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Our loss is heaven's gain. I dedicate what I just wrote to all the loved ones we have lost like Melinda. I lost my mom to cancer almost 5 years ago and it's still hard for me to come home after school and I can't say mom I'm home. Sometimes the house feels so empty but sometimes it feels like she's right next to me again. We will be with the gone when our time comes too for they are watching over all of us, keeping us safe. I said this before and I'll say it again. Our loss is heaven's gain. May The Lord bless each and every single one of us here on Earth for life is too short. Peace, love and happiness always and forever.
Vicky Ho <midnight_rain@sympatico.ca>
Toronto, ON CA - Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 21:12:38 (PST)
Hi! I think that you website, Melinda is a great inspiration to kids who have cancer. I know it's sad and all but everyone has to fight back. Don't let this disease ruin your life, do what you love. And God Bless You since your deprature. Also Michael I think your a great inspiration and hope you'll keep fighting and won't give up. My website is dedicated to Michael above with information even though it has a rather differnt name. God Bless all and never give up. Also my grandfather died of cancer that spread all over his body he died at 62pounds which was really heart breaking. He was a very healthy man as well and I just wish that some day there will be a cure for this disease and that you Michael will have the best life possible.
Amanda K. <Nsync032788@cs.com>
NY, - Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 15:49:54 (PST)
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D'Esprit
CA - Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 21:49:12 (PST)
I'm sorry that had happened to you and so many other kids.
Melanie Thomas <Melanie2002@AMERITECH.NET>
M, WI USA - Tuesday, December 05, 2000 at 18:50:42 (PST)
My one Grandmother witch i called(NANNY) rasied me from a baby till i was 17 when she left this world.I really took her death har. And i couldn't ever imagine one of my children dieing from cancer or dieing at all before me. S just like to Thank you Melinda's parents for being strong parents like you are and letting your daughter not only live on in your hearts but in other peoples hearts aswell.
Shelley Bell <Just-Us-4@webtv.net>
Jacksonville , fl USA - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 11:14:42 (PST)
To the parents and family of Melinda,I to lost someone that is still very special to me.His name is Jacob Barela,I Love him like my own son.He too lost the battle to cancer,on January 17, 1999 a Sunday.That day that 15 year old boy took a part of my heart with him,and for me to get it back I have to be the best christian that I can be. Their is nothing worse then losing a child,so treat them like if today was their last day,because regrets are so painful.May our LORD JESUS give us strength to deal with our loss. I LOVE YOU MELINDA AND JACOB
Dean Sandoval <Michelle Sandoval @Espanola .Com>
Alcalde, NM UNITED STATES - Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 23:51:00 (PST)
To the parents and family of Melinda,I to lost someone that is still very special to me.His name is Jacob Barela,I Love him like my own son.He too lost the battle to cancer,on January 17, 1999 a Sunday.That day that 15 year old boy took a part of my heart with him,and for me to get it back I have to be the best christian that I can be. Their is nothing worse then losing a child,so treat them like if today was there last day,because regrets are so painful.May our LORD JESUS give us strength to deal with our loss. I LOVE YOU MELINDA AND JACOB
Dean Sandoval <Michelle Sandoval @Espanola .Com>
Alcalde, NM UNITED STATES - Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 23:48:56 (PST)
Hi I came upon this site by accident. I was looking for a lhasa apso site. I just want to say how moved I was by everything I read. It wasn't until I got to the Guest Book that I realised Melinda had passed away. I just want to let you know how sorry I am - she sounded so positive and optimistic. I hope the pain for her family and friends eases a little every day. I know from personal experience that this can take a long time, but I am convinced that we all meet up again one day. My two little Lhasas, Rosie and Lily also send their love. God Bless
Jill
London, England - Wednesday, November 29, 2000 at 06:58:29 (PST)
My father passed away recently and I keenly feel the loss. I am comforted by your faith.
Catherine Marshall <marshall5440@home.com>
Vancouver, CA - Monday, November 27, 2000 at 22:40:00 (PST)
I am 17 years old, I have a friend who has cancer. But she is no different then any other of my friends except that she's my best friend. I think you'r web site has a great message and attitude about cancer. Cheers!
Rei <masterrei@hotmail.com>
Fort Collins, Colorado USA - Monday, November 27, 2000 at 21:10:45 (PST)
Enjoyed your website a lot! Best regards from Camilina!
o.silva <osilva@charter.com>
greenville, sc usa - Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at 11:34:00 (PST)
I miss you man
tweedle <none>
helean, me CA - Monday, November 20, 2000 at 12:06:04 (PST)
Thanks for sharing Melinda's story. She was a courageous young girl. I just lost my dad to cancer (multiple myeloma) October 29, 2000. As a social worker, it is my desire to help those who suffer with cancer and also their families. Thanks again for sharing this story.
Nancy <nangoforth@aol.com>
Florence, AL USA - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 18:12:15 (PST)
I realy like this site. I would tell anyone about it
Desaree' Watkins <des_2000_74085@yahoo.com>
Yale, Ok United States - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 12:14:37 (PST)
Hey everyone! This isn't my first visit to this site, its been about my millionth! and I have decided to sign the guestbook once more. I truly believe that God put people on this earth to help him improve the world in one way or another. I believe that Melinda was one of those lucky souls! She has continually inspired me and enriched my life with her courage and strength! Everytime I come into this site I think of how wonderful a person Melinda must have been and how much strength she possessed. I am a Michael Cuccione fan as well and I believe that he is also an angel on earth and both Michael and Melinda have touched my life in ways I can't describe.I am only 15 and I don't understand life that well yet but I know that people like dear Melinda and Michael make it fulfilling and inspiring. I know that Melinda is with God now and I bet she is as happy as ever! I am sure that heaven is a wonderful place to be , especially if you are an angel like Melinda. Melinda, thank you so much for making me look at life in a different way and to cherish all that I have! I am now saving money to donate to Michael's foundation hoping to do my part to help fight cancer! Once again thank you Melinda for being the brave wonderful soul that you are! God Bless you and your family! Luff always and forever, Crystal Miller
Crystal Miller <CrAzYgUrLiE2003@aol.com>
Loxahatchee, FL USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 18:38:54 (PST)
Dear Melinda and her family, I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of your strenth through all of your cancer treatments. My cousin spent 4 of his 5 years in and out of Childrens hospital in Vancouver. On Sept.1,1994 he past away. He put up a good fight, but unfortunatly the doctors couldn't do anything. It started with one brain tumor that they removed, and about 6 months later 3 came back. Anyhow I wish you the bes of luck, God bless, Kristy
Kristy
Campbell River, B.C. CA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 23:16:17 (PST)
I am sitting here on a rainy Friday night with my four healthy daughters in bed and I am feeling blessed because I came across your website and I will give them all an extra kiss before I go to bed tonight because you just never know when your life is gonna change! God Bless you all! You should be very proud for having raised a beautiful daughter!!
Kathleen
CA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 19:30:58 (PST)
What a touching and inspirational web site. Thank you so much for sharing with the world.
Amanda
Australia - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 17:09:12 (PST)
what a good job ... i came because a 10-year-old friend of mine has cancer, and will find out in a day or two
Linda Janssen Gjere <lejgbaglady@aol.com>
Omaha, NE usa - Saturday, November 04, 2000 at 18:01:41 (PST)
I just wanted to say what an amazing person she must have been. I just read Mike's book-There are Survivors. Obviously, Mike really cared about her, and he is lucky to have had such a wonderful friend. God Bless Mike and Melinda's families for all they have gone through. I luv you guys, may Melinda rest in peace
Brittany Anders <NBBA2gether4ever@noahsmom.com>
VA usa - Thursday, November 02, 2000 at 13:40:14 (PST)
Your site is the best.
Gabrielle <fairy6201@hotmail.com>
Berkeley, CA U.S.A. - Monday, October 30, 2000 at 20:24:35 (PST)
Your Story brought tears to my eyes..
Adam <adz46@ic24.net>
Sheffield, UK - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 01:49:56 (PST)
hey there girlie! im so sorry i havent wrote you for a couple of months... ive been caught up in so much stuff! i just relized i might have breast cancer, i cry almost everynight why did the lord do this to me? but i guess it will all work out in the end, i pray to him, i hope he can hear me, well.. how have you been? i hope youve been wonderful, for some reason every time i look at your pictures i just start to breakdown crying, its so wierd, i just want to let you know that ive been thinking about you, and i love you very much! see you soon babe!
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, OR USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 20:22:28 (PDT)
THis is a beautiful tribute to a special person. My God bless your family, and know that your message of love has touched people's hearts
Brenda <nubbin64@hotmail.com>
Modesto, CA CA - Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at 07:29:41 (PDT)
"You can nothing or no one to love, and then their passing won't bring any grief. But you have to have the joy and pleasure of knowing and loving someone in life in order to know sorrow when they die. The pleasure of the sorrow." by James A. Rhody 1987.
Rick Garza <mentat@lords.com>
Appleton, WI US - Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 23:17:35 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I really feel for you. My best friend is a HUGE Micheal Cuccione fan, and she loves him to death. She also knows how important you were to him. I could never know that, because no one I know has ever had cancer, and I am grateful for that, but I feel as though I am missing a special character trait. Having someone close to me with cancer would make me stronger. I'm not that strong emotionaly or physically, and I want you to know that you are my hero. I have been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. I suppose that makes me a stronger person...Everybody loves you, -*Kathy*
Kathy <girlywonder411@hotmail.com>
Oakville, Ont. Canada - Friday, October 20, 2000 at 19:02:22 (PDT)
Hi My name is April I am 8 and my sister is 7. We love your daughters homepage and we learned alot. We are very sorry for your loss. We live in canada also. We have two dogs and two rabbits. We know melinda would have loved them. You can write us anytime. We have learned to enjoy each day onthis earth and we will will forget about all the bad things. melinda's will always be in our hearts and with us. love and kisses april and summer ps my sister and i will remember her in everything we do from now on in life weather we are swimming running or reading a book. She will always be a part of us. This we will never let go love
April and Summer <leprechaurn9302@altavista.com>
Ontario, Canada - Friday, October 13, 2000 at 18:19:41 (PDT)
I did not know Melinda, and i have never met her b4 but somehow just looking at all the pictures and reading about her, it seems taht she was a lovely girl full off life. Even though she might have had a terrible sickness, she always has a smile in all of the pictures. I am sad to know that she has passed on but also i am proud because she is not suffering anymore, because she is with GOD! My prayers are with your family=)
Claudia <freestyle103@hotmail.com>
Toronto, ON CA - Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at 14:28:03 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, Your website has inspired me and made me very sad. I am Michael Cuccione's biggest fan (Nopt just one of those i wana marry you fans) I truly think that you are a brave person. I recently bought Michael's book but it didn't come yet. I read one of the chapters and was very sad. You seemed like a very good friend to Michael in his time of need. I think he misses you deeply. You guys have encouraged me to do all I can to help. I am sure once I get older I can do more, since I am only eleven years old. All smiles :) Amanda
Amanda <Americana_QT@Gurlmail.com>
~~~~~, ~~ ~~~~~~~~ - Monday, October 09, 2000 at 14:19:19 (PDT)
My name is Amanda Jacobs. I am a big fan of Michael Cuccione and I was surfing his website when I came across this website. When I read what Melinda and Michael had to go through I was very sad. My heart goes out to Melinda and I bet Michael misses her very much! Amanda
Amanda Jacobs <AngelKitty_3@Gurlmail.com>
Cedar city, UT United States - Monday, October 09, 2000 at 14:08:50 (PDT)
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MY SON WAS ALSO DIAGNOSED WITH CANCERN IN NOV. OF 96. HE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD. GOD ALLOWED HIM TO BE HEALED HERE AND IS NOW A THRIVING 13 YEAR OLD. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND I KNOW YOUR DAUGHTER IS SITTING ON JESUS'S LAP WAITING FOR THE DAY YOU ARE ALL REUNITED WITH HER. GOD BE WITH EACH OF YOU
HELEN WALLACE <KWKHKT>
CROWLEY, TX USA - Saturday, October 07, 2000 at 11:10:25 (PDT)
Que sorpresa el encontrarme este "website" solo por la casualidad de compartir nuestro nombre. Tambien conoci el cancer de cerca al perder a mi padre el pasado febrero. Que Dios les prinde paz y resignacion y que pronto encontremos la cura para este terrible mal.
Melinda Diaz
- Tuesday, October 03, 2000 at 15:03:29 (PDT)
your site is touching and thought provoking .
The Ancient One <ancient1@celticwarrior.com>
hamilton, on canada - Tuesday, October 03, 2000 at 07:29:29 (PDT)
I am a teacher and we are raising money for cancer research next week in school. I came across this site and was very moved. My prayers are with your family. We will win this battle against cancer!
Betty Chernoff
Saskatoon, Sk. CA - Friday, September 29, 2000 at 20:45:34 (PDT)
Melinda was such an inspiration to micheal that i had to find out more about her! what a magnifacent girl! natalie
Natalie Lozano <Luv 4 Michael 13>
bakersfield, ca usa - Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 16:54:07 (PDT)
I understand what you all are going through, I am a survivor of lukemia. I had it when I was 2 years old and I am 19. From the radiation I went through it caused me to be learning disabled and Caused me to have a slow learning comprehension in some areas. Your family as well as mine went through the toughest thing and we managed to keep on going even if it was hard. I want to say never give up As hard as it may seem to go on just keep going a be strong Dan Cook
Daniel Cook <poetrywizard_00@yahoo.com>
Portland, MI US - Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at 12:07:57 (PDT)
Melinda is a perfect rose. Her fight is really motivating and inspirating not only to kids but I think to each and everyone of us on the phase of this earth. I sure hope I can contribute something in my own way to her fight and courage against the dreaded c some day. It is indeed blessed to have had a child like her.
Dr. Sangita Devarajan <sani30@rediffmail.com>
Chennai, TN INDIA - Monday, September 25, 2000 at 00:24:59 (PDT)
I visited your web page some months ago and left a comment at that time, since then my granddaughters leukemia has returned. She was in remission for about eight and a half months. I feel like someone who is drowning with no life line and I know you know exactly how I feel. Every morning when I wake up I know something is wrong but it takes me a while to remember what it is. It is like there is this black cloud over me all the time. Lyndsey is taking kemo again to get back into remission so she can have a bone marrow transplant. We are really have a hard time trying to decide where she should have this transplant, when you don't know all you should know about a disease or understand it it is hard to make some of the decisions that you must make. Please pray for my granddaughter. I just want you to know that this web site has been a blessing for me because sometimes it is hard to voice your feelings and by writing my comments on your site it helps me to get some of my feelings out. Thank you so much and I think of you and your families loss often.
JoAnn Britt <JBritt35@CS.com>
Oxford, Al USA - Thursday, September 21, 2000 at 21:17:29 (PDT)
What a nice tribute.
Kim Hayes <kimerahayes@hotmail.com>
Muskogee, ok usa - Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 12:55:53 (PDT)
hi
theresa <tmillard@npsnet.com>
van, CA - Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 22:41:04 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I know you are reading these thoughts because those in heaven see all things. I did not plan to go here tonight but found myself at your webpage.I thought I would send you my best wishes but sadly found out that I can only send you my prayers. I will do that and I will think of the young lady I never met, will never have the chance to meet, when I look at my on 15 year old daughter. I will take the opportunity to thank God for her good health and a silent prayer that your family is feeling the strength that you must send them on a daily basis. God Bless all that love you. MJ
Mary Jo <jadviga@bellatlantic.net>
Gill, Ma USA - Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 19:18:17 (PDT)
I was at Michaels site www.makingadiffernce.org and i went 2 your site my heart goes out 2 any one who has cancer or any one that lost a loved one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will keep you in my prayes! sinclearly theresa
Theresa <Theresa182@hotmail.com>
sterling hts, mi usa - Monday, September 18, 2000 at 16:42:50 (PDT)
i just want to say i admire everything you were about, very strong willed, and i am at high risk for cancer. it surrounds me, but i hope if this does happen to me that i can be as strong as you !sincerely, Kris Rose
kris rose <krose@tampabay.rr.com>
bradenton, fl US - Monday, September 18, 2000 at 00:03:54 (PDT)
My heart goes out to all the cancer survivors and families who have lost their loved ones. I am one of those family members, so i know. And Mike, if your reading this, i really admire you for what you are doing. :)
Chelsea <Visualize10@aol.com>
Middletown, PA USA - Sunday, September 17, 2000 at 11:46:37 (PDT)
I never read the obituaries nor the remembrances as my first grandchild is deliberately killing himself and there is nothing I can do about it. So I hurry and turn that page fast, but 2 days ago I saw a picture of a young girl and stopped and read what you had put in. Strange how the mind works. I needed to see her face and to know she will be wherever she is when he gets there. This is a very self serving letter and I don't mean it to be I hope you understand.
Thelma
Vancouver, CA - Saturday, September 16, 2000 at 12:54:46 (PDT)
Today is September 15, 2000, four years since the passing of this wonderful,remarkable young woman. How right she was in her comment "if that's all you have to worry about then you're doing pretty well". Melinda's unconditional love, courage and strength is an inspiration to all the people she touched in her short life and continues touching even years after her passing.
Irena
CA - Friday, September 15, 2000 at 15:37:37 (PDT)
Praise be to God for bringing such an inspirational girl into this world. Now she is with the Lord and continues to grace us with her gifts. Be strong Hathaways. The Lord is with you and so are my prayers.
Jennifer <jenmfraser@home.com>
Mission, BC Canada - Friday, September 15, 2000 at 13:54:23 (PDT)
To our darling Melinda.... The sun still shines Although not as bright. The rain still falls Although not as soft. The wind still blows Although not as warm. But the beauty of your memory Still lives unchanged in our hearts And we will love and cherish you Forever. Mom, Dad, Mike and Lucky
Mom and Dad
CA - Friday, September 15, 2000 at 09:39:23 (PDT)
MY HEARTS GOES OUT TO YOU. I AM 36 YRS OLD AND LAST THURSDAY I LOST MY 43 YR OLD COMPANION OF 6 YRS TO A HEART ATTACK. I AM SO LOST. 9/12/2000 KELLY WALDRON
KELLY WALDRON <Schwinnmom@hotmail.com>
Bakersfield, Ca usa - Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 22:02:17 (PDT)
i have read michaels book twice and every time i read the melinda part is soo sad she seemed likie a cool freind and i love michael to no end for what hes been through and what he has done for cancer. i really want to tell michael that he is such a great person in person i really want to meet him me and my freind sare started a foundation at school if u guyz wanna help im me or emial me somtime i love u michael soo much
Gracie oliver <volcmchk69@aol.com>
brea, ca usa - Monday, September 11, 2000 at 13:27:45 (PDT)
dear melinda,i pray for yew and all of those suffering kids out there my father had cancer and i was only five wen he had passed away...even though i dont no you i already no enough to love you and i do you will always be in my prayers wen i read your website my eyes just started tearing i felt for you and your family,you will always be remembered and even though i never knew you you will always be in my heart...and i hope your havin a great time in heaven bcoz by the sound of it you surely deserve it! well say hello to my daddy for me i love all of you guys,an thanx for sharin your story love always n forever, jessica brown xoxoxo
jessica brown <cutieb387>
secaucus, nj CA - Wednesday, September 06, 2000 at 17:21:15 (PDT)
Hi Melinda:) I found this website through the MICHAEL CUCCIONE FOUNDATION webpage. I have read ALL of Michael's stories and you seem like a WONDERFUL person. When I read what Michael had to go through and what you had to go through it just brings TEARS:*( to my eyes. I hope that you hear me PRAY for you and Michael and all the other suffering children out there each and EVERY night. My LOVE goes out to everyone out there who has some kind of illness. I LOVE YOU ALL:) ~*LEANNE CUCCIONE*~
Leanne <qts_princess05@hotmail.com>
Lake Forest, Ca CA - Sunday, September 03, 2000 at 19:42:45 (PDT)
Hello, my name is Sage, I'm 13 years old and for a really long time I have dreamed of being a doctor and trying to find a cure for life harming diseases altough I'm only 13 I know that is what i want to do when I get older. I'm a huge fan of Michael Cuccione because he is a great singer and a very caring person. When I went to his foundation page I was very touched and I even started crying. When I went to his deitcation I read about you and wanted to see your website. Your site was very inspiring after I read everthing in your website I was crying so hard it was not easy to stop. I would just like to say godbless you and everyone else who is a cancer patient or surviver like Michael Cuccione Godspeed and Michael keep up the good work with the foundatin I will give as much as I can. Godspeed, ~Sage
Sage <SpoildBrat6798@aol.com>
Cape Elizabeth, ME USA - Sunday, September 03, 2000 at 14:36:08 (PDT)
This site has shed light on many issues that I see as a Neurosurgeon. I see many people who make the ultimate path to remission. As the years go on and survival rates for brain and all types of cancer improve we must never forget the people like Melinda who not made it. From deaths we can learn more about such a deadly illness. Now we are downed in a new future with strong medical corperations who will help lead the world to success so no child would die. This site has truly set my mind at ease. Thank you truly.
DR. JR
Ontario, CA USA - Friday, September 01, 2000 at 20:08:35 (PDT)
Dear Hathaway Family; My name is Heidi. I just wanted to sign this guestbook to pay my respects to a girl I wish I had met. An inspirtion, an idol, a true hero. Someone that all young girls can look up to. I had two grandparents, a great aunt, and several cousins pass away from cancer. I actually think that I might have grown as a person from reading the stories about Michael Cuccione, and Melinda. God Bless, -Heidi
Heidi <Heidi3773@hotmail.com>
Cape Cod, MA USA - Tuesday, August 29, 2000 at 17:34:47 (PDT)
i will pray for your little girl memory
Beckie Giannacco <Giovanni83@aol.com>
san antonio, tex CA - Saturday, August 26, 2000 at 21:07:17 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, How's Heaven? I know it must be all they say it is. Looking at your website brought tears to my eyes, it devastates me that so many people have to go through such a painful ordeal. Yet people, like yourself, still brightened other peoples' worlds, with poems, pictures, and a lovely smile. I learned about your website from the Michael Cuccione Foundation website, it astounded me that anyone could still have high hopes through tragic times, but I guess, you two lifted each other's spirits. I know you must have been quite a person, to have a cd and website dedicated to you. If only I could have known you during your time on Earth. But deep in my heart, I'm sure I know you, because of all the information you've provided. I'm sure you're a guardian angel, to all cancer patients, friends, family, and me. You've taught me that cancer is real. And that even when you're faced with something so drastic, you can be happy with life. Melinda, you are my inspiration. I am glad I got to see your webpage. Thank You for making the world a better place for so many people. God Bless, tugs, hugs, n luv, Shannon Liu
Shannon <rosystar@pacbell.net>
San Jose, CA USA - Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 22:04:08 (PDT)
Melinda's Family and Friends- I'm so sorry that Melinda had passed away from you. I found this site because I am a fan of Michael Cucciones and I found his webpage. I have been inspired by what everyone is doing to find a vaccine for cancer. You are a very beautiful person inside and out and I hope you are having a good time in heaven where there is no more suffering. We all need to pray and do something about this. I agree, as a group we are able to make a difference and as long as we all do our part we will. God Bless Us All, Meghan
Meghan <megpie_5@hotmail.com>
Menominee, MI USA - Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 08:26:48 (PDT)
I think that this is a wonderful thing you have done with this website. I lost my father in law to cancer and it is amazing to me how so many people can come together. Keep up the good work.
Sheri Ervin <ervin@soltec.net>
Hoopeston, IL usa - Saturday, August 19, 2000 at 19:24:18 (PDT)
I found this site after going to Michael Cuccione's foundationg site. I became a fan of Michael from 2gether the movie. After that i did some research and found his foundation. I was soo touched by his story and from there i found Melinda's site. These two people are such an inspiration to so many of us, and i want to take the time out to thank them for everything they have done in the name of cancer, and for all of the lives they have touched. I feel upset that i never got the chance to know Melinda personally, but anyone that can draw these many loving people here to sign her guestbook must be a beautiful person. Michael and Melinda, God Bless the both of you. The two of you are such an inspiration to many people, thank you so much for making people like me more aware of cancer and the people that suffer from it. all my Love, <3 God Bless, Kimberly
Kim <starlette2420aol.com>
New Jersey USA - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 18:03:09 (PDT)
to everyone that knew melinda im so sorry about her passing i came here from her friend michael cucciones website. god bless!
vaness
cranston, ri usa - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 15:34:22 (PDT)
He will give His Angels charge over you, To guard you in all your ways-- Psalm 91:11 Cancer is so limited... It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot eat away peace. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot shut out memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot invade the soul. It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the spirit. It cannot lessen the power of resurrection. Our greatest enemy is not disease, but despair. God Bless, from one to another.
Lisa <peruny68@yahoo.com>
OH US - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 11:31:11 (PDT)
Melinda~ I just read the story of Melinda through the Michael Cuccione Foundation and she truly is a beautiful person inside and out and I wish the best to the family its a touching story~ Katie~
Kathryn Zott <Kady22@Hotmail.com>
West Deptford, NJ USA - Thursday, August 17, 2000 at 12:50:15 (PDT)
I did not know Melinda personally, but through the Michael Cuccione Foundation and this website, I have learned a lot about her. I think she was truly a wonderful young woman and those who knew her in her short time here on earth were truly blessed.
Jessie Rabalais <SpoiledAngel719@aol.com>
Burtonsville, MD USA - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 18:35:28 (PDT)
I just wanted to say what a beautiful person Melinda must have been. Now I'd like to say to all the people (young tennybopping girls) that it is extremely disrespectful to come on Melinda's website leaving messages like "I love Michael, do u know Michael's phone number" or signing your name with the last name Cuccione. I'm sure Michael would be saying the same thing. He knows he has fansm, but this is not the time and place for them. That is why he has FAN sites. If you are going to leave a message for Michael, go to his fan sites and do it. Don't do it here, a place for Melinda. This is MELINDA'S website not Michael's. So please remember this and try to be more respectful.
Kate <kwaystack@yahoo.com>
Cape Cod, MA USA - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 14:29:55 (PDT)
hey there..just wanna say hi! guess you're so lucky for being michael cuccione's friend.. i'm happy for you.. >'_'< my kitty says hello! c-yah au revoir ~gerarden~
Gerarden <GERARDEN_QT_GURL@YAHOO.COM>
IL USA - Friday, August 11, 2000 at 12:41:55 (PDT)
HI! Every time i read this what all them your friends wrote i feel like crying because you are really lucky to have such a great family and friends and if u can't be her with them and us but they will always and have you in there heart's i am sure .I wish that one time i will meat you because you are such a great person and loving ! With Love , Aida
Aida <xtweetygirl10x@aol.com>
Lawrenceville, GA U.S.A - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 07:33:44 (PDT)
I am turly sorry if i hurt any1 buy saying how i found this page and haveing micheals name in my story but i am very sad that the family and malina had to feel so much pain i also feel that every one that stops here and gives some love is a good person love Shannen Powers
shannen powers <sk8board_shannen@yahoo.com>
san dieago, usa CA - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 01:53:38 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I never got a chance to meet you but I think you are a great person. I was online looking for stuff about your good friend Michael he is really a great person.I met him @ an mtv show (celebrity dream date) I was one of 200 girls that had a chance to win a date with your good friends group 2ge+her.I went on and 10 girls (me one of them) got to hang out with the group and stuff it was fun.Since then I have had a crush on your friend. I have been looking for things about him and found this site it is great i hope you are having a good time in haven when I get there i hope I get a chance to met you. I hope your time on earth was not that bad.As you and your friend michael and so many others my mom had cancer and it has'nt returned for 20 years and i hope it dosent,I dont no if I could hadle going thure what so many familys have.well I hope to see you in haven and I will keep you and all the others in my prayers. love always Shannen Powers sk8board_shannen@yahoo.com
shannon powers <sk8board_shannen@yahoo.com>
san dieago, usa CA - Tuesday, August 08, 2000 at 00:00:31 (PDT)
Melinda lives in all of you who knew her, so grieve not for her or yourselves, you all are the better for her having been here. She is still doing good, in her next phase, as you all are now still doing.. My thoughts are with you all.. Jack Barry, San Francisco.
jack barry <jack_barry@msn.com>
san francisco, ca USA - Saturday, August 05, 2000 at 11:10:53 (PDT)
To me, Melinda musthave been the best friend anyone could have. I wish that everyone could be like that.
