If you were on your deathbed, what would be your dying wish?
For this 11-year-old boy who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the only thing he asked for was to feed the homeless.
It was 2005 when Brenden Foster received the diagnosis that he only had two weeks to live. He took it pretty well, even at such young age.
During one of their past appointments, Brenden noticed a group of the less fortunate piling up in a camp called Nickelsville — and when asked for his dying wish, he requested to feed them.
Since he was too ill to leave his bed, a group of people from KOMO, a local broadcasting station, assembled to fulfill his last wish. They created the Brenden Foster Food Drive, and they have prepared 200 sandwiches —half ham and cheese, and half peanut butter and jelly— to be delivered to the homeless.
It was Brenden’s idea to not just serve peanut butter and jelly, as some of them might be allergic to it, according to him.
This act of kindness in his last moments sparked enormous attention and inspiration from people all over the world. To honor Brenden, they also served and fed the homeless from their area.
One Vietnam veteran who lost his leg in the war was touched by Brenden’s selfless deed, and he even gave him his Purple Heart for his bravery.
Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy from California who is fighting the same battle as Brenden’s was inspired by his story. Daniel Chairez said that we would pick up where Brenden left off and help the homeless.
Brenden’s journey ended in November of 2008. While expected, the incident shook the people around him.
He was buried in Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, Washington, and the NFL franchise, Seattle Seahawks, paid for his funeral.
Until the end, what Brenden truly showed was a vision of altruism — that you can make others happy, even at your last moments.
Watch the interview below by KOMO:
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