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My dear, sweet sister, Melinda. We'll all love you for ever and ever... Elliot will always know that you loved him, and I'll tell him about your very special time here with us.
Greg Hathaway <>
CA - Thursday, September 19, 1996 at 15:53:32 (PDT)
Peace is finally with you, my lovely sister. You are greatly missed and loved deeply by us all.
David Hathaway <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Thursday, September 19, 1996 at 10:01:10 (PDT)
Melinda........ Today would have been your sixteenth birthday. We will light your candle for you. Not only were you my sister, but you were also my very best friend and I miss you very much. Love Michael
Michael Hathaway <>
North Vancouver, BC CA - Thursday, September 19, 1996 at 16:12:36 (PDT)
Remembering Melinda...from all the nurses at Canuck Place
Anne Compton <>
Richmond, BC CA - Tuesday, December 31, 1996 at 17:01:50 (PST)
My fiancee was daignosed with cancer a couple of months ago and this has been a terrible time for us. Your page gave us strength and we thank you for it. Kaal and Paulette
Kaal Reinhardt
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, December 30, 1996 at 21:13:19 (PST)
I came upon your website by accident. I sit here with my heart aching and my eyes filled with tears all with admiration for all that you went through. I will think of you each time I sign on the internet. Your website has brought me peace and the pride of your struggle will forever be a legacy in my heart. Peace to your family forever.
robin <>
vernon hill , va usa - Monday, December 30, 1996 at 17:32:08 (PST)
One of the most interesting sites on the web. Thanks.
Steve Keohane <>
Woburn, MA USA - Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 19:32:41 (PST)
QUEBEC, QC CA - Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 07:54:37 (PST)
God bless your family. May he give you courage and strength.
janet <>
memphis, tn usa - Saturday, December 28, 1996 at 19:56:54 (PST)
I was very glad i accidently stumbled on this web sit. I hope it brings happiness and peace to all who visit. It did me. thanks.
christy cossich <aptiva@cswnet>
russellville, ar usa - Wednesday, December 25, 1996 at 19:06:01 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I never have send an Email before, so I make it quick: I' m a boy of seventeen and I live in the Netherlands. I' m very sorry about your illness and I' m with you in your mind. I hope you will live in pease and happiness. Love, DaniŽl Brongers
DaniŽl Brongers <>
nieuwegein, Holland - Monday, December 23, 1996 at 16:45:37 (PST)
Tears have filled my eyes as a read your page. I was searching the Web for my own page and learned of a courageous young lady with whom I share a name. God bless you for your work...
Melinda Wheatley <>
San Antonio, tx usa - Sunday, December 22, 1996 at 17:54:26 (PST)
I just wanted to tell you that I do not have cancer but I'm in the math a thon that raises money to find a cure for cancer. I hope the money I send in helps. Neat page.
Katie Pohlman <>
Delphos, Oh usa - Friday, December 20, 1996 at 04:44:07 (PST)
She's like a rose. She's cute. And she's very pretty. Her name is Melinda. (I enjoyed a lot the picture in your page. You're a good artist !, Thanks !) Diego.
Diego <>
Medellin, Colombia - Thursday, December 19, 1996 at 17:15:49 (PST)
I sincerely pray that you may know the Lord's comfort, love, and peace in this sad time! Romans 8:38,39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life,neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
Jennifer Archer <>
Auckland, New Zealand - Thursday, December 19, 1996 at 15:25:48 (PST)
I sincerely pray that you may know the Lord's comfort, love, and peace in this sad time! Romans 8:38,39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life,neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
Jennifer Archer <>
Auckland, New Zealand - Thursday, December 19, 1996 at 15:25:10 (PST)
I am deeply touched by Melinda's homepage,and pray that you may know the Lord's comfort, love and peace in this very sad time! Romans 8:38,39 For I am convinved that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jennifer Archer <>
Auckland, New Zealand - Thursday, December 19, 1996 at 15:17:12 (PST)
I Am 49 years old and have been in speedway most of my life, winning the Australian Litre Sprintcar Championship in 1983 was the highlight. I am so blessed to visit your site and at the same time I feel so sad, but want you to know that I also feel so encouraged by what you have said about Melinda. At the moment I too am running a very important race and am putting a lot of trust in my pit crew chief our Lord Jesus. God Bless from Thommo.
Terry Thomas <>
Brisbane, Qld Australia - Wednesday, December 18, 1996 at 12:08:40 (PST)
Melinda: Nothing that you do, achieve, make, buy, etc., is as important as the family/friends you have or the family/friends you leave behind... but you already know that. Two weeks ago my mother was found to have Cancer... and I am slowly re-learning this too. May your spirit soar and smile upon your family as today your page has upon me. -James
James J.J.V. Rasor (The Bear) < >
Montreal, PQ Canada - Tuesday, December 17, 1996 at 07:47:44 (PST)
Not even death can kill a memory..
Susan Mayberry <>
Sandersville, Ga USA - Monday, December 16, 1996 at 15:43:27 (PST)
Dearest Hathaway Family: My heart goes out to you at this holiday season. I too have lost my beloved 14 year old daughter, Julie Ann to cancer a decade before you lost Melinda. But know that she is at peace and is hearing the most beautiful choir of angels in the highest singing in the most beautiful voices imaginable. And one day we shall all be together again. God bless you all.
Joan Macari
Ringwood, NJ USA - Sunday, December 15, 1996 at 17:01:04 (PST)
May you walk with the Lord and feel His grace and kindness.
Kitchener, On CANADA - Saturday, December 14, 1996 at 18:22:19 (PST)
Melinda, I know this is late, but, "good-bye". I hope I see you later. ....................Bec
Becky Williams <>
Gaithersburg, MD USA - Thursday, December 12, 1996 at 20:59:36 (PST)
"Only the ones forgotten really die"... my deepest sympathies
Anna Bosza <>
Wallingford, CT USA - Thursday, December 12, 1996 at 04:50:29 (PST)
Melinda's story was so touching that it made me want to cry. My 15 year old brother has been diagnosed with ALL, but is currently in remission, so I can understand how this disease can tear your life apart. Melinda is in a better place now, away from the pain and suffering of this awful disease. My prayers are with you and I hope you find some comfort knowing that Melinda's story has touched many people.
Monica Scott <>
Lewiston, ID USA - Monday, December 09, 1996 at 21:04:18 (PST)
I stumbled onto Melinda's home page completely by accident and I am deeply touched. I have also experienced losing someone close to me. For this reason, I am truly grateful for such a beautiful tribute to your loved one. I'm positive she's very pleased with the number of lives which you continue to touch with your words and research. Thank you!
Nancy George <>
Irvine, CA - Monday, December 09, 1996 at 16:56:13 (PST)
This is the grace of a happy death: to die loving and beloved.
Larry Gearhart <>
Fairborn, OH USA - Monday, December 09, 1996 at 10:06:44 (PST)
A Wonderfull Tribute To A Courageous Young Lady !!!
Raymond Van Lancker <>
Winnipeg, MB CA - Monday, December 09, 1996 at 03:04:17 (PST)
My deepest sympathy to the Hathaway family. Melinda is in paradise with the Lord and is smiling down from above. These pages are beautiful and very touching, and show the strong love you have for each other.
Robert J. Kuhn <>
Toronto, ON CA - Sunday, December 08, 1996 at 22:20:32 (PST)
Thinking of you all.
Grant Adamson <>
Burnaby, BC Canada - Sunday, December 08, 1996 at 19:53:13 (PST)
Reading through the other comments was very difficult. I have seen announcements of Melinda's Home Page on the 3B ward at BCCH but didn't have a computer at the time, so couldn't access it. My son is also a 'cancer-kid'. I would have loved to have been able to visit this site when he was first diagnosed. Melinda serves as a wonderful reminder of just how much children contribute to our world. My sincere condolences to the heart aches for you.
Judy Mackay <>
Coquitlam, BC CA - Sunday, December 08, 1996 at 10:15:21 (PST)
My sympathy to Melinda's family and friends. She no longer suffers. She is with God and the angels.
Andy Anderson <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Saturday, December 07, 1996 at 19:00:02 (PST)
This site is so overwhelming,here I am crying ,not for sorrow but happiness and joy for a little angel that has gone to heaven after finishing her work in earth.To her parents I say: be happy for her,she is in the best place ever and out of pain. Think of her passing as she has discarted an old pice of clothing and is now wearing a glowing pure brilliant robe of light,full of warmth,love and wisdom! Be brave and feel joy for her!!!You can also be sure that she is still with and when needed she will guide you to the light when your time comes!!!You will be reunited!!!
Ruby Ann Rivera <>
San Juan, PR USA - Saturday, December 07, 1996 at 17:17:54 (PST)
I lost My uncle to brain cancer a few years agoo and still miss him more thaan anything but I know he is with God and so is Melinda
Liza Sullivan
St. Louis, mo CA - Friday, December 06, 1996 at 17:38:25 (PST)
I'm 13 and I was moved by Melinda's sweetness. I wish I could have met Melinda in person.
Lara <>
Perth, WW.A. Australia - Friday, December 06, 1996 at 02:59:14 (PST)
Eventhough you are passed away, we are still loving you!
Choimihwa <>
Seoul, Korea - Friday, December 06, 1996 at 01:55:03 (PST)
I'm very sad that I never got to meet Melinda. I stumbled upon her web page while visiting Jule's. It is obvious that Melinda is loved by many and you can add me to that list. I am 18 years old and in remission from cancer. It's beautiful people like Melinda who give us strength. I'm so grateful for this website--it will help keep her legecy alive. To her family--I'm so sorry for your loss. She is resting in peace now with the other ANGELS in heaven and her suffering is over. Thank you for letting us all get to know her. Much love & prayers--Danielle
Danielle D'Aconti <>
NJ USA - Thursday, December 05, 1996 at 21:29:11 (PST)
I didn't know Melinda but before she passed away her page raised my aware ness of some things about cancer. R.I.P.