Eleni <eleni@zianet.com>
Las Cruces, NM USA - Friday, August 04, 2000 at 19:19:58 (PDT)
Hey Melinda~You have a wonderful site. I am sorry about what happen, but I know you are in a better place now and god will take good care of you. You are a wonderful person and will be greatfully missed, and will remain in everyone's heart~<3 Sincerely, Vicky
Vicky W. <Vic22@netzero.net>
Cotati, US CA - Friday, August 04, 2000 at 18:08:05 (PDT)
I was actually looking for a rose site when I chanced upon this website. I have been deeply moved. God bless your family, and my husband and I will make a donation to Candlelighters in Melinda's name. You must be so proud that she continues to make a difference through her website.
Lana Carter <Jay_McCormick@email.msn.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, August 01, 2000 at 22:35:59 (PDT)
I hope you will be soon recovered Melinda. I am sure God loves you and will help you get well. Just be strong and don not surrender. God may help you my daughter. Mahmoud from Palestine.
mahmoud <allanamk@aramco.com.sa>
dhahran, saudi arabia - Monday, July 31, 2000 at 06:27:39 (PDT)
I just wanted to say Im sorry about Melindas death!I never knew her but she seemed like a great and wonderfull person.
Allie Biermann <allieb112187@hotmail.com>
Rochester, ny Usa - Saturday, July 29, 2000 at 15:58:37 (PDT)
Wow. What an amazing youg woman Melinda was. :o) Everyone who new her was lucky and blessed. She sure did (still does I'm sure) love her family and friends. I have never lost anyone close to me. I lost my dog and that was hard enough. I get teary eyed when I think about her. I don't know how I will handle it when it does happen. Reading about Melinda and how much everyone loved her and misses her just makes me cry all over the place. Melinda was truely an angel.
Tina <bettinaw@juno.com>
Wittmann, Az USA - Friday, July 28, 2000 at 23:46:21 (PDT)
Hi Melinda's I just let you that it great you have this site and God bless you and good health to you Kelvin Medley
kelvin medley <kelvindm1@hotmail.com>
fayettteville, tn lincoln - Friday, July 28, 2000 at 19:24:00 (PDT)
I, like many others, wish to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of Melinda. I am sixteen and after having read this, I realize how just precious life is. Anyway, I`m sure she`s having a good time playing with the angels upstairs. I hope she knows that she lives in all our hearts!
Manuel da Costa <manukosta@yahoo.com>
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil - Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 17:12:00 (PDT)
I just think that Melinda and Michael are both very great and inspiring people. They went through a lot and unfortunatly Melinda didn't make it. I know that Michael misses her. I think we all do. She was so sweet and tried to make the best of her life while she had it. We will all miss her greatly! Love Always-Melinda and Michaels #1 fan- Whitney Petersen
Whitney Petersen <whitneymarie@hotmail.com>
USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 13:52:08 (PDT)
~ Melinda was a great person she has truly inspired me~
Jasmine Souza <stardustdiva05@aol.com >
Woonsocket , RI USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 06:44:38 (PDT)
Greetings, I've waited along time to sign this guestbook. Melinda was and is my friend. She was special to many and she continues to be. She has left a wonderful legacy through her web page, her writings her friends and her family. She may be gone from this world butt she will never be forgotten. I love you Melinda.
Gaye
N.Van., CA - Tuesday, July 25, 2000 at 16:20:15 (PDT)
best of wishes and my paryers are with you
melinda manning <melindamanning@hotmail.com>
st.charles, mo U.S. - Tuesday, July 25, 2000 at 12:35:53 (PDT)
I was lead to this web-site from Michael Cuccione's cancer research foundation web-site. I am sooo sorry for what happened and I hope others realize how tragic this is and donate money to the numerous foundations out there. Every night I pray for everyone with cancer because I have lost two loved ones to it. I'll keep everyone in my prayers. God Bless
Morgan <Brink540@hotmail.com>
marshfield, Ma US - Thursday, July 20, 2000 at 20:59:49 (PDT)
I just wanted to express my symphathy for your loss of Melinda. I know you are truly devastated. My 15 year old granddaughter has AML Leukemia. She was diagnosed 9-16-99 and has been in remission since 1-1-2000. We stay on edge daily afraid that she will come out of remission. I could see on your daughters web page how attached she had got to some of the children in the hospital. You really do become so close to them and you hurt for their families also. When one of them comes out of remission or dies you can't help but ask yourself when it is going to happen to your child. My granddaughter reminds me a lot of your daughter. She has never let this disease get her down and she keeps our spirits up more than we keep hers up I am sure. I pray daily for her and all the other children that are battling this horrible disease. I don't understand why this has to happen to children especially, but I realize it is not my place to question God. I know he has a plan for all of us and I know your daughter is in a better place, but the emotional part of us is just selfish enough to want to keep our loved ones with us. May God Bless your family and pleas pray for Lyndsey, my granddaughter .
JoAnn Britt <JBritt35@CS.com>
Oxford, Al. U.S.A. - Thursday, July 20, 2000 at 01:12:15 (PDT)
My younger sister recently lost a friend to cancer. he was a year older than your daughter. i am beginning to become involved in helping kids with cancer and i came across this webpage on the internet. i would just like to say that it sounded like your daughter had the courage to go through what many couldn't just like my friend mark and that because of their courage we know in our hearts they are resting peacefully without a worry in the world.
Juli Dobson <julidobson@yahoo.com>
Hingham, MA - Monday, July 17, 2000 at 15:44:40 (PDT)
Hi, I just wanted to express the feelings this page inspired within me, I've never felt such sorrow, mixed with such pleasure before. I feel very lucky to have gotten to know your daughter, and yourselves, even if it is only info via my pc. I can't imagine the pain and sorrow you must have all gone through, but I think maybe at the moment, Melinda is experiencing the best of both worlds. She gets to exist in the pain free realm of Heaven, while still keeping in touch with those who love and cared for her here. I have never lost anyone to such an illness, but my friend had cancer, and I know what she went through, and I know it doesn't compare, but my puppy dog also had cancer. I hope Melinda can find time in her busy schedule of keeping up her appearances with those who love her, both here and in Heaven, to play with my dog, I know it's only a dog, but I had her ever since I can remember, and it was a great loss, she was my lifetime friend. I also wanted to say to all those insensitive people who are letting Michael Cuccione know how much they adore him, that this is not the appropriate place...Love to you all, Violet
Violet <kutaberri@hotmail.com>
NSW Australia - Wednesday, July 12, 2000 at 06:03:38 (PDT)
HEY MELINDA I LOVE YOUR HOMEPAGE IT IS COOL
ASHLEY AMATO <CUTTIEPIE>
PHILADELPHIA, PA u.s.a. - Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at 07:54:33 (PDT)
Melinda sounded like a very nice girl.My older sister died of lekiuma and i miss her with all my heart.I know how it feels to lose someone close to you.The endless nights in the hosptital,the long hours,the crying,praying,and wishing.I will never get over that.My dream is to become a pediatric oncologist.So I can find a cure for that evil disease.Please e-mail me if you have any info about being this job
Emily <emmi01@hotmail.com>
Greencastle, PA USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 16:54:35 (PDT)
~You had a smile for everyone~ ~You had a heart of Gold~ ~You left the sweetest memories~ ~This World could ever hold~ ~Your memory Dear ~Melinda~ will never grow old~ ~It's locked in our heart's in letter's of gold~ ~What an amazing young Lady just so sad that her time here on Earth was ever so short but ~They say he only takes the best and this he surely did~ ~Peace, Love & Many Blessings to your Family in the years to come~
~Martelle~ <oneceltic_soul@yahoo.com>
~IRELAND~ - Monday, July 03, 2000 at 21:53:47 (PDT)
Me And You I sit under a sky of blue, All I can think of is me and you, I sit here gasing at the sky, Thinking of you as days go by, Wishing we can be together, Me and you always and forever, Hoping we will never part, You will always remain in my heart By:Lacie Jennings p.s. It takes a life-time to forget someone.
Lacie Jennings <snuggles0629@hotmail.com>
Flippin , AR USA - Monday, July 03, 2000 at 21:09:11 (PDT)
Melinda, you are a very special person and will always remain in our hearts forever. I am in love with your friend Michael Cuccione you know. He loved you so much and cared so much. He still thinks about you. I just want you to know that God is there for you and he will always care.
Kim
MI USA - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 09:54:58 (PDT)
Your site really touched my heart , Melinda and even though you can not read this, I hope you time here on earth was wonderful. Your spirt lives on through your webpage. To the family of Melinda, I feel your pain and I know you must be very proud of your daughter. Love, Mary
Mary <White_Fire_clodz@hotmail.cpm>
Peckville, PA USA - Monday, June 26, 2000 at 18:57:45 (PDT)
Thank you for keeping up this site after the passing of your daughter,visited for first time today,you have given me the strength i needed to go on,i lost my brother paul 2 years ago to cancer, now losing little sister to lung,brain cancer,thanks very much for sharing your daughter and your family, God bless you.
Donna K.Tash <dtash64@hotmail.com>
Polk City, Fl United States - Monday, June 26, 2000 at 05:22:33 (PDT)
This site was shared with me by Lance Crook. Lance and I met just before he was diagnosed with cancer. Melinda...I hope that you are looking down from heaven at all the people who love you and smile when you see all of the persons you have helped through your wonderful site. May God always hold you gently in his arms...I will never forget this visit. My love to all of Melinda's family...your loss is incredible and beyond comprehension to me. After spending some time at this site I went to my sons "baby trunk" and thought long and hard about how lucky I am to still have him with me (he is now 22)...My heart and love goes to all of you and, Melinda, my thanks to you. Love, Debbie Kocour az1sweetlady@aol.com
Debbie Kocour <az1sweetlady@aol.com>
Tempe, AZ USA - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 09:21:50 (PDT)
hi... i really like your website. you are a true hero. :)
Lisa
- Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 09:19:34 (PDT)
Melinda, and My Dear Friends, The Hathaways. I Signed This Guestbook Shortly After Seeing You at the 1995 Western Grands, and We Bought Your Brother Michael's Car, "The Bounty Hunter". I Never Thought that I would be Signing Your Guestbook Again ... Especially Like This. I Have Recently been Diagnosed with Multistatic, Stage 3, Bulky Cancer. I've Already been Through One Surgery, and My First Round of Chemo Therapy ... I Start My Second Round Tomorrow. I Want to Thank You, and Your Wonderful Family, More than Ever for This Page Now. ... Through This Page, and Knowing All of You, I Believe that I Have the Strength and Courage that I Need to Kick This Cancer Right Back Where It Came From. Thank You All So Much ... I Am Going to Beat This! :-) Your Good Friend from the USA - Lance
Lance Crook (aka Mr. Email) <BanditRacingAZ@aol.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 09:14:17 (PDT)
Hi. I found this site at Michael cucciones Making a Difference site. Im glad I did. He really loved her. www.makingadifference.org . IM very sorrry about Melinda.
nikki <2gether4e1334@gurlmail.com>
CA - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 09:00:26 (PDT)
Melinda, I'm sorry I didn't know you in this life. But I can see that you loved, and that you were greatly loved. That must be the legacy that you were blessed to leave behind. It is comforting to know that you are with God now. I am saddened for your family, for it is apparent that they miss you. And how could they not. But oh how blessed they were to have had you as long as they did. And oh how blessed I am to be able to share in that. Thank you.
kathleen grube <kgrube@connectexpress.com>
seattle, wa usa - Wednesday, June 21, 2000 at 20:27:09 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I am very sorry for your lose and for the hathaways, i hope you are doing better. I know you are going to miss her forever, but remember she is in heaven now and she doesnt have the pain anymore. I hope she is very happy where she is. Good luck! ~Kristin~
Kristin
Campbell Hall, NY USA - Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 13:22:11 (PDT)
Melinda please keep my dad company.I know that he misses me as much as I miss him. Death makes legends of us all. Now your ledgend is forever recorded in my heart. I hope I make it to heaven to thank you.
andy parrish <rcgtex@aol.com>
garlanbd, TX Dallas - Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 10:48:50 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I hope you are happy in heaven. Love, Kristin.
Kristin <KristinQT@britneyzone.com>
Campbell Hall, NY USA - Saturday, June 17, 2000 at 18:00:12 (PDT)
For ever love and always be with you, remember God is with us all along with Melinda.
Dee <mmdee>
Hagerstown, MD USA - Monday, June 12, 2000 at 19:52:51 (PDT)
Melinda images like a very special girl. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss, but you must feel honored to have been her parents, even for a short time. I hope that your faith continues to provide you with strength in the days to come.
Cyndy <clfenton@earthlink.net>
Sandwich, MA USA - Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 18:21:40 (PDT)
Hey i just wanted to say that i am really sorry for you loss! i read this web page and it seems Melinda was a really great person!!! i wish i knew her! I also think it is really wrong for people to be writing on this web page because of Michael! Well i know i am probaly a little late but.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELINDA! bye!!
Brittany <Dandelion04@aol.com>
Rochester, NY NY - Wednesday, June 07, 2000 at 11:02:52 (PDT)
LOVE MAKES US GIANTS!
Mimi <Chutne@aol.com>
N>N>, VA USA - Monday, June 05, 2000 at 05:04:29 (PDT)
I am very sorry for your lose. I just waned to say Melinda, you have a brave heart and Michael does too! I lost my dog Tom to cancer and he tumors on his throat. You are an angel now and maybe even playing with my dog!
Kristin
Campbell Hall, NY USA - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 15:58:06 (PDT)
Melinda, even though you are not with us today, your still hold a special place in everybody's hearts. You truly made a difference.
Kathleen <MCuccionegrl85@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 09:45:02 (PDT)
I kind of wrrote thi poem .Its may not be the best but it comes straight from my heart. ____________________________________________________________Sometimes god takes the most special people from us They are the special ones we love Sent from above Its hard to see the one you love die But I know there in heaven in the sky but some how some way you will see them one day And that will be the time You'll wait for the most ____________________________________________________________ May God Bless you (Melinda's family) You raised a caring & loving daughter.I wished I knew her cause she was truly a angel .Love Melissa PS. This website is wonderful
Melissa <michaelzqtie@aol.com>
NY USE - Friday, June 02, 2000 at 13:39:45 (PDT)
Melinda i hope the you are having in heaven with the angels just like you. you are an inspiration to every young person with cancer or any dieseas. my aunt recent died of cancer and she is up there with you. love always!
Melissa Castillo <Bsbchick695@hotmail.com>
bridgwater, nj usa - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 15:18:50 (PDT)
Dear Family of Melinda, I am so touched by your homepage for Melinda. I feel like I know her so well, yet I have never met her. I read through your family email letters to her and I could not hold back the tears. You have such a brave and beautiful family. Your love for Melinda really shines through. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful daughter and her story with me. I never knew her but I will never forget her. Thanks again, Kerri
Kerri Cline <mskerri1@excite.com>
Columbus, MS USA - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 23:17:21 (PDT)
Hey Melinda! What's up? I haven't written in a while so I decided to just say hi~ School's almost over for me, yay! But finals are coming up ack! :P oh weLL~ i guess i'll manage! anyways, just making sure i got a chance to say hey! i'll talk to you later!! love always~ traci
Traci <Lovelyangel005@hotmail.com>
CA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 18:19:52 (PDT)
HEY HOW ARE YOU GUYS I REALLY ENJPYED YOUR WEB SITE AND I REALLY AM SORRY THAT YOU DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THIS I HOPE YOU ENJOY HEAVEN AND THE LIFE YOU HAVE WITH YOU FRIENDS AND FAMIKY MEMBERS IN HEAVEN! i AM NOT THE GREATEST KID BUT I AM REALLYSORRY ABUTH THE DEATH OF YOUR DAUGHTER AND IF IT IS POSSIBLE I WOULD LIKE YOU TO EMAI ME BACK I AM 13 YEAR OLD FEMALE THAT DOESNT HAVE A GOOD FAMILY AND EVERY DAY I DEPEND ON THE LORD FOR STRENGTH. I AM THERE FOR YO BECAUSE JUST ABOUT 1 MONTH AGO I LOST MY GRANDMA AND IT WAS HURTING ME HARSHLY AND IF YOU EVER NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS TWEETY50158@YAHOO.COM I WISH THE BEST OF LUCK TO YOU LOVE ALWAYS SAMANTHA JO WALTERS
Samantha waleters <tweety50158@yahoo.cm>
BATESVILLE, AR USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 09:35:20 (PDT)
HEY HOW ARE YOU GUYS I REALLY ENJPYED YOUR WEB SITE AND I REALLY AM SORRY THAT YOU DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THIS I HOPE YOU ENJOY HEAVEN AND THE LIFE YOU HAVE WITH YOU FRIENDS AND FAMIKY MEMBERS IN HEAVEN! i AM NOT THE GREATEST KID BUT I AM REALLYSORRY ABUTH THE DEATH OF YOUR DAUGHTER AND IF IT IS POSSIBLE I WOULD LIKE YOU TO EMAI ME BACK I AM 13 YEAR OLD FEMALE THAT DOESNT HAVE A GOOD FAMILY AND EVERY DAY I DEPEND ON THE LORD FOR STRENGTH. I AM THERE FOR YO BECAUSE JUST ABOUT 1 MONTH AGO I LOST MY GRANDMA AND IT WAS HURTING ME HARSHLY AND IF YOU EVER NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS TWEETY501582YAHOO.COM I WISH THE BEST OF LUCK TO YOU LOVE ALWAYS SAMANTHA JO WALTERS
Samantha waleters <tweety50158@yahoo.cm>
BATESVILLE, AR USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 09:33:50 (PDT)
I was very moved by this website; the bravery displayed by Melinda and the abundance of love exuded by family and friends. This is a fitting tribute of love, integrity and courage to a very wonderful young lady. I never knew you, Melinda but I shall now never forget you.
Swede Ewing <swede@dccnet.com>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 11:29:49 (PDT)
A Big Western Hello to Melinda and her Family. Thank you for the opportunity of meeting Melinda and her wonderful Mom, Dad and brothers via the web page. Thanks so much for sharing. May love go with you!
Joanne Proctor <joproctor@home.com>
Abbotsford, BC CAnada - Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 14:14:44 (PDT)
Happy 19th Birthday my angel....I remember you always said that you were going to be l9 on l9th in the year 2000. You planned to buy a pink volkswagon!! Dad and I just got back from the cemetery and left you light pink and dark pink roses...your favourite. We also lit your candle and it is still burning as I write to you in heaven. The Langley Quarter Midget track held their annual "Melinda Day" last sunday and serveral hundred dollars was raised to give to the Children's Hospital for cancer research...all the drivers signed their names on ribbons which they tied on your memory tree planted at the track. Your friends Christine and Ann made a fantastic track cake ( cars and all) which everyone enjoyed. All the race winners received a purple trophy with the inscription "MELINDA DAY 2000". Chrisy made a pillow for Dad and I which had your picture ironed on the front of the pillow....the lace trim of the pillow were the colors of your race car. She also wrote "Always will be remembered by the L.Q.M.A. track friends"..what a nice surprise for Dad, Mike and I. After the racing was over we went to the Lahay's for dinner and shared memories of the days when you were here on earth with us all. Melinda, we all miss you my darling but you are still living in our hearts. HAPPY BITHDAY MY DARLING DAUGHTER. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 19 kisses... Love Mom, Dad and brother Mike (Lucky your faithful dog)
Joanne Hathaway (Mom) <dhathawy@wimsey.com>
North Vanc. , BC CANADA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 19:31:48 (PDT)
Hey Melinda~ Happy birthday! I was afraid that I wouldn't remember to write to you, but I did! :) Well, I wish you were still here so I could really wish you a happy birthday, but I know that your family and all your loved ones thought about you today. *I know I did* Talk to you later! Love always~ Traci
Traci <LovelyAngel005@hotmail.com>
Methuen, MA CA - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 18:12:36 (PDT)
Melinda's story touched my heart. I wish I new her but just reading about her made me feel like I did. I'm sure she made such a great impact on everyones lives that she will always live on in their hearts.
Marilou Olsen <olsenz4@earthlink.net>
oxnard, ca CA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 09:31:36 (PDT)
Hello everybody! Melinda,you were such a brave soul and I am sure you still are! It touched me so much to hear about what you had to go through and noone deserves to have to go through that EVER! I hope you are happy up there in heaven! and I just want you to know that you are such a great inspiration to alot of people! Oh yeah I would like to say one more thing, yes I did get this site from a Michael Cuccione site but I am not in this guestbook to ask how I can get in touch with him or to ask him to a dance(which probably won't happen),its really rude to see these people signing this book just to get in contact with Michael so will you people please have a heart and think about Melinda while you are signing her book! I am a Michael Cuccione fan too but please don't sign this guestbook without thinking of Melinda ok? thanx guys! bye bye!Luff~Crissy
Crystal Miller <MissyCrissy2000@aol.com>
Loxahatchee , FL USA - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 16:28:01 (PDT)
Hey Lindy!! I hope you don't mind if I call you that, it just seems like I know you through this website and from Michael's book. I just wanted to say hi and that I hope you're having fun up there in heaven. Michael was pretty lucky to have a friend like you, and I'm sure you feel the same way about Michael. I'm trying to find a way to volunteer at the radiation center a couple blocks away from my house. Everyone thinks I'm crazy, but I can't wait. Well, I'll talk to ya later!! Luv ya lots!! bye!!
Syndal <Squidgurl03@cs.com>
St. Paul, MN United States - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 12:16:40 (PDT)
well first of all, this page is very touching and i rate it #1!!!!!!!!!!!.It is just so sad for some1 dying, huh? yup, i know. I'll remember to visit this website as often as i can. Hey, i'm only a 14 year old.
twinkle gem <azngem2686@sysad.com>
san jose, ca - Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 19:23:10 (PDT)
Hey Melinda~* Whats up? Nothing too much here~ I just decided to write to you since I haven't written in a while. I remembered that your birthday was coming up soon so happy birthday! *even though its like 6 days early, but I don't want to forget to write to you!* Even though I didn't know you personally you totally rock and I miss you~ weLL~* I just wanted to say 'hey' and whatnot~ so I'll talk to you later! Love Always~ Traci
Traci :) <LovelyAngel005@hotmail.com>
Meth-town, MA - Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 09:32:20 (PDT)
I am very sorry for your loss. If Michael is reading this too, I would like to tell him that I think Melinda was brave as you were. I am also very sorry for your other friend too.
Kristin <u1038324@warwick.net>
Campbell Hall, NY U.S.A. - Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 17:27:58 (PDT)
peace be with your family. i have cancer hope i am as strong as your daughter. into my 2nd week of radiation. thank you. joyce
joyce duffy <duffy_joyce@hotmail.com>
gorokan, nsw austrial - Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 06:19:03 (PDT)
Hey,Melinda! I just wanted to say that you should be really happy to have so many people in the world that love you. Of course, we don't really know you, some though. We know what you are going through. I'm only 14 and I know. My mom had cancer three times. So, all this people that sign this guestbook are some really special people for caring so much. THANX! Love, Madelyn
Madelyn Holder <QT2GEtHERnNSYNC@cs.com>
Killeen, TX USA - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 18:00:13 (PDT)
There are no tears in heaven!love lives on.
mimi leveille <Chutne@aol.com>
N.N., VA 23608 - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 05:47:08 (PDT)
hey babe, I just wanted 2 say that I respect u and u r my role model and inspiration 2 become a nurse 2 help other cancer patients get better! Thank u! Love always, Sara RIP!
Sara Cuccione <Joeysangel266@hotmail.com>
RSM, CA USA - Wednesday, May 03, 2000 at 18:04:57 (PDT)
Dearest Melinda~ I am just a random 2GE+HER fan looking at this site. I bet millions come a day but I just want to say that you did make a difference. If your dream was to touch just one persons heart on earth. I will tell you that you have! The only reason I can think of about why you left us so soon was because God couldn't wait to see you. You and Michael Cuccione are real big insparations in my life. You see I used to weigh 167 lbs and I was only 12 years old. I was not happy with my self. I read micheals book and looked at your website and I am down to 117. You inspired me to "fight" the illness. Yours was cancer, mine was my weight. Thank-you again Melinda. And good luck to her family. I wish you the best always. God Bless Juliana (ichael Cuccione is my hero if your reading this. E-Mail me. I would realy love to talk sometime.)
Juliana <Iam2gethersGirl@aol.com>
Bethlehem, Pa USA - Wednesday, May 03, 2000 at 17:52:04 (PDT)
So sorry about your loss.
michele white <wildtazlover@yahoo.com>
clarkson, ky grayson - Wednesday, May 03, 2000 at 14:54:09 (PDT)
Melinda, I hope that you are happy wherever you are!!!!!! <3, Ashley
Ashley <amcdearmon@voyager.net>
Jackson, MI U.S - Monday, May 01, 2000 at 18:36:52 (PDT)
I would just like to say that I think what you are doing is wonderful!! Please keep up the good work. I am telling all my friends about this site!!
Alli Schend <cschend@msn.com>
Kenosha, WI usa - Monday, May 01, 2000 at 13:23:16 (PDT)
hey melinda! i am so sorry i haven't written since april 8!!! geez, i thought about you all the time but just didn't write you, i hope you are having the time of you life up in heaven, i wish it were like heaven here, you really have been the best insperation to me, you really are a miracle to me, you have changed my life in so many good ways, please keep the awesome work up, you are my angel and don't you ever ever forget that!! LOVE you always ERICA (( your angel from earth ))
erica bennett <ERICA_THE_HOTTIEY@juno.com>
Medford , oregon usa - Sunday, April 30, 2000 at 21:18:33 (PDT)
Hi. My name is Kara, and I'm am very sorry for the loss of your daughter...I found her page very interesting and I would like to pay my respects. Like I said...I am very sorry, and if you would like to e-mail me, you can. BYE! :o)
Kara <kara_h_05@myTalk.com>
TX USA - Saturday, April 29, 2000 at 10:05:11 (PDT)
Hey gurl, I just wanted to let u know that u r a great role model and my grandma is dying of cancer and u and michael have inspired me to do something to help find a cure for cancer. It is hard to watch someone suffer like that. I guess that's all I have to say. Love ya and cya later!
