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God bless you and your family. You have my utmost sympathy. With sincerity, Linda
Linda Hudson <don't have one>
Turner, ME USA - Wednesday, December 31, 1997 at 18:23:43 (PST)
Michael <>
Inverness, NS CANADA - Tuesday, December 30, 1997 at 10:18:12 (PST)
Wow..I am deeply moved by your daughter, her cyberfriends, her apparent relationship with the Lord, and certainly her beloved Lhasa. Cancer has claimed the lives of many people so very close to me and my wife. At present my Dad is battling prostate cancer. Thank you for the open loving that is so much a part of the page left by Melinda. Truly an awsome legacy. I have been praying for you all as I've read the various letters that have accompanied your wonderful tribute to your daughter. Dewey & Mary Anich
Dewey Anich <>
Port Angeles, WA USA - Monday, December 29, 1997 at 22:34:14 (PST)
I don't exactly know how I got into melinda's web site, but I'm very glad that I did. I did not know melinda apparently but I feel as if I did know her. I had a brother to die of cancer in the lungs four years ago on my birthday. I know somewhat how the family is feeling. My best of hope and condolensces to you all.
AUGUSTA, GA US - Monday, December 29, 1997 at 20:04:46 (PST)
Just remember, that Melinda is in God's hands now. She is forever free of pain and discomfort and is looking forward to the time when her family will be joined together... forever.
Deidre Arthur <>
Norman, OK USA - Monday, December 29, 1997 at 19:41:47 (PST)
When first reading this page, I didn't know that Melinda had passed away, which is very sad fact. I'm sorry for your loss and hope your doing better. My name is Nikki, i'm 14, and I used to have cancer. Except my story ends very happily. I recoverd fully and have been cancer free for 8 years. I go to a camp called Camp CoHoLo, a cancer camp in NEbraska and met my best friend there. It's an excellent place. I you would want more details about me, please feel free to e-mail. *Live each day as it comes, for until it's over, you will not know if it's good or bad, just what you make of it*
Nikki <>
Spalding, NE USA - Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at 12:03:59 (PST)
I didn't know Melinda, but I only want to say that Mithos, my little Lhasa Apso and I are very sorry about her lost. I also want to send my condolences to her family. The lost of a child must be very hard. Helena-Spain.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at 09:31:12 (PST)
I did not know Melinda, but I started crying when I saw the homepage. My name is also Melinda, and I'm sorry that cancer took her from you, she must have been really special. Take care.
Melinda <>
Brunswick, ME USA - Monday, December 15, 1997 at 13:58:08 (PST)
I started out researching can for school. I stumbled into the most beautiful stories of courage. What beautiful ways in which to remember and keep memories alive. I have a fourteen year old. Could I be as brave as you, Dave? My love to you and your family
Sara Dutton <>
Littleton, CO USA - Friday, December 12, 1997 at 16:45:25 (PST)
We can only hope and pray that we will ever have as much courage and heart as Melinda did!! :)
Staci & Jeremy
Point Pleasant, WV - Thursday, December 11, 1997 at 16:13:02 (PST)
I came across this page by accident. I was trying to find out cancer information for my nephew. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You were truly blessed to have Melinda in your lives. God Bless
Cherie <>
CA - Tuesday, December 09, 1997 at 17:36:42 (PST)
In God's Loving Hands....
Steph <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Tuesday, December 09, 1997 at 17:22:40 (PST)
Thank you for showing me that cancer is not bad. And that the word CANCER does not mean death.
Nicole Wadsley <>
Early, IA USA - Tuesday, December 09, 1997 at 07:43:19 (PST)
I wish the whole family the best in the coming years. Your daughter was very special person she indured what alot of people could not and should not have to. Everytime see this page I think of my own daughter and how I would miss her. My prayers are with your whole family. May God spread his kindness over you.
mary <>
palestine, tx usa - Monday, December 08, 1997 at 14:19:22 (PST)
I just wanted to say that I am sorry that anyone has to die that slowly and painfully. My heart goes out to anyone that has lost a child or loved one.
CA - Tuesday, December 02, 1997 at 04:37:06 (PST)
Our six Lhasa Apsos send their condolences to Melinda's dog, Lucky, and the rest of her family. We know how strongly Lhasas bond with their people and can imagine how distraught Lucky must be. Our sincerest best wishes for this family and thanks for their wonderful Home Page. Mokey Fraggle, Gobo Fraggle, Jasmine Fraggle, Kabluey Fraggle, Foxy Fraggle, Bunsen and the Fellners
Robin & Gene Fellner <>
Eureka, CA USA - Wednesday, November 26, 1997 at 13:21:21 (PST)
The death of a child is the nightmare of all parents. How strangely comforting that Melinda is somehow still here.
Michael Bywater <>
London, England - Monday, November 24, 1997 at 21:04:06 (PST)
i have a precious gift from lhasa Charlie...he is 7..about 2 years ago my parents let their lhasa, Buttons, go..he had bladder cancer..if it had not been for knowing Buttons..i would not have my Charlie..he is was Buttons..
cindy & brian berrington/morris <dogsII@MSN.COMorLhasasII@AOL.COM>
las vegas, nv USA - Monday, November 24, 1997 at 00:13:44 (PST)
I came on this site while looking for Lhassa sites-but read on as our Lhasa is like a large Lucky and because of interest in Melinda's struggle. I am so sorry that in the end she had to lose her struggle for life but glad that you were all able to retain something positive about your loss. zmy condolences. And a special prayer. Susan
Susan Bergkvist <>
Nanoose Bay, BC CA - Friday, November 21, 1997 at 01:50:37 (PST)
Hello, Melinda, My name is Lori. I know that you are in heaven. I also know that you are reading this with me right here and right now. I am glad that you are no longer suffering and I know that you are watching over those who are. I will pray for your family. First of all I want to say that my mom said the same thing your dad did--she thinks that Michael Jackson and Latoya are the same person, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I want to tell you about MR. EILERMANN. Actually, I don't think I have to, I think you probably know him because he had cancer and now he is in heaven, too. He was my birds and mammals teacher in high school and he was the BEST TEACHER I have ever had. I liked most of all my other teachers, but he really taught me things and I will always miss him very much. I now keep in touch with Mrs. Eilermann, infact, I have a letter for her today NOVEMBER 17, 1997 that I will mail soon. Well, I just wanted to say that I know you are reading this right now because one day I was thinking about Mr. Eilermann, and I asked him and God to help me with what it was that I needed and he and God did. They read what I had wrote, because it was something I actually wrote down. MR. EILERMANN IS THE REASON I AM GOING TO BE A TEACHER. I want to make the same difference in someone's life that HE MADE IN MINE and I know that somewhere in this world that someone is doing something because YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIFE. Like your mom, you said she helps other cancer moms out with their questions and I am sure there are more people than just your mom. I am sure that you know that already though, just like MR. Eilermann knows that I am thinking of being a high school teacher now instead of a grade school teacher like I told him and just like he knows that I pray for his family as often as possible and that me and Mrs. Eilermann keep in in touch. I AM PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MAY THEY FIND PEACE AND COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT YOU ARE THERE WITH THEM EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY EVEN AT THIS MOMENT AND THAT YOU ARE LOOKING OUT FOR THEM AND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE ME ARE PRAYING FOR THEM. thank you, Lori
St. Louis, Mo USA - Monday, November 17, 1997 at 12:11:53 (PST)
To: Melinda's Parents I'm Sorry that such a precious life had to go in such a way. My blessing's to you and your family that Melinda has left behind. As I read about her and wondered why she hadn't lived longer I started to cry. My Blessings to you !
Robert <>
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, November 15, 1997 at 17:00:26 (PST)
You must be so very proud to have had a daughter as special as Melinda and a family that has stuck together even when the going gets tough. I am touched by this Web site and will be sharing it with as many people as possible. I have a little friend only 7 years of age with cancer. Jeffrey is a real trooper and we pray every day for a miracle. Thanks for sharing everything. Melinda will not be forgotten.
Cheryl Benger <>
Ashton, Ont CA - Thursday, November 13, 1997 at 07:02:38 (PST)
Dear Friends, I posted to you February of this year...and I wanted you to know that you are in my heart...and will be always! I also wanted you to know that I have created a web site and have put in this site as a link, as it has been such inspiration to me. I pray that all is well... And Melinda! I can still feel your star light on my face! You are forever beautiful...forever loved! Love, Terra (Ty)
Terra (Ty) <>
OR USA - Thursday, November 13, 1997 at 02:22:29 (PST)
My beloved mother died of cancer in my home on January 31, 1994 after a quiet and courageous struggle. Losing a child like Melinda, however, is so much more tragic - a life not yet lived, parents, friends, family who will never see the fullness, and richness of her life. While she was with you, she was a blessing, a gift from God...and that is where she is now: in her true home. Your grief will not end until you see her again; but my heart goes out to you, as a parent, as a caregiver, as one who has lost someone precious to cancer. May the Lord continue to send His healing love and compassion to all who mourn Melinda. - Blessings to you this day, Julie Slag
Julie Slag <>
ND USA - Monday, November 10, 1997 at 10:05:42 (PST)
Truly an Angel- This is also a great place for people who have lost children and siblings to go. I'm still dealing with the death of my sister from cancer. It's nice to know that there are others out there. know that others can relate to my journey
Brynn Vassos-Moffett <>
Denver, Co CA - Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 12:12:16 (PST)
What an inspirational site! Melinda's courage, love, and personality shine through this site. Thank you Mom, Dad, and brothers for sharing this with all of us. My prayers go to you.
Ann Moore <>
Summerville, SC USA - Sunday, November 02, 1997 at 12:08:08 (PST)
I know our heavenly father will grace Melinda within his harbouring grasp and carry her to the silence she had earned. For we were given lives of promoise, as long as we promise the lord, we will stand behind him ad he will protect us. Praise the Lord, Melinda, because we will always love you...until the end.
Michael R. Johnson <>
Las Vegas, Nv USA - Saturday, November 01, 1997 at 00:06:55 (PST)
Dear Melinda and family, I have read your homepage and I am touch by her ability to love and gives courage to those cancer kids. I am also glad that she shares her memories with everyone through this www. It is so comforting to know that she has lots of support form her families and friends. I feel sad for not able to met her earlier as I started to surf only this month. May peace be with you Melinda.
Lee Chuey Shan <>
Seremban, NS Malaysia - Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 05:26:56 (PST)
I never use the internet. I have no address, but happened to be online tonight looking for health information for my health classes. I am 24 and a school nurse and health educator. Melinda, what a special tribute! I cried.... I love your music. I know you watch over your family. As I know my father has watched over me since his death 13 years ago. My gram is battling cancer for the third time. My family has a very strong history of cancer on both sides. If only you knew how many people have signed your guest book. You certainly have touched poeple that your short life never allowed you to meet. If people only knew how loved they are when they are alive. Melinda, I know you are well taken care of because you have my dad up there with you and he is the BEST.
chicopee, ma USA - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 18:17:39 (PST)
i want you to know that i started to cry when i saw this homepage. it's the best i've ever seen! is it true that "God loves some people sooo much that he have to take them away from our planet?" or don't we have any justice on this world? i lost my grandmum in cancer when i was 7. and i never told her how much i loved her, and i never understood that it was so serious so i went to my friends instead of being with her. of course i was with her, but not as much i i wish i would have been. it's 8 years ago now and i still can't think of her without starting to cry. but i'm not ashamed of that. i feel so great after that i've been crying. and i hope everybody feel the same as i do.. take care of your family. with all my love, Ida
Ida Sandqvist <>
Jokkmokk, Sweden - Monday, October 27, 1997 at 12:49:23 (PST)
To the family and friends of Melinda Hathaway: You have my heartfelt sympathy and good wishes for the future. My son was diagnosed with cancer at stage 4, and is now in his third year of remission. I understand only too well the terrible anxiety of the cancer patient, and their families, because when one member of the family gets cancer, everyone is afflicted in some way. There are no words to take away the pain of loss, and no way to make up for the lost years. Only understand that there are those out there who wish you well, and who bear the burden with you. Peace.
Barbara Barbieri <>
Rosedale, NY USA - Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 15:22:38 (PDT)
To Melinda and Family, The way you share your story and lives with others is incredible. The memory of Melinda will always remain not only in your hearts, but also in the hearts of everyone who reads her web site. I'm touched by her story and hope many others have learned something about life by Melinda's ability to give and share herself with others. There's so many things we can learn from one another, and being around many families children that have cancer, I've learned a great deal about life. I've learned that so many of us take things for granted and complain about the things we don't have, that we forget about the things we do have. It's the little things in life that make a a hug, a smile,the sunshine and flowers. Sometimes we just need to stop, look around, and just be thankful for what we have. Life's a precious thing... I'm a junior at University of Iowa studying Therapeutic Recreation; hoping to be certified in both Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life. I want to work on a pediatric oncology unit and hope to make a difference in the lives of many children. My freshman year at Iowa I was involved with Iowa's Dance Marathon, and from then, I've been extremely involved since. Dance Marathon is a student run philantropy at Iowa, and what we do is we raise money for families with children that have cancer. We're in our 4th year now, and each year continues to grow in success. We currently sponsor 50 families, and with the money we raise all year round, we give direct financial assistance to the families. The money also goes to the pediatric oncology unit at Iowa's Children Hospital, children's materials and equipment. During Dance Marathon weekend, we dance for 30 hours straight--no sitting or sleeping, for children with cancer. We have over 500 dancers who come together to dance for a wonderful cause. Last year our goal was to raise $80-85,000, but instead we raised $108,000! This year our goal is higher, but yet motto is the same--We're Creating Tomorrow by Dancing Today." It's children like Melinda that continue to inspire us and help us think about life in a different perspective. The neatest thing about Dance Marathon is that not only do we make a difference in the lives of the families, but they also make a difference in our lives as well. I tell people who have never done Dance Marathon that they will leave Dance Marathon a different person; not the kind where people can notice it, but the kind of different that you feel in your heart. It's an amazing event; the families are there, the children are there, and it's an inspirational event where students and families come together to share a moment, a memory that will never be forgotten. Even though I don't know Melinda, her memory will be with me during Dance Marathon as we light 3 candles to remember the lives of the children who've passed away within the last 4 years. You'll always be remembered...
Rosanne Feder <>
CA - Sunday, October 19, 1997 at 22:06:07 (PDT)
Melinda W. <>
lake city, fl USA - Saturday, October 18, 1997 at 15:57:48 (PDT)
Hello, my name is Kim and I was surfing the net about cancer because a real close friend of the family has cancer all through his abdomin and is very sick. He keeps throwing up and he can't eat real food anymore. He is being fed through an IV at home. He is about 6ft 1in and weighs about 150 pounds and keeps getting thinner everyday. He was told 4 months ago he was terminal and nothing could be done for him. (its very sad to watch some one you care about basicly fade away to nothing. Anyways Iam very sorry to here about your daughter, but now she is in a better place. I wish Gary our family friend would get to that better place soon to, because he is suffering so bad. I sure will miss him though. Thanks for listing to me. Kim
TACOMA, WA WA - Thursday, October 16, 1997 at 13:52:26 (PDT)
Thank you, Melinda, for making your life significant. Peace.
Scott Gingrich <>
Waterloo, ON CA - Monday, October 13, 1997 at 19:39:05 (PDT)
So sorry for melinda sometimes life is just not fair. In the fall of 1996 i meet met Eleanor Paske of Candlelighters canada I wrote a song for children with cancer and with the help of Deluxe Toronto and sony music canada we were able to make a to song cd for candlelighters to sell with 100% proceeds to candlelighters when i saw Melindas home page it was another reminder in understanding the courage that children with cancer have. im so glad i had the opportunity to record the song "it's not to late"
Mark Robinson <>
Oshawa, ont canada - Monday, October 13, 1997 at 18:27:04 (PDT)
CA - Monday, October 13, 1997 at 12:37:21 (PDT)
To Melinda's Family: I'm so sad from a loss of my only daughter Kasia {13+1/2} almost 4 years ago to Ewing's Sarcoma that I CAN FEEL YOUR P A I N!! My soul went with my little girl FOREVER on that dreadful day of 25/02/94....I just found this Guestbook for Melinda yesterday, I thought I must write to you to let you know that: YOU'RE NOT ALONE! Kasia's Mommy,
Hanna <>
Vancouver, BC, CA - Monday, October 13, 1997 at 11:30:07 (PDT)
Words can not express how this page makes me feel. I am a RN, working with hospice patients. I feel like I "met" Melinda here, and got to know her. Thank you for sharing Melinda with others. She has so much to teach us.
