A message of love, carefully stamped out through inches of snow: What started as a special note from a teen to his his mom in the hospital, has become an image touching people around the world.
In the middle of a cold and often gray winter, a bright spot where no one expected one. After yet another weather event over the weekend, patients at Rush University Medical Center woke up to more than just a blanket of snow.
It wasn’t much. It is just a small gesture with a big message that touched this hospital from top to bottom. Perhaps, a sign of hope and life. Some of the sickest inside needed it most.
“It keeps me up lifted in a way that nothing else really could, for me and others to feel better is huge,” says Shari Hart.
Last week 48-year-old Hart thought she had the stomach flu, it turns out she has Acute Myloid Leukemia, cancer of the blood. Last weekend her 14-year-old son, Will, called her to her hospital window at Rush University Medical Center for a surprise.
Will Hart says, “I just wanted to say hi to my mom and say, I love you.”
So Will Hart did just that, the way most any 14-year-old boy would, on the top of a parking lot etched in fresh snow.
This is what she saw.
“He said come to the window…he was so excited. I pulled up the window and it said, “Hi mom” with a smiley face and all. It is exactly what Shari Hart needed on a dark and snowy night as she sat alone in her 14th floor hospital room.
But the job was far from finished.
Hannah Hart, Will’s sister said, “When they went out at 10 o’clock, dad had the idea to write, God Bless You All, but it couldn’t fit, so it says God Bless You, still something everybody could see.”
And see it they did, patients, staff and visitors who looked south from up above, they all were touched by someone’s heartfelt message etched in the snow.
“I’m sure there are so many nurses and doctors all over the building that saw it. I’m sure it made their day better, I hope it did.
Nurse Mary Hoyt says, “One of the other family members here said they had had goose bumps and that night went to bed crying about how special that was.”
Special for Shari Hart, too. Keeping her distance from us today, Shari has a weakened immune system from the heavy chemotherapy treatments. Shari Hart says, “I’m feeling weak but bad.”
But the message outside her window, originally meant for just Shari, inspiring so many gazing out their windows this weekend.
A part of her life she’s happy to share when so many like her need a lift. Shari says she’s proud of her son, full of bright ideas. He is proud of her, fighting for her life with grace and determination.
Shari says, “To know that it did touch people and make them feel better means everything.”
Hannah Hart, “from a small 14- year-old boy writing a message to his mom, it touched so many lives, brightened so many people’s days. It’s awesome.”
Gone viral??? That’s what the hospital thinks.