Sara Cuccione <Joeysangel266@hotmail.com>
RSM, CA USA - Friday, April 28, 2000 at 18:53:26 (PDT)
Hey great web page. It really helped me with my worries of having cancer, because I might have cancer in my neck on the left side. You taught me when I read your web page, not to worry to much if you have cancer, because you can survive. Thanks. Hope you get Better. Sincerely Chantal Parent. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!
Chantal Parent <Not available>
Chapleau, Ont Canada - Friday, April 28, 2000 at 06:32:50 (PDT)
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know Melinda is watching over you. She images so sweet in the book there are survivors. Well I have to go now so please write to me if you would like. Thanks jamie
Jamie <raceway@ix.netcom.com>
Newport, mn USA - Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 07:09:56 (PDT)
Hi, It is so hard to give one you love dearly to the Lord in Heaven. Both my parents died with cancer..so i know only a little of how you feel. The Lord has also taken my baby son...When I finished your page..I felt that your daughter and my baby would be good friends in Heaven. Keep her page up MOM and DAD! It truly helped me realize ..im not the only one who is in pain! May time help heal your hearts , tho you will never forget! Love in Friendship, Holly
Holly <lauragrace>
Yarmouth, NS Canada - Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at 08:42:40 (PDT)
aLL i WOULD LIKE TO SAY IS THAT i HAVE NOT PERSONALLY WITNESSED THE PAIN OF CANCER AND ANY OTHER DISEASE,BUT I HAVE FELT THE PAIN OF DEATH OF A LOVED ONE,SO GOD BLESS TO ALL AND GOOD WISHES!!!!!!
Fetesha D.
N.Aurora, IL U.S.A. - Sunday, April 23, 2000 at 17:22:53 (PDT)
Isn't Mike Cuccione the best and cutest member of 2gether!!And if he's listening I'd like to say Whatz up!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fetesha D.
N.Aurora, IL U.S.A. - Sunday, April 23, 2000 at 17:19:03 (PDT)
I know Melinda is no longer with us, but I would like to tell her family that people do care and that i am one of those people. I know a little boy who is dying of cancer, and his family can't bare the pain. No one will ever really know what you have gone through unless they have gone through it-Kerri best of Wishes got information from Michael Cuccione's book. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL!
Kerri <Megastar859@aol.com>
Center Moriches, N.Y United States - Thursday, April 20, 2000 at 05:48:55 (PDT)
Your page has touched me in ways I cannot describe and revives past painful memories of my adolescent struggle with the disease. It was hard, but after two remissions and a bone marrow transplant, I am still fine after ten years. We are connected as soldiers on the battlefield, fighting a common, hated enemy. Some have fallen, but those of us who continue to live will carry the light in memory of such wonderful persons as yourself, and wait with anxious anticipation for the time when we shall be together again. Thank you for your inspiration and promise of hope.
Matthew Combs <mattran@hotmail.com>
Jefferson City, MO USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 22:26:51 (PDT)
Hey Melinda,i know how much your family misses you and i wish you guys the best luck.God bless you all!You and michael are really great role models.Keep up the good work!
Violet <vgchic86@hotmail.com>
Visalia, Ca United States - Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 18:50:10 (PDT)
Nice web page,Keep the faith.Had a brother die young of brain c. 41yr.old male from Ohio. bye.
Donnie Brugh <NUTTZY4U@AOL.COM>
MASSILLON, OH U.S.A. - Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at 14:39:01 (PDT)
Hey Melinda, I just wanted to say that thanks to people like you I am studying to become a nurse in a hospital so I can meet people just like you. I wish that I would have gotten to you and meet you because you are a great inspiration to me. Cya in a while. RIP!
Sara Easley <Joeysangel266@hotmail.com>
RSM, CA USA - Monday, April 17, 2000 at 12:36:35 (PDT)
Hey Melinda. Even though I never even met you or Michael Cuccione, you both have been a big inspiration in my life and have made a huge impact on my life as well as many others lives. I just wanted to say that and that we all love you, and please say hi to my granny up in heaven. Bye!!
Syndal <Squidgurl03@cs.com>
St. Paul, MN United States - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 11:25:36 (PDT)
hey sweetheart! I just wanted to say that I know how your family feels because my grandma is very old and was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and she probably wont survive even with chemo and radiation. I am just thankful that she will have you has a friend up in heaven. I will her and I wish I had a chance to know you. Luv always,Sara
Sara Easley <Joeysangel266@hotmail.com>
RSM, CA USA - Saturday, April 15, 2000 at 12:01:22 (PDT)
hey sweetheart! I just wanted to say that I know how your family feels because my grandma is very old and was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and she probably wont survive even with chemo and radiation. I am just thankful that she will have you has a friend up in heaven. I will her and I wish I had a chance to know you. Luv always,Sara
Sara Easley <Joeysangel266@hotmail.com>
RSM, CA USA - Saturday, April 15, 2000 at 11:59:05 (PDT)
Dear Melinda~ I hope you love it in Heaven! It must be great. Reading this guestbook brought tears to my eyes. You didn't deserve to die so young. Please say hi to my grandpa and grandma up there. And a big one to my grandfather who I never met, but I know you will love him. Well when I go to Heaven I will be sure to stop by. Love Always~ Stephanie
Stephanie M. <kpsc@pon.net>
Windsor, CA USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 21:32:11 (PDT)
I've had leukeamia on and off since i was small but,im now 15 and have been in remission for the last 15 months(touch wood) and although Melinda died, her courage throughout her life is truly inspiring and she has obviously influenced and helped alot of people through what has to be the most difficult time in their lives, it seems to me that she was a remarkable person.
Sarah
- Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 17:15:51 (PDT)
Hello. How are you? I am very sorry. I know one day I will see you and I look forward to that day. Thank You.
Alysha Tanasijevic
Broadview Hts., OH USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 15:10:27 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I hope you are happy in heaven and having fun! I wanna thank u and your family for this site! You are such an inspiration to me as well as Michael Cuccione! Thank u Michael For linking to her Site! ^_^ Both of you have inspired me to enter a career in Oncology so that I can help Make A DIfference! I'm 14 and will be 15 in May...I'm looking forward to going to college to begin my career! Melinda and Michael Will ALWAYS be in my heart 4ever! Thank u and best wishes. Love Jennifer.
Jennifer "Luna" Simon <Luna@QTfans.zzn.com>
Stafford, VA USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 14:56:07 (PDT)
Hey Melinda, most of my family has died from cancer. Right now my great-grand-mothr has breast cancer. I know how tough it is. I also know that before I visited this site I used not believe in God. All that has chaged now. 'Cause how could someone as sweet and as caring as you not go to heaven? There is no explination. There must be a God up there, and now I realize that. I've been siting here reading all these entries and seeing how many peoples lifes you have changed. And as soon as I get done typing this I'm going to go send some money to the Michael Cuccione Fondation. The way I found out about this was from a Michael Cuccione web site, and he has changed alot of peoples life too. You guys have alot of courage and I hope your happy! Love always Brooke! (I'll visit your site every chance I get!) I love you guys!
Brooke <ZoeChick1033485@aol.com>
Houston, Tx USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 12:30:53 (PDT)
Dearest Melinda, Hopefully you've got e-mail up there in heaven :) Anywho, I'd just like to thank you for this page. My little cousin (who's 4) was diagnosed with Hodgkin's last year, and he's (luckily) in remission now. I showed this page to him and his mother, and it's really helped them. Well Melinda, I guess I've said all I've needed to. Give kisses to my Uncle Armand for me up there in heaven, he died of cancer of the liver. I'm sure you'll like him. :o) Love always, Christine
Christine <MillenniumDiva81@aol.com>
Farmington, CT USA - Monday, April 10, 2000 at 17:02:01 (PDT)
hi.. i read your page and it brought tears to my eyes! aww.. you are a strong person. and you are missed by alot of people! -who know you.. -and who dont! it must be hard having to die at so young...and to melinda's family and friends - even tho she died, shes still with ya's in your hearts and watchin down on ya from that special place in heaven -=0) Much Love-Always And Forever!! Later-Nikki
nikki <pink1585@aol.com>
claymont, de USA - Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 06:13:23 (PDT)
Melinda, You are an inspiration to me. I foun this sight while I was looking for things about Michael Cuccione. He is my role model and you are to now. You did not deserve to die, no one at your age does. You and Michael have such courage and strenght......it simply amazes me. On April 14th, i know he is hosting TRL and I plan on going there to see him. My mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and your story and Michaels story have helped her, truly. She reads all the aricles I print out on Michael, and your webapge is her only favorite place! She has stage 1 cancer and a very good chance of survival. I am so sorry for your parents and friends and families loss, but most importantly, you didn't deserve to die, but because you have, and because of what is going on in my life right now, and Michael, I have decided to motivate myself to dedicatemy life to finding a cure for cancer. If i do, I only wish I would've soon enough to help you. All my Love to you and Michael, Nicole Lloret Michaels true #1 Fan
Nicole <XBaBy4e143@aol.com>
Staten Island, NY USA - Saturday, April 08, 2000 at 20:34:26 (PDT)
Melinda, You are an inspiration to me. I foun this sight while I was looking for things about Michael Cuccione. He is my role model and you are to now. You did not deserve to die, no one at your age does. You and Michael have such courage and strenght......it simply amazes me. On April 14th, i know he is hosting TRL and I plan on going there to see him. My mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and your story and Michaels story have helped her, truly. She reads all the aricles I print out on Michael, and your webapge is her only favorite place! She has stage 1 cancer and a very good chance of survival. I am so sorry for your parents and friends and families loss, but most importantly, you didn't deserve to die, but because you have, and because of what is going on in my life right now, and Michael, I have decided to motivate myself to dedicatemy life to finding a cure for cancer. If i do, I only wish I would've soon enough to help you. All my Love to you and Michael, Nicole Lloret Michaels true #1 Fan
Nicole <XBaBy4e143@aol.com>
Staten Island, NY USA - Saturday, April 08, 2000 at 20:33:15 (PDT)
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bassam <bassam_k_212@yahoo.com>
878, 58 CA - Saturday, April 08, 2000 at 19:37:38 (PDT)
hey melinda!..oh my gosh! this is soo scarey, there is a huge storm! its thundering and lightning and raining, the thunder & lightning is like 2 miles away, sorry i haven't wrote you forever, just haven't had the time, we had a soccer game today and it was CRAZY!! they called it at about half-time becasue it was too dangerous to play in the thunder and lightning, so well we tied, well i hope you doing well, but i g2g im tired and im just gunna do nothing, talk to you later, over and outta here, Erica bye bye love you~
~*Erica-Bennett*~ <Justy778@hotmail.com>
*~Medford*~, *~Oregon*~ *~USA*~ - Saturday, April 08, 2000 at 17:16:57 (PDT)
Hi~~* Your site is truly an awesome thing. I don't even know how to say how great it is. It is so great and uplifting knowing that people care. It's really wonderful! I hope you can reach more people with your site! :) Love Always *~Traci~*
Traci <LovelyAngel005@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, April 08, 2000 at 09:42:36 (PDT)
This site is cool. Good work guys! You can join Top100-Websites.com, (http://www.top100-websites.com)
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John B <jonh12b@aol.com>
Ramsey, NJ USA - Friday, April 07, 2000 at 03:16:49 (PDT)
Hi, how are you guys doing? well I wish your family the best of luck.
Jamie
Newport, mn usa - Thursday, April 06, 2000 at 15:07:34 (PDT)
hey melinda babe! how are you? im doing alright..ugh..im so nervous! one day till my track meet and im sooo scared..because they shoot the gun for the start you know? its so scarey to me! i hate guns because my uncle was shot in the back with one by 2 14 year old kids that thought it would be cool to kill some one, ugh..its really sad for me, but um so they scare me, but um my day went pretty good, and i hope yours was good too, i just found out that there is this girl no one liked at my school and now she has cancer, leukima, she had really bad athsma before, so i think that might have something to do with it, but um i think thats so sad now, i wish i could go into the hospital and give her a hug and a balloon and flowers, and i would pray for her while holding her hand, but i better get going! bye bye see-yuh later ;)
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, oregon usa - Wednesday, April 05, 2000 at 19:55:22 (PDT)
You are a true inspritation to everyone who comes to this site. It is nice to know you can now be an angel, in heaven, for the sick children in this world. God bless your family.
Janella <nellabean@hotmail.com>
Arab, AL USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2000 at 22:42:11 (PDT)
hey melinda!..how are you? im doing alright..pretty tired though...im getting soo excited and nervous!! i have my first track meet this thrusday at Eagle point! ahhhh im doing like 200 meter sprints and the 400 relay race..im soooo soooo sooo nervous..but when the time comes i'll be thinking i can do this,melinda could of so i can do it..and before i'll pray to you and everyone up there..and hope that you'll give me some stregth to get through it.. well i love you terrably ...bye bye <3 always, Erica
erica <justy778@hotmail.com>
medford, oregon usa - Tuesday, April 04, 2000 at 17:44:22 (PDT)
Loved how Michael and Melinda were friends that was so sweet how they stayed friends. now that I know how to help fight for cancer I am helping by raising money. Your story and Michael's have been an inspriation to me. They helped me get over my friend dieing. That's all I wanted to say. God be with you where ever you are. God bless you. Michael Ilove you if you ever come on here.
Jamie <raceawy>
newport, mn - Tuesday, April 04, 2000 at 14:46:08 (PDT)
hey melinda..! how are you?? im doing pretty good..im really tired..i had track practice then soccer practice!! ugh tell me about aching..but im alright..well just wanted to say hey and see how your doing..talk to you later..! bye bye <3 always...Erica
erica <justy778@hotmail.com>
medford, oregon usa - Monday, April 03, 2000 at 19:41:48 (PDT)
Melinda, I really like your homepage. I came across it while I was in Micheal Cuccione's website. I feel really bad that you had to go at such an early age. You seem like a great person and you didn't deserve to pass away. I'll always keep you, Micheal, and all the other children that have cancer in my prayers. Love ya, Stefanie
Stefanie Perez,14 <DRbaby86@aol.com>
Fairview, NJ USA - Monday, April 03, 2000 at 18:17:31 (PDT)
I would just like to say everyone misses you Melinda. And good luck to her family the Hathaway's.
Lisa <LisaQT@angelfire.com>
Ohio USA - Monday, April 03, 2000 at 15:11:08 (PDT)
Hi!My name is Tiff, and i would like to say how amazing u were and all the other cancer victims. I am also very happy 2 know that all the survivers like Michael Coccione, are spreading the word about it. We all love u, him, and everyone else who has suffered. We are here if u need us! luv always ~*~*~tiff~*~*~
~*~*~Tiffany~*~*~ <PRiNcEsPoPuLaR@aol.com>
MIlford, MA usa - Monday, April 03, 2000 at 13:30:37 (PDT)
hey melinda.i just wanted to say hi to u again.u were my vey best friend.i wish u were still here today.i miss u a lot.best wishes. michael cuccione
michael cuccione <michael_cuccione>
- Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 16:45:03 (PDT)
hey melinda....just wanted to say hey...no one is writing you that much today except me...thats wierd..well i better be going..bye bye have fun and see you later! <3 always Erica
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, or USA - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 15:31:12 (PDT)
hey melinda!!! its great to see your doing great!....its another bright day..it was really wierd..the other day i looked at the picture of you and your boyfriend kissing and the sun came out..it was like you knew i was looking at it or something :) that shows me you are alive! well i better go..love you always...Erica
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, or USA - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 12:39:23 (PDT)
i found this site off a Michael Cuccione site. although i dont know melinda, she seems to be a really sweet girl. My love goes out to the family. it must be hard. its hard for me: i cant help but to shred a tear or two. :*(
Elena <iceflowy2k@aol.com>
brooklyn, ny usa - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 09:06:06 (PDT)
hey melinda agian...hehehe...i was telling my dad about you, and he said that you can't love people when they are dead, but i think that oppisite of that!...i will always love you ok? sorry i keep writing, i just have so much stuff to tell you! bye bye see- ya later, love Erica
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, or USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 19:42:35 (PST)
hey melinda! i was just thinking about you, just thought i'd say hello! i love you much...bye
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, or USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 19:27:35 (PST)
dear Melinda, how have you been in heaven? i hope its great,i just wanted to let you know that you have touched my heart so deeply,i wish i could of been right at your side as you were in your struggle of cancer, here is a rose for you as a throw it into the ocean : @--->--- , you do mean alot to me and i am going to be writing you from know on because i think our relationship as friends needs to stay in contact, you have made the biggest impact on my life, just by today i have a differnt perption on things, melinda keep that strong heart of yours, i'll be forever yours, Love , erica
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, or USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 15:35:56 (PST)
hey Melinda,as i write this letter to you i begin to cry of happeniss becuase you are free now, your story has touched my life in so many ways,i feel that you are my sister i have known for life,i wish you were here and could just give me a hudge hug but i'll give you a hug when i see you in heaven, please say hey to all my family i miss terriably up there and say hey to god and give him a hug for me, i know your gone, but your always going to be in my heart forever,i am going to start writing you from know on, i think that i should keep in contact with you, please never forget me and always read my letters i write you, i will always love you melinda bye hun, talk to you later, LOve Erica
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, or USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 15:30:40 (PST)
Melinda....i wish i could have known you because you seem such like a caring person, i wish i could have been right by your side through your struggle of cancer, but i know your in heaven know where you can look out at all the people you love and that care for you...you have so many people that care for you, i think after seeing your page, you make a hudge impact on peoples life, i hope to see you in heaven one of these days so i can thank you for inspiring me so much...i love you dearly...love always Erica
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, or USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 15:19:16 (PST)
all i want to say is that reading all about melinda has made a hudge impact on my life. i thought people really never sufferd from cancer but after reading that i thought about it and broke into tears..its such a commen thing thats happening now, its so sad to see childern's lifes end like that but every child that dies is going to a great place where he or she isn't suffering anymore and is in peace. but i just want to thank this site for inspiring me to belive and to care about this..i hope everyone understands about this and contributes all there love and helps the foundations. let the lord be with all the cancer patients, i pray for you kids every night. and i know someday you guys will all over come this..love forever Erica
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, OR Usa - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 15:13:46 (PST)
just looking at this makes me cry.. i don't know how your family can take all the sadness that has happened, i really am sorry for what happened and i give the best wishes to all those kids out there that are suffering..let god be with you, with love forever and always. Erica
Erica Bennett <Justy778@hotmail.com>
Medford, OR Usa - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 15:05:44 (PST)
Melinda, you were sweet, caring, generous, and I can tell that just from reading your page. There is so much you didn't get to do, so many dreams you didn't get to fulfill. It's truly unfair. But someday, there will be a cure for cancer, and all cured cancer patients will look up in the sky and say, "Thank you, Melinda Hathaway." Best wishes to Melinda's family.
Britnee <cali_04@hotmail.com>
MI USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 13:57:07 (PST)
Hello there. I saw this on a Michael Cuccione website. Melinda was sure was a special girl. It's sad to think that she left this world when she was so young. I'm glad she put up this website. It's informative and helpful to those who are just beginning to deal with the results of cancer and to those who just want to know about it. To Melinda's family I hope you know that no one will forget Melinda because each day one person goes to this site and sees what a wonderful girl Melinda was. Even though I didn't know her personally I will always remember her when I'm faced with a problem for she had courage. May God Bless Melinda's family dearly.
Sarah <RedDiva702@aol.com>
Las Vegas, NV US - Friday, March 31, 2000 at 15:07:06 (PST)
~To the family and friends touched by one amazing girl. I share your pain of a lost of someone so special and for some so close. I am only 14 almost 15 and now I have lost one good friend to cancer. Lukemia to be exact. I know the pain of loosing him and I wanted to let you know that she will be in prayer for peaceful rest and for the lord to keep her close to him. But remember, the only way someone dies is if they died in hearts, if they are not remembered, loved and talked about. Than truley is when they will die. By having this website still running, she will never die in any of our hearts. I am truley sorry about your lost.
Kathleen <MusicKat7@AOL.com>
IL USA - Friday, March 31, 2000 at 07:22:36 (PST)
Best Wishes Melinda. May you forever rest in peace.
Kelly
Worcester, MA USA - Thursday, March 30, 2000 at 16:55:24 (PST)
Hey, Good luck to Melissa's family! And check out my Michael Cuccione Website. T
Lisa Walker <LisaQT@angelfire.com>
Painesville, Ohio USA - Thursday, March 30, 2000 at 09:48:00 (PST)
May God be with the family so that they may understand God's will. I am sorry for your lose of such a sweet innocent person so young and dear to you all. She is in no pain and knows no fear now. Love to you all and my prays go out to you.
Tiny Redel EMT <TINY2TONE65@AOL.COM>
ELYRIA, OH USA - Thursday, March 30, 2000 at 07:57:18 (PST)
Dear friends, I was just trying to find out the activities of International Society for Kristina Consciousness when I came about this. I am very suprised about the misfortune. Please, can somebody out there help email me the activities for International Society for Kristina consciousness?
Wesonga Ronald <rwesonga@yahoo.com>
Kampala, Uganda - Thursday, March 30, 2000 at 02:59:08 (PST)
Hey! :) My name is Jenelle Esparza. Melinda images like a very nice and sweet girl. By looking at all of the people who signed her guestbook, I can tell that she was a very liked young woman. I took a look at her website and she has many friends who loved her very much. I never met Melinda but I feel like I already know her! Isn't that weird?! I'm sure that she is looking down on all of us and smiling! And I'm sure that she is happy in Heaven.God Bless!!! LOVE ALWAYS, Jenelle E.
Jenelle Esparza <jamine@flashnet.com>
Corpus Christi, TX US - Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at 19:33:54 (PST)
To Melinda's family, My name is Jennifer, and I am currently working on a masters in medical social work. In the process of researching for a presentation I am to give on Children and Adolescents with cancer, I found Melinda's home page. I began reading and looking at the beautiful pictures, and I did not realize until much later in my reading that she had passed away. I was so touched by this web page and I had tears in my eyes throughout. It is so wonderful that her soul is carried on through her family and friends. Although I did not know Melinda, her beauty as an individual shines through this page... Thank you for sharing your story... Jennifer Farber
Jennifer Farber <Jafarber@aol.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 17:06:52 (PST)
Dearest Michael: If you are reading this, I wanted to tell you something. I think that Melinda must have been a really strong and courageous person, like you. You have taught me to live life to the fullest, and to not take life for granted. Thank you for teaching me that. Love ya, Casey
Casey N. <sugarbaby84@hotmail.com>
A.L., MN USA - Monday, March 27, 2000 at 09:51:20 (PST)
Dearest Michael: If you are reading this, I wanted to tell you something. I think that Melinda must have been a really strong and courageous person, like you. You have taught me to live life to the fullest, and to not take life for granted. Thank you for teaching me that.
Casey N. <sugarbaby84@hotmail.com>
A.L., MN USA - Monday, March 27, 2000 at 09:51:07 (PST)
God bless you. Even though I never met you, you must have been a really great and nice person.
Casey Nielsen <sugarbaby84@hotmail.com>
A.L., MN USA - Monday, March 27, 2000 at 09:46:12 (PST)
I realize I have already written, but there is something I forgot to say. Michael, if your reading this, thanks for everything you've done for everyone out there!!! Melinda deserved to have a friend like you. And i would like to say that i now donate to the foundation, i just wish i would have been able to find out about it sooner. Everyone reading this, thanks for caring enough! And good luck to everyone with cancer...Lynnsey
Lynnsey <lynnsey_farnsworth@hotmail.com>
Des Moines, IA US - Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 21:44:24 (PST)
As I write this, I will try not to cry. When i first got into michael cuccione, i thought that was a sad story. I guess i wasnt looking past all the beauty. my love and sadness for him led me here and to you. even though i know you cannot see this, others will. And i think it is time that we all get up and do something here!!! I donate money to the Michael Cuccione Foundation every week!! Every little bit helps. I'm sorry to everyone who has lost a love one due to cancer and it's horrible cause. And i think people should realize how much michael is really doing for you and your families and get past his pretty face!! he has a heart...as does everyone here!!! Lots of love and prayers, Lynnsey
Lynnsey Farnsworth <lynnsey_farnsworth@hotmail.com>
Des Moines, IA United States - Saturday, March 25, 2000 at 19:53:04 (PST)
I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW , WHERE EVER YOU ARE , THAT I WILL TRY TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO RASE MONEY FOR THE MICHAEL CUCCIONE FOUNDATION BECAUSE MICHAEL'S STORY AND YOUR'S HAVE TOUCHED MT HEART . REST IN PEACE .
Ariana De La Rosa <ariana_bsb_659@hotmail.com>
Houston, Tx. US - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 20:50:03 (PST)
Hey Melinda, Sorry I haven't wrote you in a while. Even though I don't know you I feel like I do. I also feel like I seen you before somewhere. I am still writing poetry as usual and I want to have my own poetry book. One day I will be a great scientist and discover cures for diseases and try to get funds from the goverment to for study of rare ones. But right now I am just a normal girl. Did you like the poem I wrote you? Yea, I know it really sucks, but I changed it a lot so that it images better, but it is not quite finished yet. Tell God thank you for me. I want to thank him because he finally told me what I will become through signs. One of thoes signs was a talk show. Another was a newspaper artical and the last one was you. My friend wanted to know if Michael Cuccione really had cancer so I went to his offical website and I found out that he did. When I was browsing the site I found a picture of you and then I knew it was a sign. You know how you just know some things, you know the feeling that you get and you just know and you can't explain it, well that is what happened to me. Well, the signs were saying that I was going to be a Medical Researcher. I am on my way to being a Medical Researcher because I got accepted to the AIMS program. The AIMS program is like this medical pogram at the high school that I plan to attend. I am going to surf your site some more. So Bye. Write you later, Sleepy
Sleepy <valentjoe@aol.com>
Long Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 18:25:07 (PST)
I happen to run across Melinda's web page and am very sorry for your loss. My fiancee had a brain tumor in April of 96. They were able to do surgery and remove it and went into remission. But in December 1998 he develope another brain tumor that they could not do surgery on. He passed away March 1999. He was 29 years old. I was with him for 6 years. It was a very hard time in my life. I know how difficult it is to lose a love one. He is at rest know and done suffering. I know that is my gardian angel. Melinda's web paged really touched my heart. My sincere condolences to the family. Melinda's memory will live on in your hearts forever. Thanks for sharing Melinda's memory with me. Rose
Rose Incandela <rincandela@oasis-imaging.com>
Schiller Park, IL - Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 13:54:47 (PST)
Thanks for the page. Your name and your cause drew me here. I am a camp director for children with cancer. We invite the whole family to attend for a week free of charge. Someday I hope to meet you and your family. God be with you. Same Name Friend, Melinda
Melinda W Hatcher <Hatchrs5@aol.com>
Hernando, MS - Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 08:24:28 (PST)
Hi. I'm really sorry about Melinda's passing. I wish I had known about this page alot earlier, so I may have been able to help in any kind of way. I know now that I will try to help anyone that is sick, in any way possible. Thank you Melinda for sharing your story with us. You will be deeply missed.