Pam North <>
Natchitoches, LA USA - Sunday, October 12, 1997 at 07:29:45 (PDT)
I cannot express in words my sympathy for Melinda's family.
CA - Saturday, October 11, 1997 at 18:43:05 (PDT)
Melinda Rose was a very courageous young lady; no doubt took her courage from faith in the Lord. I have cared for many many youngsters with ca, and I'm very happy to see that Melinda and her family remained close, and remembered that family is the most important thing, next to having Jesus in your life! I lost my husband to lymphoma nearly 11 years ago, so we share common experiences. God bless you all; the memories continue, and the pain lessens as years go by, but you never forget your loved one! This sight is quite a tribute!
Laurie Weekly <>
mn USA - Friday, October 10, 1997 at 14:17:47 (PDT)
Hello. My name is Rob. I am very sorry! I am 23 years old and live in the state of Missouri. When I was 12 I was diagnosed with a Brain tumor, the 3rd person,/Child to ever have this type. They gave me three days to live. Well I servived, I went throught chemo, and radiation, and now I am in a 15 year remission. I attended college, graduated with honors. After my last chemo treatment I meet my wife of today. Currently I am a police officer, in my home town, I have bought a house, and i am married to the woman I meet 7 years ago after my last chemo treatment. Currently I am trying to find a Kids with Cancer Camp that could use my help and my success story. May god be with you. Rob
Robert Sinkinson <>
Warrenton, Missouri U.S.A. - Thursday, October 09, 1997 at 20:57:26 (PDT)
What a beautiful tribute for your daughter. I found your page as I was looking up information on cancer. I lost my Dad after a 1 1/2 year courageous battle with that dreadful disease. The promise of God that we will all meet in Heaven is such a comfort. May God Bless you and your family.
Jo Ann Whitfield <>
Lee,, Fl USA - Thursday, October 09, 1997 at 19:35:50 (PDT)
Like so many others, I found your page by reaserching our precious new Lhasa Apso puppy "Autumn Joy" an 8 and 1/2 week old bundle of joy. I was deeply moved by your page. It is truly a tribute to the courage and commitment of a very remarkable young woman. Young in age but mature in Life, Melinda has set an example for all to follow. Through this page Melinda lives on to comfort the afflicted in life. To carry on the hope, the vision, and the rich treasure of a young womans heart. Jesus said it best, allow the children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven. God Bless you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you carry on Melinda's message of Life
Jeff Jolly <>
Matthews, Nc US - Tuesday, October 07, 1997 at 14:31:41 (PDT)
I was very touched by Melinda's home page. I found it through the Lhasa Apso page. She images like such a charming young girl; I'm sorry I never knew her. I have a 15-year-old daughter, Courtney, and I can't imagine losing her. What a great tribute Melinda's home page is and what a great way for her legacy to live on. Diana
Diana Prince <>
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, October 06, 1997 at 20:41:17 (PDT)
I found this page while doing a Quarter Midget search, and am still crying. I lost my little brother, a former QM driver 5 years ago in a car accident. This page is such a touching tribute. Your family is in my thoughts!
Tina Cirullo-Underwood <>
CA - Monday, October 06, 1997 at 11:35:50 (PDT)
God Bless You.
Melinda Shelton
Gilbert, SC USA - Thursday, October 02, 1997 at 15:43:25 (PDT)
I was just looking through this webpage and thought it was amazing....I didn't realize until a few moments ago that Melinda was no longer with us. I'm glad that she made this webpage so that others don't feel alone in their battle with cancer......
Sherri <>
Port Coquitlam, BC CANADA - Sunday, September 28, 1997 at 21:32:41 (PDT)
Cancer is a awful thing. Our family has been touched by cancer. We need to find a cure for cancer (Leukemia - AML)
Stacy Joannes <>
Madison, WI USA - Saturday, September 27, 1997 at 11:00:15 (PDT)
I have just discovered this page only to find that Melinda has gone home. What a special lady your daughter was. I am truly looking forward to meeting her when we all go home to be with the Lord. May God bless you and watch over you during this time.John 14:1-4
Ali <>
Washington, DC USA - Saturday, September 27, 1997 at 00:43:03 (PDT)
Melinda- As a pediatric cancer survivor, I thought I'd be able to connect to you and your story. But you are unique. Your love for your family, your friends, and for life, are without parallel. Your energy in each day is amazing. You are the purity of goodness that every person hopes they could achieve. You are the truest of humanity. Perhaps you've never had wings on your back, but an angel you most certainly are. Your legacy will live forever, on this website, and in the hearts of many. The happiness and good you spread each day can never be measured. You are a tremendous inspiration, for those who are struggling through adversity, for those who have survived, for any person on this earth, and especially for me. I hope you are living the greatest of happiness wherever you are, and I send my deepest wishes to your family. Michael
USA - Thursday, September 25, 1997 at 14:07:30 (PDT)
I didn't know Melinda that well but i know that her death had a big impact on my racing friends and I want to give the hathaway family my sympathy
Scott Geary <>
sedro-woolley, wa us - Wednesday, September 24, 1997 at 09:53:58 (PDT)
I visited Dad's homepage and was struck by the beautiful butterfly. Your daughter has left her earthly cocoon and is flying free with the Lord. My prayers are with all her family.
Susan Moes <>
Bakersfield, CA USA - Tuesday, September 23, 1997 at 21:33:23 (PDT)
Melinda's Family,I noticed that it has been a year since Melinda had to leave you. I pray that the pain of her absence has lessened to the bearable state. I wrote to you in June after accidently finding her page. How sweet to learn about a young lady who was vibrant and every ounce of her was a genuine person. God gives each of us a mission in life, and I believe that God fufilled Melinda Rose's, even though He took her Home at an early age. Forever young she will always be, speaking to us who find her page. Moreover, we will understand, better, that people with cancer, or other diseases, are human beings, with wishes, hopes, dreams...and hearts filled with love. When I wrote before, I mentioned that I had lost my husband to cancer ten years ago. Now my brother just lost his voice box to cancer. I only hope, and pray, that a cure for cancer will soon be found, so one one will ever have to experience this terror. God bless you all and also all who read this page. Sincerely, Ruby Ingram
Ruby Ingram <>
Lexington, KY USA - Friday, September 19, 1997 at 06:18:09 (PDT)
My heart goes out ot you. My brother now has cancer and is in his final stages. I can relate to the pain that your family has gone thru, as I watch my parents, 2 sisters, and 6 brothers struggle with the thought that we maybe losing him soon.
Holly Hall <>
Bay City, MI - Thursday, September 18, 1997 at 20:10:38 (PDT)
Hello, I am at a friends and decided to check in to Melinda's web page. Thank you for coming to visit on Tuesday. I have been thinking a lot about Melinda, I suppose it is because it was at this time of year that I cared for her. Take care of yourself and I'll talk to you soon.
Vancouver, BC CA - Wednesday, September 17, 1997 at 20:21:53 (PDT)
Your help to others is a very great gift. We were granted a gift from you Melinda, and you will always be with us in our hearts. Kayla is doing very well, and she speaks about you often and she remembers your strength. We thank you, and we will for all of time hold you in a very special place. You are a very special young lady to helped us in a way that we can never repay or forget. May you rest in ever lasting peace. Lane,Jenny,Dylan,Kayla Gromme'
Lane & Jenny & Kayla & Dylan <>
Salt Spring Isl, BC CANADA - Monday, September 15, 1997 at 19:51:49 (PDT)
My darling Melinda Today is the first anniversary of the day that you left us forever. It has been a very long and lonely year without your bright smile to bring joy to my days. We just got back from putting flowers on your gravesite. There were dozens of your favorite pink roses ... I hope you like how I arranged them for you. On the way over it rained harder than I have ever seen before, yet the sun was shining and a beautiful full rainbow came all the way down to the grass close to your grave. As soon as we had finished arranging your flowers, the rain stopped all of a sudden. A message maybe? We're trying to go on with life, but we miss you so very much. You will always be in our minds and in our hearts. We will love you always. Rest well my sweet daughter. Daddy xoxoxo
David Hathaway sr. <>
North Vancouver, BC CA - Monday, September 15, 1997 at 19:03:58 (PDT)
I was only 18 when I found out that I had cancer. I know what it is like to struggle, I have watched my friends and family try and deal with the disease. So may the light of heaven shine upon all of her family and friends like I am sure she is doing now. Take care!!!
Jody Fuhrman <>
Washburn , WI USA - Friday, September 12, 1997 at 16:34:53 (PDT)
Melinda's Family I also came across this site from the Llasa Apso pg.(we just got a 9 wk. old puppy today) I had breast cancer four years ago at the age of 26 and thought that Melinda and I would have alot in common. She could tell me about her sweet dog and I could give her encouragement in her battle with cancer. After reading these pages and then realizing that she has passed, it just makes you realize that God really does want all the sweet angels up there with him. My sympathies are with you.
Brenda MacPherson <>
Houston, TX US - Sunday, September 07, 1997 at 17:15:38 (PDT)
GEELONG NEAR MELBOURNE, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA - Saturday, September 06, 1997 at 22:46:24 (PDT)
This is a very sweet dedication page.
Lori Reynolds
conway, Ar USA - Thursday, September 04, 1997 at 08:01:34 (PDT)
I found Melinda's Home Page today while I was looking up information on Lhasa's. I was very inspired and ready to send Melinda a note when I realized that she had gone to heaven. My heartfelt simpathy goes out to your entire family. I lost my mother to cancer and I am quite familiar with this dreadful disease. I wanted to thank you for giving and sharing the life of a very special child, and for continuing this web site in her memory. Melinda and her family will forever be in my prayers.
Robin Furino <>
Casselberry, FL. USA - Monday, September 01, 1997 at 16:24:54 (PDT)
While attempting to locate a favorite book from my childhood, Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather, I came across Melinda's page. I do not believe it was an "accident". I don't know what to say, there are no words to comfort a family that has been torn apart by such a dreadful disease. I pray that this web site stays here for eternity, for it is such a humbling site to visit. I am overwhelmed by the love that emits from the screen as I explore each new page. Truly God blessed you with a wonderful daughter. Heaven must be a beautiful place surrounded with love because our Lord has called Melinda home. I will never again look at a drooping flower after a rainstorm without having Melinda come to my mind. May God give you the strength you need to face each new day without your beloved Melinda. May this web site provide encouragement and strength for all children (& adults) stricken with this terrible disease. I wish I could meet you, Melinda described you all with so much love, you must be a truly wonderful family. Please accept my deepest sympathy. May God bless you all.
Mrs. G. Tubbs <>
Kemerton Nr Twksby, United Kingdom - Sunday, August 24, 1997 at 15:59:34 (PDT)
I too found this site by the link to the Lhasa Apso Page. I had so much fun reading this page. It is so full of hope and sweetness. I was looking forward to writing to Melinda and talking about our dogs we both love so much. I wish I could have known her. She is a wonderful girl. Bless you, Carrie
Carrie Sceusa
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, August 22, 1997 at 15:31:38 (PDT)
Browsing and this site touched me as a special place, made by and for some very special people. Parenting is a difficult task even under the best of circumstances. What a wonderful tribute to both Melinda and her Dad. I'm sure the rest of the family contributed each in their own way too! This is a great way to honor your family. My prayer is that you find comfort and strength from the messages you receive. I continue to count my blessings daily and hope that your blessings will increase with each message you and your family receive.
Brenda Chaffin <>
McCalla, AL USA - Tuesday, August 19, 1997 at 21:30:38 (PDT)
Like many of your visitors, I found Melinda's page when browsing about Lhasas. We have a 2-year-old Lhasa named Wendy. I wanted to share some Lhasa stories with Melinda, but I found through the guest book, she has passed on to a place where she will always be young, beautiful, thoughtful and giving. I wish I could have known her personally, but her heart and soul shine through her page. Though her time here was too short, it obviously enriched the lives of many, many people. My heart goes out to all of Melinda's family and close friends. She was and will always be a treasure to you.
CA - Friday, August 15, 1997 at 10:42:15 (PDT)
Dear Mr and Mrs. Hathaway and Michael; Please accept my condolences on the passing of such a beautiful angel,Melinda. I to have a beautiful angel his name is Tyler. Melinda and Tyler were in the hospital together, i did'nt personally know you but I feel we do. My son had AML and ALL.He was diagnosed on the 11th of Aug. 94 and passed away on the 8th of Dec. 94. I guess what I just wanted to say is that you are all not alone, I'm with you and I know the pain you are feeling. Our hearts will never be the same. Tyler had just turned 14 when he died and I know that Melinda and Tyler talked at times, Tyler spent most of his time in the hospital.There is so much I could say but I know you also feel the same. If you ever go to 3-B look at the nurses station, there is a cross-stitch picture of the bears picnic it is in memory of Tyler son it has his picture in it. I don't know if you can go there but sometimes I just have too I don't know why.The one thing that does keep me going is that Tyler has no more pain and that I will see him again and you will see Melinda again. I also know that they are together taking care of the little ones up there because Tyler hated seeing the little ones with this terrible illness, and by reading some of Melindas web page I know she was the same,they truely are our precious angels!!!! Yours Truely Jackie Hartmann
Jackie Hartmann <Snarffing>
Ladner, CANADA - Thursday, August 14, 1997 at 19:54:09 (PDT)
On August 12th 1997 I was researching for lhasa apso when I decided to look at Melinda's Home Page. It was very touching. A couple of years ago a good friend of the family was diagnosed with cancer. Over the past years it has spread over various parts of her body. She has two young girls ages 12 and 8. Our hearts go out to Melinda and her family. God bless.
Stacey G.
Cedar Hill, TX USA - Tuesday, August 12, 1997 at 20:10:35 (PDT)
I just found out the motorhome which had many pictures and memories of Melinda burned to the ground Those are all material items that would have been wonderful to keep and cheerish, but since it is no longer possible, you still have Melinda in your heart, where she will always remain.
Lin Wright
CA - Tuesday, August 12, 1997 at 09:59:47 (PDT)
Looking up Lhasa dogs to find out more about our Sir Teddy T when I found your wonderful home page. I am sad to hear that the world is less one more great person. I send my love to you and the pup she loved so much. Our Teddy sends kisses also.