Eli George <>
Uniontown, PA U.S.A. - Wednesday, December 04, 1996 at 13:41:23 (PST)
I can't even imagine the pain you and your wife must have gone through. My father is suffering from a fatal form of cancer. He has not pass away yet,but it so depressing to watch him linger the waw he is. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Al Coultas
Alan Coultas <>
Niles, Mi USA - Monday, December 02, 1996 at 23:46:13 (PST)
I cannot prove to you how close cancer is to my family. It has taken more lives than it deserves! Please E-mail me back so we can converse on a personal level! My heart goes out to you and your family! If you want to talk to somebody who understands, E-mail me, I swear to God I will be there! Bueno Suerte! I think that means good luck in Spanish! Take care, your new friend Tor!
Tor Freed <>
Poway, CA U.S.A - Sunday, December 01, 1996 at 00:11:53 (PST)
I only discovered this page through another cancerkid page, Jule in Australia. It is said the value of a life cannot be measured in time spent, but in impact and if this is true Melinda livedf a rich full life regardless of the numbers and statistics associated with time. I admire Jule's courage and heart and the same goes for Melinda as well.
Ron Landy <>
S, San Francisco, CA USA - Saturday, November 30, 1996 at 12:37:15 (PST)
Dear Melinda and the Hathaway Family, Here I am...searching for information on Emory's Medical School (the application is due on Monday), crying at the loss of a courageous child who I have never met. Your wisdom, Melinda, and spirit are well received. I am a camp counselor for siblings of cancer patients, and not a day goes by without something reminding me of the magical place called Camp Okizu. Today, you were my reminder. I thank you for your courage, as there are many children, cancer or no cancer, who need your support. It is people like you who keep people like me going...reminding me that there are many many things to be thankful for. I know you are safe and sound, Miss Melinda. May the Force and Power be with you and your family always. You are in my deepest prayers. Delightfully, Amy
Amy Vinther <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, November 29, 1996 at 22:09:41 (PST)
the Skipmeister <>
wilmington, de u s a - Friday, November 29, 1996 at 20:36:40 (PST)
Have not visited this site for quite a while and was saddened to hear of Melinda's passing. At times it is easy to feel as one sits in front of a computer screen that there is really no one out there in the ether of the electronic info highway. Melinda's home page brings home the realization that there are real people on the internet.
Pat and David <>
Vancouver, CA - Friday, November 29, 1996 at 00:03:13 (PST)
I was just looking for information on Lhasa Apso and came across this page. My deepest sympaty on your loss. God bless you for keeping her memory alive.
Paul-Emile Legault <>
Sudbury, Ont CANADA - Thursday, November 28, 1996 at 17:53:45 (PST)
Melinda, I'm sorry I didn't get to e-mail you before you left us. What a beautiful website. My husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 17. His parents were told to buy a coffin. He's now 43!!!! He fought the disease for 6 years. He's still the star of his softball team with guys young enough to be his kids. He credits support and love plus radical (especially in 1970) vegetarianism for his remission. Together we can beat this evil killer. It's too late for Melinda but I KNOW she helped thousands of people. More than most of us can say! GOD BLESS!!!
Lorrie Watson <>
Columbia, SC USA - Tuesday, November 26, 1996 at 20:14:04 (PST)
I was off the internet for a while but upon returning, the first thing I checked was Melinda's webpage. I am so very very sorry to hear that Melinda has passed on. But her big heart will live on forever. So happy that her webpage will continue. I have a very big favour to ask Melinda's family. I have just succeeded in publishing my first book of poems (42 French poems). I am in the planning stages for another book, which could take anywhere from 3 to 5 years. It may get published; it may not. But I aim to try. My first book (poetry) won second prize in an international litteracy contest with the publishing house called "La Sauvagine". That's what makes me hope that I might succeed in publishing this second book (French novel). My next book will be inspired by my own life of illness. What I would like is a copy of Melinda's picture of her two flowers which fit so well into my own philosophy of life, in dealing with all types of illness. I'm hoping you will send me both the picture and permission to publish it in my book. Her signature below the picture would be ideal if you have it. People in general have a tendency to assume that people who are ill cannot possibly be happy. I have always shared Melinda's philosophy that this is hogwash. Her picture says it all. The upside down flower is the one with the smile. That picture would give life to my book; life to Melinda's memory. Would you please consider making this gift? My mailing address is: Louise d'Entremont P. O. Box 89 Church Point, Nova Scotia BOW 1MO Tel: 1-902-769-2378 Fax: 1-902-769-0188 PS: I'll privately answer any questions you want to ask about me. I'll provide proof of said publication, etc.
Louise d'Entremont <>
Church Point, NS CA - Saturday, November 23, 1996 at 10:28:46 (PST)
I was amazed at how deeply Melinda's page was able to touch me. I truly admire her.
Georgette <>
CA - Saturday, November 23, 1996 at 06:57:44 (PST)
I came across Melinda's home page and was very touched. It's a wonderful way to remember someone especially someone so young.
Doris Story
Mississauga, ON CANADA - Friday, November 22, 1996 at 19:38:46 (PST)
Hi there Melinda, This was my first visit to your homepage and I found it very enjoyable and touching. I am the mother of 2 daughters. You are a very brave young lady. You are now in my thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good work on your homepage. I'm sure it touches and helps many. Now I'm going to end this message so I can visit it again. Sincerely, Kathy - from the land of Goshen
Kathy Butterfield <>
Goshen, IN USA - Thursday, November 21, 1996 at 18:26:40 (PST)
Dearest Melinda, It's real tough on you all these years , but ican see that your a real fighter. God will always be with you .... Thanks for crossing my life and teaching me something new...
Andrea <>
Singapore - Saturday, November 16, 1996 at 06:45:16 (PST)
Dearest Melinda, It's real tough on you all these years , but ican see that your a real fighter. God will always be with you .... Thanks for crossing my life and teaching me something new...
Andrea <>
Singapore, Singapore - Saturday, November 16, 1996 at 06:44:49 (PST)
Jaime E. Contreras Diaz <>
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - Saturday, November 16, 1996 at 03:39:53 (PST)
To Melinda's Family My thoughts are with you all. Your WONDERFUL Melinda has touched my heart and given me courage to face anyting life could possibly throw my way. You must miss her terribly, I live way across the other side of the world, have never met her, but cried uncontrollably when I learned of her passing. May her spirit always be with you. You were blessed to have her. all the best Teri.
Teri Karmaniolos <>
Newcastle, nNSW Australia - Wednesday, November 13, 1996 at 00:39:08 (PST)
I found Melinda's page while doing research for a paper. I cannot tell you how moved I was by it. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to loose someone special to this disease. My mom died of cancer on July 24, 1996. When I was reading about Melinda's mom, I cried because I felt the exact same way about my mom, and still do. She is my best friend. I am 18 years old and sometimes it's easy for me to get mad because my mom is not with me anymore. But, in those times, I remember that she is always with me, and from that anger I will help all of those suffering from this disease. I smile because I now know that my mom and Melinda are together. Their strength and beauty lives in each of us. May God bless and keep you always.
Teressa <>
Independece, MO USA - Tuesday, November 12, 1996 at 20:37:15 (PST)
I'm a quarter midget racer from Region 2. I myself, don't race quarter midgets. My cousin races them and I help him work on them. I found your story while looking through the internet for information that was out about QMA. Your story makes me proud to be apart of a sport that has given you hope. I am also glad to see something positve come out. "Winning isn't everything. We all know that in quarter midget racing there are the few that don't care about anything but winning. You have boosted my confidence.
Jaime Ross
Delta, PA United States - Tuesday, November 12, 1996 at 06:30:40 (PST)
Melinda's page is truly moving. A link from an internal Web Site for Kaiser Permanente, a US Health Maintenance Organzation (HMO), took me to Icon Bazaar. A link there led me here. I'd like to pass your URL on to my clients at Kaiser Permanente. Thank you for sharing Melinda's courage, inspiration, and vision. Love and Peace.
John Conrod <>
Redondo Beach, CA USA - Monday, November 11, 1996 at 22:26:05 (PST)
I stumbled across Melinda's Home Page will doing research for my Cousin Andy who has cancer. This home page has effected me like no other page. This is what the internet is all about and I wish we had more people like Melinda to know, love, and remeber. God Bless.
Carla Jacobs <>
- Monday, November 11, 1996 at 10:51:34 (PST)
I offer sincere respect and love to the Hathaway family and to Melinda. The strength I've seen from your family through the media, through the web and from Melinda has been inspiring. Peace be with you.
Jason Bak <>
West Vancouver, BC CAN - Sunday, November 10, 1996 at 18:30:19 (PST)
I was looking for information for my friend who's little boy had a brain stem tumor removed in July 95. I met them while my daughter was in the hospital. Although she did not have cancer my daughter was extremely ill. My heart and thoughts are with your family for my sweet angel passed away on March 29, 1996 and I feel their pain of missing there daughter. Sleep in peace dear Melinda. Carol and your suffering is over and you feel peace and are free!
Lois <>
WA USA - Saturday, November 09, 1996 at 16:54:15 (PST)
melinda,we were searching for some pictures of puppies and we came across your page. we read a little bit about you and we would like to let you know that we have you in our prayers.
arlene and lauren <>
miami, fl usa - Saturday, November 09, 1996 at 16:41:20 (PST)
I was just looking at Melinda's site. I am working on a cancer help site myself. This is and will always be an inspiration. Melinda was very brave, I can tell. Great job and my prayers to the family and friends.
