Mom Panics When Luggage Doesn't Arrive, Then Discovers Note That Has Her Bursting Into Tears
LifeAspire Staff 8/11/2017
Losing your luggage when flying the friendly blue skies can be a pain. But for one Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, mom, losing her luggage was a matter of life or death.
Mom of two Stacy Hurt, 46, was returning home from a colon cancer advocacy retreat held in Nashville, when there was an issue with her luggage. Her suitcase was on her original flight, but that flight was canceled and Stacy's path home was rerouted. But her luggage was not. She was told that it would be couriered to her home.
However, inside Stacy's luggage was medication she had to take to help her handle the side effects of cancer. She was diagnosed in 2014 with colon cancer and is now a stage 4 survivor.
Also in her suitcase was a rosary she had clung to for every chemotherapy treatment she had ever endured and a T-shirt that read "When there is no struggle, there is no strength."
It was critical that Stacy retrieved her luggage quickly because she had a chemotherapy appointment the next morning. She needed her T-shirt and the rosary. Without those things, she would've felt "distraught and uncomfortable and scared."
Stacy finally reached a Southwest employee at Pittsburgh International Airport named Sarah Rowan. This airline employee is being hailed as a hero for what she did after speaking with Stacy. She told TODAY:
“I got very emotional. I started to cry and explained to Sarah what was in the luggage and how I needed it."
So Sarah promised to track down the luggage and if it arrived yet that night, she would courier it to Stacy's home. Sarah did indeed find the suitcase, but it arrived after the last courier had left.
Sarah knew how much Stacy needed the contents of the suitcase. So she personally drove Stacy's suitcase to her home at 3 a.m according to TODAY.
“I cried. I just started bawling. I kept saying to my husband, ‘Who does this?’ This is an example that there are really good people in the world who care and go above and beyond. This woman has restored my faith in humanity."
Not only did Sarah leave the luggage on Stacy's doorstep in the wee hours of the morning, but she left a heartfelt note behind. Stacy said if she could meet Sarah in person, she'd "give her the biggest hug."
Stacy will undergo maintenance chemotherapy for colon cancer for the rest of her life. Having the contents of her suitcase delivered in time for her appointment was an absolute blessing and Sarah was her angel that day.
Sarah said she's had family members who also have been ill. She knew that Stacy was already facing a rough day ahead and wanted to help make things a bit better.
What a wonderful thing for Sarah to have done!
Watch the video below to see more on this heartwarming story.