Linda Tarwater <>
Walla Walla, Wa USA - Sunday, August 10, 1997 at 18:38:14 (PDT)
I am a fan of many Canadian bands, esp. the Tragically Hip; I followed the link from to David H's Canadian Music site, to Melinda's page. I was very touched by her words, and saddened as I read on to find she has passed away. It is a huge tribute to her, and to her family, that you maintain the site. My best wishes and prayers are with you. JFF
Jim Finkler <>
Williamsport, PA USA - Wednesday, August 06, 1997 at 09:03:28 (PDT)
I was looking for some information on "sweet's syndrome" when I came across this web page.My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family... My mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 2 years ago.Her recovery went well except for two weeks ago she was admitted to the hospital. To make a long story short,Always get a second opionion no matter what the doc. says. She had similar symptoms to "Chicken Pocs" , It turns out that it was something else. The red dots and high fever never went away,but they still kept pumping drugs into to mom. thats when we said "STOP"!//? we want her tranfered to another hospital. 7 days Past and 3 doctors later they found that she had "Sweet's Syndrome" medical term (acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis) It has nothing to do with blood suger levels. even though mom likes "some cofee with her suger". It is treatable and she's been doing alot of test to see if the cancer has come back. So far so good and we're at the 2'nd week and she has one more test to do. Symtoms to watchout for are high fever that flucuates from high to low , pains in the muscles and joints, swealing of the ankles and feet, red dots resembling chicken pocs , the chills. "There's one more thing" . Only one in a million cancer patients can get it . Thats why the docters had a tough time finding out what it was. If anybody out there has ever heard of these symptoms affecting somone you " KNOW " tell them what I've told you.It just might save them alot of time so as to treat the real problem . Remember doctors are human and its ok to question their diagnoses becouse your future health may depend, " on you speaking out ". Don't worry it's treatable and the doctors say its like getting a headache . When you feel the symtoms coming on you have to take medication. If ANYBODY has any infomation that they could share about this please let it be known ...on Melindas web site. Thank you for you time Melinda , i'll drop by and write afew images from time to time to let you know how mom's doing ,. Say hello to all the Angels, and god bless you and your family ... yours truly Dave... (D.A.S.133)
David Silva (DAS 133) <>
modesto, CacaCCaa. U.S.A. - Wednesday, August 06, 1997 at 01:59:30 (PDT)
To Melindas Family; I just found this site tonight. I thought I must write this beautiful young lady who cares so much for her family. I am so sorry to learn she has left this world, But her work, and yours with this web page is such an inspiration to others. Time eases our pain, but our precious memories are with us always. May I tell you how My name came to be. My Mom was pregnant with me, and her favorite aunt was died of cancer. She had no children, and asked Mom if she could name the baby if it is a girl. Aunt Ellie passed away 2 weeks before I was born. Precious memories, Treasure them always. As an aunt, I know the pain you have is losing your dear daughter, and sister. My prayers are with you, and I will always keep Melindas site, and check in from time to time.As a person who helps with a group of Senior Citizens, I have learned that death sometimes becomes a welcome friend. You know, at 47 for me even if it is 50 years down the road of life. We will be with our loved ones soon. Thank you for keeping this site online for Melinda! Her memory is bringing strength and comfort to many others. ((((((Hugs Melindas Family)))))) Melinda Keith
Melinda Keith <>
Newcastle, , ok USA - Wednesday, August 06, 1997 at 01:40:55 (PDT)
To all of Melinda's Family I was one of the fortunate ones who actually got to know Melinda. I went to Camp Goodtimes with her and was also lucky to her last year of camp with her. I honestly have never seen so much hope and strength come out of one person and I think we were all really fortunate to have her in our lives wether it's just knowing her of the internet or knowing her personally she has touched us all. I remember her at camp being so positive about everything and listening to my little pathetic problems. I think we all miss her very much but part of me knows she's still here with me listening to even more of my little problems yet filling my heart with hope. If angels have to do deeds before they get their wings then she recieved hers before she even looked down upon us. I love Melinda very much and can't tell you how much of a privlige it was knowing her. God Bless Her! Im the 8th one in on the picture of her friends at camp (top pic) :) Thank you for everything you guys have done with site it's really very inspiring.
Lisa Austin <>
Creston, B.C. CA - Saturday, August 02, 1997 at 23:46:12 (PDT)
I was looking up Lhasa apasas when i came across this webpage. Not till i got to the guestbook did i find out your beloved daughter passed away. I was going to tell her the story of how my blind,deaf 18 yr old lhasa miggy had to be put to sleeplast year and how my new lhasa which looks exactly like hers is such a great faithful freind after only 6 months. He was an abused scrawny little pathetic thing i found at a shelter, ithink god made me go their to find him after i lost miggy. Anyway its to late to tell her this, but i just wanted you to know that her page has made a total stranger mourn for her on a quiet saturday night here in NY, and i think you are wonderful people to keep this page going, it is a fitting tribute.god bless you
scott and his lhasa, casey <>
new rochelle, ny usa - Saturday, August 02, 1997 at 17:44:56 (PDT)
Hi, I was looking for information on Cancer, and I found this site. it touched my heart too read this. I had cancer when I was too, Retnoblastoma Cancer of the eyes. I lost one of my eyes. and now I may have it again. I'm 16 years old. and this really effects me. I really wanna say Thank you Melinda, and her family. she will always be with you in heart, Soul and Mind!
Samantha <>
Ft.Myers, Fl Us - Friday, August 01, 1997 at 03:58:53 (PDT)
Hi there, I'm not quite sure what to say, but I felt like I should at least say something. This page has really touched my heart, and I think that it's great that you're reaching out and trying to help others feel a little better. May God be with all of you.
- Wednesday, July 30, 1997 at 18:50:19 (PDT)
I was looking for Lhasa sites & came across yours. I work at a Nursing home and I I fully understand what it takes to help those you love through this. You are some special people. God Bless.
Debbie <>
Pt Orchard, Wwa US - Sunday, July 27, 1997 at 21:57:26 (PDT)
Hi, My name is johnny sutton and I drive Quarter Midgets it is very nice to meet you I just got home from the G.M. eastern nationals in syracuse N.Y. I drive light B and light A for fast Track Racing it was very cool to see your page and I even saw someone I know in the pictures my friend Johnny Baken in the picture . Maybe one day we'll meet at one of the events . It is nice to meet you and all the best with your Illness hopefully we get to meet . I am writing this care of my friend Bobby and he wll foward any mail that is sent Thanks Johnny Sutton
Johnny Sutton <C/O>
Chandler, Az. U.S.A. - Sunday, July 27, 1997 at 18:56:42 (PDT)
To Melinda's Family: What a wonderful love to surround Melinda with while she was visiting earth. She is now an angel, free of pain and sadness, and happily in the arms of God. May He bless you richly for the excellent care you provided to Melinda for the short, loving time you were privileged to have her.
Gaylene Sanders <>
Owosso, MI USA - Sunday, July 27, 1997 at 08:16:25 (PDT)
I too was looking for a Lhasa link when I came upon Melinda's web page. She must have been a very special young lady and my heart goes out to you in your loss as I have a seventeen year old daughter. Your family has experienced the ultimate sorrow. may melinda have the peace and be free from pain as she so richly deserves.
Nancy Watkins-Jones <>
Wilmington, NC USA - Saturday, July 26, 1997 at 22:19:30 (PDT)
I may be interested in this game called Megazeux, which is the source of my site, but this is much more important. On a computer, when it runs out of ressources, just a simple CTRL+ALT+DEL and for Windows, a Quit Immediately gives some back. But a person has no keyboard, no mouse, no CPU box, no screen. How'd I get here? Michael Cuccione's CD. On the back of the box is this here website. I don't demand that you come to my website as I usually do, or brag about how many guestbooks I signed, but... Okay, no "but"s. Just lemme have a moment of silence... For whoever is Melinda Rose..................... Okay. G'bye, Melinda.
Kewlio <>
Richibouctou-Village, NB CA - Tuesday, July 22, 1997 at 05:00:49 (PDT)
What a wonderful way to remember your little angel. Never before has a website left me in tears...
John Weck <>
Flemington, NJ USA - Monday, July 21, 1997 at 13:00:58 (PDT)
It was by accident that I found Melinda's homepage. I was seeking information on Lhasa Aspo. My heart goes out to the family. I would say we have something in common. My daughter owns a Lhasa Apso and three years ago she was diagnosed with pre-cancer. With the early diagnosis she had some surgery and she is now doing fine. She is now 22 years of age but has really been living a fast life as if she thinks any day could be here last. But its all good. Its sad that one so young and seemed to be so loving had to have a short life. Melinda seemed to have touched a lot of lives. You will forever be in my prayers because I know that it doesn't matter how long its been its seems as if it was only yesterday. Remember life must go on! Remember theres a brighter day ahead.
Nonie Sanders
New Boston, TX - Saturday, July 19, 1997 at 21:11:45 (PDT)
most people live their lives without ever having one day of what your daughter had 15 years of---love & support of her family. This is the true essence of life, not the material things, the have to go here, go there, but the life that we were entended. The life of knowing in the end what is really important, what really counts, each day, each hour, each minute= To love and be loved. If only everyone could have one day of that. There is always hope.
Lisa <>
CA - Thursday, July 17, 1997 at 23:25:24 (PDT)
Dear Hathaways; Earlier I e-mailed you directly about a young lad named Philip who was suffering from leukemia. I asked for your help on his aunt's behalf and you took the time to give it. Well, here is the latest on Philip's condition; he his home after three months of intensive chemo. His prognosis is good and he is very upbeat, despite the fact that he will have to return to Vancouver every three months for the next three years. He has had to go and buy a whole new wardrobe as he has lost 50lbs. I just want to thank you for your kind offerings and kind words, and for taking the time to write them. Thank you again for this web page, and God Bless. Regards, John Togyi, Ft. St. James - "The North Country"
John Togyi
Ft. St. James, BC CA - Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at 20:21:25 (PDT)
I somehow found this homepage by accident when I was looking for connections with my name 'Melinda' I feel lucky that I share my name with someone as special as your Melinda.
Sydney, NSW Australia - Monday, July 14, 1997 at 21:10:31 (PDT)
CA - Saturday, July 12, 1997 at 11:45:36 (PDT)
To Melinda Rose, her family and friends, TOday I sat here missing my 14 year old daughter who has gone off on a camping trip with a friend and her family. I decided to look up Lhasa Apsos on the internet because my parents in Sask. own one and had a question they need answering. So it was quite by accident that I came across your page. It made me cry to think of someone losing a beautiful, loving daughter, but it also made me appreciate how lucky I am to have two healty kids. I will say a prayer for you tonight and when I pick roses in my garden I will think of a fifteen year old girl named Melinda Rose who touched my heart without even knowing her. God Bless ! Dana Bertsch
Dana Bertsch <>
Surrey, B.C. CA - Friday, July 11, 1997 at 21:07:55 (PDT)
About 9 months ago I lost someone very important to me. He died of cancer. He was my dad's best friend and like a father to me. They didn't know he had cancer and with in 1 month of the diagonises he passed away. I can only imagine how you feel but as I found out 1 little prayer will take you a long way. I live 1 hour away from my parents and when i got the call that Charlie was not going to make it to the end of the week. I really flipped out my husband had to take me home so I could tell Charlie that I loved him and how much he ment to me and most of all I had to tell him thanks for always being there for me when I didn't think anyone else was. By the time we got to the hospital he was so bad that they wouldn't let us in to see him. I felt so incomplete. But then i came to find out that before Charlie got to bad he excepted Jesus into his heart and now i know that he in in heaven and I feel as if i know my guardian angel by name. I know Charlie is up in heaven watching over me and he with the help of God won't let anything happen to me. I also know that Melinda is acting as your guardian angel also. Take care and take one day at a time and remember that 1 little prayer will get you through alot Heather
Heather Baylis <>
Canton, Oh USA - Monday, July 07, 1997 at 16:54:28 (PDT)

I wanted to share a story with a friend who wants to work as a nurse in a cancer unit for children. I thought that a story like this can touch the hearts of those dedicated to helping children...and it has! thank you.
joseph delzingaro <>
west chester, pa usa - Tuesday, July 01, 1997 at 19:17:54 (PDT)
Our Prayers are with you as we to lost a child, Not to cancer but in utero- at 5 months in pregnancy our belovided David Michael W as pronounced dead at 3:30 He was also very much a part of our life and it comforts me to know that our david is with your beautiful daughter and that they are both smiling and waiting for us. If I can Do anything, Please feel free to Email or call if you need to takl l God Bless you and many hugs to you from us. With Love Rose, Ken, Sara and Elizebeth
Rose Koubek <>
snellvville, Ga GwinettCA - Monday, June 30, 1997 at 12:07:17 (PDT)
Melinda's Family, I accidently came across Melinda's page today. As I read about you, her family, and friends that she treasured, her hobbies, and her innermost feelings, I began to feel acquainted with her. I wanted to correspond with her, but I then read that she went Home to be with God, last September. The beautiful life, that she lived here, is now continuing with her Heavenly Father and the saints of Heaven. I know that you must miss her, but she left such a wonderful legacy. Live your lives to the fullest, knowing that Melinda Rose would be happy that you do this. Then someday, you will be renuited. I am a mother, and grandmother, and my ninety-four year old mother lives with me. I lost my husband to cancer ten years ago. I, too, like Melinda, am a poet. God bless and keep you always. I am glad that Melinda touched my life today, and I will remember her. Following is a poem that I wrote for the mother of a friend who lost her son: Memories of Miguel (Roberts) Our hearts are very tender today, One we loved has gone away, His cheerful smile and caring wasy Will live on in our memories and never fade. To some of us he was a cherished friend, He'll abide in our hearts until the end Of our lives here upon this earth, then we'll Join him with our Lord who loved us first. But what about this moment When our feelings burst within? How do we remember precious times Without our spirits caving in? We'll look to God as we've always done, We'll ask for His help as life's sorrows come, We'll live only one day at a time, We'll heal through Christ His Beloved Son. Sincerely and with blessings on Melinda's loved ones, Ruby Ingram
Ruby Ingram <>
Lexington, KY USA - Monday, June 30, 1997 at 11:49:35 (PDT)
My daughter Amanda age 9, just passed away from Neuroblastoma. It is a very hard thing to lose such a special daughter. I'm sure Amanda and Melinda are together. My heart goes out to you and your family as I now travel down the difficult path of learning how to live on without someone so special in my life. I loved reading your web page. I will be thinking of you often. Di
Dianne Summers <>
Woodinville, WA USA - Friday, June 27, 1997 at 16:46:31 (PDT)
To Melinda's family - You must almost be tired of reading messages of sympathy but I, like so many others, was so touched by this page that I had to stop and take the time to pass on my most sincere condolences.
Stacia Bua <sbua>
New Orleans, LA USA - Friday, June 27, 1997 at 12:13:53 (PDT)
Sorry to see such a young life go. This was done very well !
Terrance Van Gemert <>
Edmonton, AB CA - Sunday, June 22, 1997 at 15:20:31 (PDT)
I found this page searching for Gnome Valley, I know- a little off huh? But I was so inspired by the courage that Melinda obviously had. Nothing will ever replace your daughter, sister - but by fulfilling her wish to maintain her website, you touch the lives of so many in such an intimate way, through this her courage remains, and strengthens others, sick or well. Thank you. God is with you and watches over Melinda until you can be with her again-
Wendy <>
Naples, Fl USA - Thursday, June 19, 1997 at 14:20:35 (PDT)
I only saw you once at the grands in Canada. I thought it was great what you did and now you race on that big track in heaven. I feel good knowing that now you are watching over us.
Weston Crook <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, June 17, 1997 at 14:10:15 (PDT)
For my dear "net" friends - Every time I read David's tribute, I cry for hours. I never signed this guest book because I couldn't imagine how you all must have grieved and maybe you still are. It's hard to find any words of comfort. Father's Day should have been a special day for you Grasshopper, you are twice special. Now you are also the father of an angel. Melinda was an absolute charm to be around for the few days I was lucky enough to be with her. I cried in 95 while admiring her bravery on the track and I only have to read your tribute when I get upset with my only kid. It humbles me in a hurry. You have a great family and a great sense of humor. Where you find this, I will never imagine. Because I can never imagine any body losing a child. We are all truly blessed.
Mel <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, June 17, 1997 at 13:39:15 (PDT)
We visited this page by accident and we want to express our sympathy by praying GOD to comfort you in your sorrow. We have been inspired by MELINDA's courage and sensibility. Upon the vastness of space and time she will "LIVE FOREVER". May the peace of GOD be with you always. "LIVE LONG AND PROSPER".
Edwin & Vivian <>
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Sunday, June 15, 1997 at 09:07:27 (PDT)
Melinda, my best wishes to your family. My eldest brother, Peter, died of cancer 9 years ago. Even though I was only 11 years old then, it still pains me to remember his past. When my sister left home for school, I didn't know how much I missed her until I saw her during her summer break. At that point in my life, I wished that even though Peter was taken from us, there was nothing I would not give, just to see him once every five, or ten years. Tears are flowing down my face at this moment, however, I am not ashamed of them. These are tears of joy and happiness, in knowing that both Peter and you, are free from the pain and agony of chemotherapy. God bless you.
