Little Boy Gets Long-Lost Postcard From Dad Who Died Two Years Ago
Rowan Torrez lost his father two years ago to a rare brain disease.
But an unexpected letter helped the 10-year-old feel his dad's love again, just days before the anniversary of his death.
Colorado's Julie Van Stone told 9News that her husband, Joseph Torrez, went to unbelievable lengths to provide for her and their son.
He served in the Navy and traveled across the country to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned two masters' degrees.
Torrez would regularly write to Rowan while in Boston and even from the road during his drive home to Littleton.
At just 2 years old, Rowan was receiving postcards from each state his father crossed along the way.
Van Stone said,
I vaguely remember him saying I sent 5 or 6, and I only got 3 or 4 in the mail. But I never thought anything of it.
Torrez died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, or CJD, on March 13, 2013, when he was 41 years old.
So it was quite a surprise for the family to see one of his postcards in the mail on March 7 of this year.
The letter had been sent on June 10, 2007 but, for some reason, didn't reach Rowan and Van Stone until now.
Hello from Pennsylvania. I love you, and I miss you so much. See you soon, love daddy.
Van Stone said Torrez never got to say "goodbye" to his son, so the postcard acted as the closure they both needed.
Rowan was tremendously grateful to find one more reminder that the bond he and his father shared would last forever.