In October of 2009, Kristian Anderson was diagnosed with bowel cancer -- and the news got worse: it had spread to his liver. The 35-year-old husband and father didn't let the diagnosis get him down, though -- and has since spent his time between chemotherapy treatments urging men to get tested early and often, saying "If I had got tests done when I first suspected something, I might have only had bowel cancer and they could have just gone straight in and cut it out ... It doesn't matter if it's nothing but the best thing you can do is find out it's nothing."

With his wife Rachel's birthday approaching, Anderson wanted to do something special for her. He got in touch with a local radio show who helped him reach out to actor Hugh Jackman and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. With those two on board (Rachel's from New Zealand, hence the Prime Minister's appearance), Anderson made her a special birthday video that's sure to have you reaching for the Kleenex.

Using hand-written messages on poster board (because he says his wife claims he talks too much), Anderson expresses his love for his wife. In case that wasn't enough, Jackman pops in through the magic of editing to actually voice the sentiment. It's one of those touching, beautiful and sad videos that we see a lot more often thanks to the Internet. Rachel's clearly a lucky lady.

Watch the video for yourself after the jump -- just be prepared for a good case of misty-eye syndrome when it's over.

Rachel's Birthday Video from Kristian Anderson on Vimeo.



[via Movieline]