Paige <>
Jacksonville, Fl USA - Thursday, November 07, 1996 at 20:39:16 (PST)
My name is Leeann and I just like to say that I really miss Melinda, her and I emailed each other for quite a while. I've gone through cancer as well, and from all the people I've met there was never anyone like Melinda. She was nice, funny, sweet, and much more. I will never forget her. Love Always, Leeann Terwilliger
Leeann Terwilliger <>
Champaign, IL USA - Thursday, November 07, 1996 at 14:58:28 (PST)
Melinda was obviously a very brave girl. I'll remember her in my prayers. Helen, Glasgow
Helen Morris <>
Glasgow, Scotland - Thursday, November 07, 1996 at 06:07:15 (PST)
My name is Jenny Bales, and I am a student at Furman University. I found your web site, because I am writing an english paper about the strength and courage of children with cancer. I think that Cancer Kids serve as an inspiration to us all. Melinda has given me new hope,and a new angle on my english paper. My goal in life is to help chldren like Melinda, and this web site reconfirmed my dream. I loved Melinda's poetry and art work. This page can still help so many people. I will say an extra prayer for your family, because I lost my grandparents to cancer within a week of each other, and I think I know a little bit about how you all are feeling. Melinda was a lucky girl to have a family like you all, but you all were even luckier to have her.
Jenny Bales <bales_jenny/>
Snellville, GA USA - Wednesday, November 06, 1996 at 19:13:07 (PST)
I think you are doing a good job for everyone's awareness towards our need to cure these disease's in our children.I have a friend who's daughter has cancer.He asked me to find a book that would explain it to her without scaring her like the last book we showed her.Any help would be much appreciated Keep up the good work. Tim
Tim Hoffman <>
CA - Wednesday, November 06, 1996 at 13:05:35 (PST)
I am a studant at Walsall college and I have just read the story of your daughters fight and I am truely sorry for your loss. I can just hope the pain will ease with time.
Priti Rajpra
walsall, england - Wednesday, November 06, 1996 at 05:03:41 (PST)
A friend studying Medicine showed me your page. I thought it was wonderful. Please keep updating it and let us know how you are all doing. There are so many people around the world learning from your experience and feeling for you. Best wishes, Anthea.
Anthea Daley <>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Wednesday, November 06, 1996 at 00:49:27 (PST)
I visited Melinda's page when there were only 1500 hits. I was so touched that I spread the word of it as far as I could. Melinda has done more good with this page than anyone will ever know. Great job Melinda!!
Steve Thomas <>
Dayton, Oh USA - Monday, November 04, 1996 at 11:31:07 (PST)
I am very sorry I was not every able to know Melinda, but I did know another kid that was suffering from cancer. She was only 7 years old and a very inspirational child. She encouraged everyone to go on even when they thought that they couldn't and most of all I was very inspired by her faith in God. She knew that whatever happened he would take care of her. This little girl made such an impact on my life that I and many other people will never forget her. Thanks for making this homepage for all of the kids and adults like her. Well that's all I had to say.
Heidi Headley <>
Wayne, NE US - Monday, November 04, 1996 at 09:15:08 (PST)
Thank you, May Gods peace be with you all.
Pete Fluckiger <>
LaFargeville, NY USA - Sunday, November 03, 1996 at 19:03:16 (PST)
I stumbled across your page while searching for information on lhasa apsos, when I got into your daughters page I could not leave. She was a remarkable young lady. I cant even try to imagine the heartache and pain you are going through. May God bless you.
Annette Fields <>
Columbus, IN USA - Saturday, November 02, 1996 at 18:01:00 (PST)
Melinda was obviously a very special person if she could affect the lives of so many people. I give her my blessing.
Stephanie Souders <>
Woodbridge, VA CA - Friday, November 01, 1996 at 12:05:30 (PST)
I stumbled across this site while doing a search on my own last name. Melinda's story is sad, and at the same time strangely inspiring. We all would do well to have even an ounce of the strength that Melinda possessed. Rest in peace, Melinda
Roger F. Hathaway III <>
Columbus, Oh USA - Friday, November 01, 1996 at 01:50:25 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I've looked at your home pages and I think they are really great!
Christer Johansson
Sweden - Friday, November 01, 1996 at 01:04:38 (PST)
nothing on the web has moved me as much as your poetry melinda. thank you for your brave words and have a happy forever.
ryan morrison <>
simcoe, on CA - Thursday, October 31, 1996 at 12:28:05 (PST)
Thanks your webpage is soothing to those (children)whose parents both died of cancer before my adulthood.
janne alexandria holmgren <>
Burnaby, CA - Thursday, October 31, 1996 at 11:37:14 (PST)
My dear friends, I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful you are to allow everyone such access into your life. I think your contribution to the education of others regarding children with cancer is tremendous. I am a pediatric nursing instructor and I just finished my lecture about children and cancer. I have been a pediatric oncology nurse for eight years, but I am not sure I got across everything I wanted to my students. I am going to require them to access this page. They will gain a wealth of knowledge from you that I cannot give them. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Melinda was apparently extremely lucky to have you for parents. May God bless and keep you. Janice Pearsall, RN, MSN University of South Carolina Aiken Nursing Instructor
Janice Pearsall <>
Aiken, SC USA - Tuesday, October 29, 1996 at 20:50:59 (PST)
I can't tell you how much reading this homepage has touchd my heart. I truely feel for Melinda's family, as I know what it is like to loose someone close to you. I would do anything to help a cancer kid since it is so terrible that a child can get cancer and die. I'm only 16 and I hope that I never have someone that is close to me die again. Melinda, you were one brave child. I do honor your memory though I never met you. Sincerly, Stephanie Luff
Stephanie C. Luff <>
Willoughby, OH USA - Tuesday, October 29, 1996 at 10:50:34 (PST)
I only found this site on October 29th, after Melinda's fathers message to the Chicago Hope mailing list. Although my father died this year of cancer, I can't really know what Melinda's parents feel, and I hope I never will know. Unfortunately, many others will find out. So please maintain this site for as long as you can. Regards Miguel Lopes
Miguel Lopes <>
Paco de Arcos, Portugal - Tuesday, October 29, 1996 at 09:39:00 (PST)
I just wanted you to know how touched we were by Melinda and the special strength she had. You probably don't know me, we've never talked but I have seen you numerous times in the "clinic" at BCCH. My daughter Brittany also attended camp GoodTimes with Melinda this year. Brittany has many fond memories of her and told me of her caring and efforts to help her. There are just some kids with that special "something" and Melinda shone with it. My deepest sympathies to your family at this terrible time in your life, but take heart in the fact that Melinda lives on in the hearts of all the people she's touched, especially the little "CancerKids". Sincerely Shari, John, Brittany and Tiana Bonare.
Shari Bonare <>
Mission, B.C. Canada - Monday, October 28, 1996 at 23:25:00 (PST)
I came across this page while looking for information on Cancer for a friend whose father was just diagnosed. I pray that someday we discover a cure for this terrible disease that causes so much pain for so many people. I hope the wonderful memories of Melinda bring comfort to her friends and family who must love her so much.
Carolyn Busch <>
Hudson, MA MA - Monday, October 28, 1996 at 09:37:14 (PST)
I came across this page while looking for information on Cancer for a friend whose father was just diagnosed. I pray that someday we discover a cure for this terrible disease that causes so much pain for so many people. I hope the wonderful memories of Melinda bring comfort to her friends and family who must lover her so much.
Carolyn Busch <>
Hudson, MA MA - Monday, October 28, 1996 at 09:36:35 (PST)
I hope this Web Page stays up forever cuz it's a good one. God is taking care of Melinda now and that is good, but I just feel for the parents who had to go through this and I pray for them the most.
James Mellish <>
Toronto, ON CANADA - Monday, October 28, 1996 at 00:00:40 (PST)
I hope this Web Page stays up forever cuz it's a good one. God is taking care of Melinda now and that is good, but I just feel for the parents who had to go through this and I pray for them the most.
James Mellish <>
Toronto, ON CANADA - Monday, October 28, 1996 at 00:00:35 (PST)
I hope this Web Page stays up forever cuz it's a good one. God is taking care of Melinda now and that is good, but I just feel for the parents who had to go through this and I pray for them the most.
James Mellish <>
Toronto, ON CANADA - Monday, October 28, 1996 at 00:00:24 (PST)
to melinda's family: i am an 18 year old college student whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. since then she has been diagnossed also with bone and lung cancer. i can understand all too well what it was like for you when melinda was alive. but i know that you must be happy to know that she is in peace now, where nothing can hurt her. i'm happy for her and i will pray for your family. my mom is still alive and i pray everyday that she will make it through this okay. i just thought i would write and let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family to stay forever strong. i would also like to hear from you if you would like to e-mail me. i'll say an extra prayer when i go to bed tonight. love, melissa
melissa phillipo <>
oxford, ma usa - Sunday, October 27, 1996 at 19:28:15 (PST)
I was deeply moved when I read what Melinda's father and brothers had to say about thier beloved sister. I never knew someone who was diagnosed with cancer, so I can't comprehend what her family must have gone through. I hope that in my life time ( i'm only 16) I will never have to experiance the pain you went through . I wish you the best and all my love.
Melinda Liwai <>
Honoka'a, HI USA - Sunday, October 27, 1996 at 01:25:49 (PDT)
I just came across melinda's home page, I am sorry I did not know her, she must have been a very courragus and wonderfull person.
John Dunlop <>
Burnaby, BC CAnada - Saturday, October 26, 1996 at 23:51:47 (PDT)
to melinda's family...there is a great lesson to be learned by this even tho we dont understand it now..melinda lives on..she was sent here to teach us and share with us a great lesson....we will never forget melinda...and you as her family whom she had great support by...she doesnt forget that either...god bless you...always...
jay and bonnie patterson <>
grants pass, ore usa - Friday, October 25, 1996 at 20:57:23 (PDT)
to melinda's family...there is a great lesson to be learned by this even tho we dont understand it now..melinda lives on..she was sent here to teach us and share with us a great lesson....we will never forget melinda...and you as her family whom she had great support by...she doesnt forget that either...god bless you...always...
jay and bonnie patterson <>
grants pass, ore usa - Friday, October 25, 1996 at 20:54:10 (PDT)
i really like your home page.i hope i will be able to make my own some day.if you were wondering i'm 9 years old.get well soon BYE FOR NOW! PLEASE write back if you get a chance. Shelley
Shelley Hovanec <>
Drums, PA CA - Thursday, October 24, 1996 at 17:08:47 (PDT)
im so sad and sorry for you all!
kelley thornley
albemarle, n.c. usa - Wednesday, October 23, 1996 at 16:28:06 (PDT)
I came across your web site while doing some research. I was very touched by your continuing effort to make the world aware of the life of one little girl. She is a light to those who are suffering. May her passion for life and the words she has left behind reach out to everyone who reads these pages.
