On Alissa Bousquet’s last day of chemotherapy, her husband, Brad Bousquet, surprised her with 500 roses arranged in six big wicker baskets.
Her two teenage daughters and four close friends made the delivery at the hospital in Omaha, Neb.
Brad said he wanted to do something special during Alissa’s last treatment, but he also wanted to show her how much support she has from friends and family.
“She still has a few surgeries ahead of her but completing chemotherapy is a huge milestone in her journey,” he said. “She has amazed me with her strength, courage, and positive attitude through it all.”
Because Brad was in awe of Alissa’s bravery during her chemo sessions, he honored her fight against cancer by providing a donation in her name towards breast cancer research. To accomplish that, he said, he secretly sent out several texts to Alissa’s friends and family.
“I asked them to help me surprise her by showering her in roses during her last treatment,” he said. “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.”
And 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,” Brad said.
About 170 families purchased the roses, raising over $4,500 for breast cancer research, he said.
But Alissa didn’t keep the roses all to herself, “What am I going to do with all of these roses?” she asked in the video, which was uploaded to YouTube on June 24.
They shared the flowers with other cancer patients receiving treatment. “A gift from our family,” Brad said. “The joy of sharing these roses with the other cancer patients was one of my favorite 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!”