Mom Fighting Lung Cancer Is Surprised by Her Son Who Travelled 1,500 Miles for Christmas

One man was terrified that if he didn’t plan to see his mother during the festive season, he might never see her again. So, he did the unthinkable.

In 2019, 32-year-old Jacob Hendry was studying mechanical engineering in California. He began in 2014, but for all five years, he missed his relatives.

He had to move away from his hometown Fremont, Nebraska, leaving his whole family behind with a 1,500 miles gap between himself and them. 

Hendry and his mother Debora Hendry hugging one another.│Source:

“I’ve been in California for 5 years now, and I think I’ve made it back for two Christmases. Being a full-time student, it’s hard to come up with the money for flights.”

However, in 2018, the 32-year-old man’s mother, 60-year-old Debora Hendry, labeled the upcoming holidays as her “Last Christmas” due to her lung cancer diagnosis. 

A doctor holding up an x-ray of lungs.│Source: Shutterstock


Despite his monetary issues, this resourceful student managed to borrow some money from his companions and take a lengthy trip of 1,500 miles to see his family and, more importantly, his mother for Christmas.

However, his mom had no idea he was coming down, thinking he was remaining in California for Christmas. Knocking on the door of her house, he was ready to surprise her; a moment captured in a touching video shared online. 

Debora Hendry opening the door. │Source:

Unaware of who she was just about to see, Debora opened the door. When the mother saw her son, she immediately began crying in disbelief, holding out her arms to embrace him. Through her cries, she jokingly quipped

The mom kept crying as she didn’t let go of her beloved son, both of them embracing as if they never wanted to let go of one another. 

Christmas gifts. │Source: Pixabay

She kept repeating, “Oh My God,” as Jacob wished her a Merry Christmas and told her that he loved her. She expressed

“I can’t believe you’re here. I can’t believe you made it.” 

The clip, which was shared on Facebook, went viral, reaching 13,000 views. The comment section was filled with individuals turning to faith and asking God to bless the mom and son with many writing that the video made them cry.

Individual’s comments on a Facebook post by Metro.│Source:


Amazingly, this was not Debora’s “Last Christmas” after all, as she was informed that she was in remission at the beginning of 2019. To add to the great news, Jacob was again able to fly down for the festive season of that same year. The student exclaimed

“I haven’t seen my family since our reunion at Christmas last year, and I can’t wait to fly home to see everyone.”

Cancer-free and with the whole family together, it appears for those who are non-skeptics, and maybe even for some that are, that Christmas miracles may exist. 

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