OMAHA, Neb. — A dozen roses simply weren’t enough for a Nebraska man who wanted “to do something special” for his wife to celebrate her last chemotherapy treatment. So, he raised money and surprised her with 500.
Video of the surprise shows Alissa Bousquet’s repeating “holy moly” in disbelief as friends and family delivered the 36 vases of roses to her at the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center in Omaha. Husband Brad Bousquet writes about how he planned the big surprise on YouTube.
“To accomplish this I secretly sent a text to several of Alissa’s friends and family. I asked them to help me surprise her by showering her in roses during her last treatment. 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. I was amazed when 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. Together over 170 families wanted to purchase roses and we ended up raising over $4500 for breast cancer research. The flower shop placed the roses in 36 vases and then put them in 6 small wicker baskets. Alissa’s two teen aged daughters and four close friends (AKA Alissa’s Crew) made the delivery.”
Bousquet says after the delivery, they shared the roses with other patients in the hospital.
“After presenting the rose baskets to my wife we shared them with the other cancer patients receiving treatment today as a gift from our family. 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.”
He says the rose drive raised more than $4,500.
Bousquet writes that the flowers were shared with other patients at the hospital.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.