Sonya <sonya@muted.com>
Mexico, MO USA - Monday, March 20, 2000 at 18:49:02 (PST)
Hi. I'm really sorry about Melinda's passing. I wish I had known about this page alot earlier, so I may have been able to help in any kind of way. I know now that I will try to help anyone that is sick, in any way possible. Thank you Melinda for sharing your story with us. You will be deeply missed.
Sonya <sonya@muted.com>
Mexico, MO USA - Monday, March 20, 2000 at 18:48:53 (PST)
Hey Mellinda, Cancer is a terrible disease that happens to take the best of us. You will always be remembered in my heart , for your bravery , through all the rough times . When you, tour family,and friends struggled. You were all brave and had hope. It only takes the best of us . You will never be forgotten!I want to thank you and Michael Cuccione for giving me the hope and courage to help me get through the struggle of my grandfathers cancer. I have been saving up money for over a year, and i am going to donate it to the Michael Cuccione foundation. I want to make a difference. God Bless and Thank you Mellinda and Michael Love, Shandell
Shandell Hartman <Shandell13@aol.com>
Norman, Ok USA - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 17:05:00 (PST)
I found your site just "browsing". What caught my eye was the fact that Melinda was born 12 months to the day after my daughter Alison. Alison died from a spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage at the age of 18 on 17th October 1998. She had had many years of ill-health but there was never any reason to investigate her head. Since Alison's death we have had our other children investigated and our eldest daughter has the same malformation in her brain. She has had some treatment but we won't know until 2001 if it has been "fixed". Alison, like Melinda was always positive and was loved by so many people. When the 19th May comes around I'll be thinking of both our girls and both our families. All the best Majella. looking forward to a normal life.
Majella Lazenby <lazenby@powerup.com.au>
Brisbane, Qld CAAustralia - Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 02:00:54 (PST)
Hi, I am really sorry you had to go through that. I mean why do they have inocent people have their lives taken away while the evils are still living. I mean I bet you had a lot going for you. This site has made me so sad and i will send all my friends this site so they can read about your tragedy.Well, I mean you and michael have inspired me so much. I wished you have had lived and try and accomplish your goals and fulfill your dreams. I know now,that you shouldn't take your life for granted. One of these days, you will have to die and i guess it was your turn. You shouldn't have though. I didn't know you, i just found the webpage on Michael's site. I am glad i stopped by here. I am 13 turning 14 really soon. I am filipino and american. When i grow up i want to become a famous actress like my idol rachael leigh cook. people say i can do it...if i try.I think i can manage to become famous because i am into drama, and people say i should become a comedian / drama / airhead / actress!!!! lol I also have a dream that i can meet "Michael Cuccione" I really like him and look up to him as a friend. I do because not because what i bet other people look at him as "HOT and a good singer" i know he is hot and a good singer but i kind of look at him as the caring and nice and sweet person. I can understand how you guys were close. Melinda I wanted to tell you if you are listening you could have alot of your goals accomplised. Also, to be successful people that did and do care for you... and also that even i didn't know you i bet we would get along great.! i mean i wish i knew you and if you were alive i would say that i would wish for you to fulfill your dreams and also have a successful in life.I would really like to meet Michael Cuccione, not because he's cute but because he seems really sweet and caring. well thanks, and i am soooglad i went to your page... Much Love, for you and Michael Trasy please email meeh michael becausei have two dreams... one is to become famous and be an actress and two i would really lOVE to meet you i've had these dreams for a long long time!!!! I live in okinawa,japan because my dad is in the military...and so we are stationed over here but my homestates are ohio/florida/and also n.c thanks for listening
Trasy Maria Ashton <trasy__ashton@hotmail.com>
okinawa, japan - Friday, March 17, 2000 at 18:10:41 (PST)
Who is the singer on the vidieo that comes on Windows 95 under fun stuff called "goodtimes".. Eddie..somthing..
Curt <hdlcats@msn.com>
Moreno Valley, ca usa - Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 21:04:43 (PST)
Hi. Melinda, I don't know you, but you seem like such and inspiration. I found this when I was at the Michael Cuccione Foundation website. I would like to find ways to help. I'm in a club, and every month I collect money from the club. This year, all the money is going to the Michael Cuccione Foundation for cancer research. I'd like to let you know that every day 60 plants are cut down in the rainforest. You're probably thinking why do you care. For 2 reasons. One is because any of these 95% of these 60 plants are not studied by scientists yet. Any of these 95% could be cures for cancer. The second reason is that my grade (7th) has raise $600 for the rainforest! I was hoping that maybe I could motivate my grade to do this for The Michael Cuccione Foundation and other cancer research foundations. If there is any more I can do to help (or if you could just e-mail me) that would be great. I just want to help. My friend's mother died of cancer a little while ago. I really want to help in any way possible. Thank you, and I hope everyone out there will help too! Thanks, Lily
Lily <ninid7@aol.com>
CA - Thursday, March 16, 2000 at 15:59:01 (PST)
Hey Melinda, how r u doing? I wrote this poem for you and about you. She didn't save the world in time Oh so they say She died of cancer But not in our minds and not in our hearts She saved the world and inspired everyone In her owm unique special way Although she isn't her phyically She still is in our minds Every time we hear the word cancer Her picture comes in mind We didn't want to see her go We didn't want to see her die But when she did we already knew She didn't on our insides I'm writing this poem just to say That she is still alive Even though she is not here Her spirit remaine inside She has touched everyone Which means tat she has not died
Sleepy <Valentjoe@aol.com>
Los Angeles, CA United States - Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 17:30:49 (PST)
I was just resently introduced to Mike. When I frist saw him I felt my heart speed up.There was an instant conection. I was in tears when I found out he had cancer.This web sight didn't help me stop crying either.I didn't know anybody close to me had cancer untill I read about Mike!Now I am going to do what ever I can to help people with cancer!
Missy age: 12 <not avilible>
Rocford, MI CA - Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 14:39:29 (PST)
I was just resently introduced to Mike. When I frist saw him I felt my heart speed up.There was an instant conection. I was in tears when i found out he had cancer.This web sight didn't help me stop crying.I didn't know anybody close to me had cancer untill I read about Mike!Now I am going to do what ever I can to help people with cancer!
Missy age: 12 <not avilible>
Rocford, MI CA - Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 14:37:59 (PST)
I found this trying to find more on how Micheal. I just want to say how much u and Micheal have been so much inspiration to everyone.I want to help out as much as i can. well thats all i gotta say. God Bless U and Micheal
Karen <the_2gether_babe>
tn usa - Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 06:47:10 (PST)
I really don't know what to say, my heart feels so bad for you Melinda. People like you don't deserve to leave the world.I am lucky i found your web site through Michael's. If i haden't i wouldn't have known about all the things Cancer patients have to go through and that they are really great people. I wish i Could of met you. you and michal are a big inspiration to me. right know i can't hold in my tears any longer. i have learned to keep my feelings to myself, but when i saw your site i couldn't help it.I know now not to take things for granted and show my feelings to others before i lose them. i'll keep you and Michael in my prayers.and i'll tell God to take good care of you.Only God knows when the children of the world will live a longer and fullfilled life. you and Michael have a special place in my heart.**"Always & Forever"**
Blanki <ajsgirl85@aol.com>
Bronx, NY U.S.A - Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 18:04:23 (PST)
Hi, I thhink it's greta to help fight cancer! Not much else to say. Bye
Sarah Montague <mc_lovergirl@yahoo.com>
Altamonte, FL - Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 12:31:23 (PST)
Hi! I was just writing to say how much of an inspiration she and michael have been to me. That's all. THANK YOU BOTH!!!!!
Kim <angel8525@bolt.com>
commerce, ok USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 10:02:05 (PST)
Hi! I was just writing to say how much of an inspiration she and michael have been to me. That's all. THANK YOU BOTH!!!!!
Kim Leggett <angel8525@bolt.com>
commerce, ok USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 10:01:46 (PST)
HI, my name is Valerie (odviously) and I just wonted to pay my deepest respct for Melinda and her family even thought I know she has passed aways which I would have not liked to mention it. The way I found this was by cheaking for Cancer patients and this one catched my eye. I also read all about milinda and if I lived where she lived I would surly be one of her freinds I am only 13 but I am very sorry to her that she was diagnosed with Cancer it would be nice if I would to at least be in contact with her parents or brothers because I woul like to know them and be able to tell them how I fell about what happened to Milinda. I am so very sorry for what happened and I do admit that I was also in a Michael C. site but I had to come in here and write what I thought and yes I really did read.I guess this is all I am going to write or I will kill this poor keyboard so if anyone reads this anyone at all don't be afraid to e-mail me and keep in touch to talk about what happened or just be pals because I am mnmore then willing to be friends with anyone well thank you for reading this piece of my mind and I do wish nothing happened to her.=o( I don't even know her but i do know she was a great person =o) -Valerie A.
Valerie A. <Vall_1@excite.com>
Nogales, AZ US - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 17:44:30 (PST)
hey, how are you? I want to thank you for being a supporter of Cancer. I feel strongly about fighting for cancer and I love Michael. He is my hero and now i think you are. I'm 14 and luckily none of my close family or friends have had cancer but I am for supporting it and I would love to help. I though it was great how Michael has another CD and is in a group. LUV, Nichole Cuccione
Nichole Cuccione <mint_oreo>
V.H, ma - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 16:10:11 (PST)
After reading this website, this really made me cry, You were an innocent girl and lived well. I wish i could've meet you because you, michael cuccione, and Alex Poulios has made a difference. You were an inspiration to everyone, and Best of All You have everyone supporting you. You're Poems are great, even art and you just brought tears in my eyes. After reading this web and michael cuccione's web, I want to help out... God Bless you
Misty Manalastas <babysweets_15@hotmail.com>
OceanSide, Ca CA - Thursday, March 09, 2000 at 00:17:25 (PST)
HEY MELINDA, I FOUND THIS SITE BECAUSE I WAS LOOKING FOR STUFF MICHEAL CUCCIONE. I AM VERY HAPPY I FOUND IT. BOTH YOU AND MICHEAL ARE DEFINITLY AN INSPERATION AND WERE VERY BRAVE..YUO REALLY TOUCHED MY HEART!! GOD BLESSYUO
CORINNE <SPANISHEYS4NC>
FL USA - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 17:29:41 (PST)
You are a very Strong,Dedicated girl,and I'm so sorry that the only way I could find out about you was through Michaels Website,but it is now too late. Love Always, Lauren
Lauren Costa <SK8er7386@aol.com>
Coventry, RI USA - Monday, March 06, 2000 at 18:55:54 (PST)
As I was doing some research, I came across this page. My deepest regrets to the family, but I want you to know how much your daughter/sister's page helped me. See, I lost a very good friend a while ago. Ever since his death, I couldn't seem to let go. I couldn't face the fact that he was really not with me anymore. It was not until today, that I finally let go of my anguish. Please, if anyone in the family could contact me, I would really appreciate it. I will always hold Melinda in my heart, although I never really knew her. Thanx
Patty Beltranena <beltranenagirl@yahoo.com>
Guatemala, Guatemala - Monday, March 06, 2000 at 15:00:27 (PST)
Hello. This is Jennifer Giddings and I am 18 years old. I just want to wish the family of Melinda good times to come. As I was surfing through this website, I felt like I knew her. Although I didn't, she seems like someone who lived for the good times, and ignored the bad times. This site brought tears to my eyes, and I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed this site. Please let me know if there is anything I can do, because I'd love to. Thankyou, and God Bless. :o)
Jennifer Giddings <itztootz@bellsouth.net>
Tn USA - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 21:06:06 (PST)
Hi, My name is Tabathia and I am 13 yrs old. I just wanted to say that this page has touched me so much! I can't stop crying, and I just want all of you to know that I am for Mike and I prayed for Melinda when she was sick. I never knew her but I feel like she was my sister, and even though I didn't know her I still love her! If Mike or ANY of the Hathaway family needs someone to talk to please don't hesitate to E-Mail me! Love~ Tabathia
Tabathia <LiLMsPrinCesS912@AOL.com>
Taylors, SC - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 18:00:04 (PST)
Hey!!! When I first saw Michael Cuccione i thought he was cute and pretty good personality from what i saw. And when I went online to find more on him I found a caring guy. When I heard of you (melinda) I just cried. It's sad too see such a bright young girl suffer and then die eventually. Melinda I never knew you but you will ALWAYS be at the back of my mind. May good be with you all. Love Melissa P.s. Email me to talk. To the family:I wish much good luck for the future. :)
Melissa <bsb4melis@aol.com>
ny - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 11:44:18 (PST)
I found this page like alot of other MIKE CUCCIONE fans. I tought he was a great singer and a really good looking guy. But now he is even better than i thought. he has really done so many good things for Melinda and I really respect him for it. I am very sorry to hear about what Melinda had to go through. Teenagers shouldn't have to go through what she did...but she handled the situation as best she could. i just turned 15 on january 15, and i can just imagine how hard it is to lose a friend at that age. i hope all of her friends and family are doing well. My heart is with all of you. i got alot of friends and they all want to say how sorry they are. and im sure all of Melinda's friends are really sorry too. i hope all of you guys can just remember that she will always be with you watching you. and you will see her one day in heaven. but untill then just think of all the good times you guys had and say how great of a person she was. (And this is to Mike)--just remember that she was a great friend and she will always be with you remember that each and every day Melinda and everyone cares about you. some may just like you for your looks and your talent but others (like me and all my friends) care about all that you did for her. You are a great guy and I hope everyone can like you for you. Not just cuz you can sing and you look good....but because you have a heart to care for others and give your time to make others that need you feel better. you should be very proud of yourself. you have so many talents...and you have so much love in your heart. You will go far in whatever you decide to do. And i hope you can find someone who can appreciate you for who you really are. My loving heart goes out to all of her friends and family. Anyone that wants to talk to me...please e-mail me at JENN4NC@cs.com or IM me at JENN4NC
Jennifer Cunha <Jenn4NC>
massapequa park, ny usa - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 11:31:07 (PST)
I found this page like alot of other MIKE CUCCIONE fans. I tought he was a great singer and a really good looking guy. But now he is even better than i thought. he has really done so many good things for Melinda and I really respect him for it. I am very sorry to hear about what Melinda had to go through. Teenagers shouldn't have to go through what she did...but she handled the situation as best she could. i just turned 15 on january 15, and i can just imagine how hard it is to lose a friend at that age. i hope all of her friends and family are doing well. My heart is with all of you. i got alot of friends and they all want to say howsorry they are. and im sure all of Melinda's friends are really sorry too. i hope all of you guys can just remember that she will always be with you watching you. and you will see her one day in heaven. but untill then just think of all the good times you guys had and say how great of a person she was. (And this is to Mike)--just remember that she was a great friend and she will always be with you remember that each and every day Melinda and everyone cares about you. some may just like you for your looks and your talent but others (like me and all my friends) care about all that you did for her. You are a great guy and I hope everyone can like you for you. Not just cuz you can sing and you look good..but because you have a heart to care for others and give your time to make others that need you feel better. you should be very proud of yourself. you have so many talents...and you have so much love in your heart. You will go far in whatever you decide to do. And i hope you can find someone who can appreciate you for who you really are. My heart loving heart goes out to all of her friends and family. Anyone that wants to talk to me...please e-mail me at JENN4NC@cs.com or IM me at JENN4NC
Jennifer Cunha <Jenn4NC>
massapequa park, ny usa - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 11:28:03 (PST)
Melinda, You are an inspiration to all young girls out there. Reading your story, and about you has shown me that we can all be brave. I am touched by how kind you were to others, and just wanted to say Thank you :) God Bless Love Katie
Katie <yatenseiya4evr@aol.com>
VA - Sunday, March 05, 2000 at 11:11:07 (PST)
Melinda, you are a wonderful and inspiring person. Even though you are gone your legacy still lives on. I discovered your website but searching for Michael Cuccione and by reading his book. I am a VERY big fan of his. I know you can't read this but I hope you know that you are still loved.
Jessica <NsYnC LvR 952>
Phila., PA USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 20:20:43 (PST)
You have since passed but your memory lives over forever.Your loved by everyone whos know you and everyone who has read about you.
Nikki <JCisMyMan@AOL.Com>
Pittsburg, Ca U.S.A. - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 20:01:21 (PST)
Hello..Like many of you i found this website looking for Micheal Cuccione websites and information, and after I found out what melinda and micheal went through together, I just had to check out this site. I'm so sorry Melinda that you had to leave at such a young age. Your happy life shouldn't have been taken away like that. I give the best regards to your family, and you will always keep a space in my heart and prayers.
Sabrina <BSBtl220@aol.com>
Demarest, NJ USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 17:40:05 (PST)
HI ... I AM REALLY SORRY FOR MELINDA AND HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY, I DONT KNOW HER, BUT I HEARD SHE IS A FRIEND OF MICHAEL CUCCIONE AND I LOVE HIM SOO MUCH, WELL WHOEVER IS READING THIS ... SOMEDAY I WOULD LIKE TO BE A DOCTOR AND HELP THOSE WHO SUFFER ... BUT MY WISH RIGHT NOW IS TO MEET MICHAEL CUCCIONE, I WANT HIM TO BE MY DATE TO THIS BIG DANCE AT MY SCHOOL ... IF YOU KNOW HIM, OR HOW I CAN GET A HOLD OF HIM CAN YOU PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: CURTAINS235@JUNO.COM ... THANX ... ALSO MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO MELINDA AND ALL THOSE WHO CARE FOR HER. ~KRYSTLE
Krystle <Curtains235@juno.com>
Natick, MA USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 15:13:28 (PST)
I stumbled upon this moving page while searching for Michael Cuccione sites. I have been unable to tear myself away from reading each and every message. I am very touched. I am fourteen years old and I can't even imagine what it would be like to loose my life right now. I have so much to look forward to, and Melinda did, too. Now I will take everything I have as a blessing, and take nothing for granted. I hope Melinda is happy in heaven.
Ashley Morris <oosparklestaroo@aol.com>
San Diego, Ca USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 09:35:30 (PST)
I found this site because I was looking up info. on Michael Cuccione I used to just think he was a hot guy with a great voice, but know I have a whole different view on him and his life! I LOVE YOU MICHAEL!!!!
Selena Rodriguez <selena726@yahoo.com>
Colorado Springs , CO U.S.A. - Friday, March 03, 2000 at 18:57:28 (PST)
I wish to express my condolences to the family and my sadness that at such a young age a girl should have to give up the most precious possession of all - her life. My dad was diagnosed with cancer 2 weeks ago and upon searching, hoping to find more information I tripped along this page. Seeing it is so inspirational, the way that such happiness can still be provoked even at a time of illness. I hope that Melinda is up there, smiling down on us and trying to convince Fate to find such a cure for cancer. God Bless. -Dayna
Dayna <dayna@graffiti.net>
MI USA - Friday, March 03, 2000 at 18:38:27 (PST)
I think Melinda did really well to try and fight and i think that no one should ever give up on a life that is so precious because what if that was you there what would you think if someone turned on you when you needed it the most
Kaley <Davesgal2000@aol.com>
Pittsburgh, PA CA - Friday, March 03, 2000 at 18:32:32 (PST)
God Bless
Shelley <StrLitSheL@aol.com>
LA, CA USA - Friday, March 03, 2000 at 18:06:38 (PST)
I never met Melinda, but after reading Michael Cucciones book and finding they were friends I had to come to this sight. I cried after reading how Melinda made poems for Mike and they were best-friends. It really touched my heart. She really was and still is a miracle. God bless her, her friends, and her family. Love; Kailey
Kailey <kalila_69@yahoo.com>
WI U.S. - Friday, March 03, 2000 at 07:18:26 (PST)
I found this site after looking at Michael Cuccione's. I found both very touching, and Melinda... I know that this message probably won't, or can't reach you, but just by looking at this site you touched me. And I know that's what you wanted to do, it's people like you that make other people know that life is worth living. With much love, Ashleigh Rose (<-- we have the same middle name!) Eisenbach
Ashleigh Rose Eisenbach <TankGrl186@aol.com>
Tucson, AZ USA - Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 22:55:15 (PST)
My darling daughter,Alison, was born on 19th May,1980! Like Melinda, she was not meant to stay with us and she died on 17th October 1998. She had suffered a massive cerebral haemorrhage on 16th October and was taken off life-support following organ donation on the 17th. She had struggled with various health problems since she was 10 but was also a great example of courage in the face of adversity. The shock of her sudden death is still so fresh and only those who have experienced a similar loss can really understand. Her older sister, Rebecca, has been found to have the same congenital vascular defect in her brain, but has been able to have treatment. We won't know untill 2001 if it has been successful.I will be thinking of Melinda on the 19th May as our girls pass another birthday without us, and of course I will keep you all in my thoughts also.
Majella <lazenby@powerup.com.au>
Brisbane, Qld Australia - Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 21:16:34 (PST)
Hey, I was lookin at stuff about Michael Cuccione and i found this website and it really touched me. i just want to say that both melinda and michael are really brave and melinda~ even though you aren't here anymore, i know that you're still in many people's hearts and you'll always be missed. Luv always, *Keri*
Keri <Sugar37285>
lancaster, pa usa - Thursday, March 02, 2000 at 15:27:00 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I think this website is just great! It made me realize that people with cancer are just the same as people that don't. Before, i was kinda afraid to get to know people like you, with cancer, because I was afraid I'd catch it or something. But thanx to your wonderful website, I am now able to talk to anyone with cancer or something like that without fear or being disguisted. I think that even with cancer, you are a very special person. I'd really like to get to know you better so drop me an email! Love, Kat
Kat Nhan <KathyNhan@execomm.net>
Meriden, CT United States - Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 12:52:44 (PST)
hey melinda, since you are up in the heavenly skies now, i wish the best of luck for u and your family, especially up there...seeing michael's webpage u guys were pretty close...as u may have already seen he's made a lot of accomplishments all to reason of cancer...i think both of u are inspirations to those with cancer and those who have dream...thanks to u and michael i don't have to feel bad that i failed at least i'd know i tried and did my best...well i wish the best of luck up in the sky and to your family too...=)! luv, joyce
Joyce <lilpnaigrl000@hotmail.com>
Long Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 20:24:04 (PST)
Hi, my name is James and i found this page while looking for links on cancer caregivers. This page deeply touched me and I am very sorry for your lost. My cousin who is 20 was diagonosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) last fall. He is struggeling and winning the battle with his illness which i am greteful for. I can tell that Melinda was a great person just by reading these few pages that only touch the surface of her life and personality. I am working for a company that will have a national database of caregivers called carefield.com and your page has helped me to find many links to use. Thank you for your time and I hope that Melinda's legacy lives in everyone's heart that reads her story because it really touches the soul. -James
James Davidson <warrior6@accucomm.net>
Cochran, GA USA - Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 11:21:34 (PST)
Q.T + Tiffany,Liz,Monique,Marissa=Best Friends
Elizabeth
Asbury Park, NJ America - Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 07:47:38 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I don't have cancer and I don't know what it feels like to loose someone close to you, because of cancer, but I want to help fight it. After going to Michael Cuccione's web page and then going to your's, I was inspired to do so. You two are both perfect role model's for every teen out there, as well as every adault. Thankyou so much for your inspiration, and you will never be forgotten. Love Always, Rachel
Rachel <RachJT99@aol.com>
La Pine, OR USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 22:39:17 (PST)
I just want to say Melinda you are teribly missed here on earth even though I don't know you you have my complete regards. I have lost family members to cancer and almost lost my mom to Hodgkin's. It's really hard on my because there is a chance I could be or end up being diagnosed with Hodgkin's. You and your family have my best wishes ever and I hope life is a lot better for you in Heaven. Love sincerly, Erica
Erica Bosnick <giddy_so_sweet@yahoo.com>
Tacoma, WA USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 20:15:13 (PST)
I see that it has been a while since any one signed your gurestbook. And this page is just so special, I know what it's like to loose soem one you love. I have knoe many people who have died due to cancer. All of them were people who were very dear to me. One in particular was a man who taught me more about life than anyone. Mr. Robinson was a man who I had know for a long time. He was the father of two, and there was nothing that he wouldn't do for them, even if ment he would be in pain. In church his daughter got up in frountof the whole congregation, and mid way through her speach, she started to cry, but it was ok, because every one else was crying too. It was a friday during school when I found out that he had died, the news hit me like a thousand elephants trampling my heart into the dirty floor. He had always made a point of being nice, even to the nastiest people. He was truly an insperational person, and I have complete faith that Melinda is in heaven with Mr. Robinson watching over us all, smiling at how much impact they have made on peoples lives, I never new he and my heart goes out to her. I hope that she is up there with other people, laughing at Jim Varney's (Ernest) crazy antics, giving Charles Shultz encouragement on his latest snoopy cartoon, and giving strength to those she loves. Peace and God Bless, Claire
Claire Hulstrom <taj2001@hotmail.com>
Perris, CA USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 20:07:53 (PST)
hi. i was searching the web and i stubbled into this one. your web site mad a tear come down my eye. i am sorry that you had to suffer with cancer, but now you are with god. don't weap, for melinda is with the lord and can no longer suffer, nor feel plain.
Arleen <latinajwl@aol.com>
San Francisco, CA United States - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 17:11:54 (PST)
Like most of u people i have found this web page looking 4 MICHEAL (Q.T.) CUCCIONE. WEll i did not take the time to read the story about MELINDA. To tell you all the truth i guess i really didnt have to read the story. Reading other peoples comments helped me learn a lot about Melinda. Finding this page has been a great exprience! because it makes me understand how PRECIOUS life is. And that we should take care of life. MY regards to the family of Melinda. She is now taken care of, and is no longer suffering. Just to let FAMILY & FRIENDS know that through Melinda's death it has reached people and made people think better in life then trashing life, letting people know that there are people out there that are holding on to life by a string and that the people that are healthy should be glad that you are not one of those people! GOD BLESS ALL AMANDA
AMANDA <a_molinar@jordanknight.com>
- Monday, February 28, 2000 at 16:46:46 (PST)
Dear Melinda, I know I am writing this to late to let you know how much I feel for you! I know that you will get this message up in heaven! I know that God has chosen you for a very special reason and that you are no longer suffering! You have now flown into the wings of God and you are safe now! I am 13, and am in tears after reading this page! The reasons God chooses who he does are uncertain, but there is 1 thing that I know! I know that scientist are going to find a cure! I know it was too late to help you, but they will find a cure. God almost took Michael Cuccione, but for some reason he said that Michael wasn't ready! I know that you were not ready either, and that God took you so young, but you are ok now. You can finally have peace and you were so strong! I never even knew you and I Miss you, and I wish I met you! Sweet Dreams In Heaven! You are so strong, and I want you to know I am thinking of you in every step that I take. Love always Kate
Kate Krueger <qtlover14@yahoo.com>
NJ US - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 15:33:48 (PST)
I came across this page looking for info on Michael Cuccione. This page is very sweet and I wish she was still here even though I don't know her. I just want to say God bless to her and her family and I hope she is happy and safe in Heaven. When I die, I will see her first just to say God bless you for being the great person that you are, for not being selfish, and for you. God bless you Melinda, I know you can read this somehow. Peace.
Rachel Livengood <glitter_bug35@hotmail.com>
Norwalk, Oh USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 14:21:14 (PST)
I read this page, and was extremely touched by it. I'm so sorry about Melinda's passing, even if it's a small comfort to know that she's in peace. I've lost family members from cancer, also, but my losses do in no way measure up to the family of Melinda's. Just remember, my heart is with you always.