Joseph Hall <>
Sutton, ON CANADA - Wednesday, October 23, 1996 at 15:25:04 (PDT)
Melinda, I wrote you once in a while and I'm very sorry we never really had the chance ot get to know one another but I'll miss you anyways, I visited your page quite often and your strength inspired me in my problems that are so small compared to yours. I'll pray for your family each day and I hope that some day face ot face with the angels around us we'll actualy meet.But untill that day my prayers are with you all. Mandy Hathaway
Mnady Hathaway <>
Centuria, Wi U.S.A. - Tuesday, October 22, 1996 at 20:50:01 (PDT)
My sympathy goes out to you and your loved ones. I just happened to run across this web site in search of an answer to why my grandmother has colon cancer. Melinda certainly was an inspiration. Her insight, inspiration, and courage must have been overwhelming. She certainly is shining in Heaven. I just hope that I will have that much strength in taking care of my Nonnie. Thank you.
Deborah McCarten <>
San Francisco, CA US - Monday, October 21, 1996 at 16:15:18 (PDT)
My sister just died from leukemia two days ago. A link to this homepage was on her homepage. Now they're both in the same place and their suffering is over. You can visit my sister's site at
Mike <>
Federal Way, WA USA - Monday, October 21, 1996 at 15:09:54 (PDT)
Never have I spent so long on a single web site. Melinda's life has really touched me.
April McMullen <>
Peterborough, ON CA - Sunday, October 20, 1996 at 16:02:19 (PDT)
I came across this location while looking up information for my community families suffering with cancer diagnoses. I am a last year nursing student at the University of Iowa hoping to work in Pediatric oncology when I graduate. Melinda images like a very special little girl. I can remember when I used to volunteer at Denver Children's hospital all the incredible children. It's just not fair these children have to deal with such a trajedy. My prays and thoughts are with Melinda's family. Melinda there are so many people in this world that you have touched.
Ashley Burks <>
Iowa City, IA USA - Thursday, October 17, 1996 at 15:19:00 (PDT)
We found this beautiful page by accident a long time ago when we were looking for lhaso and shih-tzus pages, and I wish I could meet this beauiful soul, this are the type of angels that god send to us, to give us a message and give us an example of love.My grandmother die 2 years ago of can cer,she fought for 10 years, and we grew watching this di- sease around us.Melinda was one of the must beautiful angels that we always expect to meet in our lifes, is an inspira- tion for everybody in my family,and when my baby girl be - born in a couple weeks, I will always tell her about all - the courage and love that melinda use to be, she is an exam ple for my family for the rest of our lifes, and she will be always in our hearts,please sorry for my gramma, but its be cause I'm from Mexico, and I'm not done learning English. *Please let us know more about you and Melinda's life*
Jacqueline,Darel and Mamoy <>
McAllen, tx USA - Thursday, October 17, 1996 at 07:52:13 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, now you are the brightest star in the sky... Please pray for me, you know what I mean.
Rome, ITALY - Thursday, October 17, 1996 at 04:28:30 (PDT)
Thanks for this site. I've been looking for information to help my Uncle, who has cancer and is having quite a time of it. The information here has been the best... thanks for the help!
Darcy Papenfuss
Bountiful, UT UT - Wednesday, October 16, 1996 at 16:11:51 (PDT)
LIVINGSTON, AL. SUMTER - Monday, October 14, 1996 at 16:06:50 (PDT)
I came across this site when looking up information on Lhasa Apsos. My wife and I adopted our third Lhasa just this past weekend. Our second died in September. I "teach" a class on death and dying at our local community college. After all the textbook info. what a moving moment to find Melinda's page. I am sure that I will be taught by Melissa as I spend more time at this site. May God's grace and peace be with you her family in your time of grief. William Carpenter
William Carpenter <Carpenw6596@UNI.EDU>
Waterloo, IA USA - Monday, October 14, 1996 at 08:28:34 (PDT)
Melinda is with good people. My first born will watch over her and my last born went to the Lord on September 15, six years before her. They will have the same earth age forever. My boys will take good care of her. As you wanter your road of grief, my thoughts will be with you all. This guest book is filled with people who will listen and understand. Let us help.
Linda Colegrove <>
Wellsville, NY US - Monday, October 14, 1996 at 05:14:27 (PDT)
To the family I send my sympathy. May God bless you and help you to continue to live in His love.
Catherine Hathaway <>
Chester, UK - Monday, October 14, 1996 at 04:00:46 (PDT)
May God give your family peace and understanding!
Julie Cox <>
Louisville, KY USA - Sunday, October 13, 1996 at 19:44:00 (PDT)
I feel for the family that Melinda left behind. Just recently on Sept. 19, 1996 my mother lost her life to cancer. She had been fighting brain cancer for 11 years. Just like Melinda, my mother was a true inspiration to many, many, many, people. She was an extremely strong fighter. SHe never gave up and she too went back to the Lord in a very peaceful way. I was fortunate enough to be with her. Jennifer Hodgin
jen hodgin <>
CA - Sunday, October 13, 1996 at 18:56:46 (PDT)
I found this page by accident while searching out sites related to my lhasapoo dog. However, I am a pediatric oncology RN working with kids very much like Melinda. Her page reminded me of the many, many special young people I have known in the past few years. What a wonderful idea this homepage was and is! I intend to share it with some of the families of other kids I know personally. To Melinda's family, my heartfelt condolences. I didn't know your daughter, but I knew and know others like her. They are a source of unbelievable hope and strength in a world which sorely needs just that! I believe every life, however short, has its purpose, and is measured in large part by how it touches others. Melinda's life has touched individuals she might never have known under other circumstances. How large a life that is!
J. Knape RN <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Saturday, October 12, 1996 at 20:02:05 (PDT)
Very sad to hear about Melinda. I have leukemia and just happened to find Her Web Page. God's will, is always right and Melinda is now in the care of Jesus.
David S. Epperly
Christiansburg, Va U.S. - Saturday, October 12, 1996 at 19:32:15 (PDT)
I am so sorry to read about your loss. You will be in my prays
leslie flake <>
cleveland, oh usa - Saturday, October 12, 1996 at 11:05:59 (PDT)
HOLLAND, MI US - Saturday, October 12, 1996 at 08:08:36 (PDT)
Melinda and family, your strength and vitality, in life and in death, are inspiring. God bless you all.
Carrie Stahl <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Saturday, October 12, 1996 at 03:09:52 (PDT)
Peace be with you
Christopher & Isabel Saylor <>
Wayne , nj usa - Friday, October 11, 1996 at 23:41:04 (PDT)
Peace be with you
Christopher & Isabel Saylor <>
Wayne , nj usa - Friday, October 11, 1996 at 23:40:50 (PDT)
I am busy tonight searching for sites my 26 year-old friend with ovarian cancer may find inspiring....I think I found one. I will give her Melinda's address, hoping that the dignity and grace and strength I see here will, as Melinda hoped, help another. My love and sympathy to her family, both physical and cyber.
Amy <>
- Friday, October 11, 1996 at 20:40:22 (PDT)
I've talked to Melinda several times via email, and am proud to count her as a friend. We shared stories together about what she was going through, and we did our best to encourage each other when we were down. I am very sad to hear that she is gone, but am happy to know that her long fight is over, and she's finally at peace. I lost my mother to cancer when I was 3, and I think that she was one of many angels to watch over Melinda during her battle. May her spirit live on to comfort others in their times of need, as she did mine so many times.
Alise Libman <>
Grapevine, TX USA - Friday, October 11, 1996 at 15:51:43 (PDT)
Many years ago I lost my little Michael to something that they now have help for. He was three days old. You have done a wonderful thing to have this way to share your beautiful child with us. Thank you and God bless Melinda.I believe our little one who have gone on before us look over us and care for us in the way of guardian angels.
Janet Pak <>
CA - Friday, October 11, 1996 at 11:23:43 (PDT)
I am so sorry for the loss of this young ladys life....I too had cancer, went through all the chemo, and radiation treatments I was pregnant with my 11 year old son at the time....I thank god for everyday of my and my sons life....I only hope Melinda enjoyed her time here and from reading her home page I can see that she did and will be missed more than anything in the world.....To Melindas will be in my prayers.....
Laurie Bennett <>
Goldendale, Washington USA - Friday, October 11, 1996 at 09:39:01 (PDT)
Melinda, I originally had intended to write you a letter admiring your your strength of character. I read further to discover that you were no longer with us, which greatly saddened me. However, you and your family are to be commended over and over for this web page, a globally accesible testimony to the strength that one person fighting the odds can use to change the world. Your strength and your spirit live with us today, and may we learn from your example. Thank you and may God bless you and your family.
Thomas Durki <>
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, October 11, 1996 at 03:09:19 (PDT)
i think that it is wonderful that melinda is an insperation to others and her spirit will live forever god bless her and her family
cherryville, n.c usa - Thursday, October 10, 1996 at 22:03:26 (PDT)
The only bad part about getting added to the bone marrow registry is learning about the sweet, beautiful people that you just couldn't help... Melinda, although I didn't know you, you are an inspiration. God bless...
