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A local flower shop is touching people's lives with a tradition that has quite the back story. A local flower shop is touching people's lives with a tradition that has quite the back story.

KENNEWICK, WA - A local flower shop is touching people's lives with a tradition that has quite the back story.

It all started about five years ago. One of the shops co-owners had a family friend with cancer. They sent her a little something every Friday to help lift her spirits. Then, Bob Spivey came into Lucky Flowers on Clearwater Avenue. He shared his story and sparked 'Lucky Friday.'

"High school sweethearts, love of his life, they had three children together. She was a teacher, finally got her Master's Degree and she was diagnosed with cancer," said Lucky Flowers co-owner, Melissa Behen.

"The whole thing just rocked their lives so we just wanted to help out with that and just bring them some joy. That's what started it," said co-owner Tiffanni Wright.

The Spivey's lived in Pasco. Sandra was a teacher in Richland and Bob, a Hanford worker. At first the couple was confused. Who was sending Sandra flowers?

"For Christmas we'd do something a little extra. Valentine's Day, Mother's Day. Just something to fit the occasion," Wright said.

"It was always fun for us to be able to be creative and surprise her with something different every Friday that were able to create and make for her personally," Behen said.

Luck Flowers sent Sandra 50 roses on her 50th birthday. In return, they often got lunch or dinner delivered, courtesy of the Spivey's, once the secret was out.

"She actually passed away the day that Melissa's son, Berkeley, was born," Wright said.

"Ever since then, Bob has always recognized Berkeley as his guardian angel, Sandra's guardian angel. Bob sent a pin to Berkeley. A little angel pin," said Behen.

Behen says their families will always be connected and Bob sends Berkeley a gift every year on his birthday. He's now three-years-old.

Lucky Flowers continues Lucky Friday but now they have an alternating list of people that receive something on Fridays.

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