Cancer patient Mary Pat Siess was asked to make a cake for a little girl with the same illness. When she was finished, however, the person who came to collect the cake was someone she recognized. She burst into tears immediately, but they were tears of joy.
There’s no doubt that Mary Pat Siess has been dealt a rough hand in life. In April 2016 she was only 26 years old, but her story was already more heartbreaking than most. The Philadelphia-based young woman had certainly endured her fair share of health issues.
It all started when Mary Pat was just six years old. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia – an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the white blood cells in the body. She soon began a grueling two years of treatment.
Although Mary Pat eventually reached the point where she was in remission, when she was nine years old she received the devastating news that she had relapsed. As a result, she had another two-and-a-half years of treatment ahead of her. But eventually, she beat the disease again.
After that, though, Mary Pat went through her high school years as a cancer-free teenager, successfully graduating with her class. But in December of 2009 she went to the doctor and found out that, yet again, her body was under attack from cancer.
By 2016 poor Mary Pat was into her sixth year of continually fighting the disease. She has two brothers – one was at college in Pittsburgh, while the other, Robert, was in the U.S. military. And they both had a lot of respect for their tough cookie of a sister.
According to ABC News, Robert had never heard his sister complain about her illness, adding that she was “probably the toughest person I ever met in my life.” He was stationed thousands of miles away with the 82nd Airborne Division of the army, however, and he found it difficult being so far from Mary Pat.
“When they called me and told me that she’d got diagnosed again, it was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever heard,” Robert explained. He then described the frustration of “not being able to do anything but sit there and listen to a phone call.” And so that’s why he decided that he wanted to do something special for his sister.
Mary Pat was very into her baking. So when she was invited to Oakmont Bakery to take part in a special event, she didn’t think twice about it. She just thought that she was there to bake a birthday cake for a little girl with cancer. But that wasn’t the case at all.
In fact, the whole day was a total set-up, involving Robert and an awesome organization called Jamie’s Dream Team. According to the non-profit’s website, its mission is to “lift the spirits of those suffering from, and ease the burden caused by, serious illness, injury, disability or trauma.”
And the group certainly did that for Mary Pat in the most perfect way. Moreover, there was a camera crew there to capture the whole thing as it unfolded. And it made for some tear-jerking footage. Mary Pat had absolutely no idea what was coming her way that day.
The video shows Mary Part working hard in the kitchen baking an elaborate yellow cake. She tells the camera that she’s looking forward to making a little girl happy. But little does she know that she’s about to receive the surprise of her life.
Once the impressive cake is complete, Mary Pat steps out of the kitchen to the shop front. But then, from of the corner of her eye, she spots something out of place. A man in military uniform walks into the bakery to collect the cake, and Mary Pat’s face says it all.
Mary Pat stops in her tracks, in fact, looking completely stunned. She covers her face with her hand and totally loses it, bursting into tears at the counter. Robert had traveled thousands of miles to surprise her. And what he says next totally blows her away.
Robert says, “I hope you have a really big box [for the cake] because we’re taking it to Disneyland!” And with that, he presents Mary Pat with the flight tickets, as everyone else in the bakery erupts into applause. She simply can’t control the tears.
The final shot of the video shows Mary Pat and Robert sharing an emotional hug. It’s safe to say that she had no clue what her brother had been planning. “I thought I was baking a cake for a little girl with cancer,” she said. “This is more than I expected. A lot more!”
Mary Pat had known that Robert would be deployed to Iraq soon. But she never thought that he would turn up before he went, let alone with such an awesome surprise for her. And with the help of Jamie’s Dream Team, Robert totally nailed it.
The video subsequently went viral, racking up a whopping 162,000 views. People were touched by the incident and commented in their droves. “A very beautiful story. I cried watching this. May God bless each and every one that was involved for making this family happy,” one viewer wrote.
Not only were people inspired by Mary Pat’s bravery in the face of cancer, but they were also moved by Robert’s dedication to serving the nation. “Thank you for serving to protect our country, thank you for the sacrifice that the whole family is making,” another person commented.
On that day, Mary Pat received two awesome surprises in one go. Not only did her brother, stationed miles away, surprise her totally out of the blue, but she was also gifted a dream holiday to Disneyland. Mary Pat still had a long way to go with her treatment, but let’s hope that the much-deserved trip to Disney lifted her spirits and gave her strength.