Jon-Paul Brown <>
Picayune, MS USA - Thursday, October 10, 1996 at 09:17:38 (PDT)
On June 9, 1997 I will begin a 46 day journey run across the United States to promote awareness of, and conviction in, the need to eradicate cancer from our planet. This world record attempt, titled Vision Quest '97, was inspired - in p art - by Melinda. The journey was planned and the training was well underway pr ior to visiting her website. However, the Lord convicted me on the cause to run for after a visit through the Internet to Melinda's life as a cancer kid. The first person I told about the 'cause' of the run was Melinda - even before my own family. As I have logged the 4,000 miles of training to date for this endeavor, I have followed Melinda's courage and have drawn strength from that. Now, as I face the final eight months prior to standing on the edge of the Pacific Ocean with 3,100 miles before me, I know in my heart that a piece of her courage will be with me with each step I take. Together, cancer can be beaten. Melinda fought hard and did all that she could - which is more than any of us ever will! Now we must draw from the memory of her strength and perseverance and fight together. Melinda would want the battle against cancer to continue. Ecclesiastes chapter 3 tells us that "there is a time for everything... a time to be born and a time to die... and a time to heal". We must keep moving forward toward a time of healing those who are still in the cancer struggle. Melinda's page was designed to encourage others in the cancer fight, and to provide inspiration and hope. May we all cling to the inspiration, courage and strength that she has stirred in all of us and advance the fight against cancer. Melinda's battle with cancer was a lot like a marathon - lengthy, demanding, exhausting, and painful. Some days were an uphill struggle, some she was just pacing, and others were seemingly a downhill stretch. Now we must continue the race she started. We need to get off the sideimages and into the quest toward realizing the vision of curing our planet of cancer! Thank you Melinda for inspiring me and for helping all of us to see the value of this life. The Lord will forever care for you as you enjoy the pain-free heaven that is your reward for fighting so faithfully and courageously. Surely in God's book there is an entry: "Melinda Rose Hathaway - cancer victim - encourager to those needing hope". God bless you, Melinda. And may the Hathaway family forever look toward heaven with a smile for being blessed to have known you.
P. S.
MT U.S.A. - Thursday, October 10, 1996 at 09:16:45 (PDT)
Your spirit is alive, strong, able to touch and to move those of us who walk the earth still... Your courage is inspiration to us as we ponder the meaning of your pain and your early passing on to God... May we follow your courageous example as we live our lives..., realizing that we are each moment moving,...step by step, toward our eternal home... Vaya con Dios....
Pat Gerdes <>
Beaumont, TX USA - Thursday, October 10, 1996 at 07:48:33 (PDT)
I never knew Melinda in real life; but I followed her story through her web page, and her life and death touched my heart and soul. Her courage and braveness, both in life and into death, gave me courage in mine. Thank you, Melinda.
Matt Spencer <>
El Paso, TX USA - Wednesday, October 09, 1996 at 19:24:14 (PDT)
I was deeply saddened to read of Melinda's passing when I 'dropped by' her page today. On your home page Melinda you told us of your purpose and asked "isn't that what the World Wide Web is really all about?" I hope you know how right you are. No one will ever put it to a better use than you have. Your compassion and wisdom will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to your family.
Steve Fowler <>
Saint John, NB CA - Wednesday, October 09, 1996 at 15:06:44 (PDT)
We found Melinda's page quite by accident, while following links about Lhasa Apso. Very unique, as my wife's name is Melinda, and we have a Lhasa Apso named Jasmine (Jazzy). We send our sympathy.
Bob Stansbury <>
Sedalia, MO USA - Wednesday, October 09, 1996 at 12:07:47 (PDT)
Melinda, we never met, perhaps our spirits did, and I was moved. I put your page on almost all of mine, hoping against hope that that would somehow help..either you or them or both. I shall leave that link. Jesus said "I am the ressurection and the life...He who believes in me, even if he dies, shall live-for I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and noone shall take your joy from you." I am comforted by knowing that you are indeed filled with that joy and that your heart rejoices, and that I hope to meet you there one day.
Gary Harris <>
Martin, sd us - Tuesday, October 08, 1996 at 23:38:21 (PDT)
Melinda, you fought so very hard, you made so many people come together that would never have met, through the internet, you have accomplished more than a lot of people in a shorter time, now you are at rest, you will hurt no longer. I just lost my brother the 27th of Sept, and just two years before lost a sister, both in their 50, one early, the other late, and the grief I feel in my heart is very heavy, I can only imagine what grief your family is feeling, but God will be with them and sustain them, so you will be able to rest easier. My Pastor prayed with me on the day of my brothers death, he told me the death of a spouce is different then the loss of a sibling, the deathg of a sibling is different than the death of a parent etc. so I will pray for your parents, and family. God Bless all of you. Sue
Sue Potter <>
Ventura, Ca USA - Tuesday, October 08, 1996 at 14:14:56 (PDT)
Go with God, Melinda! May you live forever in the hands of our Lord.
Gina K. D'Amico <>
Westport, CT USA - Tuesday, October 08, 1996 at 13:01:39 (PDT) not stand at my grave and weep.. I am not there.I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of Quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there,I did not die. Thanks Melinda....
chuck pugh <>
wichita falls, tx usa - Tuesday, October 08, 1996 at 00:07:49 (PDT)
I just heard about Melinda today. I was very upset to hear. I wish I had gotten to know her.I understand the pain her amily must be going through. My little 7 year old cousin,Katherine, died of a brain tumor this summer.I believe that both Melinda and Katherine's spirt will be with us.
Madeline Leith <>
Vancouver, BC - Monday, October 07, 1996 at 20:33:50 (PDT)
Melinda, you were such a strong young girl. I just hope you are not in pain wherever God may have laid you to rest. I know that cancer is a deadly disease because my mom had breast cancer; lots of love to you and your family.
Veronica Rodriguez
Mission, TX USA - Monday, October 07, 1996 at 11:03:57 (PDT)
I never knew you Melinda, I only wish I had. You give us all strength to go on fighting. You touched so many people, and made so many people happier.
Emma Elliot
Brisbane, Q Australia - Sunday, October 06, 1996 at 23:03:40 (PDT)
I could feel the spirit of this special child as I read her web page. I am working on a project to help children tell the story of their lives with chronic illness so that I can build a web site to teach healthy children through thier narratives. Mr. Hathaway, you encouraged me to use some of Melinda's story, and I will do so with tears and with smiles. When the pebble of her life met the still water, it sent out ripples that have affected all of us. Please accept my prayers and good wishes, Joan
Joan Fleitas <>
Fairfield, CT USA - Sunday, October 06, 1996 at 19:11:33 (PDT)
This was a very moving page. I was looking for resources on cancer and came across Melinda's page. I wish you all well for the future and know that Melinda has inspired me.
Bianca Englert <>
Brisbane, QLD Australia - Sunday, October 06, 1996 at 16:39:12 (PDT)
Melinda, you were always a friend to everyone, Through all the hard times you were there to give encouragement, and hope to me and everyone else. I think of you all the time, I enjoy being your friend, I just wish I could of told you this before now. But I'm sure you know. Thanks for being who you are. Your memories will be with me forever Thanks Duggan Foster
Duggan Foster <>
Portland, OR USA - Sunday, October 06, 1996 at 09:10:19 (PDT)
I think you were very brave!!!
C.O.Q, CA - Saturday, October 05, 1996 at 21:55:00 (PDT)
Melinda, I hope you have found peace and happiness with God. I only wish I could have known you as I feel your tremendous spirit in your home page.
Dennis Keil <>
Sylvania, OH USA - Saturday, October 05, 1996 at 21:51:42 (PDT)
To Melinda's family and friends, I was touched at the work Melinda put into this web page and the way she really cares about other people. You have my deepest sympathy. Melinda didn't deserve to pass away.
Anna <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Saturday, October 05, 1996 at 11:49:55 (PDT)
Melinda your courage and your spirit live on. I found your web site from the article in Candlelighters newsletter, Contact. My son Alexander was diagnosed with Leukemia 1 year ago, and he has kept his father and myself strong through his love of life and strength of spirit too. To the Hathaway family, although we have never met we share your loss and pray that Melinda's spirit will continue to be a guardian for all of our children. God Bless you all and I commend you on what a magnificent tribute to Melinda you have continued with this web site. We all live for the day when no more of our children will be threatened with Childhood Cancer. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
The Watchurst Family <>
Orangeville, On. CA - Saturday, October 05, 1996 at 07:42:20 (PDT)
Your web site has moved me like no other. As long as memory persists, we will remember you. It is comforting to me to know that a soul as loving as yours in there in God's hands. PEACE.. sweet girl. PEACE.
Jay Morris <>
Portsmouth , VA USA - Friday, October 04, 1996 at 17:52:19 (PDT)
Melinda, I am so thankful that I got to know you. You have changed my whole perspective on life. I will miss you.
Lori Hungle
North Vancouver, CANADA - Friday, October 04, 1996 at 14:35:14 (PDT)
I came across this webpage quite by accident. Melinda's talent and love fills my eyes with tears. I will definitely share this webpage with others I know. May God bless you all who have visited Melinda's Homepage.
Peter Wong <>
Calgary, AB CA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 21:07:32 (PDT)
My sympathy and empathy to you and Melinda. Rest assured that there is a wonderful 43 yr. old "Uncle" with her. My brother died of cancer on 9/20/96 at l0:46 a.m.; I was with him and held him in my arms as he took his last breath. Before, John died, my 15 year old daughter sat at his bedside in the middle of the night and wept and told him , how much she loved him. God's Peace to you, take care, I know my own pain, I cannot imagen yours. You will be in my prayers. P.S. This has devistated my family, we are now divided.
Judi Briggs <>
Baraboo, WI USA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 20:00:42 (PDT)
I am so very glad that I had the honor of visiting this special place. I will forever carry the memory of Melinda Rose Hathaway in my heart.
Peggy Cummings <>
naugatuck, ct usa - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 18:46:09 (PDT)
I am 11 years old and am deeply touched. Dear melinda's family, you are so lucky to have known her. Ibet that everyone that reads this wish they could have known her. As I write this i am in tears. I shall tell every one I know to vist this page. She is very talented and I wish I could have known her
Vancouver, BC CANADA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 18:23:42 (PDT)
Your are an an inspiration. May heaven hold your reward.
Melinda Thaler <>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 13:31:02 (PDT)
Melinda has touched so many over recent months. Although she ultimately lost in her struggle against cancer, she fought it with great courage and with those she loved by her side. The respect and love she's gained over the past months and years cannot be denied. With a heavy heart, I can only wish you a good journey Melinda, where ever you may be...and a very sad fare well.
