A Missouri woman whose husband was diagnosed with cancer was the recipient of an incredible act of kindness from two complete strangers.
Rickesha Wright of Kansas City, Missouri, received a ruby necklace as a birthday gift from her husband, Willie, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015, Fox 4 KC reports. The dying man reportedly told his wife to pass on the necklace to their young daughter.
“This was something special that he gave to me, that I can hold onto and that I can always remember the love he had for me. That I can give to our daughter to show the love that we share,” Wright told Fox 4 KC.
On Feb. 10, however, Rickesha panicked when she realized she had lost the necklace.
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She posted this message on Stolen KC, a community Facebook page where Kansas City residents can report stolen or missing items, in hopes someone might find it:
Please help!! On Wednesday I went to KU medwest on Renner and was wearing the necklace in the picture and somehow lost it. It's not expensive it's maybe a $40 necklace from helzburg and whomever found it can't pawn it for much but to me it's priceless.
My husband has stage 4 colon cancer and yes he's terminal. My husband gifted this to me on Sunday for my birthday and asked that I pass it to my daughter. Now it's gone and I'm sick over it ! Please someone anyone if you found it please let me know. I can't offer a reward other than my unconditional thanks.
The Feb. 12 post, which received more than 1,000 likes, came to the attention of two employees at Helzburg Diamonds, the jewelry store where Willie had purchased the necklace.
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The two women said they decided to help Rickesha right away.
"The first thing that came to my mind, I didn't even hesitate. I have it in the store, I'll just buy it for her," said Jennifer Bell, one of the Helzburg employees.
The employees paid for the necklace out of pocket and delivered it to Rickesha as a replacement for the one she lost. The woman later updated her original Facebook message to thank the store workers for their act of kindness.
"This is a great story to tell our kids about the love of others," she said, according to Fox 4 KC. "You know, there's still good people out in the world."
Willie Wright, a U.S. Army veteran, was diagnosed with cancer in April 2015. In December of that same year, a Pennsylvania-based cancer charity called For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation sent Willie and Rickesha on a free trip to Disney World, Rare News reported at the time.