A Snowy Hospital Rooftop and a Message of Love – How This Teen Lifted His Mom's Spirits

A high school freshman left a note in the hopes of bolstering his mother's spirits.

Credit: Facebook screenshot of photo taken by nurse Angela Washek at Rush Hospital.
Credit: Facebook screenshot of photo taken by nurse Angela Washek at Rush Hospital.
Posted Feb. 11, 2014

BOLINGBROOK, IL — It may be cold outside, but a message written in the snow is warming hearts in the Chicago area.

On Monday, Rush University Medical Center posted a photo snapped by nurse Angela Washek to Facebook, showing a note written in the snow on top of the hospital's parking garage. Written in gigantic letters was the message, "Hi Mom. God Bless U."

"No matter how cold it gets," Washek said, "there is always a message of warmth if we just open our eyes to see it.” 

At the time, it remained a mystery who had written the note, or who it was for.

On Tuesday, the mystery was solved: the Chicago Tribune revealed the note was written for Bolingbrook resident Sharon Hart, a patient recently diagnosed with leukemia.

The author? Hart's 14-year-old son, William.

The Trib revealed the teen initially scribbled "Hi Mom," making the O into a smiley face, before visiting his mom. Hours later, as he left the hospital, William, his dad and his uncle added, "God Bless U."

“I wanted to send her the message because I thought it would brighten her spirits and help her get through this,” the Bolingbrook High School freshman told the Trib.

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Silvia Cubas February 12, 2014 at 07:45 AM
William you are an inspiration! I know your mom must feel so much comfort because of your lovely word. God bless her ♡
Faith Kinsman-Jones February 12, 2014 at 08:44 AM
That is so thoughtful... So wonderful to hear a heartwarming story come out of Bolingbrook!
Gayle February 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM
William, you are a perfect example of a caring, loving son. I am sure your parents are so very proud of you. It's so wonderful to see a story about a teen that has performed an act of love rather than the alternative. You are awesome. God bless you and your family. I will keep your family in my prayers.
jms February 12, 2014 at 01:27 PM
<3 God bless you and your family <3
Laura Wiese February 12, 2014 at 06:59 PM
So annoying that ckark patch posts their stories snd the link takes you to a lust of stories making you hit the link sgain. Plus wheres the local news???? Not much of a fan anymore. But touching story
Kyle Traore February 12, 2014 at 07:13 PM
We have some classes together :) He's always been a nice person too.
M Armstrong February 13, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Doesn't anyone wonder how a 14 yr old got on top of a multi-story parking garage? Trespass? Possibility of injury/slipping, falling due to snow covered roof. I think there was a better way to encourage mom....staying alive.
cassie February 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM
From the picture, it looks like that is an area available for parking but it wasn't being used. There is an entrance on the right and the exit ramp on the left. Nice, creative way to cheer up mom.


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