Greg Sturtz <>
Flagstaff, AZ USA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 12:23:09 (PDT)
It was a pleasure to be a part of your world Melinda during your stay with us at Canuck Place.
Margit Stewart <>
Port Coquitlam, BC CA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 10:17:15 (PDT)
Dear Melinda and your Family: Although Melinda and I have never met, we have been acquainted through the "Net" and have sent numerous messages to each other. Because Melinda is such a "special lady", she was one of the highlights of my web page. I was shocked to hear that you have left us. To your Mom and Dad......"Peace Be With You" To you, Melinda....I will never say goodbye as I know we will all meet again. God Bless You and your Family Your friend Tunney Moriarty
Tunney Moriarty <>
Waterloo, On CA - Wednesday, October 02, 1996 at 19:42:16 (PDT)
Melinda, You are indeed a gift of God to us. Your life will forever be more than a memory to those of us who have been touched by your work and by your spirit. Your story reminds me of a girl I went to high school with. Her name was Kim May. She was one of the happiest people I ever knew. She always had a smile on her face. She died of liver cancer three days short of her eighteenth birthday. She was "supposed" to have died six months after her diagnosis, at age twelve. Like you, she made a strong, lasting impression on everyone she ever knew. Although I never had the priveledge of knowing you in person, I want to thank you for your courage and your love in sharing your life with us.
michelle <>
street, md u.s.a. - Wednesday, October 02, 1996 at 18:51:23 (PDT)
I found this home page quite by accident. What a special place to be. It moved me to tears.
Tracey Hutchins <>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, October 02, 1996 at 18:01:45 (PDT)
What a beautiful place Melinda made on the Web. I'm glad it's here.
Sarah Smith <>
Brookline, MA USA - Wednesday, October 02, 1996 at 17:40:27 (PDT)
"For you are beautiful, And we have loved you dearly, More dearly than the spoken word can tell." A few words from a parent who has gone through the death of a young daughter. I hope your mom & dad find a smidgeon of comfort in them.
John Schretlen <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Wednesday, October 02, 1996 at 13:28:14 (PDT)
You have lived a breif but wonderful life and have left behind something for us to all love and cherish
Terry Kong <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Wednesday, October 02, 1996 at 08:32:46 (PDT)
Best wishes
Trondheim, no - Wednesday, October 02, 1996 at 06:39:38 (PDT)
Melinda, I know you're safe in Jesus' arms and free from your pain. Thank you for your courage and the way you reached out to others through your web page. I only popped in once for a look and was without net access for a while so wasn't sure what had happened. But that one look was enough to tell me that you were a wonderful, courageous person who had a real ministry to others and used the resources at your disposal for them, not for yourself. God bless you and your family. Love and prayers, Hilary <><
Hilary Bates <>
CA USA - Tuesday, October 01, 1996 at 22:46:32 (PDT)
The courage and dignity in which Melinda lived her life showed in her Web site. She was a beautiful person, and we were ALL touched by her kindness. My prayers go out to her family and to her. I lost both parents to cancer, and know the pain of loss. Here's to hope and rebirth......
Buffalo, NY US - Tuesday, October 01, 1996 at 09:47:39 (PDT)
I wish I had seen Melinda's wonderful page last year when I was fighting for my own life in the BMT ward at the City of Hope in California. I've had nearly 29 years of life, and I wish I could have passed a few of those years along to her.
Mark Traxler <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Tuesday, October 01, 1996 at 05:02:36 (PDT)
I just "discovered" your web page. Thank you, Melinda, for the wonderful gift you have given all of us; and thank you for your spirit, courage, and bravery.
Kirsten McKnight <>
Toronto, Ont Canada - Monday, September 30, 1996 at 20:40:10 (PDT)
Many people have personal experiences with family and friends that have died from cancer. Melinda has handle her battle with style, understanding and a deep appreciation for all those that loved her. I can only believe that her spirit and determination to make things the best they can be is still with her today.
Russell Heughan <>
Nanaimo, BC - Monday, September 30, 1996 at 19:57:05 (PDT)
We became aware of Melinda through the article in the Vancouver Sun and although we never met, we all share the loss of a special girl. Cancer touches everyone.
Giff and Suzanne La Rose <>
Hornby Island, BC CA - Monday, September 30, 1996 at 17:32:36 (PDT)
The Cherokee people believe that our time here on earth is just one of the journeys our souls make. Melinda images like she was one brave girl and I am positive that she was welcomed to the other side by other "warriors" that have come before her. I hope that we will be able to meet each other on the other side one day. It would be an honor.
Agin Gogeyi <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Monday, September 30, 1996 at 14:08:05 (PDT)
O dying souls, behold your living spring; O dazzled eyes, behold your sun of grace; Dull ears, attend what word this Word doth bring; Up, heavy hearts, with joy your joy embrace. From death, from dark, from deafness, from despair: This life, this light, this Word, this joy repairs. From "The Nativity of Christ" by Robert Southwell
Laura King <>
Topanga, CA USA - Monday, September 30, 1996 at 03:49:30 (PDT)
I was really moved by Melinda's page, unfortunately I found out about her page after her passing. I own a comic book store and the next time I donate comics to the children's hospital I will do so in her name. This is a lasting tribute to a "real person". God bless your family.
Roland Sternfels <>
Hammond, LA USA - Monday, September 30, 1996 at 02:30:05 (PDT)
Melinda's strength and courage is an inspiration to young adults in all facets of life. I congratulate Melinda and her parents for preparing such a beneficial resource for other Cancer Patients. My condolences to the family.
Melania <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 23:16:50 (PDT)
Soul lives forever.
John McCormick <>
North Vancouver, BC USA - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 22:19:19 (PDT)
Dear Hathaway Family, I grieve with you as I mourn the loss of my son, Mike, who died of melanoma on Sunday, July 28, 1996. Mike was 30 years old at the time of his death. He loved kids and as a memorial for him I have planned to get as many Kids with Cancer to the circus as I can. I have a page dedicated to Mike and will add Melinda's to the links there. I know that you will take comfort in the word of our Lord as I have. God bless you.
Pete Tustison <>
Lone Rock, WI US - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 15:46:19 (PDT)
Hello Melinda, Although we never met, I feel we have a spiritual connection. I entered this world the same night you left. It made me sad to see you go. My dad tried to explain. I could hear him crying as he read the paper and your Web Pages. He told me that he worked for a short time with your brother David. It makes me happy to know you will live on here. My family's hearts go out to yours. Dad promised to take me to see you when I am a little older. He said that you are a person I would have to know. I hope that I can be as strong and give as much to the world as you have. Roll on little angel. Emma Barton
Emma Barton
CA - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 14:31:57 (PDT)
I was touched by your story and your bravery in facing your illness. As one of the teachers at Children's Hospital, I remeber you. Melinda, you have done a wonderful thing by creating this home page and encouraging others to write and learn about their illness. Love, Midge
Midge Smith <>
Vancouver, bc CA - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 11:56:27 (PDT)
You have touched our hearts. Our thoughts are with you. Thank-you for sharing your battles with us.
Toni & Brian Way <bway @>
Port Coquitlam, BC CA - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 11:41:37 (PDT)
I lost a brother to cancer in 1994 and when I read your story in the Sun newspaper I had to visit your site. I thankyou for helping me deal and understand my grieving through courageous individuals like yourself....thank you
Wesley & Laurel Penner <>
NewWestminster, bc CA - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 11:20:25 (PDT)
I have always loved and respected Melinda so much for what she took the time to do here. And I showed to everyone the e-mail she sent me telling me how she'd pointed to NCCS' Cansearch page as a leading source. She was such an inspiration that it was truly sad that I returned here today to find that she had passed on. I will be speaking to NCCS' annual gathering this next week on Cancer and the Internet. Melinda will have a special place in that talk. She will live on in our memories if not here with us. God give you all peace and good memories.
Marshall Kragen <>
Rockville, MD US - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 08:52:41 (PDT)
Dear Hathaway Family, Our son Jonathan was 12 when he passed away from neuroblastoma. That was in May of 93. Our lives were forever changed with his diagnosis. So many kids and so many families. There are so many stories. Jonathan died in his own room in his own bed- he was talking to us right up to the last moment. He said to me, " Dad if this doesn't kill you it will make you strong." We are proud of him as I know you are of Melinda. Jon became our teacher in so many ways. I hope I can maintain his dignity and humour when my time comes. There is lots of work to be done for kids with cancer and their families. Thank you Melinda and all your family and friends for setting up this web site. I hope it becomes one of many forums for kids and families to connect. Yours truly, Dan Mornar
Dan Mornar <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Saturday, September 28, 1996 at 22:20:09 (PDT)
I am 10 years old and I think this Webpage is so beautiful, so realistic,so painful.I loved reading the Webpage that made Melinda live on and fulfil her wish to be kind to everyone big or small,rich or poor,and well...or sick. It made me really think what it would be like to be in her shoes to not be perfect,to spend more time watching movies, and T.V instead of doing something simple like walking.
Michelle Turvey <>
Coquitlam, CAnada - Saturday, September 28, 1996 at 21:57:57 (PDT)
We just found the column in the Vancouver Sun today. I wish we had known sooner about Melinda and her home page. It was our loss not having known her. Our prayers are with her and her family.
Terry & Rosemarie Greening <>
Vancouver, BC CANADA - Saturday, September 28, 1996 at 21:17:42 (PDT)
I have been a silent follower to Melinda's Page probally since Febuary of this year. January 27 one of my best friends was diagnosed with Leukeima. He is now in remmisson and doing well. I was looking under Cancer some how bumped into Melinda's Home Page since then I returned regulary. Last night when I was on line I went to her page and that is when I found out about her passing. I was incredibily up set. I beleive God has taken her in his loving arms and is taking good care of her.
