Woman gifts diamond ring to complete strangers

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico woman’s engagement didn’t work out, but instead of selling her diamond ring, she wanted to find a deserving couple to give it to. With the help of social media, she quickly found one.

Dozens of people submitted their pictures and love stories on the Inhabitants of Burque Facebook page, to get a chance at the ring. But there’s one love story that struck a chord with the benefactor.

“Every day is a blessing,” Josh Michaels told KRQE News 13. He’s been engaged to his girlfriend, Laura Aitken since 2013. That same year he was diagnosed with a rare form of stage four cancer, that spread from a tumor in his chest.

“I’ve been told a few different things you know, ‘I wasn’t gonna make it, I had two months left,’ and I’m still here,” Michaels said.

“To break up and to give up would have been worse to me than for him to pass away,” said Laura.

Medical bills have kept Michaels from being able to afford an engagement ring. Monday night, he saw a post on the Inhabitants of Burque Facebook page.

An anonymous woman said her engagement didn’t work out, and wanted to gift her $2,100 diamond ring to a loving couple. She said in a written statement, “I didn’t want it to become another pawn shop ring, for me it was a symbol of love and happiness.”

Dozens of people posted their love stories for a chance at the ring.

Tuesday, Michaels was picked to receive the ring.

“The world doesn’t always give you what you want, but there’s people out there that you know, can give you help,” Leo York, the man behind Inhabitants of Burque, told the couple Tuesday evening. “I’m proud of you and I’m proud of you as well,” he said, handing them the ring.

“Wow, it’s really nice,” Michaels exclaimed. He proposed once again.

“I love you very much,” he told Laura, slipping the ring on her finger. He said he’s thankful for the generosity of complete strangers.

Michaels said family and friends’ support lift him up, and said Laura hasn’t left his side through any struggles.

The couple has a message for their benefactor: “I would really like to take her out to lunch or something, just to meet her, and I’m sure there’s a crazy story behind it, and maybe we can share each other’s crazy stories and make friends out of it,” said Michaels.

“Just thank you, you know, I appreciate it,” he added.

Laura added, “I don’t know if I’d have words for her, I think I probably would just hug her, and probably cry on her shoulder a little bit, happy tears.”

The ring is a symbol of a stranger’s kind heart, and a symbol of their love for each other.

“It’s just little things like this that keep you strong, keep you going,” said Michaels.

Josh and Laura are struggling to keep their home at the moment. They have a website to help with medical expenses for anyone that wants to help.

The couple has not yet set a wedding date.

From a portion of her statement, the woman who gave the ring said, “I didn’t want this story to be about me which is why I choose to remain anonymous. If anything I wanted to remind myself and the community that love is out there, and to never give up. Josh I wish you and Laura the absolute best!”

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