Elaine Kwan <>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, June 15, 1997 at 01:41:55 (PDT)
I am 17 and I found this page by accident. I just wanted to tell you what my father has always told me: "If a person is is in your heart and mind, then they are never truly gone." Remember that and Melinda will always be in your heart. God Bless.
Jennifer Carroll <>
TX USA - Saturday, June 14, 1997 at 18:12:39 (PDT)
Such a beautiful tribute from a father to a daughter. I thought I wanted to say more, but my words have escaped me. I will just wish that you have a happy Father's Day, you have earned it. God bless.
Julie <>
Springfield, OR USA - Saturday, June 14, 1997 at 05:58:42 (PDT)
My son Dale was Diagnosed in March 1991 with 3 bone tumours. Right femur 13cm, left jaw 3 cm and an area in his skull. After 17 months of chemo and 7 1/2 weeks of radio he hasn't look back. He has been in remission for 5 years, although is still to have more surgery to his leg and jaw. Dale is truly our miracle boy!
Virginia Shelton <>
Perth, W.A. Australia - Saturday, June 14, 1997 at 03:11:19 (PDT)
My name is Amanda and I'm 13 years old, and I've had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for almost 3 years now. I'm in remission now, but of course that doesn't mean I'm cured. I enjoy going to Melinda's page because it makes me feel that I'm not the only one that's battling cancer. I understand what Melinda is going through, and I know how she feels. Having cancer makes you feel as if you're a totally different person, like you're seperated from the rest of the world. But, that doesn't mean you have to give up all hope. Melinda never did, and I never did. Whoever is reading this right now, and if you too have cancer or know someone who does, please never give up hope. -Amanda
Amanda S. <>
Milwaukee WI, WI US - Friday, June 13, 1997 at 10:42:35 (PDT)
Melinda's page is very inspiring. She touched a lot of lives...still does.
Danita <>
Manhattan, KS USA - Friday, June 13, 1997 at 09:02:45 (PDT)
You could have missed the pain, but then you'd have missed the Dance... I am very sorry to hear about Melinda's passing, my thoughts and best wishes are with you.
Nicole <>
Pascagoula, MS USA - Wednesday, June 11, 1997 at 09:01:45 (PDT)
I have great and deep sympathy to those famlies who have lost a child to cancer. My 16 year old sister passed away April 16, 1997 after a two year battle with cancer. They, even though so young, reach a maturity and have a determination more than I can understand. They are examples of strength to us all. *WHEN I AM GONE* Why do you weep? I don't see why. My pain is gone; I do not cry. I've found my peace, Mt tears have dried. Your pain will heal As time goes by. I am not gone, I hope you'll find; May I be a thought To make you smile Life is too short To cry for mine; Go now, live yours, E'er you, too, die.
Kelly St. Jean <>
Calgary, Alberta Canada - Wednesday, June 11, 1997 at 02:56:30 (PDT)
I am 15 years old and at the end of a battle against cancer.I understand what it is like to lose someone to the disease, I have lost some friends throughout this, I have also seen people beat their illness. This is a wonderful web site and I wish that I had found it earlier in my treatment. Thank you for sharing and I know Melinda is ok. Nicole
Nicole S <>
ma usa - Sunday, June 08, 1997 at 13:51:28 (PDT)
What wonderful tribute, I am truly touched, I wish I had found it sooner. I arrived here by searching "quarter midget". I too am a former quarter midget driver. I get my first car in 1957 and raced for 5 years, one of the real old timers. Thanks for this wonderful site, it is now bookmarked.
Curt Kamada <>
Torrance, CA US - Saturday, June 07, 1997 at 22:44:42 (PDT)
What a beautiful tribute to Melinda. Remember there is always strength in the love of family and friends. Also remember that you will always have an angel in Heaven to watch over you.
Kala Nelson <>
Westby, WI WI - Saturday, June 07, 1997 at 10:58:24 (PDT)
Dear Melinda: It was so nice to visit your homepage. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We will pray that a cure for cancer will be discovered. We used to have a Lhasa Apso and hope yours is as much of a companion as ours was. Keep smiling, and God be with you!
The Wooldridges <>
CA - Friday, June 06, 1997 at 19:36:09 (PDT)
Thank you for reminding me how precious life truely is. I am a childhood cancer survivor. My family was my strongest connection for support. Melinda's family walks the walk and talks the talk! She must have been some gal. In all love and in all sorrow, Nikki
Nikki May <>
Eugene, OR USA - Wednesday, June 04, 1997 at 17:13:50 (PDT)
I was flipping scanning some entries on the web about Lhasa Apsos when I came across Melinda's web page. I wanted to write and let her know that I, too, share her joy in owning one of the beautiful pups. I am also a writer and wished to commend her on her poetry. I wasn't aware that she had already passed on. God be with He is already with her. With Heartfelt Wishes, Loraine
Loraine <>
Nashville, TN USA - Wednesday, June 04, 1997 at 16:18:56 (PDT)
Melinda thank you, your death and journey through this terrible disease was not in vain. You have left a legacy of love not only to your family and friends, but to so man others who never even met you. My 5 year old son has leukemia, and I believe in angels. You are an angel. God bless you and your family for demonstrating such love.
Lori Ann <>
Lafayette, Co USA - Wednesday, June 04, 1997 at 11:56:07 (PDT)
I am truly sorry about the loss of your daughter. I too have had to been faced with a death caused by cancer. In 1993 my best friend died from cancer of the spine, we were only in second grade then. And now my uncle's life is being threatened by a brain tumor, the doctors have given him 6 to 12 months. But like you I at least know that my friend is in the arms of the Lord. I will be praying for you! Love, A servant of the Lord!
Jessica Cole
Bellevue, WA USA - Tuesday, June 03, 1997 at 17:37:04 (PDT)
I am very sorry about the loss of Melinda. I lost my dog, "Big Bo," on New Years Eve 1992. She was a chocolate labrador retriever. I still grieve for her and I know that losing a human would be 200 times more devastating. I have never lost a family member to cancer and I hope I ever don't. The page is very inspiring and helpful and my prayers will be with your family always and forever. Yours in Christ, Emily
Emily Fairchild <>
Jackson, TN USA - Monday, June 02, 1997 at 12:22:28 (PDT)
Thank you for all the wonderful information.
Kathleen Coleman <>
Grapevine, TX USA - Saturday, May 31, 1997 at 18:07:39 (PDT)
greg,i was informed i had two cancers it was like running into a brick wall at first but i figured if was my time to go what could i do to stop it.then i said to myself i could fight this it took awhile but i'm in remission for now i was in the hospital for 10 months i lost alot of weight and looked liked the walking dead when my friends and family saw me but i'm ok for now but they said i have to be checked on periodically for any return.i'm sorry to here about melinda i'm sure she was a real inspiration to everyone she images like a real angel.but she no longers suffers.she is with the other angels.please keep in touch my e-mail is thanks bill
william l wilson jr <>
lake mary, fl usa - Friday, May 30, 1997 at 09:30:24 (PDT)
I found your page while looking for info on Lhasa Apso dogs and cancer. My almost-11-year-old best friend, Ninjin, has lymphoma and I wanted to share the happiness and love I have received from him with Melinda. My thoughts and prayers are with her family now. I've lost both parents to cancer and know that that pain can't approach what it must be like to lose a child. She images like a very special girl.
Judy Hutcheson <>
Hiram, GA US - Thursday, May 29, 1997 at 19:56:47 (PDT)
I return to this page over and over. Such strength, kindness, and goodness as your daughter demonstrated restores my faith in the essential goodness and courage of people. Thank you.
peter borlo <>
CA - Thursday, May 29, 1997 at 13:53:27 (PDT)
Melinda's page is a wonderful tribute!
Rob Taylor <bunker@niagara>
Niagara Falls, Ontario CANADA - Thursday, May 29, 1997 at 02:09:04 (PDT)
I found Melinda's website because of her dog - we have just acquired a 6-week Lhasa puppy. My heart goes out to Melinda and her family, on September 21 my only brother was taken from us by cancer. In the face of such devastating loss the courage and strength holding families together goes beyond description. My thoughts and prayers to you all, may they give you some small measure of comfort.
Ginny <>
Delta, BC Canada - Wednesday, May 28, 1997 at 21:27:09 (PDT)
We support and Love all Melinda's

Danielle <>
Trois-Rivieres, Q CA - Tuesday, May 27, 1997 at 19:57:05 (PDT)

dearest Melinda, I wish that I could write you a letter which you could receive on this earth, but as i cannot i will write to you nonetheless. I was touched by your legacy, and wish I could tell you how you have improved the lives of thousands of suffering children even since your death. My greatest thanks.
Luna Gram <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, May 27, 1997 at 18:52:21 (PDT)
I am so sorry about Melinda's passing. My grandfather has cancer and the doctors say it can't be fixed. I am dreading the day when my parents tell me he's passed from my view. I can't imagine how you must feel.
Sara Alberse <>
Shepparton, Vic Australia - Tuesday, May 27, 1997 at 03:31:51 (PDT)
I've been an oncology nurse for the past 6 years and it breaks my heart each time we lose a child who have so much to live for. My sympathy are with you and i hope each day gets better.
helena johnson <catlin8>
league, tx usa - Sunday, May 25, 1997 at 22:16:29 (PDT)
This is a very good website. It's very touching. I lost my grandmother to cancer four years ago. Melinda must have been a wonderful and special person. I wish I could make a difference like she did. I'm sorry about your loss. Melinda was an angel and her legacy will live on. God Bless-Erin
Erin Flaherty <>
Easton, MA USA - Sunday, May 25, 1997 at 03:11:14 (PDT)
Dear Hathaways' My daughters best friend is battling cancer, she is almost 7. I have found great comfort here and will be sharing it with her family and other close friends. Melinda was special (you know that) thank you for sharing her with the world.
Abby Fisher <xfzy30a>
Wyckoff, NJ USA - Friday, May 23, 1997 at 22:37:16 (PDT)
My thoughts and love to Melinda's family. I hope that each day makes the memories easier and happier, and the loss more bearable. What a remarkable girl. I hope Lucky is OK, too.
Ailsa Piper <>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Friday, May 23, 1997 at 05:28:40 (PDT)
as a cancer survivor....and an ex sprint driver...not much tears my eyes.....but the tribute to your daughter did..if only i could trade places.i wish it were so Frank
Frank Brock Sr <>
Niles, Oh CA - Thursday, May 22, 1997 at 15:26:37 (PDT)
On May 15, 1994, my 14yr old daughter was diagnosed with Burketts Lymphoma, advanced stage. I know your experiences. The Lord blessed us and on wednesday May 27, she will graduate from HS and attend Northwest Nazarene College. She spent 6mo in intense Chemo, rarely able to come home. She is a beautiful young woman now, which is the Lords gift to her for her courage and strength, never doubting his word, no matter how grim the doctors were. In Jan. of this year, the doctors at Children's hospital here in Denver pronounced her cured of Burketts.
Loch Ethridge <velo52 on AOL>
Littleton, CO USA - Wednesday, May 21, 1997 at 10:33:41 (PDT)
Dearest Melinda, Happy, happy sixteenth birthday, the first one you're having in heaven. We will all love you forever.
The Rosetti Family <>
Brisbane, Q AUSTRALIA - Wednesday, May 21, 1997 at 01:00:43 (PDT)
Beautiful page...I too lost my son to cancer. I can truly say..I know what you're going through. This song by Eric Clapton is a favourite of mine. Melinda must have been a beautiful, unique child as I've seen by her pages. My prayers are with you all.
Anna <>
CA - Monday, May 19, 1997 at 16:23:21 (PDT)
I was very touched by this page. I can relate to your problems. My grandmother has passed away from breast cancer, my great uncle has just been diagnosed with cancer of the glands, my aunt is terrified that she will be diagnosed with it, and the list goes on. I feel for your family and hope that you can pull through this devastation. I know I did and I'm only 15 years old right now. All my thoughts and wishes are out for you.
Angela Snedden <>
Sarnia, On CA - Monday, May 19, 1997 at 14:19:49 (PDT)
I had no idea that she had passed. I just sent her some mail. This is the most beautiful page that I have ever seen!! My tears fell for her. They weren't sad though, I know she wouldn't want that. Her family has to be so strong to be able to get through this with some sanity. I could never imagine!! My prayers are with you all!!
Brandi Martineau-Walden <>
Nashville, Tn USA - Monday, May 19, 1997 at 13:50:20 (PDT)
I loved your page, my prayers are with you.
Twyla Hubbard <>
Shreveport, LA CA - Sunday, May 18, 1997 at 15:54:02 (PDT)
This is one of the most tender tributes I have seen in all my years of Nursing and doing Hospice work. May your memories of Melinda live on... Lynn
Lynn Holland <>
Claremont, NH USA - Sunday, May 18, 1997 at 14:10:28 (PDT)
This is a beautiful page. Thank you for the chance to share a part of your life. My younger brother died of cancer in 1989 and i know the kind of pain you must experience.
Tami Irwin <>
Corvallis, OR usa - Friday, May 16, 1997 at 15:41:21 (PDT)
Dear Melinda's Family, I am just passing through on the net looking for information on cancer for a school report whan I came across Melinda's homepage, I would just like to say that you from what I've read you have a wonderful, talented, beautiful daughter whom touches people's lives every day. Although there is pain in her passing away there can also be hope and love to help others. Thank you for doing this. sincerley, Briana
Briana Hedtke <>
monticello , mn america - Thursday, May 15, 1997 at 23:17:40 (PDT)
I'm a 17yr old from Australia that is trying to understand why such wonderful loving people are taken by this devastating disease. I'm getting over the death of my 5yr old cousin who we lost to cancer only 3 weeks ago and i know it's hard but after three weeks to be asked by your school to do a project on "Kids with cancer" it's hard. I will be saying a little prayer for you tonight Melinda. And for you to, the family, Many wishes to you all. Rebecca Chapman.
Rebecca Chapman <>
Nth.Richmond, NNSW Australia - Thursday, May 15, 1997 at 22:25:20 (PDT)
A lovely tribute to the life of a child...
Jody Serey <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Monday, May 12, 1997 at 20:50:11 (PDT)
your web page touched and amazed me more than anything ive ever seen on the net
jimmy chaney <j.chaney2 bellsouth>
jax, fl CA usa - Monday, May 12, 1997 at 17:21:31 (PDT)
Great Page!
Cindy Castillo <>
Brunswick, GA USA - Monday, May 12, 1997 at 10:20:48 (PDT)
Melinda, In making my homepage, I dedicated a page to my boyfriend that died of cancer. I wanted to find a super page that would help others too, and I would like to use yours! I know that you are in heaven, so if you don't want me to use your page, just zap my computer! You should say hi to Chuck in heaven. He is really funny and he will make you laugh. God bless you, you have touched many lives and are now rewarded in the kingdom of heaven!
Erin Hawkins <>
Suffield, CT USA - Sunday, May 11, 1997 at 08:20:00 (PDT)
I am so very impressed with your web site. My son has leukemia. I have visited here often to get links & info. It wasn't until today that I read far enough to see that Melinda died last September. What a wonderful, special girl. You must be so proud of her. I can tell you that she has definitely opened my eyes and I am sure a lot of other people too. (my son is on chemo for a.l.l., in remission) I write a newsletter for Long Beach hospital and I have suggested some of the sites that Melinda has on her page. I hope you get this. My prayers are with you. Pam in San Diego California
Pam Gault <>
San Diego, CA CA - Saturday, May 10, 1997 at 22:16:18 (PDT)
I met Melinda at Camp Goodtimes in 1996- she was an inspiration to everyone at Camp, and she continues to be to many others. This site is an awesome testimony to the love of God expressed in the lives of others. (To Melinda's family- I have a sister who has been in heaven for 13 years- may God give us all the grace and strength we need until we are finally reunited with those you have gone ahead of us!)
