On Father’s Day 2016, Dan and Maxi Cortez took their two one-year-old daughters to a local Red Lobster restaurant. But went they went pay their bill, they found a note scribbled on the back.
It wasn’t just the note that caused Dan and Maxi to choke up… they were going through something much more.
The note said this:
“Happy Father’s Day!
Enjoy your babies, they don’t stay little long!
From the family across from you!
God Bless You :)”
Maxi took to Facebook to tell her incredible story:
“To the family in Red Lobster who sat across from us today. You never ask a question we never spoke a word. Yet you did something for us that we will never forget. When the waitress handed us your note the tears began to fall. To you we looked like just a family of 4 celebrating the most important man in our lives. Little did you know last year we celebrated as a family of 5.
You see this past year we lost one of our triplets! The holidays are always the hardest. Without knowing any of this you paid for our meal. You might never know our story or the impact of something so little could effect our lives. I’m writing you to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! I hope this post reaches you, so one day you might know that what might seemed like a small gesture of kindness to you, made celebrating my wonderful husband just a little bit easier this year!
Please share so maybe they can see this!!”
After struggling for a long time with infertility, Dan and Maxi underwent one round of IVF. Not only did it work, but the couple was blessed with triplets!
Last year, Landon, Harper and Harlow were delivered via C-section. All three healthy babies went home together after three weeks in NICU. But two weeks later, Landon began acting strange. Dan rushed him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with Citrobacter koseri bacterial meningitis.
Tragically, baby Landon passed away at just seven weeks old. This was the first Father’s Day without Landon.
Just like the anonymous note said, Harper and Harlow won’t stay little for long. But Landon will always remain close to their hearts.
“I got my girls, and I’m happy, but if I had all three I’d be spectacular,” Daniel said.
“From the time, he was born he never closed his eyes,” Maxi says. “He just wanted to be awake all the time. It’s like he knew that he only had a short time.”
Dan and Maxi were shocked by the anonymous family’s gesture of kindness — especially when they truly needed it most.
The grateful couple is sharing their story in the hopes they can find the family who paid for their meal. Maxi wants to thank them for “giving them new life.”
Let’s help the Dan and Maxi find these kindhearted strangers, and honor Landon’s memory in turn. Please SHARE this with your friends on Facebook!