Dawn Ewen <N/A>
Prince George B.C., CA - Saturday, September 28, 1996 at 14:57:40 (PDT)
Words cannot offer appropriate comfort at this time, but the memory of a courageous child, who's selflessness has created this place of support for so many, has touched me and my family. God Bless... ...The Hudsons
Tom Hudson <>
Port Coquitlam, CA - Saturday, September 28, 1996 at 13:49:02 (PDT)
Melinda, I did not ever have the pleasure of meeting you in person but I worked with your father, David, for about a year and through the pictures of the families back home that colleagues build on a daily basis over lunches and coffees I came to unde rstand the overwhelming love that a father can have for a child. David, we've lost touch, like all people who come together for the duration of a project and then go their separate ways but I wanted you to know that the announcement in the paper touched me deeply and I remembered all the conversations we had about families and the important things in life (frivolously I also remember that Christmas when you had bells on your socks because it made your kids laugh !). Stangely, a week or so before I re ad your sad news I was looking for someone in the BC Tel directory and your name jumped off the page at me and I found myself wondering how you were and what you were up to ... I had no idea that the answers to these questions would not be of the usual c atching up on all the news variety. Really I just wanted you to know that our thoughts are with you and with all of your family. Shari, Hugh and Joscelyn Wallace xxx.
Shari Wallace <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 22:33:38 (PDT)
"It is eternity now. I am in the midst of it. It is about me in the sunshine; I am in it, as the butterfly in the light-laden air. Nothing has to come; it is now. Now is eternity; now is the immortal life." by Richard Jefferies from 'The Story of My Heart', 1883. God speed, Melinda. smiles, Caroline
Caroline Ashby <>
Burnaby, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 21:34:06 (PDT)
Our family is thinking of you and Melinda images like she lead a courageous life. We know her spirit won't be forgotten.
Surrey, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 21:08:13 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, You lived a life of inspiration and caring, and I am sure God is smiling with you in your success. May the seeds of Love and Hope you have sown continue to flourish. JLC
John de Couto <>
Burnaby, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 20:16:23 (PDT)
Melinda: I read about you in the newspaper today, and I was touched by your courage and your bravery. My father died of cancer, and I'm glad to see that you took the time to inform others about this disease. May you rest with God now, and smile upon those of us down here. Yvonne.
Yvonne Chang <>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 18:39:18 (PDT)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hathaway family,as we just found out about Melinda's passing.You might know Claire's mom just passed away from her fight with cancer on Aug 31/96. We just came back from ONT. so we did not here from the track as we were not there.We will keep a special place in our thoughts of Melinda the rest of our time. The MacDonald's (Langley Quarter Midget Club)
MacDonald Family <>
RR12 Langley, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 18:24:23 (PDT)
Melinda, thank you for reminding me of the power of an individual and, through your web page, of community.
Tim Padmore <>
Victoria, CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 16:45:02 (PDT)
To the Hathaway family: I, too, lost a daughter to cancer. I am so glad you have this website as a continuing tribute to Melinda' memory. I know it must give you great solace and from it you will gain strength to endure during this very hard time. G od is with you all and Melinda does rest in his arms. Sincere wishes from our family in North Vancouver.
Eileen Booth <>
N. Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 16:33:15 (PDT)
Thank you Melinda for sharing a part of your life with all of us.
Chris Lalonde <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 14:39:02 (PDT)
It has allbeen said so eloquently. I did not know you but you are a remarkable young lady and I am going to recommed this internet address to all people in pain. I also recommend the books of Norman Cousins. He did not have cancer but had a very painful rheumatic condition.. He found that humour was or great help in controlling his pain. He would watch comedy movies of the Marx brothers, Charlie Chaplin etc. and laugh uproariously which he felt along with high doses of vitamin C helped him cure his disease. I think ginseng plus pycnogenol may help some people with pain..I am sorry that the cancer involved your spine. I am an orthopaedic surgeon with lumbar pain and I can understand how devastating this must have been for you. You will note I am still writng in the present tense as I think this wil get to you. I tried to say something different than the others. At least you now must be at peace. It was great to know you eventhough it has been through the Internet. I would recommend that all those with pain get a computer and browse the Internet. This can be a form of treatment for such patients.
Dr. Les Bartlett <>
West Vancouver , BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 14:17:29 (PDT)
Dear Melinda I am sorry to say that I did not learn of your story before today. Please rest peacefully knowing that you have touched the lives of many people around the world, and I'm sure you will inspire others in the same way you have inspired me.
Lincoln Fellingham <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 14:11:49 (PDT)
Melinda's legacy touches all who read her website. She makes us consider the blessings we enjoy and so often take for granted. Thank you Melinda.
Brian J. Graham <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 13:38:13 (PDT)
I just found out about the web site through the Friday September 27 issue of the Vancouver Sun. My condolences to the family and friends of Melinda Rose Hathaway. I think that the web page is wonderful and in very good taste. I hope that people (REAL people, for who else could? :-) ) continue to visit this site and learn about the realities of cancer and share in the beauty that it can still offer.
Peter Vander Woude
Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 12:05:07 (PDT)
My sincere condolences to the Hathaway family for the loss of their very brave and dear daughter/sister, Melinda. Thank you , Melinda and your your family, for the very inspirational homepage. May God be with you all.
Madeline Lu <>
Burnaby, B.C. CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 10:36:31 (PDT)
I am touched by the love and caring Melinda and her family show for each other and beyond the family. I am inspired to push myself more to contribute and support those around me. With fondest regards and and wishes for Melinda to live on for those pe ople whose lives she enhanced.
K. Henderson
Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 10:30:00 (PDT)
I have learned about Melinda through Vancouver Sun this morning. I am sorry I haven't found out about her earlier. Dear Melinda, It matters not how long life is but now meaningful it has been; how kind we have been to each other and how much love w e have given out in the process. Obviously, you were many light years ahead of us. That's hwy you are already there. Thank you for a beautiful legacy. You will live in all of us through these pages. To Melinda's parents: I wish you peace and comfort. You must be very proud of Melinda. Kindest regards,.
ayla akyurek <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 10:19:17 (PDT)
I was saddened when I heard of Melinda's passing and wish the family the kindest of thoughts and wishes.

Having known David for some time as a friend and gentleman of humour, I can only assume the same good nature and positive spirits are also contained in the heart and soul of Melinda, whom I did not meet.

Ever so sorry to hear the news.

There are terminals in Heaven, but, like cable, they're only incoming. Heh, Melinda, keep a smile on .....
Steve Dimond <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Friday, September 27, 1996 at 00:57:40 (PDT)

Melinda--found your web page as I wandered AuroraMUD. You are clearly remembered and well-loved. I wish you well in your new journey, and for your family I wish comfort, then peace, and finally joy. --J.T.
Jennifer Thames
Seattle, CA - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 23:07:31 (PDT)
god bless you melinda
joanne seymour <>
southampton, england - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 22:52:16 (PDT)
The folks of AuroraMUD learned about Melinda a couple weeks after her page went up, and declared her our patron siant immediately, for her courage, her beauty of soul, and her uplifting spirit. Although we never had the joy of meeting her on the MUD or in real life, she became a part of the fabric of our community, and when her brother David mailed me and told me of her rebirth into eternal life, the putpouring of grief, and the sense of loss am ong our MUD community was tremendous. Thank you, Melinda, for being so wonderful, for reaching out and touching so many lives and so many hearts. For teaching me that there is more to life than just getting by, but that each day must be lived to its fullest. Thank you for my new-found friend , whom you sent me in the form oof your wonderful brother David, and thank you for living on this earth for even the short time that you did-because the world is a better place for your having been here. I never met you, but I loved you, and I love you still. Jenn
Jenn Thomas/AuroraMUD <>
Belmont, CA USA - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 22:16:02 (PDT)
I remember spending Christmas Eve with Melinda and her family in 1988. She has frequently been in my thoughts since her brother Greg told me of her illness. I heard only of her death this morning and accessed this site immediately. A beautiful tribut e to a beautiful person. Bye bye Melinda... you touched my life.
Susan MacGillivray <>
Canberra, ACT AU - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 17:22:43 (PDT)
My deepest sympathies to the families, friends and anyone else who came in contact with Melinda. I never knew her, but I kept up with her webpage since her story was on the news. She seemed to be an amazing person who was brave and beautiful. I woul d have liked to become friends with her. I admire her and thank her for everything. My best friend had cancer, and she luckily survived. It took me, seeing Melinda's homepage, to try to stop her from smoking. I never knew the risk. Thank you Melinda. You have saved my best friend's life, and brightened everyone else's in the meantime. Your poetry is beautiful, and your stars will always shine. We love you. Caryn :)
Caryn Liles <>
Mississauga, ON Canada - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 15:18:15 (PDT)
Allthough I don't recall meeting your family personaly,I have learned that spent many vacations at our Resort in Tofino.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.May God Bless.
Dave Pettinger <>
Tofino, bcb CA - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 11:37:44 (PDT)
We would like to send our condolences to the loved ones of Melinda. We have been keeping up with her web page for the last several months. She has been a wonderful example and inspiration to our family and friends. Our oldest daughter Lorrye, who is 32 and has a 2-yr.-old son, has cancer. We are hoping that she will be okay. We are visiting her in Seattle for awhile. We look forward to meeting Melinda in the resurrection. Our daughters Lorrye and Sharla and our son Andy also send their condolences as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Ward & Carolyn Shamblin
Ward & Carolyn Shamblin <>
Lubbock, TX USA - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 10:11:07 (PDT)
I only met Melinda twice in my life. Once when I was a teenager and she was a baby I visited her brother (my friend) David at his place. I was introduced to the sweet little toddler that was his sister. The next time I met Melinda was last year at David and Annette's wedding. She had grown to be a charming and beautiful young woman. I was shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. My feeling and support goes out to Greg and David during these times. By the may... This website is a truly wonderful tribute to Melinda.
Tim Everett <>
Vancouver, B.C. CA - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 09:18:43 (PDT)
A heartfelt goodbye to Melinda. May God comfort her family in this time of grieving.