Anthony Friesen <>
Sardis, BC Canada - Saturday, May 10, 1997 at 22:09:09 (PDT)
This has been a very beautiful experience to view these pages I'm sure that Melinda is surely watching over all the children and their caretakers. Much Peace to all.
Lucie Gallaher <>
Walden, NY USA - Friday, May 09, 1997 at 19:37:46 (PDT)
I came upon this page looking for answers. my child has neuroblastoma. diagnosed at the age of three has had a bonemarrow transplant.Enjoyed two years remision. relapsed september 1995 under went more chemo .Doing well now . This page has lifted my spirits because I live in the constant worry of when it will be my little angels time to go
CA - Friday, May 09, 1997 at 17:56:17 (PDT)
To Melinda and her family; Thank you for sharing a very tender part of your lives with me. In my mind's eye Melinda is still very much a live and I thank you for the opportunity to know a little of your wonderful family.
Deborah Eagles <>
Beaumont, AB CANADA - Thursday, May 08, 1997 at 17:38:07 (PDT)
kajie <>
Calgary, AB - Thursday, May 08, 1997 at 12:36:45 (PDT)
As a survivor of childhood Hodgkin's Disease, I had thought I might add something of particular value to the guest book, but words fail. Thank you for maintaining this site.
John Carle <>
Atlanta, GA US - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 20:09:40 (PDT)
Dear Melinda I remember when we were in the choir together.I used to have to stand on a stool because I coudn't see over the piano. I really wish you hadn't died because I never said bye. Now I'm twelve, but I will be thirteen on the 29th of May. I don't know why I'm telling you this, though. I miss you even though I didn't know you very well. You are the first person who's death really touched me. In heaven, listen to me play the piano ok? I don't have to stand on a stool anymore.
Alison Bejamin <>
NorthVancouver, B.C CA - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 18:33:37 (PDT)
I have a lhasa apso who is very old she is like a best friend to me and I would do anything to make her live longer so i understand what your going through and I also wanted to tell you that I'll be praying for you!
Lisa spencer <>
winnipeg, canada - Tuesday, May 06, 1997 at 15:07:54 (PDT)
Tears came to my eyes as I read the different pages about your family. What a wonderful Dad that made everyone laugh!! I thought to myself that I would pray for you, But then noted that you had gone on. Last year was hard for me too. I lost three friends to cancer, and this year my mother-in-law past on Easter!!. May God's blessing be upon you all. A wonderful web page. Rick
Rick <>
Jeannette, PA USA - Monday, May 05, 1997 at 17:26:25 (PDT)
I recently experienced a death of a brother of a friend of mine. He too was very young (a senior in High school) and also very loved. As i read through your page, i wish i could express to you how deeply i feel for your family. Although i am only 15 as well, i do understand alittle want you are going through. My throughts and prayers are with you through this time for you. I hope you can see that everything will work out as planned, just have faith no matter how hard it may get. You will survive!! :) Sincerely, Nancy Novelli
nancy novelli <>
philly, pa usa - Sunday, May 04, 1997 at 19:16:00 (PDT)
To Melindas Family, I am very truly sorry for the loss of your daughter\sister. I found out about Melinda by reading about her Lhasa Apso. I would just like to add that my Lhasa, which we had for 14 years died of cancer on Aug.3,1995. And I know how much a person\pet means to me, and losing them to a deadly disease is very heartbreaking and I feel your loss.
Stephanie Jablonski
Florida, NY USA - Sunday, May 04, 1997 at 15:17:26 (PDT)
I'am 14 years old and I have Ewing Sarcoma. I know what it is like to have cancer. I know it is very hard. I'm sure Melinda's was very brave.
Shannon McNair <>
Sarnia, OOn Canada - Sunday, May 04, 1997 at 13:23:51 (PDT)
Melinda, Sadly I am to late. My grandpa died in August, I wrote a poem to help me. I know you are in heaven and you are finally at peace. Maybe you even know him. He was truly a great man. Here is the poem I wrote for him. "I Miss You So Much" I miss you so much, Your face I wish to touch, Your hand I wish to clutch, I miss you so much. I haven't seen you in so long, Where oh where did we go wrong?, I try so hard to be strong, I cry to everytime I hear a sad song, I wish it were not such, I miss you so much. Alot of things have happened since you have been gone, But the sad feelings of sorrow, they have changed none, I wish I could just run, And never see the sun, Yet, when all is said and done, I miss you so much. The brightness on your sweet face, Those summers we used to race, You always let me win, Always took me for a swim, The dress you bought me of lace, This guilt each day I must face, I miss you so much. I never said goodbye, I can't seem to not cry, This brave front is a lie, Why did you have to die?, I miss you so much. The months your gone is seven, I see visions of you in heaven, The pain I can not hold in, The way I treated you was a sin, I can not hold up my sorrowed chin, I miss you so much. I wish that you were here, But now you are free grandpa dear, These feelongs are so unclear, I miss you so much. I will love you always, Even when you are far away, I miss you each and every day, I cannot sleep not mattering how many hours I lay, I miss you so much. You always were the best, So much sweeter than the rest, This spell who couldve cast, Your death may be in the past, But still, I miss you so much. Your family, how they love you, After all the times we've been through, I miss you so much. Its so unfair you had to die, I cant undersatnd as hard as I try, Awake at night i lie, I can't stop to cry, This sadness is just mine, It attaches to me like a vine, Its bitter like aged wine, Its been such a long time, This sadness, sour like a lime, Why did you run out of time??????, I miss you so much. I will love you forever, Spirit light as a feather, My love will die out never, This sadness I wish to severe, I know its not my fault, Emotions locked up in a vault, Waiting to explode, My soul will just implode, All the love that you taught, Your soul could not be bought, I miss you so much. I hate this private dancer, Commonly know as cancer, The doctors have no answer, They better move faster, It blindly chooses lives, Like a soul prancer, Such a sickening trancer, I miss you so much. Your life should not be gone, God, for once he was wrong, The days pass like a slow song, I miss you so much. Its almost time for you to go, My love will not slow, Cross over to the other side, Eventually the pain will subside, The doctors Im sure that they tried, In heaven you will not be denied, The family on me can be relied, I miss you so much. Go now go, My love will never slow, I miss you so much. You heart hear for every like the sun, My soul, I im sure, will not be shun. Enemies you had none, Last words I have some, I miss you so much. By:Holly Ann Perfetto God bless you and may you rest in peace. Melinda's parents? Your daughter inspires me to be greatful for what I have. You should be sooooo proud about what a kind and wonderful child you have raised. After all I am only a year younger than Melinda. Im 14. Cancer is HUGE in my family. Its very hereditary. I never really took it seriously though. Melinda has shown me to take care of myself so that I will not be affected by this horrible disease.
Holly Ann Perfetto <HugAGoat>
Toms River, NJ USA - Saturday, May 03, 1997 at 20:16:20 (PDT)
This page is VERY touching. I don't have cancer, yet I think it very good for kids.
Stephanie Parkinson
- Saturday, May 03, 1997 at 18:31:38 (PDT)
I deeply encourage you to keep up the faith. My grandfather raised me as his own child and now he is slipping from my loving and endearing grasp. I feel so deeply for your loss. All I can say is she is in a better place in a better time.
Amanda Beiswenger
Leetonia, OH USA - Friday, May 02, 1997 at 10:23:13 (PDT)
Found your site through a copy of "Contact" at Sick kids' Hospital in Toronto. My son David (10) was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma Oct 21, 1996. Six months later, he is in remission, and is doing well. What a journey! At a deep level, I connect with you, the whole family, who we will remember in our prayers every night. I have nothing but the utmost admiration for this living tribute to your dear daughter. In your grief, may you know that I walk with you, hold you up, and bless you for this gift. From my heart to yours. Lovingly, Joyce, in Oshawa.
Joyce Schneider <>
Oshawa, Ont CA - Thursday, May 01, 1997 at 12:45:57 (PDT)
Wow! Words can't explain what I felt when I ran across this page I just lost my best friend Melinda (Collins) not to cancer but to a drunk driver. Either way it hurts. I know that I don't even know you but this site has touched me in a very special way.... Thank You and God Bless Karla Robinson
Karla Robinson <>
Purdy, MO US - Thursday, May 01, 1997 at 08:07:55 (PDT)
I was a counsellor in 1993 at Camp Goodtimes and will be again this summer. I hope that through this camp I can make a difference and give the children the really good time that they deserve. Melinda is in my prayers!
Tara Bell <>
Vancouver, Canada - Monday, April 28, 1997 at 13:41:13 (PDT)
What a touching story, I want to tell you how sorry I am of your loss of Melinda, I too lost a very close friend of mine to Lukemia at the young age of 16, he too was a courageous young man. He is missed daily as Im sure you miss Melinda. My prayers are with you in this time of sadness.
Eydie M. Boyd <>
Plainfield, In. USA - Monday, April 28, 1997 at 08:58:33 (PDT)
These pages have touched my heart - to see so many share your grief. Helps me to believe that we can all care for one another if we really want too.
David Brunton <>
UK - Sunday, April 27, 1997 at 10:12:33 (PDT)
For but a brief time I read your story, for a life time it will touch my life. Thank you so much, you reminded me to take the time and hug my three children. Joyce Marker
ridgecrest , ca us - Saturday, April 26, 1997 at 15:57:49 (PDT)
Holly Scott <>
nanaimo, BC CANADA - Friday, April 25, 1997 at 23:06:51 (PDT)
To Melinda and her family,I was looking up Lhasa Apsos on the WEB when I came across this site. I have been going through Melinda's entire Home Page for 4 days now and it's captured my heart. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Hathaway family and friends. I lost my Mother when she was only 39 years old, I was 15 years old at the time and I remember what our whole family went through. It's really tough and it hurts alot. I'm 49 years old now and it still hurts. Melinda had such unbelieveable courage and inspirations. Alot of people will benefit from her courage just by reading her home pages. My heart goes out to all of you. Melinda, you're in a happy place now, but your thoughts and inspirations will live on forever. God Bless You. Sincerely, Mary
Mary Petrasky <,>
PawtucketRI, RI USA - Wednesday, April 23, 1997 at 17:36:19 (PDT)
What a beautiful contribution to your daughter. As a mother I can sympathize with what it must be like to loose a precious child. I came upon your website like most others, by accident, looking up other information. I have a dog like Melinda's and was looking up information on that breed when I came upon a link to Melinda's page. I was hoping to send a message to her personally, one of love and compassion and lots of hopes that she be well, but am too late. I am glad to contribute to her wish in sending mail to this site to keep her page up & running. God Bless you & your family.
Jackie Booth <>
Cumberland, MD USA - Wednesday, April 23, 1997 at 10:33:28 (PDT)
1 Corinthians 13:13 "and now these three remain faith, hope, love but the greatest of these is love"
Mario Chris Chinas <>
Larnaca, Cyprus - Wednesday, April 23, 1997 at 01:06:36 (PDT)
Thank you for sharing this personal experience with others so that we may learn. I have just started a new job as a Social Worker and provide services for the pediatric oncology inpatient children and families. I have learned a lot from your sight. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Kim Williams-Feth, BSW
Greenville, NC USA - Tuesday, April 22, 1997 at 18:44:39 (PDT)
YOUNGSTOWN , OH USA - Tuesday, April 22, 1997 at 13:27:25 (PDT)
I am a future Oncologist and really appreciated this page. The beauty of Melinda and her optimism is evident in the sincerity of this page. For those of you reading this, I am also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I am looking for better ways to serve those with cancer. My email address is always open and I love to listen. Keep up the hope. I still research and the cure is out there somewhere if Mother Nature will ever help us. In memory of those we lost and those who survive, I work. "Jen" Searfoss
Jennifer Searfoss <>
Manhattan, KS USA - Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 12:47:21 (PDT)
I am 15 and was diagnosed with ALL(luekemia) in January of '96. I found your site. That year when serching for chat rooms for kids with cancer. I am prety much better now (besides monthly visits and complications). And I hope you are to. Dylan
Philadelphia, PA USA - Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 09:38:22 (PDT)
Thanks for this beautiful page. As a future pediatrician, I was especially touched. I linked it to my home page.
Robert Gillespie <>
Galveston, tztTTTTT[BTtTt CA - Thursday, April 17, 1997 at 20:02:42 (PDT)
I came upon this site by accident.... but then... I don't believe that anything happens just be accident... everything happens for a reason. The Good Lord must have something special planned for you Melinda. You are very special to Him... and your memory to us left behind is something that will touch us for a reason...we may not understand it at the moment.... but we will someday. Thank you for being here. God Bless
E.J. McCormick <>
Ont CANADA - Thursday, April 17, 1997 at 18:47:22 (PDT)
I am so sorry about Melinda's passing. When I was reading through this site I had no idea until I got here. You had a very special daughter. I think we have all had a dear one raped by this disease but it takes a special person to do what she has done. I pray for her and all victims and hope that one day this tragedy will no longer be heard of. Best wishes to your family and may God Bless you
Marc Bordelon <>
Lafayette, La Us - Tuesday, April 15, 1997 at 22:01:35 (PDT)
Melinda lives on through the love you all shared with her. Her life has certainly touched mine. I'm going to give my six year old an extra hug tonight in rememberance of Melinda. God bless you all!
Keith Fritzinger <>
Poughkeepsie, NY USA - Tuesday, April 15, 1997 at 12:50:31 (PDT)
I was first directed to your site through AuroraMud. After reading it, i must say that i'm moved beyond words. My prayers goes out to you, the strong relatives. Comfort yourselves with the fact that Melinda is with our Father.
Copenhagen, Denmark - Tuesday, April 15, 1997 at 04:14:09 (PDT)
Dear David and Joanne, This is the easiest way to get in touch with you, to let you know that Jule's Page has been updated.

Thank you for your lovely tribute to Jule on Melinda's friends page - she would have been thrilled.
all the best
Maria and David

Maria Rosetti <>
Stanthorpe, Q Australia - Tuesday, April 15, 1997 at 02:11:33 (PDT)

I am so touched by the love and caring manifested here in Melinda's site. Thank you so much for sharing. My love and prayers for Melinda and her wonderful family are sent to you all. God Bless.
Reni Courtney
CA - Monday, April 14, 1997 at 15:56:34 (PDT)
I had not visited your site for quite some time. My own mother had been diagnosed in Nov. 95 and underwent treatments. She took a turn for the worse in August 96 and we spent 3 months in the hospital. She went to God on October 27,96 and I miss her greatly. I thought alot about Melinda and how brave she was to fight such a battle at such a young age. Now I realize that God has a purpose for us all and we will all meet again someday. My condolences to you that are left. I know you will remember your daughter till you meet again. The pain will always be a part of our hearts, but at least they have no more pain. Blessings to you all. Love, Sue Herkert.
Sue Herkert <>
Sanfor, Mb. Canada - Sunday, April 13, 1997 at 22:14:27 (PDT)
Melinda - I wish I had known you & had known sooner about a product called Morinda "Tahitian Noni Juice" A Miracle From Paradise! It has helped so many with Illnesses & Diseases, it has helped me. I feel sad that I wasn't able to Share this with you. But your in a better place with the Savior. God Bless All.
Adrian Mathews <>
Portland, OR USA - Friday, April 11, 1997 at 14:30:58 (PDT)
thank you so much, this page helped me so much in writing my paper on leukemia, I could have never done it with out this! -Jennifer Ringler
Andrea Grapes & Jennifer Ringler <>
Oxnard, CA USA - Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 21:30:04 (PDT)
Dear Melinda's parents, I was at school and a couple of friends on Melinda's guest book page. As I started reading it I realized how much it hurts to lose someone so close to you, I feel your pain.All of my prayers are with you both and your family. It will all turn out to be good for you all, Thats a promise! Your friend, Jennifer England
Jennifer England
Huntsville, Mo USA - Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 11:38:30 (PDT)
This is the second time signing your guestbook,I keep findind myself coming back to read your story.Although it is very sad,it really touched me. I have never known anyone with cancer so I dont know what you went throughbut I do know that you went through pain that you didnt deserve.But I bet heaven isnt what you expected is it. In heaven you can experence things you thought you never could. I admire you, you were stronger and braver than I ever would have. I hope you like it where you are now.We ALL miss you (even the ones who didnt know you.) I'll never forget you!!!