Andrea <Andi12385@aol.com>
So. Portland, ME United States - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 13:42:31 (PST)
I read this page, and was extremely touched by it. I'm so sorry about Melinda's passing, even if it's a small comfort to know that she's in peace. I've lost family members from cancer, also, but my losses do in no way measure up to the family of Melinda's. Just remember, my heart is with you always.
Andrea <Ani12385@aol.com>
So. Portland, ME United States - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 13:42:08 (PST)
Hi...i guess I'm not the only one that got this page through the Michael Cuccione Foundation, But I just want to say God Bless all those who have try to help people with cancer. I'm doing all i can to support those. I might have cancer...i still need to check it out. I'm scared but i know keeping my faith in God and reading things about Michaels recovery and Melinda she's in Heaven now...in Gods arms...safe from everything *wipes tears* Whew...OK...I know i can build up that strength. I wish everyone the best of luck...And always remember God is with you and me... Love you all! Bye
Sarah <K1oRnNTaYtOrS@hotmail.com>
sherman, TX USA - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 20:23:31 (PST)
Hi...i guess I'm not the only one that got this page through the Michael Cuccione Foundation, But I just want to say God Bless all those who have try to help people with cancer. I'm doing all i can to support those. I might have cancer...i still need to check it out. I'm scared but i know keeping my faith in God and reading things about Michaels recovery and Melinda...I know i can build up that strength. I wish everyone the best of luck...And always remember God is with you and me... Love you all! Bye
Sarah <K1oRnNTaYtOrS@hotmail.com>
sherman, TX USA - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 20:16:26 (PST)
I didn't know Melinda, and I don't have cancer, yet this page moved me to tears. In 1996 I lost my aunt to cancer. She was like my best friend and I loved her so much. She left behind 3 young children and a family that still misses her everyday. Melinda may not be here on earth anymore, but through her family and friends and this website I think her presence is still felt. God Bless Tasha
Tasha <bizzybody@gurlmail.com>
New Orleans, La USA - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 13:44:56 (PST)
Melinda, What can I say about her. I visited her site about 1-3 years ago. IT made me want to help other cancer kids. Being involved with the "Make a Wish Foundation"...Spreading the word about other cancer kids. SHe did pass away physically but she is still in our hearts and it is our job to keep her alive in our hearts. Her wish to MAKE A DIFFERENCE did come TRUE! Melinda...REST IN PEACE we'll miss you. caroline
caroline <caroline128@hotmail.com>
san diego, ca usa - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 10:56:12 (PST)
I found this page through the Micheal Cuccione Foundation. You and Micheal have been the biggest inspiration that I have ever had. You guys are amazing. You have taught me that even when times are the worst you should stay strong. Yeah, I have heard that before,many times butyou guys are the ones that it actually made sense with. I was fighting back tears when I read about both of you. I am so sorry. There arent words to explain the feelings I have for you right now. I will always admire you. Love, Amy
Amy <SpiffyChick04@aol.com>
Kalamazoo, Mi USA - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 09:24:02 (PST)
God saw you were getting tired and a cure was not to be So he put his arms around you and whispered, Come To Me With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
melinda <you>
an, angel r.i.p - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 20:21:38 (PST)
Im glad i came to this page today it made me think very hard, that why do we all take are life for granted and never think what other people wish they had are life, and made me think im going to start doing some something now b/c of melinda courage and fight I know now that i have to help and to melindas family from reading this i think you had a great daughter!
Tiffany <t5sryan@aol.com>
Casselberry, fl USA - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 20:14:43 (PST)
I too, stummbled upon this page because I was looking for information on Michael Cuccione. But instead of leaving I decided to look around a bit and while doing so I relized that Melinda lead a very courageous life, during her sickness. Im sorry for the world to have lost someone so special as her.
Meghan <starburzt03@yahoo.com>
Ferrum, VA USA - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 15:19:44 (PST)
I found this site accidentally in search of information on Michael Cuccione, since I am a big fan of his. Upon entering reading the guestbook entries, I was mistified as to the moving things some people had said. I went to the home page and explored the parts of the site dealing with melinda and her family. Simply reading about Melinda's strength and courage displayed in everything she wrote, is something that will stay with me and something I will remember the next time I am in need. Reading her poems also showed me her concern for helping others. So, as I said earlier, I came to this site in search for information on Michael Cuccione because I am a great fan of his for his accomplishments one including winning the battle against cancer... but I never expected to become a fan of another great person at the same time. My condolences go out to the Hathaway family.
Jackie <SpiceV8@aol.com>
Marlboro, NJ USA - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 13:48:24 (PST)
I have never gone through anything like what some in this guestbook have posted. Luckily, my grandmother is is remission for Breast Cancer. Back in 1997, my great Aunt had a stroke and died on Christmas Eve. Melinda's story was touching, as I am here, fighting the urge not to cry. Melinda's courage and pride are greatly admired by many. She gives many people the courage to fight somethig like cancer and helps those deal with it. I can't imagine what her fmaily has gone through, but all I know is that they must be really proud of her. Some people believe that death isn't the end of life. I believe that angels do exist and pay attention to the little things that happen in your life. They could be signs from a departed loved one. They are always with you until you join them in heaven
Kristin Scarimbolo <Kristi8469@aol.com>
Howell, nj USA - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 13:10:57 (PST)
i am not going to sit here and tell you about all the people i know that are sick and that i know what you are feeling, becuase i don't. But, i will tell you that it is you and people like you who diddn't take life for granted and lived it to the fullest who have changed me! I am going to be a pediatric oncologist! I want to help everyone out there suffering. I am so so terribly sorry that you had to go through this no one ever should have to suffer like this! I hope that you are smiling and laughing and have a good time being with jesus. The first time i read your site i started crying and then i said to myself my tears aren't heling you get better or any one else, so i m making a pact with myself that i am not going to sit here when i can be helping i will make a difference! Please let me know if you also want to help, love always christy
Christy Derzsy <Swimingirlie@yahoo.com>
Lockport, IL us - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 10:47:01 (PST)
My name is Kristen, and I'm 13 years old. I came across this page looking for info on Michael Cuccione since I'm a big fan, and I decided to open up this page. Seeing this awful story of how one girl lost the battle with cancer touched me deeply, and I felt I had to say something. My family and I have had to deal with a lot of cancer stories like this one. My grandmother, who was a good friend to me, developed throat cancer and another type, and she died three years ago on Christmas Day. My grandfather has prostate cancer, and my mom developed a type of cancer just recently. It isn't fatal, but it's tough to see them go through it. I'd like to express my deepest sympathy toward everyone else who has to experience this, and especially to Melinda's family. I can't tell you how sorry I am - I can only tell you that if Melinda could see how much people care right now, I think she would be very pleased....I know I am. God bless everyone!
Kristen <KrisNG@aol.com>
Philadelphia, PA - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 10:01:22 (PST)
I want to say that i think Melinda was a very brave girl and that she images like she was a very wonderful person. I know how hard it is to loose some one so close. You know that they have gone to a better place but it is still hard to grasp the fact that you won't be with them. My grandfather recentley died and i was torn. I just want to say to Melinda's family and friends and to whoever has lost someone close to them that whoever they lost is in Heaven watching over them. They will always be in there heart and will be wating for you in heaven. Also you can always talk to someone through prayers or even just in your mind. I hope for the best to Melinda's loved ones! Godspeed Love~erynn
Erynn <starry884@aol.com>
Cape Elizabeth, me USA - Friday, February 25, 2000 at 19:54:08 (PST)
I want to say that i think Melinda was a very brave girl and that she images like she was a very wonderful person. I know how hard it is to loose some one so close. You know that they have gone to a better place but it is still hard to grasp the fact that you won't be with them. My grandfather recentley died and i was torn. I just want to say to Melinda's family and friends and to whoever has lost someone close to them that whoever they lost is in Heaven watching over them. They will always be in there heart and will be wating for you in heaven. Also you can always talk to someone through prayers or even just in your mind. I hope for the best to Melinda's loved ones! Godspeed Love~erynn
Erynn <starry884@aol.com>
Cape Elizabeth, me USA - Friday, February 25, 2000 at 19:53:28 (PST)
I can't help but cry. I was looking for info on Mike Cuccione who I am a big fan of. I am 17 years old and my dad died of cancer a few years ago. I know the pain of losing a loved one. It's unbearable. I just recently found out Michael had cancer and it blew me away! Thank God he survived, and I'm here to support those who need it. =)
Melissa <BeeGRL624@aol.com>
New York, NY USA - Friday, February 25, 2000 at 19:40:10 (PST)
What a wonderful job Melinda did finding the positives in a very sad situation. I hope that my 5 year old daughter who is in remission from a rare childhood cancer will also grow up with as much wisdom and compassion as Melinda had.
L. Collins <Lescolli@aol.com>
Biloxi, MS US - Friday, February 25, 2000 at 11:40:13 (PST)
I would probably never understand what cancer feels like, but i imagine it would be scary. what cancer put u through is probably completely, endlessly, pure horror. at least you are in heaven wih God and you can be happy. I wish so much that there is a cure, right now, for all types of cancer. Then maybe not so many people will have to suffer or die from it. Micheal Cuccione is very lucky that he didn't die. Just know, we'll all be with you up in heaven soomeday, but you're probably reborn and very happy. :-)
Jane <myway87@yahoo.com>
TX US - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 19:48:59 (PST)
I am sorry for your great loss but Melinda's story and Michael Cuccione's story have helped me get through the pain I have for my uncle who is suffering from cancer. thank you so very much Ashley
ashley <luv_michaelcuccione@gurlmail.com>
Rochester, NY US - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 11:39:32 (PST)
Well, first I would like to say that Melinda you are truely blessed to have such caring friends and family through your hard times. I know that you're not here with us now, but in a special way you are and will always be. I didn't know you, I was just looking up pages on Michael Cuccione, when I came across yours. My mother had Hodgkin's Disease but is now cured. My best friend's mother wasn't as lucky. She was diagnosed with Luekemia in September, and died in December. I know that she will always be there, watching us and I always feel a special way because of that. I'm only 13 years old, but reading this I understood what you were trying to say and I'm now in tears. I want to say I'm sorry to your family and friends, and I hope they're getting along well. Thanks for always being strong.. and for always being there. What a remarkable story!
Michele
NY US - Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 06:13:34 (PST)
My wife passed away 8/5/99. diag. acute myloid leukemia. three weeks from onset of 1st. symptoms she was gone. I know how sad it is to lose someone. I will pray for you and all others who have gone on before us. God bless.
paul schaefer <pschaefer@rhtc.net>
rock hill, sc usa - Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 16:54:09 (PST)
Melinda-I never knew you, but I feel as if I did, You sound like an AMAZING person and judging by the things your friend Michael wrote, you were "An angel on Earth". I hope you are happy now, wherever you are and that you feel no more pain. Im sure your spirit is still here, watching over us, and I just wanted to say thank you, for being Michael's friend, I love you for that, you were there for him when I couldn't be. Thank you.
Anonomous
- Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 09:36:14 (PST)
This page is so sad. I can't imagine what it would be like to go through all that pain. I wish the best for you, your family and friends. God bless you!
Jessie M <daveismyman@themoffatts.com>
NH USA - Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 12:18:33 (PST)
On Feb 11, 2000, a young man from my town passed away after many years of fighting leukemia. I come to this page because it never fails to touch me. So this I say, in Memory of Philip Ryan Leon, May 10, 1982 - Feb 11, 2000 Aged 17.
John Togyi
Ft St James, BC CA - Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 00:41:26 (PST)
A short note to say Kayla is doing just great! She is into basketball,soccer,choir,and really loves all kinds of music. We speak of you often Melinda and how you inspired us in so many ways. Kayla has a photo of you two up on her wall and the pendent that you gave her, she hold very close to her heart. I can never say THANK YOU enough for all you did for Kayla. You are a very special Angel
Lane and Jenny Gromme' <lgromme@uniserve.com>
Salt Spring Isl., BC CA - Friday, February 18, 2000 at 22:27:51 (PST)
HELLO MY NAME IS CASSIE AND I AM 16. I CAME ACROSS THIS PAGE BY ACCIDENT BUT I READ IT AND IT HAS ENCOURAGED ME TO NOT TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED. FROM WHAT I HAVE READ I KNOW THAT MELINDA WAS A VERY STRONG PERSON AND HOPE THAT I CAN LIVE UP TO EVEN HALF OF HER COURAGE.
CASSIE PEARCE <SHORTY_XXIV@yahoo.com>
DEQUEEN, AR. U.S. - Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 11:16:42 (PST)
I experienced one of the strangest feelings I have known visiting this site, knowing that the girl behind it is no longer with us. Seeing Melinda's e-mail address almost brought a tear to my eye. One day cancer will no longer be a killer and great sites like this will have someone behind them all the way.
Ronnie (C) <ronnie@england.com>
Blackburn, UK - Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 04:41:43 (PST)
MELENDA'S HOMEPAGE MADE ME CRY.BUT I KNOW THAT SHE IS MUCH MORE HAPPIER UP THERE THAN SHE WAS DOWN HERE.LOVE,LANEY I FEEL FOR YOU!
LANEY OAKS <Lsport 20@ hotmail.com>
Newton, NC U.S.A - Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 06:31:55 (PST)
I liked the web page and I am soory about your daughter and I think that cancer is the worse thing to have I lost some one that I have known all my life and it was bad for my family!!!!!!!!!
Danielle Brown <deb444_loveya@email.com>
Milo, ME USA - Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 16:44:40 (PST)
Love will be with the nes who tried, The ones who loved , And the ones who had soul to go on. Matthew 1:96
Matt Hope <Green_Hope@godmail.com>
Las Angelas, Ca Usa - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 18:58:46 (PST)
For all the fighters of cancer and for Melinda I give Hope . I think my name is a sign that I can make a difference
Matt Hope <Green_Grinch>
New Washington, Oh USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 18:55:37 (PST)
That really touched me I have hope for you in best wishes ~Marcus~
Marcus Feichtner <Green_Grinch@coolmail.com>
New Washington , Oh USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 18:52:53 (PST)
I feel really bad that Melinda died. I saw her page as a link on someone else's page and decided to go to it. I really liked it and then I decided to sign the guest book. Then I read that Melinda is dead. I feel so terrible, but also happy that she at least tried to fight cancer and find out about the disease to help other kids with it. I'm sure Melind was a wonderful person and I would've wanted to meet her one or some day. -Natalie
Natalie DePadua <TRinity20019@cs.com>
New York City, NY CA - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 08:47:10 (PST)
I was really touched by Melinda's story. I just want to say to the family, even though Melinda is not here in human flesh, she will always be with you in spirit.
Melinda Pardy <termitus@yahoo.com>
Marystown, NF CA - Monday, January 31, 2000 at 10:20:40 (PST)
I was very touched to read this web page and it bought a tear to my eye. My heart is out with all the friends and family of this wonderful talented young lady.
mandy <jo@hunyrt.com.au>
newcastle, nsw Australia - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 17:54:13 (PST)
My brother and siter race quater Midget cars and every season when Melinda Day comes and all the kids sign the ribbons to tie on the tree. Although I have never met Melinda I greatly admirer her!!
M.Homan
Langley , B.C. CA - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 09:29:11 (PST)
Melinda, I stumbled on your site by accident and what a blessing it has been. The Masterplan that God has laid out for all our lives is sometimes a tough thing to comprehend. We can grieve and we can keep the memories alive but we will only truely understand why you died so young when we meet the big G face to face. I will pray that he stays with your family during their hurt and one day when my life script is up I will join you in eternity....save a seat in the coffee bar for me! In his name Danny Martin Age 20 , Bradford, England
Danny Martin <braziiiil@vivao.net>
Bradford, England - Saturday, January 29, 2000 at 06:36:09 (PST)
A Very Touching Tribute, The Work Melinda has done to help others will continue on.
Ann Morin
NH USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 18:19:02 (PST)
What a beautiful and lovely tribute to Melinda who obviously has touched many lives. I came across this site while looking up info on Our Beautiful name "Melinda"
Melinda
Los Angeles, Ca US - Sunday, January 23, 2000 at 15:06:07 (PST)
It was really a nice page. Life is really cruel, why do innocent people have to die while the evil ones live? It's really not fair for Melinda. Take care.
hilary <hilary___@hotmail.com>
-, MA US - Sunday, January 23, 2000 at 11:56:55 (PST)
I am sorry to hear about a tragic death.I know it hurts because my great grandmother had cancer before she died.I am so sorry to hear about it.
Glen McLendon <gamc@bellsouth.net>
Ladson, SC USA - Saturday, January 22, 2000 at 18:18:32 (PST)
hi. sorry about your loss. love ya.
Melyo <yoyo_z@hotmail.com>
st.margaret mary, p.e.i. CA - Saturday, January 22, 2000 at 17:15:37 (PST)
Dear Melinda's family, I am so sorry to here about her death I would just like all of Melindas family that i am so sorry and that not to long ago my aunty died of cancer we through her asshes into to ocean. when we all went out on the boat and it wes my turn to throw the flowers in the water i threw a rose in 4 melinda and now everytime i see a rose i always will think of Melinda. This is to Melinda's parents i just want to say that god must have wanted her more up their then down here. i am only 14 and i live in australia i model and this is the first web page that i have cried at i also wanna add that i think you all are a wonderful family and how much i would admire a family just so close and loving like your's and every 15 of september i will light a candle 4 melinda and i am sure that all the angels are looking after her very well And if you look really close you might evan see her waving at you Anyway i have blabed an enough best wishes For now and many years 2 come lots of love cassandra Stacy Hunt
Cassandra Hunt <neon182.ballroom@.com>
adelaide, sa CA - Monday, January 17, 2000 at 05:35:48 (PST)
Dear Melinda's family, I am so sorry to here about her death I would just like all of Melindas family that i am so sorry and that not to long ago my aunty died of cancer we through her asshes into to ocean. when we all went out on the boat and it wes my turn to throw the flowers in the water i threw a rose in 4 melinda and now everytime i see a rose i always will think of Melinda. This is to Melinda's parents i just want to say that god must have wanted her more up their then down here. i am only 14 and i live in australia i model and this is the first web page that i have cried at i also wanna add that i think you all are a wonderful family and how much i would admire a family just so close and loving like your's and every 15 of september i will light a candle 4 melinda and i am sure that all the angels are looking after her very well And if you look really close you might evan see her waving at you Anyway i have blabed an enough best wishes For now and many years 2 come lots of love cassandra Stacy Hunt
Cassandra Hunt <neon182.ballroom@.com>
adelaide, sa CA - Monday, January 17, 2000 at 05:26:07 (PST)
Melinda, for I am almost 15, and I feel so bad for you. Well maybe it was your time, god has a time for all of us. I know how sad it must have been for you, knowing that god was going to take you with that cancer, but atleast you are at peace now. My grandma now has lung cancer and the doctors say there isn't much hope, but I'm still praying because I believe God will have mercy on our family. God bless!
Jackie Wilson <Jluvnick98@aol.com>
Toledo, Oh USA - Sunday, January 16, 2000 at 13:49:34 (PST)
Best wish to Malindas famlie. It is all of our loss for some so young to move on in there existance at such a young age. Dan
Daniel G. Hathaway <dansuehath@cs.com>
Falls City , Or USA - Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 19:26:55 (PST)
Mr. Hathaway, Im not sure if this site is hosted or checked any more but I thought I would let you know that it is a wonderful thing that you are doing. Bringing light to a terrible disease such as cnacer is something that is imperative. Icame across Melinda's site while uploading our band onto the musicweb site that her brother created. Our name is huge from Saskatoon and we donate all our CD sales proceeds to childrens charities in Saskatchewan. The band sends its prayers for your family and God Bless!\ Quinn Magnuson HUGE
Quinn Magnuson <jqm566@mail.usask.ca>
Saskatoon, SK CA - Thursday, January 13, 2000 at 08:32:17 (PST)
My sister, Linda, died just three days after your daughter. She had been diagnosed with leukemia six months before. It was a very rare form hardley ever seen in adults, and there were many complications. She was just thirty-five years old. We were very close, as I was only seventeen months younger than her. I would like to say thank-you for sharing your story, and may God continue to bless your family. This is a terrible journey that no one should have to travel, but thanks to the promise of our Lord, we can have some peace because of the knowledge that there is eternal life with Him. Bless you all, and thank you for sharing.
Laurie Solvie <lsolvie@yahoo.com>
Cyrus, MN CA - Tuesday, January 11, 2000 at 12:11:02 (PST)
God bless you for your love and commitment to your beautiful daughter. I have two children, a 18 yr old boy and a 16 yr old daughter. The are my world, and I could not bear to lose them. When my daughter was 3 yrs old we nearly lost her to a severe seizure, but she came along and is now a aspiring athelete. We have lost three family members to cancer, and the most recent was my beautiful sister. Charlotte was a fantastic women who loved life more as each day came, and in one single day, everything changed in an instant. Together we started a journey in which, it was not spoken, but was no secret that one of us would ultimately carry on and one of us would stay. I could not think for a moment of taking time for myself or rest because I felt How dare I when Char could not have that luxery. She was my very best friend and I miss her very much, and the void will always be there, as she is irreplaceble in my life. She was always there for me, always, and I feel I can't be there anymore for her. I morn her loss always and mine. But I do not feel afraid anymore of death, for I know that she will be beside me, to hug me again and to take me home.
Adele <justliving09>
sk CA - Monday, January 10, 2000 at 20:10:23 (PST)
I am looking for good lyrics to set to music,I will work 50/50 , I make demo tapes ( up to 6 instruments ) lead sheets, have publisher connections,Don Galade 83. e. maple st.tresckow,pa. 18254, my phone and fax# 570-455-8280 I have a #1 hit and awards for other songs.
Don Galade <allmusic@ptd.net>
tresckow, pa usa - Monday, January 10, 2000 at 12:04:02 (PST)
Hi: I was looking for a picture of lhaso apso's and came across Melinda's dog.I am so sorry for your loss.It brought tears to my eyes. As I have recently found God again I will pray for your strength to continue but rejoice with Melinda for she is with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jeanie Jensen <ofthemoon@twistercom.com>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2000 at 19:22:36 (PST)
wow this is sad i didn't mean to come here but i ended up here (don't ask me how) and i read the dads tribute that is so sad! a girl at my school died about a year ago and i know how hard it can be to loose a friend. well just keep your head up and look forward to seeing her in the next life. k bye
julianna
CA - Sunday, January 02, 2000 at 23:41:49 (PST)
I just sliped in to this page by acsadent. but the caner part cought my eye, so i red on becouse my grandmother had cancer amd passedaway in 96 to. i may not of known Mellnda but from what i read she sounded like a sweet girle, loving sister,and douter. she's opened my heart with love and kindness. alway's a friend billy housley
billy housley <shakes18@webtv>
edgewood, MD USA - Sunday, January 02, 2000 at 18:59:00 (PST)
I just sliped in to this page by acsadent. but the caner part cought my eye, so i red on becouse my grandmother had cancer amd passedaway in 96 to. i may not of known Mellnda but from what i read she sounded like a sweet girle, loving sister,and douter. she's opened my heart with love and kindness. alway's a friend billy housley
billy housley <shakes18@webtv>
edgewood, MD USA - Sunday, January 02, 2000 at 18:56:14 (PST)
As a conquerer of and brother to a victim of childhood cancer i offer my support to anyone that has ever had to or is dealing with cancer in every way. I know it doesn't mean much to you but you all have my warmest wishes. Anyone who needs someone to talk to feel more than free to email me. I will respond and i'll do my best to offer my support
Patrick <jthatch@hotmail.com>
PA USA - Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 13:10:07 (PST)
My beloved daughter Dana Marie died of burketts lymphoma two months before her third birthday. She would be ten years old this year. The pain never goes away but the more information that you have the more you can try to understand what a truly horrible disease it is. We must give our love and support to all who must go through this nightmare. My daughter never had a chance. She never even had her first chemo treatment. I will love her and miss her forever. My heart goes out to your family. Janet
Janet Akeson <jakeson@ccm.edu>
Rockaway, NJj USA - Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 11:51:15 (PST)
MELINDA, I KNOW YOU ARE NOT WITH US NOW BUT WE DO THINK OF YOU OFTEN. I DID NOT KNOW YOU THAT WELL , BUT MY SISTER AND HER FAMILY DID. HER NAME IS MARY JEAN TOUROND AND HER GRANDCHILDREN RACED WITH YOU AND YOUR BROTHER. MAR DEAN AS I CALLED HER ALSO HAD CANCER, WHICH YOU KNEW. MAR DEAN PASSED AWAY THE BEGINING OF FEB/1999. I MISS HER SO, SO MUCH. WE WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS. SHE WAS 51 YEARS OLD. MAR DEAN WAS VERY PROUD OF YOU AND SPOKE ABOUT YOU OFTEN. KNOWING SHE HAD CANCER SHE TOLD ME SHE WISHED SHE COULD TAKE ALL THE CANCER AND PAIN FROM YOU . YOU GAVE HER STRENGTH TO GO ON MANY TIMES. WE MADE HER LAST CHRISTMAS THE BEST. OUR WHOLE FAMILY SHOWED UP AND THAT IS A TASK IN IT SELF. MAR DEAN SAID IT WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS THAT SHE COULD REMEMBER. I AM USING MY AUNTS WEB SITE. THE HEALING PROCESS TAKES A LONG TIME, BUT AS EACH DAY GOES BY THE PAIN GET EASIER. THANKS FOR LETTING ME SPEAK ABOUT MY SISTER . THIS IS A WONDERFUL SITE YOU HAVE AND I KNOW IT HAS HELPED MANY OTHERS START TO HEAL.
TERRY E. GUNNING <momlaurie@uniserve.com>
SURREY, BC CA - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 11:51:24 (PST)
this took me by surprise iwas surfing around the net and fond somethind so wonerful i'm lonely for my husband who died just 2 long years ago he like your daughter suffed too only his was heart problems my youngest sister 23 died 5 months befor that with cancer her baby was only 11 months old i was very touched by this site all my best to you and yours
vickie keysor <stargee@webtv.net>
CA - Friday, December 17, 1999 at 21:19:09 (PST)
I am so grateful for this website. I lost my only sister, Nancy, to cancer 7 months ago - May 7, 1999. She battled for three years and never once complained - she was brave to the end. I miss and love her so very much - thank you for letting me share my feelings and I express my sorrow at the loss of your daughter. I am having a very hard time with my grief - dont really know where to turn. But it helps me so much - this website. Thank you.
Becky Brewer <Becky Brewer@webtv.net>
Bainbridge, In CAPutnam - Monday, December 13, 1999 at 17:08:30 (PST)
It is so nice to read about thses things. I am 20 years old and my biological mother (age 36) passes away this past May 5th of Colon Cancer. It is still very hard on me and I still try to find ways forget about it all or to think it never happened. I didn't know my mother very well because I was taken away from her when I was nine, but I know that I still love her. Jennie
Jennie Bouchard <bouchardj@thomas.edu>
Wilton, ME USA - Monday, December 13, 1999 at 10:52:06 (PST)
great page. It is really great that you o help ather people like this!!
