Christmas Wish

Christmas Wish

Listen to the wishes we’ve granted this year.

Brenda Schmitz’s Christmas Wish

UPDATE May 2014: david-schmitz-hospital2See photos from the Schmitz family’s magical vacation to Walt Disney World.
UPDATE March 2014: david-schmitz-hospital2See photos from David’s visit to Mercy to thank the doctors and nurses that cared for Brenda.

In more than 20 years of granting Christmas Wishes, we’ve never received a wish quite like the one we received from Brenda Schmitz. Brenda wrote a letter to STAR 102.5’s Christmas Wish in August of 2011 – one month before she passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 46. She asked her friend to send us her wish once her husband David had found someone else to love him and to help take care of their four boys.

Watch the video of Brenda’s wish here:

See Brenda’s letter here: (Click to enlarge)


Thank you to the generosity of several local businesses that made granting this wish possible including:

Brian Leech and the team at Service Legends Heating & Cooling
Grip-Tite Foundation Repair
Slumberland Furniture
In the Bag Corporate Catering

Brenda Schmitz

Brenda and Max

Carter and Brenda


Carter, Brenda, and Max

boys-walkMax, Carter, Josh, and Justin

Max Schmitz

Carter and Max

max-jayneMax and his new step-mom, Jayne

The new Schmitz family.

Listen to the audio of Brenda’s wish below.

Christmas Wish #9: Dana Parmenter

Coleen takes care of her 10 year old nephew Sam – who has cerebral palsy. As she gets older, helping him get around has become more difficult. Her daughter Dana wishes to make life a little easier for them both.

Christmas Wish #8: Allyson Ladd

Allyson lost her Dad suddenly in June after he was hit on a bike while training for Ragbrai. Her Mom continues to stay strong for the family, but Allyson wants to give her a very special Christmas Wish.

Christmas Wish #7: Nichole Ortiz

Like so many, Nichole and her husband Robert have been struggling to stay afloat. Robert’s taking steps to better himself by continuing his automotive education – and needs a little extra help this Christmas.

Christmas Wish #6: Ralph Chiodo

Rochelle went to college with Ralph and, through the power of Facebook, has followed him through the years. She’s impressed with all Ralph’s doing with his life and how he gives back to his community.

Christmas Wish #5: Erin Aldridge

Erin’s husband Josh struggles with an immune deficiency – making it tough for him to play with their two active boys. Even simple things like taking them to on a bike ride or to play at the park are tough.

Christmas Wish #4: Kendra Richards

After battling health issues earlier this year, Kendra is convincedĀ God saved her life – and her 5 year old daughter, Reese, saved her spirit. Kendra takes a minute to recognize Reese’s soft and caring heart with a Christmas Wish.

Christmas Wish #3: Melissia Vorel

At age 38, Melissia found out she had cancer and was pregnant with her 4th child within a day of each other. 9 years later, she’s cancer free and looking for ways to create memories for her family.

Christmas Wish #2: Lisa Dolan

Lisa has suffered with health concerns for a number of years. Her brother, Larry, has stepped up in every way possible to help Lisa and her two daughters. Now, it’s time for Lisa to give back.

Christmas Wish #1: Michelle Cunningham

A Christmas Wish is granted for a mother hoping to recognize her daughter for all she’s done this year.

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