A Texas man who died from a rare disease was able to leave a beautiful gift to those who loved him as a way of remembering him in the years to come.
Mitchell Whisenhunt suffered from Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that directly affects the connective tissue in the body. Whisenhunt, who seemed to be aware that the disease would end his life, decided to write more than 30 letters to his wife, their one-year-old daughter, family members and his community prior to his death, and now, his wife says they will follow his instructions to open the letters at specific times in the years that lie ahead.
Not long after Mitchell passed away on Saturday, his wife Ashley discovered the letters along with notebooks filled with poetry.
“If this is being read, I have passed,” reads one letter. It continues with Mitchell expressing his concern for the wellbeing of his wife after his death. “In this grieving period for my wife, the last thing I want her to worry about is the coming cost of my funeral.”
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Ashley Whisenhunt says that her husband addressed special letters to their one-year-old daughter on her birthdays that they will not open until those specific days.
“Her 2nd, 3rd, 4th birthday, and on the 16th he wrote "Sweet 16" on the front, all the way up to her 18th birthday,” said Ashley.
“I know he was thinking about us,” she said.
The family is currently selling bracelets and t-shirts to help raise money for costs, and Ashley says they are continuing to maintain Mitchell’s GoFundMe page.