Christine Hofer <thomas.hofer@smile.ch>
Bern, Switzerland - Saturday, December 11, 1999 at 04:33:39 (PST)
Thank you Melinda for all the joy you brought to the world. Thank you to your family for continuing to share your story and life. It may have been oh so short but it was so beautiful too. As I read your page, I had such a strong feeling that you are still with us, working hard to make sure all of the other kids with cancer are watched over from heaven. God Bless you.
Carolyn
Jamul, CA USA - Monday, December 06, 1999 at 18:30:21 (PST)
I ALSO LOST A SISTER-IN-LAW TO CANCER ON JANUARY 15, 1999. I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WENT THROUGH. I WATCH JILL SUFFER AND I WISHED THERE WAS SOMETHING I COULD DO TO MAKE THE CANCER GO AWAY. MY HEART GOES OUT FOR YOU.
debbie knutelsky <dknutelsky@yahoo.com>
shippensburg, pa usa - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 15:56:00 (PST)
i'm sorry, i don't even know you but my heart goes out to you and your family Your life should be treasured and i will keep you in my prayers
Louise <eirebabe99@hotmail.com>
CA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 09:28:17 (PST)
Thank you so much for sharing with me. I can't begin to feel your pain, however, you should be proud. This site is not only inspirational but strengthening. It is amazing how your little girl can give me, a grown woman, the strength to move forward. I hope you will update this page soon and let us know how the family is doing now. Your story has touched my life and I thank you. God Bless, Kara
Kara <karebare@netcom.ca>
Cloverdale, BC CA - Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 14:29:40 (PST)
I was so touched by your site, it is really wonderful, although so sad. I have lost a dear 30 old friend this year with cancer, and this was one of the most painful experiences in my whole life. To my dear Paulo Franciscon and to our dear Melinda, I wish God bless you. Tatiana
Tatiana Bautzer <tbautzer@estado.com.br>
São Paulo, sp Brazil - Saturday, November 20, 1999 at 12:30:12 (PST)
as a Mother who went through almost losing a 16 year old daughter who had ovarian cancer, my heart goes out to you. i had already lost a daughter from an accidental drug overdose and i was really scared when I heard cancer. Mar. 14,2000 she will be cancer free for 5 ears. God bless all of you in Melindas family
Jan <ann_ee@webtv.net >
CA - Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 15:02:08 (PST)
Amazing that when life gets stressful and we fret about the little things in life how one person can snap us back into reality.A clear message...just enjoy life.I have three little children..fortunately healthy but constantly busy.Reading Michael"s book and Melinda"s poems brings the joy I have with my own children out.Thanks for relieving stressful times and making challenging moments simple.Life is hard but well worth the struggle even for the shortest time that we live it.
Kathy <rebans@island.net>
CA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 13:12:30 (PST)
i just wanna say that your page is really good and very neatly done. i don't have cancer but i was touched when i read your page. i am 15 years old female from thailand and i'd like to say that u have really done something that touched people of all ages and races, love.. mallika
mallika <hushbuzzz@hushmail.com>
thailand, TH bangkok - Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 04:42:15 (PST)
i just wanna say that your page is really good and very cutely done. i don't have cncer but i was touched when i read your page. i am 15 years old female feom thailand and i'd like to say that u have really done something that touched people of all ages and races, love.. mallika
mallika <hushbuzzz@hushmail.com>
thailand, TH bangkok - Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 04:40:40 (PST)
hi everyone
Koli <gina150@hotmail.com>
LA, CA usa - Thursday, November 04, 1999 at 23:44:28 (PST)
Cool site sorry this is wright address
Kile <drhw99@apexmail.com>
Denver, Co Usa - Thursday, November 04, 1999 at 23:39:15 (PST)
Cool site
Kile <hwrbd@apexmail.com>
Denver, Co Usa - Thursday, November 04, 1999 at 23:38:35 (PST)
good luck with the cancer
mandy peregoy
westminster, md CArroll - Thursday, November 04, 1999 at 05:14:01 (PST)
Thank you Melinda, & Melinda's family!!!!
Levi
Isleta, NM - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 22:21:09 (PDT)
This site has touched the hearts of many. It has touched mine, oh so very much. I hate to cry, but i coulnd't help it. I am very sorry for your loss. To Melinda, I say thank you, you've made me realize how to love life. I hope to meet you someday Melinda, and say thank you, for showiing me how life is so rewarding. Thank You To the Parents: I know that you have a beutiful angel smiling down on you right now. I know you are very proud of her. Words cannot express what I am thinking right now. Just beautiful. and Thank you May God Bless You. Derek
Derek Baum <baum_11@hotmail.com>
Alpena, SD USa - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 21:31:56 (PDT)
This site has touched the hearts of many. It has touched mine, oh so very much. I hate to cry, but i coulnd't help it. I am very sorry for your loss. To Melinda, I say thank you, you've made me realize that to love life. I hope to meet you someday Melinda, and say thank you, for showiing me how life is so rewarding. Thank You To the Parents: I know that yo cry, but i coulnd't help it. I am very sorry for your loss. To Melinda, I say thank you, you've made me realize that to love life. I hope to meet you someday Melinda, and say thank you, for showiing me how life is so rewarding. Thank You To the Parents: I know that you have a beutiful angel smiling down on you right now. I know you are very proud of her. Words cnnot express what I am thinking. Just beautiful. and Thank you May God Bless You. Derek
Derek Baum <baum_11@hotmail.com>
Alpena, SD USa - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 21:30:25 (PDT)
This site has touched the hearts of many. It has touched mine, oh so very much. I hate to cry, but i coulnd't help it. I am very sorry for your loss. To Melinda, I say thank you, you've mayed me realize that to love life. I hope to meet you someday Melinda, and say thank you, for showiing me how life is so rewarding. Thank You To the Parents: I know that you have a beutiful angel smiling down on you right now. I know you are very proud of her. Words cnnot express what I am thinking. Just beautiful. and Thank you May God Bless You. Derek
Derek Baum <baum_11@hotmail.com>
Alpena, SD USa - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 21:29:46 (PDT)
thank you melinda, and melinda's family.
olivia <chica11179@aol.com>
orange, CA USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 20:58:39 (PDT)
I think this is a wonderful web site and I have linked to it from my "Home Page". Very inspirational.
Tom Pitman
Xenia, Oh USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 11:37:25 (PDT)
this is a wonderfull sight, I really enjoyed reading about melinda's friends
robin chastain <rchastain@americansummit.com>
champlin, mn usa - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 10:08:09 (PDT)
To Melinda, I remember you as I see you, the happy person at Camp. I have just come across your page today. I am sad that I miss you, but I am glad that you are as free as you can be. To Melinda's Parents, I attended camp with Melinda a number of years and must say that she was a wonderful person with an awesome attitude. She is always there where ever we go.
Dax Brown <dax2001@hotmail.com>
Ladysmith, BC Canada - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 12:28:22 (PDT)
My deepest sympathy.....
derek walling <dekrev@msn.com>
manchester, CT USA - Sunday, October 24, 1999 at 21:24:38 (PDT)
WE WERE TOLD 4 DAYS BEFORE OUR GRANDDAUGHTERS 1ST BIRTHDAY 033099 THAT SHE HAS AML LUKEMIA ITS IS NOW OCT AND BY THE 17TH OF NOV SHE WILLHAVE A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT SHE IS AND HAS BEEN DOING SO WELL SHE HAS BEEN IN REMISSION UNTILL LAST WEEK IT IS ONLY IN THE MARROW AND NOT IN THE CNT SO THE DRS ARE SURE SHE WILL DO FINE I WAS LOOKING FOR INFO ON AML WHEN I FOUND YOUR SITE MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL
madeline <maddy_66436@yahoo.com>
holton , ks usa - Sunday, October 24, 1999 at 12:59:13 (PDT)
God Bless all of you. To all that are reading this that are suffering with Cancer stay strong and have faith.
Danielle Baldwin <billb@ptd.net>
Reading, PA usa - Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 16:15:51 (PDT)
I don't know how I ended up on this home page, but I am so glad I did. My nephew found out he has burketts. He is seven years old. This has been very hard for me to understand, but I know that the Lord knows exactly what is going on. I have decided that I just need to pray and always be there for him. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
gayle wilkins
CA - Tuesday, October 12, 1999 at 15:34:44 (PDT)
As a parent, my heart goes out to you and your family. My son is only 10 mos & to this point, he has had no serious problems. But as a parent, you always worry, but you rest that it is in God's hands. I praise your beliefs and knowing that she is with our Loving Father, and you will see her again. I also feel she is always with you, for I have been lead to this web page. My thoughts and prayers go to you this evening, and may the Lord confort your sorrow.
Rebecca J Petrone <Cheropride@aol.com>
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - Monday, October 11, 1999 at 22:11:56 (PDT)
Hello! Found your, or rather Melindas homepage, when I was out on Internet here in the north of Sweden. I just wanted to tell you, that I think it´s a lovley way of letting us know about Melinda and her life, that became much to short. Thinking of you! Kind regards Elisabeth with family
Elisabet Ejelid-Häggström <Ejelid@hotmail.com>
Boden, Sweden - Sunday, October 10, 1999 at 06:04:48 (PDT)
Melinda has a very beautiful web page...I was moved deeply by how many people took the time to care and understand. My thoughts are with Melinda and her family.
Rebecca Carballo <iam1584@idiom.com>
Oakland, CA USA - Wednesday, October 06, 1999 at 13:27:39 (PDT)
Melinda's website is incredible. I was at Canuck Place recently and going through one of the memory books they have and I came across Melinda. She should be an inspiration to all of us - she has really touched my heart and I know that because of reading this site - I will be a better person. For her family -- my prayers are with you. You must be enormously proud to have had a daughter like Melinda and of all her accomplishments. I believe she truly was a gift from God. Your family will live in my hearts forever. God Bless you.
maureen wright <maureen@kwantlen.bc.ca>
Delta, BC Canada - Wednesday, October 06, 1999 at 11:03:07 (PDT)
Melinda...I admire you. You have helped me through so many things. Each time I think that my problems are bad, I think of how much courage and optimism you showed in your life, and my problems don't seem half as hopeless. You pose as an amazing role model for many people, and I look up to you. If ever faced with a situation like yours, I hope I could make it through with my head held as high above water as yours. Thank you...
Melinda <RsePandora@AOL.com>
Miami, Fl USA - Sunday, October 03, 1999 at 17:24:07 (PDT)
I don't know what to say ....Visiting this website has made me realize many things . Thank you . May God be with you .... Janet
Zenonos Janet <legion@ledasoft.com>
limassol, Cyprus - Saturday, October 02, 1999 at 09:23:52 (PDT)
Wow. Thats is all I can say
April Ann McMullen <AprilAnn@girlofGod.com>
Florissant, MMOMOM - Friday, October 01, 1999 at 22:17:50 (PDT)
God Bless you, Melinda. And also to the Family.
Gerald Locke <gerald.locke@ns.sympatico.ca>
ns CA - Friday, October 01, 1999 at 21:48:54 (PDT)
As many others, I came across this site accidentally, and now I will leave this site, with a beautiful rose that I have picked, I will keep this rose in my hands as long as I live and always remember the lessons I have learnt from Melinda tonight. Love to all, Su
Su Goral <su@magnetiq.com>
Istanbul, Turkey - Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 11:57:10 (PDT)
This site is truely an insperation to the all little ones that are inflicted with such a devastating tragedy. Your daughter will not be forgotten by anyone. It is a very lovely tribute to Melinda. I started a web site for my grandson, Alex at http://millennium.fortunecity.com/lightyear/709/alex. He has medulloblastoma. It hurts deeply when it is close to home. My prayers are with you all, God Bless you, Charles
charles gerlach <cgerlach_99@yahoo.com>
Colonial Heights, VA USA - Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 16:56:03 (PDT)
This site is truely an insperation to the all little ones that are inflicted with such a devastating tragedy. Your daughter will not be forgotten by anyone. It is a very lovely tribute to Melinda. I started a web site for my grandson, Alex. He has medulloblastoma. It hurts deeply when it is close to home. My prayers are with you all, God Bless you, Charles
charles gerlach <cgerlach_99@yahoo.com>
Colonial Heights, VA USA - Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 16:54:46 (PDT)
God Bless you all.
Sandra Savoie <savoieja@nbnet.nb.ca>
Riverview N.B., CANADA - Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 16:28:28 (PDT)
I think this is a very lovely tribute to Melinda. I also lost my teenage daughter to cancer. I have to admit I suffer great frustration. I do not believe cancer is something that just happens. In my research I have found our environmentand food supply contaminated beyond what I ever could imagine. No wonder cancer is the now the second leading cause of death in children,second only to accidents .And why are there no parent advocacy groups to address this? I have also found research money is being directed into the 'wrong' things. Chemotherapy is not an answer, only a temporary solution. I know so many children with reocurrences even after the 5 year mark I cannot believe the cancer industry propoganda anymore.Sorry I am rambling. As you know it is very difficult to watch beautiful children with unlimited potential have their chance at life stolen from them. Sincerely Donna T
Donna Thomas <bthomas@attcanada.net>
Saskatoon, CA - Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 00:06:37 (PDT)
Thankyou for touching each of us who is lucky enough to find your web-page Melinda. Sometimes the good are taken early to teach the rest of us what really means anything on this earth. Unfortunately our egos get in the way of each of us doing what we really should be doing. Giving, sharing and loving. For truth, light and love are the only reasons we are here. Those who have more than enough, please share your time, your money or whatever else you can with those who havn't the same fortune. Your heart means more than all the money in the world. Melinda suffered and gave her life to teach us what truly matters. Has anyone noticed that are no borders when reading these messages from around the world. Skin has no colour. Race or religion has no revilence (sp?). We are all moved the same. Melinda's page and experience in here short life served an important purpose. To remind us to share, love and cherish each minute we have on this earth. To touch everyone in a warm loving way no matter how we feel speaks volumes to all we are in contact with. Focus on the positive not the negative each day. Before bed each night, write down what we are thankful for that day, not matter how tough a day it has been. It will change your life. Thankyou Melinda for your great sacrifice to remind us why we are here. We will certainly see you again. You are a true GEM. God bless your family. God bless all people from all nations. Please live in peace and don't let go of your dreams. Lose your ego (it's a negative force) to what is right. Lose your humility. Be your true self and except all for who they are. Don't jugde, just show by example. From this day on because of this site and because of Melinda, I am finding out where I can volunteer my time somewhere to help others less fortunate. With illness or with daily struggles beyond our imaginations. Thankyou Melinda, we all love you. I am thankful that your site has made a grown man cry, me.
Dean Hammond <dhammond@sprint.ca>
London, Ont Canada - Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at 10:44:55 (PDT)
This page has touched me deeply, it has brought tears to my eyes.I lost my grandfather to cancer 6 years ago. I'm very sad that I never got to meet Melinda, she images like a wonderful person. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Hathaway family........Erin.
Erin Scott <athena_209@hotmail.com>
North Vancouver, CA - Wednesday, September 15, 1999 at 16:29:25 (PDT)
aloha, i was just wandering around and sort of stumbled into this site. practically the first thing i read was melinda's dad's tribute and realized that today is the anniversary of melinda's death. even tho' time passes the loss of any love one continues to hurt especially on birthdays, christmas ad her next birthday to a beter life. i'll keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. god bless you all. love, nancy
nancy brown-uga <nbruga@webtv.net>
kalaupapa , hi usa - Wednesday, September 15, 1999 at 06:24:59 (PDT)
you did a neat job on your website.. i wish i would have read this after the illness of many friends and my brother... your web page helped me a lot.. thanks...
bonnie <bonnie@wptamail.com>
fort wayne, IN US - Monday, September 06, 1999 at 14:58:05 (PDT)
Melinda...you touched more people in your short time on this earth than most people do in a lifetime may you rest in the arms of the lord forever....To your family.... this site is an insperation to people everywhere and your daughter will never be forgotten god bless you....Mark
Mark <mirama@mpx.com.au>
Townsville, Q Australia - Monday, September 06, 1999 at 10:45:41 (PDT)
I found this site by accident. I was looking up the name Melinda because that is also my name. I am truley sorry for your loss. Your daughter seemed like a very lovely person and I am proud to have shared the name Melinda with her. God bless and keep you!!
Melinda Greer <Memeg_7@yahoo.com>
Haleyville, Al USA - Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 21:32:49 (PDT)
Nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lee Jia Jie <jiajie89@singnet.com.sg>
Singapore, Singapore Singapore - Monday, August 30, 1999 at 03:05:38 (PDT)
What a wonderful tribute to Melinda. Nice to see that her memory still lives on. Our family has also lost a wonderfull daughter to a tragic playground accident. Larissa was only seven when she passed away on Sept,19,1997. I know that our angels are up in heaven above. Keep up the good work!
Yvonne <yvonne.wedrick@sk.sympatico.ca>
CA - Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at 11:46:12 (PDT)
Dear Melinda-Your page touched me in a way that not a lot of things do. It would've been an honor to know you, and someday I might! But for now, I will continue to marvel at your courage and bravery...Good luck and best wishes to all!
Melinda <AriA52>
Miami, Fl USA - Tuesday, July 20, 1999 at 18:43:30 (PDT)
May God Bless Melinda. I didn't know Melinda, but I am also 15 and have lost people to cancer. My father died of cancer when I was 4, and then my Grandma died of it, too. I never knew my father, but all of you will remember Melinda and treasure the joys she gave you all. She's in a better place now where she has no disease, and she will watch over you until you can join her later in life.
Jessie Gerlach <gerlach_2@hotmail.com>
IA U.S. - Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 13:49:03 (PDT)
I had a loved one die from maligant melanoma. My uncle fought with powerful cancer drugs. He lost the battle though. Now I feel sorry for everyone with cancer. I don't have it, but I know that for kids today, there are powerful treatments like cobalt-60 and chemotherapy. I had an interest in methotrexate, vincristine, and prednisone. Good luck to all the warriors.
Alex <Bad American>
Chicago, Il US - Thursday, July 08, 1999 at 10:47:58 (PDT)
I was serching for anything that I could find tonight about a very dear friend of my for 22 years. His name is Dick LaVine, and I just returned from visiting him in the hospital. Dick has had Leukeima for aprox. 5 years now. It breaks my heart to see him the way he is at this moment. Dick is a very hard working man, full of life, friend of all of my family, and now has a lovely wife. In my heart I feel that this isn't fair. My motto is "LIFE IS TOO SHORT, AND WE SHOULD LIVE IT DAY TO DAY, AND LOVE OUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THOSE THAT ARE NOT AS LUCKY AS US". My mother has 3 cancers, my sister has 3 cancers, my father has heart and lung problems, and there are times that I feel very guilty that they have to carry all of these problems and I don't. I was very touched to run across such a wonderful guestbook. And from me to Melinda,you are a beautifuly person!
Sandy Kennedy <Sandy.Kennedy@asm.ca.gov>
Sacramento, CA CA - Tuesday, July 06, 1999 at 22:07:01 (PDT)
Very nice page. It's great what Melinda started. I love the cute picture of her and her dog. Any kids with cancer or other blood disorders please visit my page.
Karrie <disney_girl@hotmail.com>
MI USA - Saturday, July 03, 1999 at 18:17:34 (PDT)
WE WILL LIGHT MANY CANDELS WITH A PRAYER FOR EACH ONE. BLESS YOU AND KEEP WATCH OVER YOUR FAMILY. GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS. DAVE & ELLEN
DAVE & ELLEN <dkerpan@netscape.net>
EDMONTON, Ab CAN - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 15:32:40 (PDT)
My sister died of leukemia in 92 she was also 15 her name was jessica and I know her and melinda are friends in heaven our angels smiling down and keeping us safe to melind's family you have an angel watching over you god bless you.
Janelle Gray <unicornpurple@hotmail.com>
oxford, nj usa - Friday, June 25, 1999 at 19:16:49 (PDT)
I've never knew Melinda and I don't even life in the same country but I found this page by accident and its really moving, deepest sympathy to everyone thats friends with her, or family of her.
Dave <ntfc10@hotmail.com>
LONDON, England - Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 10:55:57 (PDT)
I was so inspired to read about Melinda's courage and heart for others! God is so proud of her and enjoying her at this very moment in heaven! I can't wait to say hi to her myself someday. Thank you for allowing this page to be on the WWW. It is a positive contrast to so many negative and degrading web sites. May the peace of the Lord continue to dwell here. I want to volunteer to help cancer patients. It you have an info on this in my area, please let me know. Have a wonderful day - God Bless you!
Megan Shrader <MShra11110@aol.com>
Edmonds, WA USA - Sunday, June 13, 1999 at 14:54:58 (PDT)
I was diagnosed with an Askin's tumor on March 25, 1999. I 19 years old and I have been incredibly fortunate to have only a stage 2 tumor. I see pages like this and they make me cry because I realize that I am so fortunate to have a really good chance to beat this. I also cry and wonder why it wasn't me with the stage 4 tumor. I always wonder what purpose God has in mind for me to have spared me from metastisized cancer. I am going to link your page on my webpage for all of my friends and family to look at and think about. It's wonderful.
Emily Gelbaugh <minnowem@juno.com>
MI USA - Saturday, June 12, 1999 at 18:30:04 (PDT)
God Bless You. My family lost a young loved 5/13/98, my 14 year old nephew, Johnny "Angel" Duncan. The pain is excruciating. We struggle on a daily basis to get through yet another day. I am, without a doubt, sure that Melinda and Johnny are best of friends now. Peace and Love... Coni
Coni <JEDsAunt@aol.com>
OH CA - Thursday, June 10, 1999 at 17:26:54 (PDT)
i am very sorry for you lost; ) but she is with god now i have a ? any one here know exactly leukemia is and what it does to a person i was just told a friend has it and i thought of her web page when it was sent to me
chrisy <dustyme667@hotmail.com>
baltimore, md - Tuesday, June 08, 1999 at 22:26:32 (PDT)
My heart goes out to your family. Melinda was a wonderful girl. My daughter Susan has ALL Leukemia she was diagnosed Aug.29 1997. She is still going through treatment until NOv. 1999. Thank you for your web sight it has helped us.
Pam Groshong <pamnmike@olypen.com>
Port Angeles, WA USA - Monday, June 07, 1999 at 10:29:12 (PDT)
Hi Melinda, I hope all is going well in heaven. Here the weather has been rather rainy for June. Please hello my mom for me .... i wish she was online like you. Tell her i'm ok. I sure enjoyed meeting your friends here. Your family is pretty cool too. So...what is it like to be an angel Melinda? i bet it is a grand thing indeed. Tell my mom that i miss her ok? oh, and tell her that i saw aunty nora. Thank you Melinda
Passero <passero40@hotmail.com>
CA - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 20:15:22 (PDT)
Very nice
Misty <Mistee86@aol.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 18:15:31 (PDT)
i am exteamly sorry i didn't realise that melinda didn't make it. I have a tendency only to skim pages. I hope that melinda is in a better place a place without pain and suffering and that she knows love not hate and has no regrets about her life
Kelsey Brown <bushy@globec.com.au>
CA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 16:48:08 (EDT)
Wow - I am totally speechless and left sobbing. As a mother of 5 young children I cannot imagine the pain that you feel when you lose a child. God Bless you Melinda. You are truly an angel. I wish I could have met you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long time after reading such a touching story.
Jan Liptok <mliptok@cgocable.net>
Canada - Saturday, May 08, 1999 at 18:41:15 (PDT)
Great site, and a really touching tribute. It's so sad to see someone die when they are so rich in spirit. My best wishes to all those who miss Melinda.
Saralyssa
Australia - Saturday, May 08, 1999 at 01:31:00 (PDT)
Dearest Melinda & Family I came across this page while looking up information on Lhasa Apsos. Melinda's story is truly touching. Words cannot express my deepest condolences to Melinda's family. I lost my father, my best friend and can appreciate your pain and sorrow. We can only be comforted in knowing that our loved ones have been placed in the hands of GOD. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Take Care and Comfort from family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Christine
Christine Youngson <toys@mb.sympatico.ca>
Wpg, MB Canada - Saturday, May 01, 1999 at 21:52:33 (PDT)
Melinda must have been one very, giving, and brave young lady. My heart goes out to you but I am sure that she is in Heaven still watching out for the other kids. I will pray for your family. Keep the faith.
Peggy <ammom2@hotmail.com>
Crab Orchard, WV USA - Wednesday, April 28, 1999 at 17:43:12 (PDT)
I feel very blessed having had the chance to read about the life of a very courageous young lady. You are in my prayers.
Katrina Dempsey
Kitzingen, Germany - Monday, April 26, 1999 at 06:55:42 (PDT)
hey i just read the summary of this webpage, i hadn't before i wrote my other entry, sorry about that! i just want to say that my name melinda i hope also lets me be her, that wonderful caring person you loved. i will be 15 this summer and hope that if i died i would have the wonderful father that i can tell you are to tell my story. thanks for melinda having a good name god bless melinda
Melinda Rustad <angel_love_03>
bagley, mn usa - Wednesday, April 21, 1999 at 19:08:39 (PDT)
hey keep your head up i will be thinking of you in my prayers!
Erica bachman <cittykat45@hotmail.com>
whitewater, wi usa - Wednesday, April 21, 1999 at 06:11:39 (PDT)
To Melinda, wherever you are. I think you are very brave and so full of love. This page has been such a comfort to me, thank you so much for creating it, and thank you to her parents for maintaining it after you went home to God. Rest in Peace Melinda. May your memory always live on in the hearts and minds of those who love you and the lives that you have touched.
Gina (age 14) <gkehring@tds.net>
Wi USA - Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at 20:18:28 (PDT)
What a beautiful tribute! As soon as I get a new tissue I will bookmark this webpage so I can visit whenever I need a reminder of how precious life is. I sat listening to "Somewhere Out There" for a half-hour and reading all about a very special family. You made life wonderful for her while she was here and I hope Melinda is happy wherever she may be and secure in knowing your love for her lives on.
ANOTHER...Melinda <melinda_mason@hotmail.com>
Fergus Falls, MN US - Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at 20:02:56 (PDT)
So sorry to read of the passing of this beautiful child. I found my way here by "accident". I'm leaving feeling blessed.
Judith <jeliotrose@aol.com>
MA USA - Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 23:00:26 (PDT)
I came across these pages by accident - I don't often stop at a random web site and feel inspired to leave any comments behind. I can tell that Melinda was a very special girl and that, on Earth, she continues to live in the memories of those who love her. God bless all that stood by her, family and friends alike. And thank you for sharing such a personal site with the world.
Jose Fernandez <joseaoe1@aol.com>
Pacific Grove, CA U.S.A. - Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 21:09:15 (PDT)
i ran acroos this page looking for info for my report. it wasn't what i was looking for but it didn't matter. your site really touched me and i'm sure has touched others. it images like your daughter was an intellegent girl and i am sure she was loved. i am doing a report on cancer for school because i am determined to find a cure for cancer even though i don't have it. to many innocent people die of cancer. i am sorry that your daughter had to be one of them. sincerly, whitney H.
whitney <bluebutterfly_chic@yahoo.com>
marietta, ga usa - Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 14:54:18 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I wish that I could have met you before your passing. You must a have been such a wonderful, caring person. I am fortunate to have never know anyone with cancer....but I feel like I met you. Much love to your family. Especially your father....