Huntsville , mo USA - Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 11:22:14 (PDT)
WILMINGTON, IL USA - Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 07:19:46 (PDT)
Came across your web page quite by accident. I was researching information on Lhasa Apsos, one of the best breeds around. I came across a link to Melindas page and decided to visit. I was hoping to leave a message and say hello, but was saddened to find that I could not. I do however want to tell you how moving I found your page. My thoughts are with all of you. I lost my mother to the horror of cancer when she was 45. I was only 23 at the time. I still have yet to fully recover from the loss, and doubt that I ever truly will. Remembering and sharing are how I get through. Know that you all are not alone, my prayers are with you. My mom loved kids, and you can be sure that she is watching out for yours!! God Bless!
Arlene Fox <>
Charlotte, NC CA - Wednesday, April 09, 1997 at 18:30:45 (PDT)
I just discovered this page. My sincere condolences to your family. I, too, lost a sister, and I know the pain you are going through. God be with you.
PHILIPPINES - Tuesday, April 08, 1997 at 23:18:06 (PDT)
I am happy and sad to find Melinda's page and then read of her death. May Spirit hold you in her arms and comfort you for your loss. Barbara
Barbara Blanton <>
Dallas, Tx USA - Sunday, April 06, 1997 at 21:30:51 (PDT)
To all of the Hathaways: I discovered Melinda's Home Page when I was going through the guest book on the Mommy web site created in memory of Rachel Garfinkel by her oldest son, Benny. Rachel and I were best friends and it hurt so much when she died on Jan.20, 1997. Five weeks after that my mother passed away after a long illness which paralleled Rachel's cancer. Therefore, I found Joan and David's comments in Rachel's guest book to be very touching and comforting. This brought me to explore Melinda's Home Page. There's a lot of pain out there in the world, but your Melinda -as did our Rachel - found a way to deal with it all in such a brave and courageous way. Melinda images like a really incredible person who touched a lot of lives both before, during, and -now- after her cancer. It also seems as if Melinda had a wonderful family who gave her such love, support, and nourishment in every sense of the word. I wish you continued strength to continue leading your lives as she would have wanted you to.
Nachama Kanner <>
Rehovot, Israel - Sunday, April 06, 1997 at 14:00:54 (PDT)
What a lovely tribute to a human being, to your daughter, your sister. Thank you. I am the social worker at a new pediatric hospice in Tucson (the only one in Arizona) called Tu Nidito (your little nest) Children's Hospice. It is an honor to work with terminally ill children and their families.
Doris Sisk <>
Tucson, AZ usa - Saturday, April 05, 1997 at 12:15:45 (PST)
I found this site looking for a support group for families who have lost a child to cancer. On March 18,1997 the little girl, or shall I say Angel, that I babysat for passed away due to her long bout with reoccurring tumors. I want to say that your site has touched me, and that I can sympathize with your pain. I do find it encouraging that you keep this site in her memory. Thank you .I
Gina Marie DeArmas <>
Queens, New York USA - Friday, April 04, 1997 at 10:58:42 (PST)
Your daughter's memory will be with me in June 97 when I will participate in THE LION'S CLUB GREAT WALK on Vancouver Island's West coast. We are six friends that will walk for the FILL A DREAM FOUNDATION for children who are terminally ill. The event allows to find sponsors for our sixty-five kilometers walk in one day effort, and to choose the charitable cause. We have chosen to turn the money to them after I received a phonecall asking for pledges. To convince the group to choose this charity was done with very little effort. I will now tell of your daughter so that her spirit is with us on the day of the walk. Her courage can only inspire us.
Marc Laplante <>
Victoria, BC CA - Friday, April 04, 1997 at 08:20:41 (PST)
Your justifiable pride in Melinda bursts from every page of the most impressive site I've come across. I'll never forget her, nor you.
Steve <>
Tucson, AZ USA - Friday, April 04, 1997 at 06:15:02 (PST)
I was looking for a green gnome picture and I found your page... Tired of seen futilities on the web, now I've seen a good page that touched me. Great work.
Guzz <>
BRAZIL - Tuesday, April 01, 1997 at 18:35:51 (PST)
Melinda, Iknow howit feels to lose somebody. Ilost my grandfather to cancer and it's a very hard thing to deal with but i'm giad that he has moved on to a much better place and so have you. so best wishes to you and your family
nicole myhre
St. Paul, MN United States - Tuesday, April 01, 1997 at 06:50:25 (PST)
My deepest sympathies to the family. My mother died of cancer January 1997, so I can feel close to you all. My mom wasn't as cool about the internet as Melinda, so I had to make a web-site in her memmory. Good job Melinda and family!
Benny Garfinkel <>
Rehovot, Israel - Sunday, March 30, 1997 at 22:52:25 (PST)
What an absolutely breath taking homepage. I am overcome by tears, both of happiness and pain. May the Lord be with you and all that suffer from the cruel realities this world has to offer. God Bless You. Martina
Martina Malott <>
Fingal, ON Canada - Friday, March 28, 1997 at 15:33:16 (PST)
A beautiful and touching page...if you wouldn't mind i would like to add it as a link to a website that I am maintaining...its call Jeffrey's Folks Cancer Link...Jeffrey's Folks is a support group for families touched by childhood cancer...once again just a beautiful page
Douglas Kafka <>
Winnipeg, Mb CA - Friday, March 28, 1997 at 14:21:30 (PST)
I first visited this page in early 1996, pointed here by a friend of mine. I was touched then at the wonderful use of such a great tool, to help and educate others about cancer. It was just today that I came again, stumbling across the URL in an old address book of mine. I am even more deeply touched than the first time I came. My prayers are with you and your family, I am just sorry I could not express my deepest sympathies sooner. Melinda accomplished something few can ever hope to do - she truely touched people from all around the world. I admire both she and her family. Your strength is an inspiration for all.
Bridget O'Brien <>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, March 25, 1997 at 13:53:05 (PST)
I came across this page through Aurora Mud. I had seen Melinda's Rose there. When I looked at it and it had this web address I was suprised, thinking why would they have something like that, and why did Melinda get the privilege? When I got into the guestbook section, I was shocked to hear that Melinda had passed on. I returned to the Mud, picked up the Rose. This is what I saw next: As you take the rose, a moment of silence falls, in memory of Melinda Rose Hathaway, Age 15, reborn September 16, 1996. Melinda is indeed a very special person to have this site, these tributes, and all of these people thinking of her. My deepest feelings go to Melinda's family, as I too know the hurt that comes with the loss of a loved one due to cancer. Elice Wu, 19 years old, from Australia.
Elice Wu <>
Brisbane, Qld Australia - Tuesday, March 25, 1997 at 08:01:12 (PST)
It's obvious Melinda left behind a loving family and many friends, with whom I empathise. My grandfather also died from cancer. My best wishes to her family and friends, and my compliments to her father on a beautiful tribute, as well as this homepage...
Craig <>
Campbelltown, NSW Australia - Tuesday, March 25, 1997 at 01:47:49 (PST)
What can I say? This page has obviously touched the hearts of people from the corners of the globe. Melinda is an inspiration to us all. I can only hope that when things get tough for me I can have at least half the strength that Melinda had. My heart goes out to her family and I hope that they continue this page for generations to come. This page is not only an inspiration to cancer sufferers but also to the "well" people who can take to their heart the strength of Melinda
Tracey Page <>
Macquarie Fields, NSW Australia - Tuesday, March 25, 1997 at 01:06:10 (PST)
Very touching. Beautiful page. My prayers are with you and Melinda.
Meg Anthes <>
Cape Coral, FL USA - Monday, March 24, 1997 at 17:35:48 (PST)
My heart and prayers go out for you. Melinda spirit will always be alive in our hearts and she will always be remembered for her courage.
phoenix, az usa - Monday, March 24, 1997 at 11:11:34 (PST)
I'm so sorry about's so sad that cancer is real, and that it took her life before she had a chance to really live.
CA - Sunday, March 23, 1997 at 19:26:17 (PST)
This page was very inspiring to me and especially my mom.It would be neat if we could be friends.I'm sorry about your friends,and my best wishes go out to you!
Kyle Flanagan <>
Lufkin, T.X. CA - Saturday, March 22, 1997 at 13:41:05 (PST)
I found you story very touching and I think it is a lesson for all of us to learn to appreciate what we have BEFORE losing it. And live our lives accordingly.
Theodore J. Groutsis <>
Korinthos, Greece - Friday, March 21, 1997 at 06:31:42 (PST)
This is the first time I have been to your page...I was doing research for a term paper...Your Melinda was a very special girl...I am sorry for your loss. Just remember...she is in a better place now, she is with the lord...keep informing the world about this disease. I wish all of you my love. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nova Scotia CA - Thursday, March 20, 1997 at 09:06:01 (PST)
I found this homepage hopefull and inspiring. It surely left a mark in my heart. Melinda must have been a wonderful person! My thoughts and prayers are with her family as they continue to live without her.
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, March 18, 1997 at 10:39:31 (PST)
To the Hathaways; I am saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter Melinda. The first time that I heard of her was on BCTV when they profiled her and the web site that you took time to create. I was very moved and being the poet that I am, inspired. So, I wrote a poem in her honor. It is pale in comparison to the light that was Melinda, but I will share it with you anyways. Melinda by John Togyi Monkey-boy/Melinda is the name of your web page, Cancer children of the world use this as a guage, On how well they're doing in the fight, It gives them strength and courage and might. Across this vast province BCTV tells your tale. Yes, in creating a legacy you did not fail. Myself, like so many around, Tears to our eyes have we found. At the age of fourteen, you have fought More battles than any of us thought. The war inside you turns against you, And there is little more that you can do, Except pray. So, Melinda, you will be in many a mind. Because you showed the world that you are kind, In a world that needs much more of this kindness. Young lady, of God's children, you are truly blessed. 02/96 To you the Hathaways, you have done an incredible things here and keep the faith
John Togyi <>
Ft. St. James, bc CA - Monday, March 17, 1997 at 11:01:50 (PST)
A wonderful tribute to a very special young lady.I admire your strength to continue it in her memory. My thought and prayers are with you family
Lisa <>
Jacksonville, IL us - Saturday, March 15, 1997 at 17:54:01 (PST)
We are sorry it had to happen to you, but the pain is gone and you are better where you are now.You touched uor hearts and we will never foget you.Love Always Erin and Lori
Erin and Lori
Huntsville, MO USA - Friday, March 14, 1997 at 11:37:28 (PST)
I'm 17 yrs. old and January 6, 1996 I lost a very close and important friend of mine to Leukemia and due to this I have become a participant in the Jog-a-Long which is a 5 mile jog for Leukemia and I am planning to become a nurse in Oncology in hope that I can be of some help to people with cancer. My heart goes out to Melinda's friends and family, her story and bravery really touched my heart.
Houston, Tx USA - Friday, March 14, 1997 at 09:12:17 (PST)
I was a Practical Support Volunteer at Canuck Place, where Melinda spent her last moments. I remember hearing about her homepage last fall, but didn't have a computer to check it out. WOW!!!! I am so glad that I took the time when I had the chance! What an amazing young adult! To Mr.& Mrs. Hathaway: We crossed paths in the kitchen and at meal times, I just want you to know that we think of Melinda and every child that passes in our home (Canuck Place). I have been lucky enough to have been hired at CP on a full time basis just this past month. I jumped at the chance to be apart of something so wonderful that can hopefully help and support so many families in simmilar suituations. Melinda will be remembered by everyone she met. Kara Lacy, North Vancouver; Canada.
North Vancouver, BC CA - Thursday, March 13, 1997 at 20:57:11 (PST)
Hi! HOw are you I'm fine I really like you home page it will helpe me! I don't have that many friends. Well got to go I will talk to you later!!! Have a nice day!!!!!!
Robert <>
Effingham, IL CA - Thursday, March 13, 1997 at 18:27:52 (PST)
I'm very sorry you had to die that way, you were probbly a very nice girl. Your article was very interesting to me because I am also a 14 year old girl.MARCH 12 1997
st.paul, mn usa - Wednesday, March 12, 1997 at 12:00:49 (PST)
I know how it feels to lose someone to cancer. Ilost my grandfather to cancer . The cacer that I lost him to was lung cancer. SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR DAUGHTER !!...
ST.PAUL , MN UNITED STATES - Wednesday, March 12, 1997 at 11:59:56 (PST)
I stumbled on this home page with reference to my lhasa apsos. Since it is my favorite home page. Bless you all for the love and support you gave Melinda. She has touch me in spirit. I detecate my first home page to her.
Dan <>
Des Moines, Ia CA - Tuesday, March 11, 1997 at 17:44:12 (PST)
I'm a Pediatrician now teaching medical students in the local university Just to say hi and special greetings to all the special kids we all are blessed to know.
Tan Poh Tin <>
Kuching, Malaysia - Monday, March 10, 1997 at 17:15:05 (PST)
i really enjoyed this site it touched me and my friends very deeply i hope all goes well in the future it made me realize how i would feel if i lost a loved one good-bye
jennifer dawn coulter
estevan, sk canada - Monday, March 10, 1997 at 11:33:56 (PST)
This was a very interesting site. I enjoyed it very much. Thank-you Melinda, and your family for this wonderful site. I hope all goes well in the future!! I hope this encourages other cancer children not to give up!!!! Thank-you!
GeoLyn Mantei
Estevan, Sk Canada - Monday, March 10, 1997 at 11:30:49 (PST)
New to the 'net and just found you. Our son, Peter, was diagnosed at two with Burkitts (stage IV) and at four with Mediastinal T-Cell Lymphoma. He's quite a miracle now at fifteen. Along the way we've gotten to know so many special families, so many great young patients and siblings. There are just a crowd of faces that flood my mind when I think back. We're across the continentbut the common bond of experience which we share links us forever. I'll add you all to our list for prayer. Greetings and wishes for new joys in your lives from our family and the Philadelphia Candlelighters.
P. Georgiou <>
Philadelphia, Pa usa - Sunday, March 09, 1997 at 19:00:23 (PST)
After reading about Melinda, it really made me think about how lucky I am. I am 15 years old and realize that I shouldn't take life for granted so much. Melinda is an ispiration to everyone and shows eternal youth.
Minta Dolph
CA - Sunday, March 09, 1997 at 12:14:59 (PST)
I am so filled with emotion at this moment. I stumbled on your homepage by accident. What a beautiful child of God. Your family is so lucky to have been blessed with such a gift as your Melinda. Even tho she has passed on,while I was reading about her I felt as if she was right here.I have a 15 yr.old daughter. I can't even fathom your lose. But even tho Melinda isn't here with us on earth she definately is here in spirit. And I feel so blessed that the lord guided me to her homepage. Bless you for sharing.
Victoria Dolph <>
Shelbyville, In USA - Saturday, March 08, 1997 at 22:01:53 (PST)
March 07,1997 I only got to meet Melinda once and that was at Ogpogo ski camp about two years ago and I really enjoyed meeting her there and was quiet shocked when I got the bean with the newspaper clipping on the back about her death. I'm a survivor of cancer and had it when I was just four years old and was lucky enough not to relapse. But I really feel a lot of sorrrow for the family and I hope your life has turn another way for you. Your friend Crystal Clark
Crystal Clark <>
Sandspit, BC Canada - Friday, March 07, 1997 at 18:36:52 (PST)
I just happended to come in on your homepage. And it`s good work. I hope you will and can get better and free from the cancer. God be with you. Best regards Robert.
