Favor for a Dying Woman

Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Tricia Somers asks her nurse for a huge favor. An incredible true story.

When was the last time you really went out of your comfort zone to perform an act of kindness? After watching this video, you’ll get a better appreciation how helping others is one of the most powerful ways we can emulate God.

Comments (19)

(19) Anonymous, November 19, 2017 6:06 PM

I did something too

I live in south america, but I'm from New york. My best friend had been living with lung cancer for eight years. No matter how many times she had chemo, it kept coming back. So after eight years of suffering she decided to let the cancer take it's course. Another friend from our group told me if I didn't go visit her I would have to come to her funeral. I flew in to New York and saw her for the very last time. it was SO worth it. she passed away around two weeks later.
Do the biggest favor for someone and g-d will return the favor when you need it.

(18) Anonymous, April 4, 2017 12:24 AM

What an Amazing, and truly wonderful story

I am a speechless Mamma in tears. What a story. Thanks Aish.
I hope there are more like Tricia than we think

(17) Reuven Frank, March 23, 2015 12:28 PM

Stories like this

I really *Hate* stories like this.
They make me cry too hard.
You are wonderful people doing "above and beyond" what's called for. The Jews have an untranslatable(?) word for this that means something like "beyond Righteous." They call is Chessed. [Maybe "lovingkindness"?]

(16) Honey W, November 16, 2014 10:18 PM

May the lighting of the Chanukah candles bring both you ---your son and the wonderful nurse and her family all the blessings and love.This is a time for miracles. God Bless you all.

(15) Barbara Macdonald, November 8, 2014 4:08 PM

Such Inspiration

Trish may your life with you new family be filled with love and blessings for the rest of your days. May your son and his new family be richly blessed. Hashem is there with all of you

(14) Ellen S., November 7, 2014 5:44 PM

this kind of thing restores faith that there are good, sweet, giving people in the world!

(13) Anonymous, November 7, 2014 12:36 AM


a really hard act to emulate, but what a goal!

(12) Annie, November 5, 2014 7:54 PM

Pure inspiration

(11) Anonymous, November 5, 2014 4:44 AM

what an amazing story

wow and double wow
what a special human being!

(10) lt, November 4, 2014 11:55 PM

a true inspiration

a true inspiration and a lesson to be learned.. she is truly one of the tzadikei umos haolam. we are moved by her big heart and overwhelming generosity.
our thoughts are with tricia for a complete recovery.

(9) deanna, November 4, 2014 10:31 PM

Such goodness

How is it possible to have such goodness and such wickedness all in the same world. One is all about treasuring life and the other is about giving it no value whatsoever. An angel for sure.

(8) Ra'anan, November 4, 2014 9:58 PM

overwhelmingly beautiful!

overwhelmingly beautiful!

(7) janet, November 4, 2014 9:28 PM

What a n amazing story. The Spirit of God prompted her to ask this enormous favor, It is meant to be. God works in His mysterious ways and . has blessed these two families with the Peace only he can bring. They are all so happy!

(6) Anonymous, November 4, 2014 7:48 PM


My eyes are blurred with tears. This is so beautiful. Lots of people say lots of words, but this woman did the most giving deed. And makes it look so obvious and natural. What an inspiration.

(5) Sharon, November 4, 2014 7:24 PM

the joy of giving

I believe studies have shown that comparing people of different occupations, nurses have a high rate of happiness. Probably that is because giving brings a deep joy. And this nurse is the epitome of hesed who apparently also has a loving family. I'm happy for both Trishas - the ill one who knows that her son will be well cared for even if she dies and the nurse who knows the joy of gving. She probably had a wonderful mother too.

(4) Royal, November 4, 2014 7:14 PM

A heart warmer.

This is truly the highest form of chesed, loving kindness.It was wonderful to hear about such love for someone in need and a stranger.

(3) Nancy, November 3, 2014 8:20 PM

And now I am crying

To Yitzchok, Commenter #1--You hit the nail squarely on the head!

(2) Shirlee Rosenthal, November 2, 2014 3:48 PM


Wow. What a beautiful story. It does my heart good to know there are people like this lovely nurse and her family who opened their home and their hearts to this dying Mother and her son. G-d bless them. (He already has) Shirlee Rosenthal

(1) Yitzchok, November 2, 2014 3:47 PM

Give what THEY need

This is really a remarkable story of a person who understands that חסד is about giving the recipient what they need, not what you want. It's all about the recipient, not the public honor and glory of the giver, and not the name on the plaque or the side of the building.


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