When a person is diagnosed with breast cancer, they can use a lot of help. Patients need someone to drive them to treatments and help them with mundane tasks, such as cooking and cleaning. And aside from the physical help, there’s also the emotional support and a listening ear that are always welcome.
The support of family and friends is invaluable to someone living with breast cancer. Few people understand this better than Richard Wells. According to the TODAY show, Wells selflessly cared for his two daughters and wife whofought breast cancer.
Wells was married to his wife for 50 years. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2012. While she was going through treatment, so was Wells’ daughter Kathi, who is now 44 years old. Wells would hold his daughter’s and wife’s hands as they underwent chemotherapy. He drove them around, cleaned the house and prepared meals. Essentially, Wells made sure they had nothing to worry about outside of healing.
Two years after her mother’s death, Wells’ other daughter, Margi, is now battling the disease. But she knows she has the loving support of her father, just as her angel mother and survivor sister had.
“When people learn about what my mom, sister and I have been through with breast cancer, they are always amazed,” Kathi told the TODAY show. “They say things like, “strong” and “brave,” etc. But they don’t always realize the bravest and strongest of all of us is my dad. He deserves the most praise.”
And what better way to show their appreciation than getting their dad on the TODAY show? Both sisters wrote a letter about him to the show, entirely unbeknownst to one another!
Check out the video below to learn more about this amazing story and see the heartwarming gift this man is about to receive. What a touching story!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?