(WXYZ) - Mike Walsh has learned that the best things in life aren't things at all.
"When you're in this position, things just become objects and they don't retain a lot of
actual value," he says.
However, when it comes to this wedding ring-- that has a value that can't be measured. It's a treasure he wants to leave for his wife Cheryl after he's gone.
Walsh was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last January. The initial prognosis: He had three to six months to live.
Earlier this month, after a chemotherapy session, he was at a Costco store when when that special gold coin ring slipped off his finger.
"That night i got up and started looking. I took bed apart, the truck apart, the house apart. I finally resigned that it was gone," he says.
Walsh was devastated by the loss.
"That's the one thing i wanted to leave for her. I called all the pawn shops and jewelers asking if they've seen the ring to let me know. I said I'm dying .. I want to leave it for my wife," he says.
Walsh offered a $1,000 reward and shared his story in the local paper. This morning, Norman Floyd of Pinckney saw the article and called Walsh.
He found the ring on the ground by the parking lot at Costco, but then was out of town on vacation.
His wife happened to look at the newspaper this morning and said "Norman, you're not going to believe this. That's that man's wedding ring!"
Within a couple of hours, Walsh was holding that ring again. It's all thanks to a stranger who happens to know what he's going through.
"He's a cancer survivor and he wants me to take the reward money and donate it to the cancer foundation.
Walsh says the cancer has forced him to look at life differently and he feels blessed. Now he has his ring back and a new friend.
"I made a friendship out of it ... that's the moral of the story," says Walsh.
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