Over the past year, Brad Bousquet's wife, Alissa, had been receiving chemotherapy treatments at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
After undergoing three surgeries before reaching the final chemo session, Brad wanted to congratulate his wife for overcoming such a difficult time. And a dozen roses just didn’t seem like enough.
“Today is my wife’s last chemotherapy treatment,” Brad wrote on Facebook. “She has amazed me with her strength, courage and positive attitude through it all. She still has a few surgeries ahead of her but completing chemotherapy is huge milestone in her journey.
“I wanted to do something special during this last treatment to celebrate the end of her chemo and to show her the tremendous love and support she has from her friends and family,” he continued.
Each rose was purchased for $10 with all of the proceeds being donated to Susan G. Komen toward breast cancer research.
“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," he wrote. "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.”