Julie <silly_superjulie@hotmail.com>
British Columbia, Canada - Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 12:10:38 (PDT)
Loved all the beautiful pictures, and the special memories. We also have a lhasa,"SUZZIE" she is the lite of our life. Thanks for sharing.
Dave & Trena & Suzzie Pearson <DTARCH1@aol.com>
St Louis, MO USA - Friday, April 16, 1999 at 18:05:48 (PDT)
What a wonderful person your daughter was. This is my first time to view this sight and was very sad to read of her passing. This site is very helpful to anyone, especially kids with cancer. I lost a cousin to cancer and wish this site would have been there for her. Thank you for sharing your life and the life of your beautiful daughter with us. Take care, Sincerely, Kathy Sarhage
Kathy Sarhage <Jkasarhage@aol.com>
Glen Carbon, IL USA - Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at 15:50:35 (PDT)
My Best friend was just diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. It is very scary. This sight is wonderful. Melinda reminds me a lot of my friend. She loves unconditionally. That is a special gift. She has given so much to life, she will forever be remembered with a smile.
Caitlin <sccl4459@Oberlin.edu>
Oberlin, OH USA - Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at 12:21:46 (PDT)
I am quite blessed to have discovered your web-page in memory of Melinda. I have had 2 very best friends taken home to the Lord at an early age as a result of cancer. Thank you for your encouragement.
Jola Peil <jola@rocketmail.com>
Culpeper, VA USA - Monday, April 12, 1999 at 14:08:06 (PDT)
Two years ago, I watched my cousin suffer and pass away with cancer. Melinda was and is such an inspiration to everyone. What a wonderful soul! I'm positive we have an angel up in heaven looking down and protecting us. Her courage amazes me and I admire her greatly.
Shauna Finlay <sfinlay@sprynet.com>
Mississauga, ONT Canada - Saturday, April 10, 1999 at 22:53:08 (PDT)
I am 12 years old and I have Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. I've relapsed twice and had a Bone Marrow Transplant. It failed. My sister was my donor, perfect 6/6 match! I am very thankful for that. I have been confused lately about God and how he chooses people to get the disease, but everything is for a reason. I wish I could have known Melinda. I know she is in Heaven with the other Angels Sarah Bruse and everyone else that has suffered this disease. God Bless your family. Peace,Love and Happiness. Doris Gowen (email me anytime)
Doris E. Gowen <Gowen4286@yahoo.com>
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Thursday, April 08, 1999 at 14:54:28 (PDT)
Thank you Melinda for a very special, a truly touching moment. I know your father and your two older brothers. Over the years they have enriched my life enormously... and now you. Merci, mille fois!
Joseph Bain <graffitijo@yahoo.com>
Montreal, Qc. CA - Sunday, April 04, 1999 at 09:56:08 (PDT)
I was looking up for the sitcom "full house" and so I reached Melinda´s homepage, not knowing to read something like this, that makes me so sad. My mother is now in hospital. At first the doctors didn´t really know what´s the matter with her. We - my father, brother and I - were very shocked. We were afraid to lose her. So I can understand the pain that you had and always will have. I will think of Melinda on her birthday and all other people who are ill. I´m 23 years old and I´m healthy. It´s the greatest gift you can get.
doris maurer
vienna, Austria Austria - Europe - Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at 14:10:08 (PST)
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter My little brother had burkets lymphoma it was very scary he is better now thanks to God's help!! My heart goes out to you! You are in my prayers!
Anndrea Webb <nicole_bryant@hotmail.com>
Victoria, B.C - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 22:13:47 (PST)
What a wonderful site. I hope that Melinda is with my Son Robbie. Rob also died Dec. 23, 1997 (26) from ~ AML Leukemia-M2~ It's to bad we have to make web sites for are children. Peace...Marie, Robbie's Mom
Marie Spadaccino <Marie_Spadaccino@ADC.Com>
Shelton, CT USA - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 13:38:04 (PST)
Such a lovely girl and such a lovely family. God bless you all.
Don Overend <donald.f.overend@lmco.com>
Jamesville, NY USA - Saturday, March 27, 1999 at 09:47:28 (PST)
I can't stop crying! What a wonderful website and a special place to remember Melinda. I came across it when looking up the name "Melinda" for fun, as it's my name, too. It will be great to meet your Melinda when I join her in heaven someday. I pray God's peace for you as you continue to miss Melinda. She must have been a super young lady. God bless you.
Melinda
CA USA - Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at 22:18:04 (PST)
God Bless you all, you have an angel watching over you.
Buffy La Bonte
CA - Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at 12:55:13 (PST)
Well I would like to say that this webpage is very unique. I had a cousin that died two years ago from cancer. I miss her dearly. I am really glad that there are people out there that care.
Danylle
wy US - Monday, March 22, 1999 at 16:28:21 (PST)
WHAT a Beautiful Page. Our hearts feel your pain. Our prayers are with you always. Keep up the good work on Melinda's page. Pam & Rhon
Pamela Roy & Rhonda Lewis <ronnpam@aol.com>
Lexington, KY U.S.A - Friday, March 19, 1999 at 17:09:02 (PST)
I think you have so much courage My father,mother,aunt all past last year from cancer. So I know what your father must be going though I give my best wishes to you and your family. Hope you can get well.
melissa tolliver
Redstone Arsenal, AL USA - Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 21:02:28 (PST)
I am an oncology nurse and i have been touched by this page. Hugs and Kisses to all of you. your angel is watching over you....cherish her forever.
Shawn Robinson <Rising_Star25@yahoo.com>
la usa - Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 11:01:34 (PST)
Thank you for sharing Melinda with us all. Two close friends have joined God and with their passing I have come to realize that we are blessed to share time with others and I thank you for sharing Melinda...Bless You.
Pattie Marston <pmarston@teleport.com>
Newport, Or USA - Tuesday, March 09, 1999 at 17:58:03 (PST)
You must miss Melinda every day. What a special young lady...she added a great deal of joy to the lives that she touched. She lives on in the hearts of those who love her.
Pam Carrie <dougc@acm.org>
Laguna Niguel, CA USA - Monday, March 08, 1999 at 21:12:22 (PST)
I came across this page quite by accident and it touched my heart. The help and care Melinda offered to others will live on. I can't say how genuinely sorry I am to hear of her death.
Kate <kjd29@cam.ac.uk>
Cambridge, u.k. - Saturday, March 06, 1999 at 18:30:59 (PST)
Melinda is such a beautiful soul, and I am touched by her page here. I stumbled across this page whilst I was trying to access information about becoming a Bone Marrow Donor. It is hearing stories like Melinda's that have helped me reconfirm that the decision I have made could not be more correct. I know that Melinda will be sitting up in Heaven, looking down on the world, and smiling. Her soul was one of purity. I wish peace to her family.
Amy <amyalice@yahoo.com>
Sydney, Australia - Saturday, March 06, 1999 at 00:19:20 (PST)
What a beauliful Web Site. My prayers are with Melinda. God Bless.
Elizabeth Wiszynski <ewiszynski@aol.com>
Bayonne, NJ USA - Friday, March 05, 1999 at 14:12:03 (PST)
I really enjoyed reading Melinda's home page. My brother died with cancer in January of 1998, he was only sixteen. I found a lot of comfort in reading what everyone wrote about Melinda. It helps to know that other people understand how I feel. May God Bless you all!
Angela Hurt <adh814s@mail.smsu.edu>
springfield, MO USA - Monday, March 01, 1999 at 18:13:53 (PST)
I am lost for words, at what pain your family must feel at losing such a genuine hearted child. May peace be with you.
lynette kokocinski <mj.lk.kokocinski@bigpond.com>
h/c, vic aust - Friday, February 19, 1999 at 05:51:42 (PST)
Thanks for sharing the information with us. We too lost our daughter Samantha to cancer in 1998. Our prayers will be with you and your family.
Richard C. Dix <rcshirlene@yahoo.com>
Griffin, GAGA USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 13:43:38 (PST)
I was brought to tears reading Melinda's page. I had read it over, and I was thinking how it would be lovely to E-Mail her and we could perhaps be penpals because we have a lot in common, but then I read of her death. May God be with her in heaven, and her family and friends whom she left behind, but will meet her again some day.
Sarah <Svg13@aol.co.uk.>
Glasgow, Scotlnad Scotland - Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 01:05:56 (PST)
What a beautiful soul ... and you have shown us all that a soul lives on. Thank you so much for sharing.
Kare Grayson
CA - Monday, February 15, 1999 at 10:21:01 (PST)
Hi, cool site ! Keep it up ! come and see my site, if you like: http://manesha.notrix.de Ciao
manesha <tatsuyo@hotmail.com>
Munich, Germany - Sunday, February 14, 1999 at 14:44:40 (PST)
Very touching page, excuse me while I get some tissue. Losing someone you love in hard, keep pulling. My best wishes to Melinda's family!
Kathleen <huggy_poo@hotmail.com>
Vernon, BC Canada - Sunday, February 14, 1999 at 10:35:40 (PST)
Cool page :) keep up the good work :)
GoddessAngela <goddessangela@yahoo.com>
Visit my homepage and please sign my GB, Va Usa - Saturday, February 13, 1999 at 12:31:03 (PST)
I think that many people are trying to cope with cancer today and I don't think that the people who look at the people with this disease really understand what it is like to live with it.
Elizabeth Ziegler <eziggs@endouromail.com>
Staples , MN - Thursday, February 11, 1999 at 09:34:39 (PST)
I am now living the nightmare that you once did and that you probably still are. My dad is dying from Lung Cancer. He is 49 years old and has never smoked a day in his life! Last week we were told that nothing else could be done for him. He has had radiation and 3 different kinds of Chemotherapy treatments. Nothing has helped. My mom has arranged for hospice care for my dad. I have never been so frightened in my whole life. My heart goes out to you and your family because I know the pain that my family is going through now.
Stacy Wensel <smwensel@uswest.net>
Brooklyn Center, MN USA - Monday, February 08, 1999 at 07:57:38 (PST)
when i read about what happened to melinda i was very sad because i just lost someone very close to my family because she had brain cancer. i think it is good to have a memory thing about her. sincerely, michelle
michelle pearson <shelly7554@aol.com>
eden prairie,mn, mn united states - Saturday, February 06, 1999 at 09:56:13 (PST)
(((((((((melinda's family))))))))
sue <swells1835@aol.com>
li, mi usa - Thursday, February 04, 1999 at 07:30:18 (PST)
I know what it is like to lose a loved one to cancer, I feel your grief.
Randy Linton <lintonland@sk.sympatico.ca>
Parry , Sask CA - Wednesday, February 03, 1999 at 12:06:13 (PST)
My name is Jared and I live outside of Boston, MA. I was looking for primary sources for a school projest on leukemia, and this site touched my heart. It actually brought me to tears. Melinda images like exactly the kind of person I am friends with. I wish I could meet her. I am not just saying that to sound sincere or anything. I honestly mean that. I am so sorry that God, or Buddha or Allah, or whoever else intervened and took another bright soul from this dark earth. With so many bad people in the world, why are good people killed? Would Melinda have been in the 8th grade now, because I am in that situation now. I would like to just say: Why do people like Melinda die? Maybe she was so nice, God could not wait to meet her. That is the only answer I can come up with.
Jared <ryajared@ultranet.com>
Lincoln, MA US - Tuesday, February 02, 1999 at 18:12:26 (PST)
It is a great page. My Grandpa passed away from cancer in June and is was one of the saddest moments of my life.
Jason Underferth <JAUNDERF@smumn.edu>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, February 01, 1999 at 20:55:37 (PST)
Very touching!
Holly Ingram <holly369@dhc.net>
Dallas, TX US - Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at 19:20:27 (PST)
Melinda... your story has touched me. I would like more than anything to someday be able to help a child like yourself. Your story will remain in my heart always. Love, Kelly
Kelly Ohman <ohman@taft.pvt.k12.ct.us>
Watertown, Cct USA - Thursday, January 21, 1999 at 13:03:00 (PST)
hello, My name is Melinda i live in Newfoundland and i am 13.,
melinda keeping < Hi, I saw the Canuck Place on t.v. and they had a special saying about today is a gift and I was wondering if you know what I am talking about. If you do please send it... Thanks
Becky Walsh <
jjwalsh@theisp.net>
CA - Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 13:56:16 (PST)
I have been researching info. regarding Lhasa's and crossed your home page. May God bless you and your family. Melinda your words are quite powerful.Our paths never crossed but, reading about your strength, spirit, and love for others brings me to tears. Thank you for all that you were able give to other people. Peace and Love your family,
Kate Callahan <Caseyc6@hotmail.com>
Randolph, MA USA - Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 09:02:39 (PST)
I happened across Melinda's page while surfing with my 8 year old son for kid's stuff. This page has touched me very deeply. Melinda and you all become my friends with the reading of each word. Never have I found such a treasure, and then lost it just a quickly. I will always remember Melinda and you all.
Thomas Zicari <ttrib7@banet.net>
L.I., NY USA - Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 18:28:58 (PST)
We wish you the happiest times possible and our hearts are with you. Clyde W. Hathaway, Vice-pres. Hathaway Family Asso.
Clyde W. Hathaway <clydew@spectra.net>
Johnson City, NY CA - Monday, January 11, 1999 at 19:17:10 (PST)
i came across this page when i was looking up information on Lhaso Apsos's. i am sitting here at the computer with tears running down my face,what an inspiration melinda was, not only in life,but in death as well. i have a 2year old little girl of my own, and an 8month old little boy, and i can't imagine losing one of my children. please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. god bless your family.
amber vandenburg <vandens@netlink.net>
marshall, mi usa - Sunday, January 10, 1999 at 18:16:42 (PST)
I was looking at Lhasa Apso related sites and came across this site of Melinda's. I ended up reading all evening. You were some lucky folks to have such a young lady in your lives.
Carla Poole <cmplvsar@hotmail.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Friday, January 08, 1999 at 21:44:59 (PST)
I found this site while looking for inspiration for a piece I will be performing at a speech tournament. I am portraying a girl who is also 15 like Melinda. Until I read this site my character was just a sick girl; now I have Melinda as inspiration and I realize that there's so much more to life than just being sick
Tamara Garfield
usa - Friday, January 08, 1999 at 20:26:47 (PST)
It images like Melinda did much with her life and continues to help after her death. Best wishes.
Kate <kmasch@hotmail.com>
CA - Friday, January 08, 1999 at 13:47:48 (PST)
Melinda, we just had our second Christmas without Jule and, of course, without you. You were so much a part of our day, your courage, spirit and friendship are remembered by all of us. We lit a candle for you beside Jule's on Christmas Eve. The two of you are always together.

David, Joanne, and younger Hathaways, you are always in our thoughts. All the best for 1999. Maria, David, James, Douglas and Anna
Maria Rosetti <mcrosetti@hotmail.com>
Toowoomba, Q Australia - Wednesday, January 06, 1999 at 00:34:23 (PST)


My darling Melinda....here it is Christmas Eve and Dad, Mike and I are sitting around and remembering Christmases past. We miss you so very much my sweetheart. We had hoped to visit the cemetery tonight and light a candle but we are snow bound. North Vancouver has had a huge snowfall in the last couple of days so we are not able to get the car out of the driveway. We lit your candle at home and it is burning brightly. Lucky is curled up on the floor listening to us talk about past Christmases when you were with us. If we are able to get out tomorrow we plan to drive to the Lahay's home for Christmas dinner. I will give Matt a Christmas hug for you! Melinda we love you so very much. Love Mom, Dad, Mike and Lucky too!
Joanne Hathaway (Mom)
North Vanc, CANADA - Thursday, December 24, 1998 at 23:07:56 (PST)
Your daughter was a joy to have. I am sorry you lost her for now. It is not easy to lose a child. Love, Doris Hathaway
Doris <Hathaway>
Phelan, CA USA - Monday, December 14, 1998 at 19:50:12 (PST)
I read the story about your daughter Melinda, it was very touching. I will think of her alot because she has the same name as me. My grandmother died of cancer about three years ago at the age of 47. Many people were upset about her death, she was so loved. When I read your story I thought of my grandma. I wish you all the best in the future.
Melinda Zurcher <care_bear14@webtv.net>
Canton, oh us - Friday, December 11, 1998 at 15:27:42 (PST)
I stumbled across this page by accident although I don't believe in accidents. I was deeply touched by this wonderful dedication to a special human being. In Eastern tradition, Namaste is a greeting that means "That which is most holy in me honors that which is most holy in you." To Melinda's family and the spirit of Melinda, herself, I say, "Namaste, namaste, namaste."
Jeff Balke <jeff@hic.net`>
Houston, TX USA - Friday, December 11, 1998 at 12:26:39 (PST)
I am overwhelmed,literally...I'll say I stumbled onto Melinda's Home Page but I know I was "shown" this beautiful message of love for I'm in need of some right about now I guess. Anyway, I told my dad, Don Rialson, that I'd "see" him later when he sucumbed to cancer some years ago now. I had to say it again to my best friend, Greg Barton, a few years after my dad passed on. And, again, when I repeated that same farewell to my dad's brother, my Uncle Jerry Rialson. I'm convinced that the energy spent through the denial, anger, confusion, hurt, and finally the acceptance of their mortality, and our own, is a direct "E-MAIL" (Earthling Mail) from God. I found this to be so only in that for me there absolutely has to be meaning to what is experienced. The convolution of it all is that for me, it translates into love exactly and in loves entirety! It's in the passing of our loved ones that we have an opportunity, in our otherwise brief lives, to become filled with Gods love, to open ourselves to others and just let the love flow right through to others around us who need it too. God bless you Melinda, thanks for being here for us. Scott R. 12/5/98
Scott E. Rialson <coolazooid@aol.com>
Costa Mesa, Ca USA - Sunday, December 06, 1998 at 01:02:47 (PST)
What a beautiful site. Melinda was truly a special person. My son James (15) was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma on Sept 30th 1998. He has a good prognosis, when he returns from treatment I will show him Melindas' site. Thank you for the site and the information it provides.
Gene P. Leonard <leonard@mail.wsu.edu>
Moscow, ID USA - Thursday, December 03, 1998 at 10:54:10 (PST)
I was diagnosed in May 1997. I was aged 15 and sitting some very important exams. I had Acute Myloid Leukaemia and thankfully I am still in remission and have been for the past 12 months. My brother died in a tragic car accident so in a way I have experienced both aspects of cancer - fighting it and death. I am sure that Melinda was a wonderful, caring person and I wish all her family the best in coming to terms with their grief.
Caroline Lewis <CarolineLewis1@compuserve.com>
Wales, UK - Friday, November 27, 1998 at 11:34:00 (PST)
To Melinda's family- I know how your loss feels and I am very sorry.
Katie Greiner
Marysville, OH united states - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 12:08:48 (PST)
To Melinda's family: I saw this website on Hard Copy. It drew my attention. Since I had some time on my hands I decided to give it a look. I was so touched that I went through and read the whole thing. I am sure you all already know but Melinda was a special angel in which God blessed us with a visit with her for a while. She reminds me alot of me when I was 15. Just a girl who loves life. Just remember she is watching down on everyone of you and she is more happy now than ever. GOD BLESS: This is a lovely thing ya'll have done.
Brandie Troxler <brandie@eudoramail.com>
maurepas, la usa - Sunday, November 22, 1998 at 15:27:58 (PST)
I surfed on in here while looking for info on cancer - lung cancer, to be specific. My heart is with you, Melinda's family, and I will pray for her. From what i see & read here in this page, Melinda sounded like a wonderful young girl, and i would have been honoured to know her. My friend, a 16 year old guy, has lung cancer. I have been trying to look for any info on lung cancer among teens but there doesn't seem to be any around. If anyone out there can help, please, please mail me. Thanks a lot.
Shanti Ayob <lblace@yahoo.com>
Petaling Jaya, Sel Malaysia - Sunday, November 22, 1998 at 10:06:56 (PST)
I'm so touched by this homepage.
nathalie hirtz <polhirtz@pt.lu>
luxembourg, L europe - Sunday, November 22, 1998 at 07:31:05 (PST)
Im very sorry to hear of Melinda's passing. My god bless your family in this hard time. Always remember that she will always be by your side watching over you.
Eva Grubb <BENGRUBB@worldnet.att.net>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, November 19, 1998 at 20:35:02 (PST)
This is such a touching and wonderful website. I will miss you, Melinda!
Cindy Ng <cyndyng@hotmail.com>
Seattle, Wa USA - Wednesday, November 18, 1998 at 22:29:26 (PST)
What a wonderful web page, and what a wonderful father. May God keep you safe, happy and well.
Jeanette <cohuleen@aol.com>
Kent, WA USA - Wednesday, November 18, 1998 at 15:10:33 (PST)
Wow! Great page.Miss you!
Ashley Westenberg
CA - Saturday, November 14, 1998 at 18:19:16 (PST)
Your web page is truely a touching enlightment. As we speak a very close friend is dying of lung cancer as well as brain cancer. Your page helped me to better understand the overwhelming emotions I have inside me. Your daughter was a angel herself.. I also had a cousin that died of cancer 3 years ago this month. Thank you for this site. May god bless your family
Julie Romero <rambo@theriver.com>
Douglas, AZ USA - Friday, November 13, 1998 at 14:26:07 (PST)
I also had cancer. I am doing well now only a year and a half later. This was a beautiful page
Judy <bm4ever@hotmail.com>
highland, mi USA - Friday, November 13, 1998 at 12:24:04 (PST)
First, let me thank you for continuing to share Malinda with us. She images like a wonderfully astute young woman. I have been personally involved with family and friends with cancer. Some survived, some did not. My husband is Dr. Al Saliman here in Glenwood Springs, CO and is the medical director of Valley View Hospital's Hospice program. I believe God chose him for this job because he is so good at it. We have been married nearly 25 years and I am so proud to be able to say I still LIKE the guy. I hope you had the advantage of a good palliative care team during Malinda's final phase of life. You will be in my prayers and I pray that God will watch over you as you continue to heal. With my sincerest regards, Ginny Saliman
Ginny Saliman <alsdeli@rof.net>
Glenwood Springs, CO USA - Friday, November 13, 1998 at 02:55:58 (PST)
u r nice
Andrea <depalmas@jps.net>
tracy, ca CA - Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 21:14:32 (PST)
I was searching the web for "professional" information when I came into Melinda's website. I read every drop of it and found a new prospective in life. I work at a retirement community and deal with death on a daily basis. I thought I had become cold to the sadness but realized, after Melinda's amazing spirit, beautiful poetry, artwork and incredible courage, that I was not so cold afterall. An amazing child graced your life... and now, I can't wait to go home and hug my five year old daughter, Sarah, happy that she's in my life every day... and through Melinda I've learned to make every day count. God Bless all of you and to Melinda, I'm happy to know you're up there spreading your sweet sunshine in God's world.
Cydnie Lee Forrest <cydatlbch@aol.com>
Atlantic Beach, FL USA - Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 15:54:59 (PST)
I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I am listening to Tears in Heaven that is on your web site. We sang this song for a teacher that passed away a few months ago. My name is also Melinda and I am 14 yeras old. I can only imagine what you have gone through. I wish you all the best in the coming years./
Melinda Optie <purplerain@ameritech.net>
Harwood Heights, IL United States of America - Monday, November 09, 1998 at 17:09:57 (PST)
I have just read the story of your daughter and was really touched by it. I have a daughter that is two and a half years and her name is Skylar Rose (the same middle name of your daughter. I am a cancer surviver myself and hope and pray that I stay that way. I guess I am lucky because I had thyroid cancer and I have been told that that is the cancer of choice because of the cure rate. I still had to go thru the mental aspects of the word CANCER and to go thru the physical part of it also. I was cancer free for 3 years and then had to go thru radiation treatments once again. So now I am hopefully finished with treatments and dread every Dr. appointment for the dreaded reply of this has returned. Many prayers are said daily for myself and my daughter. It has really touched me with your story and I will check back frequently with updates on your family. God Bless you and your family. This was really strange for me because I couldn't say any comforting words to you. I guess their are none.but I really have you in my prayers.
Amelia Warren <ameliawarren@webtv.net>
Cumming, GA 30041 - Thursday, November 05, 1998 at 17:49:41 (PST)
I was truly touched by your homepage, it is great. Melinda must have had a lot of courage. She must have been a wonderful person.
majerus corinne <majeruscorinne@hotmail.com>
Troisvierges, Luxemburg (europe) - Sunday, November 01, 1998 at 13:52:59 (PST)
Candy <angelwhispers@home.com>
Pittsburgh, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 08:08:29 (PST)
Randy Mulligan sent me your URL.. I want to say that I am so very very sorry for your loss, Your daughter is a very special person.. with so much love and compassion.. These pages have touched me so deeply.. I know from what I have read, that your daughter was an Angel sent to us here on earth to show us all that the Lord does have Angel's that he sends to all of us.. Please accept the following award from me to you... With Much Love and Prayers to you, Candy
Candy <angelwhispers@home.com>
Pittsburgh, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 08:05:05 (PST)
DEar Melinda's Family, i stumbled on your daughters page by accident, but it touched me deeply. my mother died of cancer two years ago and my best friends mother died of cancer 7 months ago. my mother developed cancer when i was an infant and was sick my entire life. the brain tumor never came back but the treatment destroyed her body and eventually she could no longer even walk. eventually her body became so fragile that she couldn't take care of herself. she developed pneumonia during my freshman year in college. i was never able to say goodbye to her. your beautiful page and your beautiful daughter brought memories flooding back to me. i miss my mother so much and i am sure she is with your daughter. thank you so much for your inspiring page, it is actually helping me deal with my loss. your daughter was a very beautiful and special girl. if only all parents were blessed with such wonderful daughters this world would be a much better place. with the fondest regards, Marissa
Marissa <verma@mindspring.com>
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, October 27, 1998 at 22:42:50 (PST)
Dear Melinda, Somehow I know you are reading every word of your website. Thank you for your courage and sharing with us. I look forward to telling my patients of this special site. Dr. Melinda Thompson
Dr. Melinda Thompson <THOMPMD@bellsouth.net>
Germantown, TN USA - Tuesday, October 27, 1998 at 21:29:44 (PST)
wow, i'm 16 and i'm really interested in working in counseling children and families of the children who have been diagnosed with cancer. you home page really influenced me even more to become involved with this. it sends a wonderful message to everyone. cancer is a terrible thing and it takes the lives of so many innocent people. this web site is a great way to show how important it is to cherish life and support those who do have cancer to make their life shine even more. i've learned that even the slightest smile can brighten a day. thank you very much. love sarah
sarah <sar8201@aol.com>
phoenix, az usa - Saturday, October 24, 1998 at 16:14:03 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I really enjoyed your website. I initially visited because I found your website when I was searching under Lahsa Apso's. My 13yr old sister, my mom, and I just recently got a Lahsa Apso. She is 7 weeks old and her name is Dixie. I don't think that she is a miniture like Lucky, she is supposed to grow to be about 15 pounds. Anyway, Lucky is adorable and I hope that Dixie stays that cute. Sincerely, Nicki Lyn McChesney nlm9445@mars.sunyjcc.edu
Nicki McChesney <nlm9445@mars.sunyjcc.edu>
Dunkirk, NY USA - Thursday, October 22, 1998 at 17:47:57 (PDT)
What a wonderful tribute your daughter has left for everyone affected by cancer.