Robert Fors <>
Sävsjö, Sweden - Friday, March 07, 1997 at 08:00:22 (PST)
I'm not very good at this stuff, and we only met you once, at the Western Grands in Canada, but I just wanted to say that I still remember that feeling that I got, as you circled the track during the opening cermonies. I still get that feeling today, when I watch the Video Tape from that event. You were (and I suspect, still are somewhere) a very brave and strong young girl. Peace be with you. Lance
Lance Crook <lancec@hwcae.Honeywell.COM>
Glendale, Az USA - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 22:25:26 (PST)
Your story has touched my heart, I found your page cruising the net.
Marie Barnett <>
Chatham, , Ont. CA - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 19:39:02 (PST)
To the family and friends of Melinda, I have been deeply moved while reading this and I send all my love to you all. God Bless, Rowena Allen, 13yrs
Rowena Allen
UK - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 09:01:57 (PST)
CORTLAND, NY US - Friday, February 28, 1997 at 08:53:06 (PST)
My nephew aged 18 died on the 2nd. febuary 1997.I placed a memorial on the internet witch i visit from time to time and I found Melinda's page by acident . It is the nicest tribute I have ever read and I will book-mark this and when I'm feeling sorry for myself I will read about her. .Melinda is an insperation for the world to follow.I;m sure she is watching over your family from Heaven.
Bernie Weightman <>
Melbourne, vic. Australia - Friday, February 28, 1997 at 08:47:39 (PST)
Hi my name is Christine I'm 14 and my dad had cancer and he over came it and you could too.Best wishes!
Christine <>
CANADA - Thursday, February 27, 1997 at 15:32:33 (PST)
I am a singer & songwriter and was very impressed with the Music Directory. I was also impressed with Melinda's home page and at the right moment will show it to my eight year old son. Her message has reached my heart and if ever I find a song in that message I will send it to you. God Bless!
Paul Hock <I Don't have one as yet>
Fergus, Ontario CA - Wednesday, February 26, 1997 at 16:33:50 (PST)
Melinda you are no doubt smiling from Heaven. Your WWW page is so TERRIFIC. What an inspiration to so many. I can hardly wait for the day to give you a hug....a big Texas one. Hugs to you and to your family. James Luhn Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance Houston, Texas
James Luhn <>
CA - Wednesday, February 26, 1997 at 15:53:30 (PST)
Hi. I was touched by Melinda's page. On Jan. 15/97 our son Jesse who was 13yrs old passed away. In reading your page, it reminded me of Jesse, he too touched many lives in his short 13 yrs. The poem in Melinda's Tribute fm her dad is beautiful.
wanda <>
pennfield, nb CA - Tuesday, February 25, 1997 at 15:27:31 (PST)
I am a 25 year-old college student and a cancer survivor. I came across this webpage at school while working on a paper. I would like to extend my deepest condolances and prayers to the brave family of this young woman.
Jesse Capps <PO Box 384>
Novelty, OH USA - Tuesday, February 25, 1997 at 15:00:01 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I am a nursing student at the University of Iowa. I just wanted to let you know that I am editing a web address list of health related sights and ran across yours. I think what you are doing by helping other kids with cancer is great. Good luck to you! Dan
Dan Delzell <>
Iowa City, ia usa - Tuesday, February 25, 1997 at 07:04:06 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I wish you the best of my love. Even though I didn't know you, I feel for you. I hope that you are much happier in Heaven. You are a very strong person, and deserve happines. Best wishes 4>. Love Ryan
Ryan Kelly <RCK123@AOL.COM>
US - Sunday, February 23, 1997 at 15:04:14 (PST)
Dear Melinda, your webpage is very touching and you are a very very strong person. We would have been honored to know you and we are sure that you are happy and safe in heaven. We send love to your parents.
Bell Family
NJ USA - Sunday, February 23, 1997 at 12:47:19 (PST)
Was directed here by some one that was moved.....I'm touched I can relate quite easely...I'm a Former Professional killer ( US Marine ) Now a professional HEALER... Registered Nurse I work Emergency Room Intensive care Unit's Psychiatric Crissis Units and Hospice work........The love on this pages show so very nicely.....May the Peace of the almighty be an everlasting comfort and help...!! It is all only a change of address... God Bless. CplPro a/k/a Nurse Jose
Jose N Proenza Sanfiel <>
St Cloud , FL #-1-US of A - Saturday, February 22, 1997 at 23:16:11 (PST)

A truly lovely, diversified, powerful place - a source of strength and love for people around the world. Everyone who visits is touched and perhaps reminded to value every hour and to express their love to all they know.
Leona & Noah Hilliard <>
Charleston, SC US - Saturday, February 22, 1997 at 10:08:02 (PST)
Dear David and Joanne, Your daughter was a precious gift for us all. We came upon the web site through our search for Lhasa Apso's. We love Melinda's web page. I was daignosed with Breast Cancer 4/15/96 and am doing fine after my treatments and surgery. I find her courage and approach to life an inspiration . We were saddened to hear that she lost her battle, but were pleased to know she did outlast the statistics by a mile. I do hope you are all well. Thank you for continuing on the site. I know your precious little angel is looking down upon us all and guiding us through the challenges we all face. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Carol,and my two wonderful daughters, Melanie and Stephanie
Carol Smith <>
Tracy, CA USA - Friday, February 21, 1997 at 21:58:25 (PST)
Dear Joanne and David, I found Melinda's Home page while searching for information on cancer and the grieving process. It is a beautiful tribute to her. Our son Gregory died October 12, 1996 after a three month battle with cancer. It was too short a time to understand or learn to live with cancer. We understand the pain you must be feeling as we are feeling it ourselves. Gregory would have been 15 in November. He was a gentle soul and he helped us with the battle more than we could ever understand. It is a totally helpless feeling to not be able to help your child. Melinda sounded like a beautiful person, very much like our son. You must be very proud of her, and must miss her near you. We find constant reminders of Gregory everyday. What feelings! Some crush you chest until you believe you can no longer breathe and then there are the ones that make you laugh with the pure joy of living and know that your child would have laughed along with you. We share your pain. Melody and Dale
Melody Nieman <>
Dinsmore, SK CA - Friday, February 21, 1997 at 19:23:41 (PST)
Deani, Susan & I miss you, Melinda. Especially Deanie, you guys got close, didn't you! You know, when the meduloblastoma relapsed, I was worried that you would pass on first. And if you did, I sure was at odds as to what to tell our Lyndsay. Surprise, surprise, Lyndsay was waiting for you! I don't doubt for a minute that you and Lyndsay are having a wonderful time. I know that you and a lot of friends from Children's and the WWW are united now. Once again, dear, sweet Melinda, my bald head is exposed as my hat is off to you. You were, have been and are, an inspiration. As is you terrific family. We Love you.
Bruce Currie <>
Burnaby, BC CA - Friday, February 21, 1997 at 14:33:51 (PST)
This was the most powerfull Webpage I have read and it really touched my heart.My prayers are with the family and they should be and probably are very proud of there daughter Melinda.
Alicia Messina <>
Cerritos, Ca. USA - Friday, February 21, 1997 at 13:30:49 (PST)
I am so happy to see your page doing well. It is such a great legacy that you have left behind. I am very proud of you, and now that you are one of Gods angels I know that you are in great peace. Love your friend, Michael Cuccione.
Michael Cuccione
coquitlam, bc Canada - Thursday, February 20, 1997 at 20:51:02 (PST)
Dear David and Joanne Hathaway, There is no way anyone can feel the pain like you two have. I know others have had the same fate, but it is different then it hits home. I have lost two special people in my life and I know how it feels to have your heart torn out and stomped on. I have always been a religious person, my father taught me well. He is one of the ones I lost. I live from day to day one these verses from the Bible: John 14 - 1 through 3 “Let your hearts not be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Fathers House are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” These words of truth bring me joy, I hope they will you too. Randy Elliott Memphis, TN
Randy Elliott <>
Memphis, tn usa - Thursday, February 20, 1997 at 10:44:58 (PST)
johan andersen
gothenburg, sweden - Thursday, February 20, 1997 at 08:41:12 (PST)
On a day of feeling rushed and stressed such as this, I happen upon a piece of paper I had scribbled a note to myself on. That note was, of course, to search for Melinda's homepage. My daughter is named Melinda also, making me doubly intrigued by this page. Finally , a year later, I retrieve this piece of paper and discover a very gentle place, a respite from an otherwise annoying day. I read with regret of Melinda's passing and I read with astonishment of the people she touched. Such a legacy!
- Tuesday, February 18, 1997 at 16:54:03 (PST)
Dear friends, I hope it is ok that I call you that. I was guided to this beautiful page through my own personal struggles. I want you to know how very inspiring and heartwarming this page is to me. I plan to visit often. I love her. I wrote a poem that you might enjoy, I hope. It is about the stars, Melinda is definately a star to me!...I have heard it said that late at night the star you see is a burnt out light. They say that the speed for which it's light has traveled does not reach the eye until years have unraveled. I find this to be true with me and you, for when we love someone we seldom realize how brightly their light did shine until after they have died. Don't miss the light while it is here, enjoy the sight...enjoy the moment. See how each little light does shine. I don't feel that I missed Melindas light, I feel that it is shining even brighter...I can feel the warmth, thank you so much Melinda for your love. ~ Terra
Terra Yarbrough
Springfield, OR USA - Tuesday, February 18, 1997 at 11:33:57 (PST)
I am so sorry for the loss of your Melinda. I am so deeply moved by Melinda's page but equally by the drawing to it of beautiful,caring people out there.
Kathryn <>
Denver, CO USA - Monday, February 17, 1997 at 14:29:12 (PST)
Dear David and Joanne, I'm not sure if you got the letter I emailed you the other day, these things are a bit tricky, aren't they? Congratulations on your most recent update - I'm trying not to cry, so many of the songs you've featured as Melinda's favourites were also Jule's - especially "Because You Loved Me" - it was played at Jule's memorial service. Just wanted to say congratulations, we'll be in touch soon. We're planning an update to Jule's page as soon as Emma is up to it - we've got masses of files that she left behind for it!
Maria and David Rosetti
Stanthorpe, Q Australia - Sunday, February 16, 1997 at 17:42:26 (PST)
This was a beautiful page My 12 year old daughter was recentyly diognosed with stage 1VB Hodgkins she has a great attitude towards this disease. She found Melinda's page a great insparation to her. our thoughts are with your
Layne Hulbert <>
Hinton, ab CA - Saturday, February 15, 1997 at 22:27:38 (PST)
I was talking to a friend today...i realized i had not thought about for such a long time...too caught up in my own problems. I told my friend about her tonight. Again in tears. I miss her. I'm glad she's not in pain anymore but i really miss her. To think of all the time i spent with Mike...the thoughts never really kicked in until she was gone. I wish i had spent more time with her while i could. A very special girl i'm proud to call my friend.
Frank Marcus <>
Surrey, bc canada - Friday, February 14, 1997 at 01:25:29 (PST)
As a 22 year old battling with a rare form of leuekmia, i applaud you on your page. Thanks for taking the time and effort to educate people about leukemia and showing people that people with cancer are normal people too. I am at a loss to describe my sadness regarding your loss - may god's peace rest with you.
angie <>
wichita, KS USA - Thursday, February 13, 1997 at 14:07:56 (PST)
As the father of a 9-year-old son who is recovering from a medulloblastoma, a type of malignant brain tumor, I commend you on this beautiful Web site. It is a tribute to Melinda and her family, a resource for other Cancer Kids, and a testimony to the breathtaking courage of children fighting cancer. God bless and keep you, and comfort you in Melinda's absence.
Chris Riley <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, February 13, 1997 at 13:12:45 (PST)
Being involved with racing at N.H. International Speedway i followed thru with the racing portion of this site, when i got into to it i found it so sad, i have a daughter who is going to be 21 this month and thank god she is healthy, i share your sadness, god bless!
Paul P. Lambert <>
Hooksett, NH USA - Wednesday, February 12, 1997 at 11:38:23 (PST)
This page is a great memorial to a lovely girl and a fine family. Love to you all from Keith, Heather, Rachel & Tom.
Cousin Keith Hathaway
CA - Wednesday, February 12, 1997 at 05:21:57 (PST)
This homepage looks wonderful. Thanks for puting my letter on. Keep up the excelent work!
Elizabeth McCallum
wpg, Canada - Tuesday, February 11, 1997 at 08:11:30 (PST)
Hello. I just read Melinda's battle and it brought tears to my eyes. I have a two year old angel and cannot begin to imagine what it would be like loosing her and have no control over the situation. May Almighty bring you all strength and comfort.
Gurpreet Kaur <>
Durham, NC USA - Monday, February 10, 1997 at 12:12:56 (PST)
Stumbled upon your WEB page while looking up information on Lahasa Apso dogs. We were very saddened to hear of Melinda's passing. We are copying a poem that has given our family comfort after the loss of love ones. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am te diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's rush. I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight. I am te soft star tat shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die. May peace be with you.
Fulton Family <>
Peachland, BC CANADA - Sunday, February 09, 1997 at 08:01:03 (PST)
Dear Melinda's Family, Just wrote to say that I am truly sorry that your beloved daughter passed away. But you must always remember that she has entered God's realm of eternal happiness and will forever be happy in his light.
Cam Ritzer
MacGregor, Mb Canada - Saturday, February 08, 1997 at 17:20:37 (PST)
To whom it may concern: I ran across this page by accident, but I wanted to tell you that I am truly sorry about the lost of your beautiful angel. Currently, my mother is fighting the battle against cancer, and reading this has giving me the courage to help my mother with her battle. Thank you and God Bless...Courtney Jones
Courtney Jones <>
Altus, ok USA - Tuesday, February 04, 1997 at 16:26:04 (PST)
I had not visited Melinda's Home Page for some time, and I was very saddened to hear of her passing. What a wonderfully courageous young woman she was, and how fortunate that she had an equally wonderful and supportive family. The courage she displayed should be an example for all young people to follow. Melinda is in a far better place, and I wish her family peace and joy. You should be very proud of Melinda of what she was able to accomplish in her short 15 years thanks to your guidance and unending, unconditional love. God Bless!
Rosemarie Clapso <>
Manhasset, NY USA - Tuesday, February 04, 1997 at 07:21:52 (PST)
hey melinda... very, very fine your greetings for all people from berlin/germany bye, neda
Neda <>
Berlin, Germany Berlin - Saturday, February 01, 1997 at 13:27:58 (PST)
hey melinda! I feel sad when i read your website,but you got so much to give,so go for it and be better for me and your folks. I hope they can make you better! from a man in 32 years of age, whit two kids and a god wife! good luck! per alm
jarbo, sweden - Saturday, February 01, 1997 at 13:00:30 (PST)
I am so sorry. My mother thaught me, that saying goodbye must be part of my life. The only question is how do you say good-bye to someone who you love?
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Saturday, February 01, 1997 at 00:42:29 (PST)
Dear Melinda, We just wanted to let you know that we're sorry we didn't see you around school at Handsworth. We helped train you at the peer counselling program ar Highlands and we know how strong you are. You are a very brave person and your life has given us all inspiration to never let go. Although you may not remember us, we'll always remember you and your beautiful strength.
