needed positivity boost.
The kind stranger who offered Kim $60 is setting an example for all of us right now.
Giving money isn’t the only way to show that you care. Simply letting someone know that you’re there for them can make all the difference. Try it – you might just make somebody’s day.
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