A woman is thanking her mailwoman for surprising her with 101 red balloons planted on her lawn after learning of a stage-4 cancer diagnosis.
Laura Stegenga of Minneapolis is a 47-year-old mother of two. In July, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer just 8 weeks after getting a mammogram and a clean bill of health from her doctor, ABC News reports.
Stegenga’s mail carrier, Michele Slack, was heartbroken after learning the news and decided to do something to cheer her up. According to a Facebook post shared by Slack on Facebook, she came up with “Hearts of Hope.” The idea was to plant balloons on Stegenga’s lawn. People in the community could donate $10 to plant one balloon in her yard.
When Stegenga came home from a chemotherapy session, she was overwhelmed to find 100 red, heart-shaped balloons planted in her yard.
“I bawled,” Stegenga told ABC News. “I feel so connected and so loved and so cared for. People really do care, they really do.”
In addition to the balloons, Stegenga also received $2,000 in donations from her neighbors. She plans to use the money to cover medical costs.