Tom Conder <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 07:12:03 (PDT)
I remember Melinda from the day I helped to get her website listed into Yahoo. She was a great person and will be missed. Rest well Melinda.
John Marchetti <>
Santa Clara, CA USA - Wednesday, September 25, 1996 at 15:05:44 (PDT)
I was lucky enough to have a letter replied to by Melinda. I've followed the page faithfully and I feel as if one of my own familly had past on. To the familly my deepest regrets, to Melinda, you'll always be here. Doug.
Doug Dawson <>
Toronto, Ont. Canada - Wednesday, September 25, 1996 at 12:10:24 (PDT)
We have known and loved Melinda for all but three years of her short life. If life is measured in terms ofwhat our contribtions are to mankind then Melinda has indeedfiiled each day of hers to overflowing. Our family are priviledged to know Melinda an d her wonderful family. Thankyou Melinda for being you.
Sue,Keith and Emma Billington
CA - Tuesday, September 24, 1996 at 21:06:21 (PDT)
Melinda: When the day is rough and seems too much to cope with, I think of Melinda. Thinking of her truly gives me the "kick-in-the-butt" that I need. Melinda will continue to be a source of inspiration to me. She is the one person who truly made me believe in making the most of each day. If only I could have given her half as much as she gave me . . . Thank you Melinda. Love Teresa
Teresa <>
Burnaby, BC Canada - Tuesday, September 24, 1996 at 17:18:37 (PDT)
I must tell you how deeply touched I was by all the things that have been said and done. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come.
Don Robinson
CA - Tuesday, September 24, 1996 at 11:50:33 (PDT)
I found this page under Lhasa Apso! I returned to marvel at Melinda's strong spirit and faithful, loving family. How kind of you to encourage the rest of us, to share your sweet girl. I remember you in prayer, even little Lucky. Anne Donnell in Middle Tennessee
Anne Donnell <AEDonnell@AOL.COM>
Lebanon, TN USA - Tuesday, September 24, 1996 at 07:54:02 (PDT)
It is impossible for me to think about my own cancer without thinking about Melinda. We were roomates a couple of times at Children's , wrote to each other every 6 months or so after I was done and then would reunite at Camp Goodtimes. I believe that a sense of humour is essential for getting through life and Melinda certainly did not lack the ability to make fun of me. Don't worry, I got a couple of good one-liners as a comeback every once in a while! That is how our friendship lasted....making each o ther laugh. At Camp Goodtimes last July we all went to see Disney's Hunchback. Melinda and I had to sit together because not five minutes would go by without one of us having some sarcastic comment about....something concerning the movie! Sarcasm can be a great thing if done properly and I tell you, Melinda's one of the masters! I am still working on it..hehe. Melinda is and always will be in my heart, she's up there looking down at all of us, and she's happy...smiling like crazy that's for sure. That is how I remember her.....showing those pearly whites.
Isabelle Sarrazin <>
Richmond, BC CA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 23:27:34 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, You and I both know that we were close friends. I miss you so, so much, and there is a part of me that will always scream for you to come back. I posted this on SickKids earlier this week, and I want you to have it now.

Just another kid, they said,
But then, they didn't know
The kindness that was yours to spare,
The joy that you took everywhere,
They simply didn't know.

Just another kids, they said,
But then, they hadn't heard
How you could fight to save a flower
And give each man and dog his hour
They simply hadn't heard.

Just another kid, they said,
But then, they hadn't seen
That you could make a dull day bright
That you were colour, warmth and light,
They simply hadn't seen.

Melinda Rose, it's over
Yet we cannot say goodbye.
For all the loveimagess we knew
And love of life and friendshipe true
And laughter brave that once dwelt in you.
And how can such things die?

I'll never, ever forget you, Melinda, no matter how long I live. I know we'll meet again, one day. You gave me something very special, that changed everything forever.
Friends forever, Jule

Julia Rosetti <>
Brisbane, Q Australia - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 23:18:03 (PDT)

Dear Melinda: Even though I did not know you I cried when I heard that you had died. I went to your memorial service today and heard that you always had a smile on your face even when you were in pain. You never felt sorry for yourself and were always thinking of other people. I liked your poetry and I think you would have been a very good friend of mine. Thank you for your hope and spirit. Love, Steffi
Steffi Boyce (Age 8) <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 20:12:58 (PDT)
Hey, Melinda! I've just returned from the celebration of life service held in your honour and the first thing I wanted to do was write to you thru your homepage. It was really great seeing everybody there. Everybody seemed to have a special memory of you, a memory of something you said or did, some special way you touched them. For me it was the entire experience of getting to know you in a way I never get to know the people I interview. Right from the start, you let me know that if I was going to put you on tv the story had better not be 'sucky'. By that I learned you didn't want to be portrayed as weak, as a victim, or anything that might make people feel sorry for you. This of course was a tough challenge for me - one of the hardest of my career as a journalist. There you were - a cancer kid - and here I was - ready to do just what you didn't want me to. When it was all over, and you were too sick to talk to me, I heard from your dad what I consider to be the best compliment of my whole career: you judged my story "not too sucky." It is often said that the life of a reporter consists of living in ignorance but having to appear to be wise. I learned a lot from you, Melinda. I learned from you that since our time here is too precious to waste, best just get on and live; best not submit to what one doesn't understand or agree with; best have one's say; best offer help to those who need it; and do all this all the time until time is up. Thank you for that! You took away some of my ignorance and gave me a piece of your precious wisdom. mark :-)
Mark Schneider <>
Vancocuver, BC CA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 17:35:58 (PDT)
melinda was one of our library patrons and we remember her delight when she won a special book as part of our summer reading club
fran ashdown <>
CA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 16:57:43 (PDT)
to whom it may concern; I did not know Melinda, except through my accidental accessing of her site about two weeks ago. For some reason she has been on my mind since then. My father died of Cancer in 1979, perhaps this explains my interest. Since his death I have monitored the progress in the War on Cancer. I am depressed at the results. This only highlights Melinda's experience as more of a tradgedy for me. When I read your notice about Melinda I cried for almost ten minutes. At 48 I'm not sure that I have developed a fraction of her spirit & vision. I will keep trying! My quest over the last 17 years has lead me through a variety of directions. The following is one of those in the form of my thoughts on a TV Show on Cancer by Host Larry King on Sat Sept 7/96. The note is followed by some observations I made about one year earlier. I hope my thoughts will be of value and any others who may read them. You may reproduce them for others if you wish. Bob Little,
Bob Little <>
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 16:10:00 (PDT)
My prayers and tears are with you as you grieve Melinda's death, and celebrate her life.
FT. COLLINS, CO US - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 15:16:24 (PDT)
As a father of two and a grandfather of one I find it difficult to comprehend how one would cope with the loss of a child. While there is certainly closure in the fact that you know Melinda's suffering is over, the fact remains that she is gone. While I did not know any of you except through this website, I can tell you that I have been touched by your courage and commitment to providing others with hope, direction and a sense of purpose. In a very real sense Melinda accomplished much more than many of us with many more years to our credit. Melinda was special, but already know that. Regards Tim Laing
Tim Laing <>
Toronto, ON CA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 11:01:59 (PDT)
Melinda, I'm so sorry we never had the chance to 'talk'. From what I've read, it images like we could have been great friends. I hope you're no longer in pain. Till we meet again...Love, Beth
Beth Warren <>
NJ USA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 10:58:32 (PDT)
Peace and Shalom to a wonderful role model. Laurie and Pym Dye
Laurie Dye <>
CA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 10:03:07 (PDT)
God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be. So He wrapped his arms around you and whispered, "Come to me". You didn't deserve what you went through, So He gave you rest. God's garden must be beautiful, he only takes the best. And when I saw you sleeping, so peaceful and free from pain, I could not wish you back to suffer that again! author - unknown Melinda touched many lives! She will continue to do so with this wonderful page!
Kim Sedlacek <>
Seattle, WA CA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 09:26:55 (PDT)
Perhaps now, Melinda has been presented with the title of Honoured Guardian Angel to all other Cancer Kids, after doing the job so very well.
Heather <>
Vancouver, BC CA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 07:46:23 (PDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with you today and everyday. I pray the Lord sustain you in your time of grief and I join you in celebrating Melinda's life.
Tamara <>
Fredericksburg, TX USA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 06:45:46 (PDT)
Its the first obituary that I have ever seen with a web address Until we meet Melinda.
Mt. Lehman, BC Canada - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 01:24:22 (PDT)
Dear Family of Melinda, Thankyou for sharing her and her wisdom with us. It was only through the sensitive and loving obituary for your beloved daughter that I found out about this page. I ache for you in the loss of this bright and treasured young wom an. There has long been a gap in the support system for friends and family of young peoplegoing/gone too soon. I'm grateful to find Melinda's page because now I have this as a resource to share with my clients and their families in my work of Home Nursin g Care Palliation. I'll keep her address posted at my workplace for reference. Thanks again, for being so generous in this time of overwhelming grief.
Lauren <>
Maple Ridge, BC CA - Sunday, September 22, 1996 at 23:14:01 (PDT)
Though I only knew her through this page, I could tell that Melinda was a very special person. It always seems tragic when special people are lost. But perhaps it's because God can use their talents for even greater purposes. I'm sure with Melinda, tha t was the case.
Neil Hoult <>
Toronto, On CA - Sunday, September 22, 1996 at 20:11:22 (PDT)
Though I knew her only a short while the times we were together I will always remember.She made me realize how precious every moment of life is.I'll miss her and think of her often. Goodbye Melinda, until we meet again....
Jessica Fraatz
CA - Sunday, September 22, 1996 at 17:43:32 (PDT)
Dont' you wish when life goes bad, and things just don't compute, That all we really had to do was stop, and hit re-boot? Things would always work out would be real sweet, If only we had those special keys - ctrl and alt-delete.
Somebody's Mother
CA - Sunday, September 22, 1996 at 12:15:53 (PDT)

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