Kim Samuels and Sarah Dougan
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada - Thursday, January 30, 1997 at 21:24:34 (PST)
Melinda I hope you are happy now and have everything you ever wished for. Im sorry to hear that you had to fight cancer to. Im so sick of hearing about people who had to fight this thing. I wish you could of lived a longer life but the little time you had on this earth you had mad a great big inpact to many people. I have lost two of my grandparents to cancer and my other grandfather has cancer. Im not ready to lose another famliy member to this thing. I have also lost my dog to cancer. I hate cancer i wish i could take it away. but i know i cant. One year ago i got really sick and my doctor though i might of had cancer. I was scared to death. I went to school knowing that at the end of the day i could go home and my life be changed for ever. I cried almost the whole day. I went home that day and the doctor still had not called. I guess that was good news. well the docotor did call and i was cancer free. I was happy to hear that but at the same time sad for all the other people who go the News that they had cancer. Im now 19 years old and going to college. I wish i could of met melinda but sad to hear she lost her fight. I will pray for her and her famliy and may peace be with every famliy that has cancer that some how touched there lifes. My one wish is that some day they find a way to kill this cancer off and every one can live happy!!! I hope you all keep up the good work and my heart and wishes are with all the victims of cancer. I think when you have cancer keeping a good outlook and enjoying life helps. Hope to hear from some people and may peace be with you. LOVE STACIE
Stacie Schmidt <LOSTNPLANO@AOL.Com>
Plano, TX USA - Thursday, January 30, 1997 at 08:28:08 (PST)
To the parents of Melinda: My name is Tashe and I too was searching for the wonderful Lhasa Apso and found your daughter's page it is truely wonderful. She has given hope to so many people. I too have lost a loved one to cancer and I am very prowd to say that she is were Melinda is, with our lord and Savior, Jesus. There they can live forever in peace with no more pain. God bless EVERYONE and my prayers are with those who are still fighting "The Fight". Tashe. age 18
tashe robinson <>
nc us - Wednesday, January 29, 1997 at 18:31:09 (PST)
Hope, is what Melinda had and she never lost it like many of us! I am so sorry.
Scott Harris
CA - Tuesday, January 28, 1997 at 11:24:04 (PST)
Melinda, Sorry about your cancer i don't know many people who would do this for others... I justwanted to tell you it's a good thing that you are doing. Good Luck in the future
Katie McClellam
Bridgeville, PA Alleghany - Monday, January 27, 1997 at 13:33:39 (PST)
I lost my sister due to cancer. She had a great talent in skating, and the olymimages was a short way off. I cry thinking about my sister. I know what it's like to loose someone...
Valerie Cowing
- Sunday, January 26, 1997 at 11:30:37 (PST)
I am sixteen and I found your web page when I was looking up Lhasa Apso's. I was so very sorry when I read that Melinda had gone to heaven. I thought the web page was beautiful.
Laura <>
oh U.S.A. - Friday, January 24, 1997 at 18:30:00 (PST)
Melinda was such a inspire to me. She is with the Lord now and isen't suffering anymore. My deepest thoughts are with your family, Melinda. I'm looking forward to meeting you up in Heaven which won't be too long. I too have cancer and I'm afraid my battle with it is over. Thanks for everything Melinda! May God be with your family and other cancer patients.
Emily <>
U.S.A - Thursday, January 23, 1997 at 15:18:16 (PST)
I was just surfing around and I found your page. Great page by the way! I'm a wee bit confused, are you still alive or are you forever with the Lord? On the search engine it said a memorial thingy, but on the page it looks like you're alive and well. If you or one of your family member's will please e-mail me your status, please, I'd really like to know. I lost my dad to cancer, he had the really quick kind where there's not really much they can do. They kept him alive for about 4 months on the darned kemo, I hated that stuff even though I wasn't the one taking the treatments, it was just hard for me to sit there and watch him get sick and know that there was nothing I could do for him except hold his head up. It's in a better place now, where the cancer can't hurt him. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND TELL ME MELINDA'S STATUS?? Every time I hear about someone dying of cancer it always gets to me. Like that show that came on the other day, about the little girl that died with cancer, I think she was only 14. I'm a 13yr. old male in case anyone's wondering. Well, before I write a book here, I need to go. Bye! My best wishes to you in your recovery and God Bless!!!
Patrick Scott <>
Natchitoches, LA USA - Wednesday, January 22, 1997 at 21:20:18 (PST)
Melinda, You are truly an Angel from God who has gone home to be with her creator. Your spirit and strength must have touched many lives in the time you were with us here on Earth. You were a blessing to your family and friends. Peace be with you. Melinda's family, My heart goes out to you all. I lost my mother to "c" three years ago (November 11, 1993; 10:30am) an event that will change my life forever. Although no one can know how you are feeling, if you would like to "talk" please write... May God be with you all in the difficult times ahead of you. Your love for you daughter and sister will always live in you hearts. Thank you for sharing this beautiful memorial. Rachel Halverson
Rachel Halverson <>
Owatonna, MM mn USA - Wednesday, January 22, 1997 at 13:54:53 (PST)
My thoughts are with your family, Melinda. I lost a sister 20 years ago when she was 24. Now,regardless of how old I become, she'll always be 24, asking me advice about her boyfriend! I know you'll always be a daughter, sister, friend.
Ore USA - Tuesday, January 21, 1997 at 18:49:10 (PST)
We found your page while looking for information for my 5th grade class report on cancer. This will help me understand better so I can write a better report. Thanks.
Reuben Bresler (my dad's e-mail address) <>
Columbus, OH US - Tuesday, January 21, 1997 at 17:20:42 (PST)
I would just like to give my deepest sympathies to your family. One of my best friends just recently went to be with the Lord due to cancer. I have seen first hand how my friend has touched the lives of those around her, and as I read the memories and comments about your loved one, I can truly see the impact she has made on the lives of people around the world. I would just like to include an excerpt from a song that I wrote for my friend, Jessica, that has just been recently recorded in her memory: ". . .Twenty years old, a heart of gold, a soul that lives for Jesus; Lifting her head in praise instead of sewing the seeds of bitterness. . . .She may never know her affect on my soul, or the power of that simple prayer; But, Lord, I pray, come what may, the bent of my heart be there." Through all that she went through, Jessica never complained, she rejoiced. I can see that same spirit in your loved one. She is a Budding Rose who has now blossomed into life everlasting. Thank you so much for this website; it has truly blessed me.
Shawn Dugan <>
Grand Rapids, MN USA - Tuesday, January 21, 1997 at 17:00:46 (PST)
Thanks for allowing all of us to see and learn about Melinda. the page is very nice. My deepest sympathies to her familty. How very sad that such a bright and intelligent child has departed. Take care to all.
dj <>
USA - Monday, January 20, 1997 at 12:37:03 (PST)
This is the first time a web-page touched my heart. I wish I knew about this page before now,the day I accidently stumbled in here. My deepest love to the Family of Melinda May God be with you! Yours truly Fredrik
Fredrik Lehto <>
Mariestad, -- Sweden - Sunday, January 19, 1997 at 10:46:03 (PST)
Excellent web page, keep up the good work.
Langley, B.C. Canada - Saturday, January 18, 1997 at 21:04:48 (PST)
I have read these pages with care and I only can tell you that I know that Our Lord Jesus Christ is walking on the sky with Melinda. I'm Spanish, far away from US, but only these words to tell you that you have my whole affect. Contact with me if you need anything from Spain. Lots of love from this Computer Engineering Student, Fernando Romaní Franco. "These former things have passed away, another life begins today" (Taken from the Sacred Bible)
Fernando Romaní Franco <>
Orense, Spain, Spain Spain - Friday, January 17, 1997 at 15:58:34 (PST)
melinda i found your page in a pamphlet from candlelight. the moment i read your page i new you were not finished with your work on earth. i pray for you that you are up there watching over our son and all oher children with cancer still suffering on earth. i is a great loss to me not to have had the chance to me you. angels like you are rare and special. may god continue to watch and pamper you. you earned it. denis,lisa and justin.
denis kingsley <>
cornwall, on CA - Thursday, January 16, 1997 at 18:03:54 (PST)
The Twin Roses The red rose is a falcon, The white rose is a dove, The red rose stands for passion, The white rose stands for love. The red rose I do give thee, To show my passion for you, It cannot be controled or tamed, There is nothing it won't do. The red rose I give thee also, To stand for a Love that's strong, To cherish you both night and day, and never do you wrong. But both these roses together, stand for just one thing, A very "special" feeling, shared by you and me!! In Loving Memory of Melinda Rose Hathaway
Cory <>
Richmond, Va CA - Thursday, January 16, 1997 at 06:27:48 (PST)
It is a strange sensation to peer into a computer terminal and have something touch one's soul. Tonight is the first time it has happened to me. The world is at a loss without you here, Melinda, but I know that you are safe now. God Bless you and your family.
Patrick Slaven <>
Salem, VA USA - Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at 18:39:38 (PST)
You continue to inspire others, Melinda. I came upon your beautiful page by accident as I was hunting for other parents of children with cancer.(My 4-year-old boy had a Wilms' tumor.) Thank you for your sweet words...
Adrienne <>
IA - Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at 13:07:03 (PST)
Thank you for sharing this difficult, moving experience. May God be close to all of you until you are reunited in His kingdom.
Patricia Tagle Maurin
CA - Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at 09:17:16 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I stumbled accross your page totally by accident and I just wanted to say what a beautiful and wonderfull person you are and even though we never met in life we will always be there in spirit. I have been fighting Neuroblastoma for five years and am now currently in relapse going back to the Hospital Febuary 18 for my third and hopefully final surgery. I told myself when I got out of the HospitaL last time that I would never go back. Then I read your page. You are truly a great insperation to us all. Thank you for your spirt, your inner strength and most of all for just being you. For your family I hope all is well and may God be with you now and in your future.
Cory <>
Richmond, Va CA - Tuesday, January 14, 1997 at 13:02:28 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I stumbled accross your page totally by accident and I just wanted to say what a beautiful and wonderfull person you are and even though we never met in life we will always be there in spirit. I have been fighting Neuroblastoma for five years and am now currently in relapse going back to the Hospital Febuary 18 for my third and hopefully final surgery. I told myself when I got out of the HospitaL last time that I would never go back. Then I read your page. You are truly a great insperation to us all. Thank you for your spirt, your inner strength and most of all for just being you. For your family I hope all is well and may God be with you now and in your future.
Cory <>
Richmond, Va CA - Tuesday, January 14, 1997 at 12:54:21 (PST)
Your story of this precious young girl has touched my heart. It hurts so to realize others are affected by cancer. I was diagnosed with a golf ball sized tumor behind my left eye on May 2, 1996. I have never been the same again. I had major brain surgery on July 30 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, followed by 3 days of radiation. The tumor was a grade 2 malignant Chondrosarcoma - very rare in a 22 year old girl. I am doing o.k., and the tumor is shrinking. My point is, my doctors have said it has been prayer that has gotten me through so far. I will pray for you and your family. God Bless you and all those affected by cancer!
Anita D. Wilson <>
Madison, WWI U.S.A. - Monday, January 13, 1997 at 14:02:10 (PST)
I came across your web page while looking for information on roses. God bless you and your family. I'll always think of you when I look at my roses. I lost two grandmothers to cancer,one I never had the chance to know and one who became my Grandmother because of that loss. I am the Mother of two children and have MS. I am doing very well at this time and give all the thanks and glory to my Lord Jesus Christ. My favorite bible passage gets me through my rough times and I hope that it will help your family through this time of sorrow. It is Psalm chapter 121,I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence commeth my help.....
Angie McLain <>
Toney, al usa - Sunday, January 12, 1997 at 12:38:08 (PST)
This is the most touching web page I have seen in a long time. I'm a OAC student at Parkside who has been surfing the net for quite some time. I will recommed this beautiful web site to my friends and colliegies! Thank you so much for making this site my grandfather died of cancer and his mother. It is just so difficult I'm just so glad that there is caring and passionite people in this world. If there is anything I can ever do email me please Yours truely Tara O'Connor
Tara O'Connor <>
St.Thomas, ON CA - Sunday, January 12, 1997 at 08:54:21 (PST)
Our heart goes out to you with your loss. Us too, just lost a dear person to cancer. We are with you and pray for all who fell the loss of your precious Melinda.
John & Donna White <>
Santa Clarita, Ca U.S.A. - Saturday, January 11, 1997 at 15:12:11 (PST)
Thank you for this beautiful homepage Melinda. I have just lost my sister to cancer on September 25, 1996 and reading your page is a great comfort to me. Thank you Melinda's family for keeping this page "alive" for Melinda and to anyone who is lucky enough to find their way here.
Catherine <>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, January 10, 1997 at 01:47:18 (PST)
My father was struggling with cancer for many years. I did not know that cancer could kill you. Of course, I knew it intellectually, but to really KNOW it is another story. I did not know what death was. but on November 23rd, 1996, I learned. The closest I came to knowing death was on this page. I read and read, not knowing that Melinda had died. Then I realized upon seeing this guest book. Such a wonderful page to teach so much. Dad, Melinda, ... rest in peace.
Saba Ahmad <>
Jersey City, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 08, 1997 at 15:44:45 (PST)
This is very loving. I hope Melinda's family is encouraged by all of the people that she has "continued" to touch.
Michele <>
Santa Clara, CA USA - Tuesday, January 07, 1997 at 17:23:34 (PST)
Beautiful page!
Laura Meades <>
Lockport, MB CANADA - Tuesday, January 07, 1997 at 12:32:04 (PST)
My father is dying, they say tonight. Cancer has robbed him and his family of life. I hate it. On my net search for support help for family of cancer vicitim I found this page. (the only one) Thank God that it is here, there should be more.
Julieg <>
Hayden Lake, ID CA - Monday, January 06, 1997 at 19:43:30 (PST)
My grandfather died of cancer and ever since I have done lots of research on it. That is why I can understand the pain you must be going through. I wish the best to you and your family. I hope that you can remember the good times you had as i did when i went to my grandfathers funeral. Love, Marie
Marie Holley <ecl1usr15>
Hammond, La U.S.A - Monday, January 06, 1997 at 11:50:28 (PST)
Malinda is very inspireing, my sister Brittany has leukemia. Amd is going through a rough time right now. She's only six. So I can relate to your delima. Sincerly, Wendy Monistere
Wendy Monistere <ecl1usr20>
Hammond, La U.S.A - Monday, January 06, 1997 at 11:36:17 (PST)
David and Joanne..... What a beautiful legacy your Melinda Rose has left! Her beauty and caring is shining right through this web page. ***Kath
Kath <>
PA USA - Sunday, January 05, 1997 at 13:03:44 (PST)
Dear Family of Melinda, I came across your page by accident as I searched for information to help my father, who has pancreatic cancer. My prayer is that God will grant you peace and gently lead you to blessings and joy.
Melinda Jane <>
TX USA - Saturday, January 04, 1997 at 22:11:12 (PST)
The comments others have written have helped warm my heart. For I have a nephew of only 10 who will undergo a bone marrow transplant at Stanford Medical Hospital this week. He is in the eighth year of his fight. During a time where optimism is hard to find, the comments about Melinda and her legacy give me a sense of peace. Thank you for this.
Karen Lalonde <>
CA USA - Friday, January 03, 1997 at 22:34:34 (PST)
Although I never met Melinda, I was on 3B while she was there, waiting to go to Canuck Place.I met her parents(wonderful,strong people), and from them learned about true strength and courage.My daughter,Shannon, is also a Cancer Kid.I met Melinda's parents at a time when I needed help and support, and even when things looked darkest for them, they were able to shed a little light on my world.David and Joanne, I thank you and send my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I was reading Melinda's friends page and thought you might like to know that I saw Gillian two weeks ago, and she is doing great.Thank you Melinda, for the home page. It is an inspiration to so many.You are missed by all.
Randy Mulligan <>
Port Coquitlam, B.C. Canada - Thursday, January 02, 1997 at 21:49:12 (PST)
Dear Melinda All though too late, I, here from Denmark, send you my warmest thoughts. No one so young should be taken away from a not yet full filled life, that is indeed not fair. I can't help wandering sometimes why God acts like he does, taking persons so young home. He most have a meening with that, that we cannot understand. Play with the angels - have a good time. Time you should have had down here on Earth. From Denmark, though it is very cold now - we send you and your family so many warm thoughts that winter almost comes and end. Sleep well and may you rest in peace forever Mona
Mona Reinholdt Petersen <>
6040 Egtved, Denmark - Thursday, January 02, 1997 at 18:10:03 (PST)

Your page has touched me greatly... One of my friends just died recently and I was looking for ideas for a memorial page... ANd then I stumbled across this one. YOu seemed to have touched somany hearts, including mine... Fondly yours forever.... Kari
Kari <>
Florissant, MO US - Wednesday, January 01, 1997 at 01:25:51 (PST)

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