Dying Mom's Wish List Becomes Best-Seller

Kate Greene's last wishes inspired 'Mum's List'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2012 1:50 PM CDT
Dying Mom's Wish List Becomes Best-Seller
Diving in Belize: one of Kate Greene's wishes for her family before she died.   (Shutterstock)

The last wishes of a dying mother have inspired a British best-seller that's soon coming to the US, reports ABC News. The story began when Kate Greene and her husband, St. John Greene—sweethearts since high school—had a son diagnosed with cancer and another born prematurely. Both turned out OK, but Kate soon found two lumps in her breast. “When [their son] was diagnosed, we said we wished we could swap places with him,” her husband said, “but [we] didn’t realize anyone was listening.”

Kate battled cancer for nearly two years, but she had a relapse and was given only 18 months to live. As it turned out, she had just 18 days. She quietly asked her husband if she could give him a list of things to do. Among them: kissing the boys twice every night, finding a new wife, and taking the boys diving in Belize. "This way at least two bits of me would go," she told him. She died two years ago, and now the book, Mum's List, is due out in the US on June 5. (Read more Kate Greene stories.)

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