KSTZ Grants A Christmas Wish To The Family Of A Woman Who Died In 2011
December 23, 2013 at 4:02 AM (PT)
SAGA EVP/Programming STEVE GOLDSTEIN shared with ALL ACCESS a story that combines the magic of the holidays with the power radio. Hot AC KSTZ (STAR 102.5)/DES MOINES is receiving national attention after making a wish come true for a woman who passed away over two years ago.
BRENDA SCHMITZ gave her friend a letter that included three wishes that she wanted to submit to STAR 102.5 right before she died, and made her friend promise not to mail it until her husband had fallen in love again. The station holds a CHRISTMAS promotion each year where they help make listeners' wishes come true.
“When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer,” SCHMITZ wrote. “I told [my friend] once my loving husband DAVID had moved on in his life and had met someone to share his life with again, to mail this letter to all of you at the station.”
Her first wish, notes BUZZFEED.COM, "was a day of pampering for DAVID’s new love, a woman he met in OCTOBER 2012 named JANE. 'She deserves it, being a stepmother to all those boys,' BRENDA wrote. 'Make her smile and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me.' BRENDA also asked for a 'magical trip' for the family, and lastly, a night out full of drinks, food, and fun for the cancer doctors at MERCY MEDICAL HOSPITAL, where she was treated."
“We’ve been doing the CHRISTMAS Wish program for 20-plus years. We’ve never received a wish like this, ever,” OM/PD SCOTT ALLEN told the DES MOINES REGISTER.
All of her wishes were granted by KSTZ, with help from local sponsors, who sent the family of eight to DISNEY WORLD. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we got [the letter],” ALLEN said. “It really inspired us to do something for her.”
Get some tissues and watch the event on STAR 102.5 here.