Health & Wellness

Daughter Writes Message Of Hope For Her Mom In The Snow

She wanted to cheer up her mom and inspired countless others in the process.


Mom. Be. Brave.

These three words have been getting a lot of attention the past few days. The short-but-sweet message mysteriously appeared in the snow outside of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio on Valentine's Day.

Turns out, the message was left by Marie Schambach, whose mother, Michele, was being treated at the clinic for brain cancer.

Marie and her mother Michelle at the Cleveland Clinic. Marie Schambach/Facebook

Michele and Marie are from Guatemala, and when Michele, 65, was diagnosed with oligodendroglioma, a type of cancer that starts in the nervous system, she was referred to the Cleveland Clinic by her doctor. Soon after, the family made the trip north so that Michele could undergo surgery to try and remove the tumors.

Marie, who's a doctor in Guatemala, told CNN she had never seen snow before, and wanted to write the message to lift her mother's spirits.

"I looked out the window and saw a big blank slate, and thought I could write something on it," she said.

After she carved the message out on Friday, she called her father and told him to tell her mother to look out the window.

"I told my dad, "Wake my mom! Tell her to go to the window," Marie said. "She was happy, so, so happy."

The Cleveland Clinic shared a photo of the message on Twitter, and shortly after, the well wishes started pouring in for Michele.

Other people passing by saw the message as a sign of healing and hope for all of the patients at the clinic.

"I left work last night, seen it, stood here, thought about it, dwelled on it," one passerby said. "Whoever did that, the depth of love, wherever mom is at, to see this from wherever. It's really nice."

As for Marie, she knows for sure that the kindness and prayers from so many people are helping her mom to recover.

When they got the good news on Saturday that Michele's white blood cell count was up, the doctor said it was the medicine. But Marie knew who to thank.

"The medicine helps," she said. "But it's from a lot of support and a lot of prayer."

Marie Schambach/Facebook

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Marie's awesome act of kindness?


You can take her lead and show compassion and support to those in your life who need it, today and every day. Write a message in the snow, buy flowers, write a song. Who knows? Your actions might go viral but even if they don't they'll make a difference for someone.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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