Cheryl Minton, 66, told the Springfield News-Sun that Ochocinco is paying all her expenses for the trip to St. Martin. Ochocinco was set to marry Evelyn Lozada on Wednesday on the Caribbean island.
Minton's husband, Denzil, 72, died of a stroke two weeks ago. The couple was married July 4 and Wednesday would have been their 30th anniversary.
She said she has tweeted Ochocinco on previous occasions, going back to his days with the Cincinnati Bengals, and sometimes gotten a reply. On Tuesday, she sent him a message: "I'm feeling pretty low today. Lost my hubby 2 weeks ago. Together 30 years. Very hard. Please pray for me. Thanks..."
His response, she said, was first to ask her if she had a passport and then to tell her to pack.
"I can't thank him enough," Minton said. "I'm so anxious to see him and see him get married. It'll be wonderful. He's a very, very big hearted, warm person."