CHICAGO – When Shari Hart was diagnosed with leukemia last week, her 14-year-old son wanted to do something special.
So, this past weekend he wrote her a simple message: “HI MOM,” with a smiley face inside the O.
Two simple words that had a big impact, because of the effort it took. Her son, Will, didn’t simply write those words in a text message or on a greeting card, he wrote it in giant letters in the snow on the roof of the parking garage across the street from his mom’s room at Rush University Medical Center.
Later, with the help of his dad, Will added a few more words: “GOD BLESS U.”
Shari, 48, is at Rush for about a month for chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Five simple words from her son and husband went a long way to lifting her spirits, given the way the words were delivered.
“Anyone who came in the room, I said, ‘Look what my son did!’ It was such a proud thing. And then to have my husband gone down and say, ‘Let’s put a little more on’ … who thinks this? My family, apparently,” she said. “It just gives me true joy, and lifts me up. So when you’re feeling a little low, just some simple words, ‘God bless you,’ made me cry.”