Jennifer Locker <Butterflygirl19@hotmail.com>
winchester, ky USA - Friday, October 09, 1998 at 06:28:48 (PDT)
I have strangely come across Melinda's Web site. We too have lost our l5 year old son, Ian, to cancer in June of l996. What touched me the most is Melinda's song, Somewhere Out There, was the beautiful song played at Ian's funeral. May our children now know what true happiness is with no more pain. May God please you.
Carolyn Kyle
St. Louis, MO USA - Thursday, October 08, 1998 at 18:27:33 (PDT)
I FOUND YOU TONIGHT WHILE SITTING UP WITH MY MOTHER WHO WILL BE JOINING YOU IN HEAVEN SHE ALSO HAS CANCER I KNOW YOU WILL LOVE HER YOU HAVE DONE A WONDERFUL THING MAKEING THE WEB SITE MY MOM ALSO ENJOYED DOING FOR OTHERS YOU HAVE BEEN AJOY FOR ME TO NIGHT THERE WERE THINGS I NEED TO FIND OUT AND I DONT KNOW WHAT BROUGHT ME HERE BUT IT HAS BEEN SO MUCH HELP GOD BLESS YOU SAY HELLO TO MY MOM WHEN SHE GEEETS TO HEAVEN SHE WILL BE THERE ANY TIME
Cathy Reynolds
port angeles, wa callam - Wednesday, October 07, 1998 at 01:25:46 (PDT)
I signed your guestbook some time ago, but cannot find my entry. I wrote to you when my grandmother was battleing her bladder cancer. I came across your webpage while looking for cancer information. My gram passed away July 17, 1998. She wanted to die at home and she did. My aunt and I are nurses and my mother helped as well. Her last nine days were awful. She died an uncomfortable and physically draining death, but spiritually she was at ease. She was surrounded by family and cared for 24 hours a day. She was so brave and I still can't understand or comprehend where she got her strength. She was an amazing lady and I miss her everyday. I had lived with her for three years and she was such a wise and caring lady. We watched her take her last breath as peaceful music played. At first I did not cry because I felt relief for her, but when I realized that she would no longer be "there" I sobbed. Even though she had been so sick the final weeks, just knowing she was "there" was a comfort. She would manage to make a comment or two and most of the time she would say something sarcastic or funny. Oh, how I miss her and will never understand cancer. All of her brothers and sisters have died of some type of cancer there were 8 now there are 3 left. So scarey for me. It's kind of like I know my fate, but I just don't know what "kind" it will be. My father's mother died of cancer and so did two of her sisters. Her brother's all died of heart disease. There were eight in her family as well. Melinda watch over us. To Mr. and Mrs. Hathaway, this is a wonderful tribute to your daughter's memory and a source of strength for your hundreds of visitors. Karen
Karen <hendrymartin@yahoo.com>
Ma USA - Monday, October 05, 1998 at 17:14:41 (PDT)
I am so sorry for all of the pain you are going through. Your in my prayers. GOD BLESS
Melinda
MO America - Monday, October 05, 1998 at 12:10:24 (PDT)
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER YOU WERE BLESSED WITH IF ONLY FOR A SHORT WHILE, HOW UNSELFISH SHE WAS IN HER TIME OF NEED. GOD BLESS ALL HER FAMILY.
KAREN BAKER <JARMAN@MICROTECH.COM.AU>
LONGFORD, TAS AUSTRALIA - Monday, October 05, 1998 at 05:24:36 (PDT)
A dear friend of mine..who has already been battling Parkinsons disease recently passed out..and wound up in the hospital..with stitches in her head. While in the hospital..tests were run.It has been disovered that she has a huge mass in her liver.It appears..that in all likely hood..she will be dealing with cancer of the liver. I was searching the net..when I found Melindas Page. Thank You so much for sharing your beloved child..with the world.What a special young lady!! I too believe she is now at peace..with her creator. May you and your family..receive comfort and blessings for the way in which you have shared Her with the world. You have touched so many lives. And Please pray for my friend..as she battles an enemy..pray for strength,healing..and mostly peace..to endure whatever comes before her.
Allecia Imboden <imboden@nbn.net>
Lebanon, Pa USA - Saturday, October 03, 1998 at 20:31:16 (PDT)
Running into this site was purely an accident. I was doing a college paper when I came upon this site. When I began to read it took my breath away. First of all this site was so beauthiful, then I realized that it was created by a young girl who is obviously very strong, then to my sadness as I scrolled down, I learned of her passing. I never knew Melinda, but through these pages I learned much about her and cancer. Even though Melinda never touched my life directly, today her words touched me in a way that no words have ever done so. Melinda, today I make you this promise, I will quit smoking. I want to thank the parent's for keeping her page alive because maybe (unfortunately) this is what I needed to open my eyes. God Bless and take care.
Susan Coffin <mcoffin@netcore.ca>
Windsor, On Canada - Friday, October 02, 1998 at 16:42:38 (PDT)
I was truly touched by the web page about a young lady with a joy for life and compassion for others. I too have cancer in my family and have experienced the pain they go through, including the families of the cancer victim. What a strong person she was and made a difference in her short life to educate others. She was an Angel and no doubt a real Angel in Heaven!
Melinda Bradberry <melinda@edge.net>
Columbia, TN USA - Tuesday, September 29, 1998 at 23:17:38 (PDT)
To The Family Of Melinda: I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses I wish to share with you the hope of a ressurection to life here on earth in the near future that is spoken of in the bible at Rev 21:3,4 and Luke 23:43 and John 5:28,29. Please set aside differences in religion, for Melinda's sake, and take a moment to look those scriptures up. May Jehovah God [Psalms 83:18] bless you and your family through your grief despite religious prefernce eternally.
Rachel <HONESTY4@CSI.COM>
New Albany, In USA - Tuesday, September 29, 1998 at 11:44:49 (PDT)
Although, I'm sure that your daughter and sister is somewhere very special, looking after all of us. Melinda, rest in peace...
Victor Matos <vmatos@lara.on.ca>
Hamilton, ON CA - Monday, September 28, 1998 at 07:15:33 (PDT)
I found Melinda's home page while looking for a poem to remember my brother-in-law Dustin who passed away this past Friday. He was 16 and diagnosed with Leukemia only one week ago. He fought hard for days, but God called him home at 5:20 pm Friday, September 25. This sudden loss has taken us all by surprise, but we will all see our loved ones again some day. Until that time comes, those loved ones we have lost are together in Heaven. They have a Heavenly Father watching over them now.
Kim W. Joyce <kwjoyce@jcn1.com>
Arnold, MO US - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 14:55:35 (PDT)
I just want to say that I was sorry to hear about your daughter and that when I first signed the guest book I was talking to Melinda spiritually because I know that she can see this and I want her to know that I don't think of her as just a ghost. I hope you don't think that is too strange but its hard fo me to explain. I give you my deepest sympathy..
Crystal <crystal_fogle@hotmail.com>
Brooksville, Ky Ky - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 09:45:52 (PDT)
I give you my best wishes and hope that you know that you are safe in God's hands and he will take care of you. I too, once had a Lhasa Apso named Spooke and he brought me joy nad I know yours does too. I hope that your time on Earth has been good times and I will pray for you. I too am 15, my grandmother passed away do to a cancer related death so I know what your family must be going through. If you ever need a girltalk just e-mail me. Don't be scared for God is with you.
Crystal <crystal_fogle@hotmail.com>
Brooksville, Ky Ky - Sunday, September 27, 1998 at 09:40:26 (PDT)
I stumbled upon your page while doing research for graphics... I came across your page for melinda...how precious... It's been 4 years since i had a tear in my eye. that was till tonight. I am truly sorry..please write me and tell me more about her story.james
james marino <jamesmarino@mailexcite.com>
margate, fl usa - Friday, September 25, 1998 at 20:00:17 (PDT)
Hey your page is great i love the music Hope you are doing better and i wish you luck in the future! YOUR FRIEND, CAMI JONES
Cami Jones <Jessalea@com.net>
Windthorst, TX USA - Thursday, September 24, 1998 at 07:38:23 (PDT)
I am so sorry about your daughter. That's a sad and tragic story but she must have had a lot of courage to live as long as she did. That was thoughtful of her to make a webpage for children with cancer. Thanks so much for keeping it going!
Chelsie Gibbons
Boise , Idaho America - Tuesday, September 22, 1998 at 17:29:06 (PDT)
My Sweetest Angel Kasia! Today is your 18-th B-day..very special day for all of us. I miss you Pumpkin so much...Love hurts, Mommy
Hannah Myronyk-Moreja <aqua5@sprint.ca>
Vancouver, BC CANADA - Monday, September 21, 1998 at 10:04:34 (PDT)
Dear Melinda & Family, I am truly sorry for your loss.I can understand what you are going through. My mother Marilyn passed away from breast cancer when I was 14. I am now 22 and it was hard growing up without a mother.Also one of my best friends found out she has cancer.The doctors discovered it after she had just given birth to her first child.Now her mother must help her with the baby. I wish I could but, I live to far away. It was nice to read how other people, yourself included cope with this awful thing called cancer. GOD BLESS YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE WHOSE HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS DISEASE. ANITA & FLOYD KILCREASE SEPT.20 1998
ANITA KILCREASE <YAHOJAY@WEBTV.NET>
ADA, OK USA - Sunday, September 20, 1998 at 22:17:33 (PDT)
I lost a dear best friend, second mother, and an angel to breast cancer. It was a tough loss but one thing that I always try to remember and would like to share is that God has created all of us and there will be a time to where God will call all of his children, ANGELS, back home. We must move on but never forget that person and remember that we will be with the dear someone one day. Bless you all and you are in my prayers.
javaria lawrence <jaylaw03@collegeclub>
Dallas, TX USA - Sunday, September 20, 1998 at 18:38:55 (PDT)
My Darling Melinda....tonight at this very moment two years ago you closed your eyes and left for Heaven. Dad, Mike and I miss you so much that it hurts. You will always be alive in our hearts. Dad and I went to the cemetery today and took you 17 beautiful roses. We sat on the little bench near your grave and talked about how much we love you and how you were such a wonderful daughter and sister. You left us with many many good memories that we will never forget. Mike lit your candle and it has been burning all day. After Dad and I left the cemetery we went to Ambleside and sat in the sun on a bench by sea and remembered all the good times we had there when you were with us. We even ate a butterfinger bar (your favourite!). Mike now has his beginners driver's licence and is starting driving lessons on Friday. Please watch over him and keep your brother safe. Melinda we love you very much...love Mom, Dad and Mike...Lucky too!
Joanne Hathaway ( Mom) <dhathawy@wimsey.com>
North Vanc., CA - Tuesday, September 15, 1998 at 21:46:57 (PDT)
My prayers and thoughts are with Melinda and you her family. My niece passed away June 15, 1997 after a bone marrow transplant for luekemia. Her bravery gives me strength as I live everyday. God Bless You!
Bonnie J Krohn <bjkrohn@norstan.com>
Omaha , NE USA - Monday, September 14, 1998 at 15:00:49 (PDT)
It's only 2 days shy of the two year mark since you lost your beautiful daughter. I hope for you the day brings you many happy memories and moments that she'd want you to recall. I hope you find strength in each other and continue to be so loving and supportive. I am a fortunate cancer survivor of 6 years, Sept 17. I can only say I feel lucky, and more so after getting to read and be a small part of Melinda's tribute. Julie~
Julie <kaprielle@aol.com>
Reston, VA - Saturday, September 12, 1998 at 22:02:47 (PDT)
Melinda was obviously a strong, beautiful person. I think I would have enjoyed knowing her, if given the chance. I am sorry for your loss, but as you know, she is now watching over you, smiling. Thank you for putting this page up. It is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful person. May you have a happy and great life and I will never forget this one person who pursued life with more vigor and strength then most ever will. And you, her family, are too, very strong and able people who should be very proud of yourselves, because you are awesome people. May Melinda be happy and well in Heaven and may you all have a beautiful life.
Rebecca Bussa <beccabussa@hotmail.com>
Portsmouth, OH US - Wednesday, September 09, 1998 at 10:55:12 (PDT)
I am deeply moved by this page as recently i have found out that 2 girls at school have cancer. I will pray for melinda on the 15 as it will have been 2 years after her fight was lost.
Rebecca Devereaux <rebejendev.hotmail.com>
Brisbane, qld Australia - Tuesday, September 08, 1998 at 17:26:49 (PDT)
I am extremely sorry for your loss. May God bless you and heal you in His time. Melinda E.
Melinda <upstgeu@webtv.net>
Stockton, CA CA - Monday, September 07, 1998 at 21:11:08 (PDT)
your web site will live on and touch many people as it has touched me. may your family find peace knowing that you are remembered in a special way. what a great tribute!
tanya burkel <taburke@innova.net>
spartanburg, sc usa-southcarolinaCA - Monday, September 07, 1998 at 10:44:33 (PDT)
Song For Melinda This song page was done be me and hope it may help in some way!....Keenan
Keenan <klr19@usa.net>
Mi U.S.A - Saturday, August 29, 1998 at 23:49:58 (PDT)
I'm so sorry for your loss...May you all find Peace.
Cindy <Pickypicky@aol.com>
Palm Harbor, FL usa - Thursday, August 27, 1998 at 19:24:02 (PDT)
My 18 year old son Ryan passed away from a brain tumor one year ago. It is comforting to read other people's messages and know that they really do care. God bless you, and let's all pray for a cure for this terrible disease called cancer.
Jana Range <britlacy @ egyptian.net>
Marissa, IL - Thursday, August 27, 1998 at 18:08:44 (PDT)
The angel will watch over you
Jaime <BluEyezGr1@aol.com>
ma - Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 18:11:15 (PDT)
To Melinda's family>> I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though I'm only 14, I feel your pain. I've lost 6 of my close family members to cancer, and another is suffering greatly right now. I know I don't know you, but I know how much it hurts. After awhile some of the pain does start to go away, not all, but some. And there will always be that empty feeling in your heart, but try to fill it with good memories of Melinda. I'm so sorry.
Mackenzie Herrell
- Saturday, August 22, 1998 at 14:53:24 (PDT)
My 15 year daughter also passed away, complication from a BMT, on Aug 4 1998. Diagnosed w/AML. I wish I had seen this page sooner. Michele would of loved it. GOOD WORK !!! Love to your Family. Things like this do make a difference.
Pam <PammiFab@AOL.com>
Kent, Wa USA - Friday, August 21, 1998 at 09:55:55 (PDT)
It's a really nice page that hit close to home having lost my grandpa to cancer. Considering how devastated I was over that, having lost someone who isn't my daughter, if that happened to me, I would become a basket case. I admire your strength & courage & may Melinda rest in peace. I know I already signed, but I typed in the wrong URL, this link is to my grandpa's page.
Chris Banton <bantonio33@yahoo.com>
ON CA - Sunday, August 16, 1998 at 09:46:00 (PDT)
May God Bless You All and may the rest of all your lives be wonderful and full of great things. Love Leia.
Leia Grimsey <light@qldnet.com.au>
CA - Sunday, August 16, 1998 at 00:52:33 (PDT)
Melinda, From what Mike C. has told me in his book, you were a loving and fun friend. As I reread my comments before I realized they were true for I am deeply sorry but I know that you were still a teenager and as one myself I thought we should PARTY instead of feeling Sad. Although feeling sad is totally ok:) What type of pop do you like for I will be at a party soon and I will pour you a glass! Thank you for making everyone feel lucky for whatever road god choose us to travel! Love and Fun with you at all times!
Katy <kiki_145@hotmail.com>
Coqutialm, BC CA - Friday, August 14, 1998 at 20:27:01 (PDT)
To Melinda and your family: I came to your site while looking for a song...I will leave with a prayer for you and the thought of knowing that there is a young angel in the arms of a loving God. My heart aches for your loss, but take comfort that " To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. " We are all but temporary visitors here on earth. I know in my heart that God will keep you in his grace. " When he was on the cross, he was thinking of you." What words can I say, if it were within my power, I would take away your grief, but one who is the almighty creator will assuredly "...wipe away all your tears. " May God bless You!!
Paul Schue <pschue@kconline.com.usa>
Leesburg, IN USA - Friday, August 14, 1998 at 11:31:31 (PDT)
Melinda, I never really knew you but i have heard a lot about you.My own daughter passed away at Canuck Place, and the staff were always telling me about how brave you were.I've seen your pictures in the memory book, and i know that my little angel is with you now. take care of her for me.
jennifer
CA - Thursday, August 13, 1998 at 17:37:40 (PDT)
Melinda, I know you can read,see and help from your new wonderful and peaceful world;Heaven. You never knew me but I am a friend of Michael Cuccione. He talked about you in his book and I am deeply sorry for your pain. My mom too had cancer and it was removed. She is now left with a great deal of pain because when they removed the cancer they cut too much tissue and she was left with nerve damage in her bladder area. Some days she wished she would just have died. I am there to talk to when she needs me so I have had to grow up faster like my friend and yours Mike. I pray that you are watching over young children and teenagers who are having to deal with having and knowing someone with this terrible thing, who no one deserves. My love and warmth is with your family and you:) May you be finally at peace with god.
Katy <kiki_145@hotmail.com>
Coquitlam, BC CA - Thursday, August 13, 1998 at 15:21:29 (PDT)
I fell on this webpage by accident, but I'm really sorry
David Gamma <dav.i.d@usa.net>
- Tuesday, August 11, 1998 at 13:28:43 (PDT)
Dearest Melinda, I read you some of the things of your home page. Sweety, there is a lot of encouragement that you are giving to many and I am sure the Good Lord will help you more. I wish you all the best in life and may you give many more smiles to various people through your courage and love. Luv, SOMA
SOMA RAJAN <soma26@hotmail.com>
Manama, Bahrain - Tuesday, August 11, 1998 at 01:15:39 (PDT)
Dear Melinda's Family: What an outstanding tribute to a wonderful young woman. The words from both yourselves and Melinda are outstanding and encouraging to those in the battle and surviving the effects of it. My daughter has now had 15 wonderful cancer free years and there was a time when I didn't know if she'd make it. I am sorry that Melinda is not here on earth but I trust that the Lord holds her close in his arms in Heaven until you meet again. I hope that those "Cancer Kids" that check out Melinda's page will not only be encouraged by her strength, courage and humour, but will also be encouraged by stories from those who have "made it". As my daughter turns into a young woman, I marvel and thank the Lord daily for her beauty and love. May you never forget Melinda's beauty and love that continues on through this page and all those that it touches. God Bless you all.
Kim McFadden <kim@bc.sympatico.ca>
British Columbia, CA - Saturday, August 01, 1998 at 02:11:28 (PDT)
My Melinda, Hello. I know you can read this, from Heaven. I miss you so much, but I know I have no reason to worry, Jule is taking care of you. I know both of you are happy up there in Heaven, i am so glad you are out of pain, you have just started living your life. But it hurts. I still think of you everyday, and how you sent me those cards when I was sick. I wish you were still here, and we could have met face to face. But I know you are here, with me, keeping me company, somewhere. I miss you so much and Love you with all my heart. I know i could never be as strong as you, you gave me hope. You made me see that I could conquer my sickness, by your words. I kept all your cards and letters, I look at them almost everyday and feel your spirit. I miss you Melinda. Take good care of Jule and Lizzie for me, The Four Musketeer's, All for one, one for all. Love, Christina
Christina Lawson <Elfeater@bellsouth.net>
Louisville, Ky usa - Saturday, August 01, 1998 at 01:09:55 (PDT)
I am praying for Melinda.I know the Lord is watching over her.She is an angel now.Watching over everyone!
Glory Bliss Brown <Glowbear@aol.com>
Flint, TX US - Friday, July 31, 1998 at 08:50:13 (PDT)
I stumbled across this site while looking for information on lung cancer. You see, my best friend's 18 year old son, Brian has lung cancer and we are like family. I really wish Brian had access to the Internet, so that he could read this truely wonderful Website. I cried for a girl I didn't even know, but who sounded so brave. My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Melinda's family. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Vanessa Louw
Pretoria, South Africa - Friday, July 31, 1998 at 02:49:21 (PDT)
I am so glad that Melinda has created this webpage. She took time out of her precious life to make other people like her and i feel like we are not alone. Being a teen with a disease is very debilitating and i always feel alone in my trek to health. Melinda has touched my life in ways that i can't explain. She has made me start to hope again. Giving up isn't the way to go, and she showed me that. I'm sure that she is smiling down from heaven because she has touched so many lives. I would have liked to meet her, but i feel like i already know her.
Patricia Brisebois <bbarlog@cadvision.com>
Calgary, AB Canada - Sunday, July 26, 1998 at 10:05:50 (PDT)
I am 16 and I have AML. I just completed 5 months of intense chemotherapy and was in remission. Two days ago I found out I relapsed and I now have to have a Bone Marrow transplant. I thought Melinda's page was so beautiful and I think it is wonderful that you keep it up. She was obviously a tremendous loss and my deepest regards are with you. Thank you for offering this page to us kids with cancer and others. It is a page you will never forget visiting. Love, Serenity
Serenity Silen <sailormoon143@yahoo.com>
Irvine, ca usa - Friday, July 24, 1998 at 22:59:36 (PDT)
What wonderful tributes to a brave, lovely girl! I came across this website accidently. It makes one realize how fleeting and precious life is. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy Ann Harper <harpern@mindspring.com>
Powder Springs, GA USA - Saturday, July 18, 1998 at 20:16:22 (PDT)
Life isn't fair and this becomes painfully clear when someone close to us becomes sick. The question... is always asked. We want to have a reason for the pain and loss. It seems like a meaningless waste of life. But, God has reasons for everything he does, unfortunately, he rarely explains himself. Our acceptance of God's hidden purpose requires faith on our part. Faith and trust! Let me suggest one thing... The Bible says... Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. ---- Troubling times are approaching and those who are being taken prematurely may be those who are being counted worthy to escape the coming tribulation. They trade their earthly bodies for those that are eternal! Trust God in spite of this tragedy, Daniel Brown.
Daniel Brown <dbrown@ns.gemlink.com>
Bumpass, Va USA - Thursday, July 16, 1998 at 18:12:26 (PDT)
AS A CANCER PATIENT MY SELF WHO ALSO WENT THROUGH CHEMO AND RADIOTHERAPY I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS FOR THE PARENTS TO DEAL WITH THIS HORRIBLE ORDEAL BUT YOU JUST HAVE TO THINK POSOTIVE AND LEARN TO BE STRONG. MELINDA WOULD NOW BE UP THERE WITH A FRIEND OF MINE KIBERLEY LEVEN WHO SAID TO HER FAMILY DONT WORRY ABOUT ME IAM GOING TO A BETTER PLACE FAR AWAY FROM ANYTHING BAD. MELINDA WILL REMAIN IN MY HEART AND IN EVERY BODY WHO HAVE VISITED THIS SITE. MY WARMEST REGARDS ARE WITH YOU
KAHN DROLLETT <KAHN @ BB.COM.AU>
SYDNEY, NNSW AUSTRALIA - Wednesday, July 15, 1998 at 20:58:50 (PDT)
May the Lord wrap you in His loving arms until you meet Melinda again in heaven.
Jane <jkt97t@timon.acu.edu>
Abilene, TX USA - Wednesday, July 15, 1998 at 14:17:20 (PDT)
You are such a wonderful girl! If you want to e mail me, I will be happy to write ya and stuff! My e mail is Tamara_Jean@usa.net I guess i will leave you with the words I am praying for you, and yu hold on there girl! People like you give hope to this world!
Tamara Wagner <Tamara_Jean@usa.net>
Moorhead, MN usa - Wednesday, July 15, 1998 at 12:00:43 (PDT)
I lost a dear friend thru cancer & I knew the pain of losing someone.....my prayers would be with all of u alwiz.
A. Jennin <ajennin@tm.net.my>
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Monday, July 13, 1998 at 02:52:44 (PDT)
I am so glad that I stumbled across this page, as I sit here I am so touched by all the beautiful messages to a young lady who was so very special to so many people. My prayers and my thoughts are with you and as a parent of a child who was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in 1992. I just want to say that Melinda will live on in all our hearts even to those who had never even met her. May God Bless You All And Keep You Safe.....
Kim <Kahn@bb.com.au>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Saturday, July 11, 1998 at 04:46:53 (PDT)
Hello, this page is so very sad yet comforting. I have a six year old daughter and I think I would die with her if she leaves before me. I know and you probably learnt that life goes on, and you are very strong to do so. The song is one of my favorite because we (in the family) lost 2 small infants this year. I know the songs is about wanting to know if we will see them again someday... I know we will, and you will too. Thank you for such a beautiful page full of courage and love. God bless you and keep you healthy.
Lise <c5400@abacom.com>
Coaticook, QC Canada - Wednesday, July 08, 1998 at 20:06:48 (PDT)
Thank you for sharing this. Peace be with you.
Mimi <Mimi_Friedman@ed.gov>
Washington, DC USA - Monday, July 06, 1998 at 08:04:54 (PDT)
my grandfather had lung cancer and passed away with all our family at his side and i know that your family is so proud of you for the hard fight you gave but i do know it is hard to fight with all the pain of cancer in your heart may god be with you all . and so will my prayers . cancer is a killer but it never takes a person away as they are always in our hearts forever with their memories and their family .... so keep her alive by your memories and you good thoughts love the smeltzer's in loving memory of ALBERT YATES. *kiss*
christina smeltzer <csmeltze@schreiber.lakeheadu.ca>
schreiber, on CANADA - Monday, June 29, 1998 at 11:25:00 (PDT)
Over the last 14 years my family has survived my mother having a kidney removed due to cancer, 10 years later she had a partial mystectomy, 5 months ago my father died after battling non hodgkins lymphoma for 14 years. Cancer is part of our lives. Somehow we survive. Torn and scarred but alive. I feel lucky that I had my dad for such a long time, whereas you didn't have Melinda that long. Be well and Safe.
Linda Pandeli
Adelaide, Australia - Saturday, June 27, 1998 at 18:30:17 (PDT)
I always feel my eyes begin to tear and my heart becomes heavy whenever I read about someone like Melinda. Melinda is obviously someone who was ready to give everything for everyone, if only we could all make the effort to be half as good as Melinda.
Grantly <yaegerd@durham.net>
CA - Thursday, June 25, 1998 at 12:35:03 (PDT)
i read this web page cause the title caught my eye. it was well put together. i think if i would of known melinda she would of been just as i can see her from all i know of her now. best of wishes to the family
Beth <rage753>
NJ USA - Wednesday, June 24, 1998 at 07:18:54 (PDT)
dia 23 de Junho de 1998 um querido cantor do Brasil, o Leandro da dupla Leandro e Leonardo faleceu vítima do Tumor de Askim esperamos que a medicina consiga descobrir algo para curar este tipo de cancer tão fulminante abraços e pesares Adriano Blanco São Paulo Brazil
Adriano Blanco <astoria@zaz.com.br>
Piracicaba, SP Brazil - Wednesday, June 24, 1998 at 07:06:14 (PDT)
My heart goes out to you. Just last year we attended the funeral of a friend's twin daughter who died from cancer. It was gut-wrenching and I think about it every day. She was 14 also. I have two daughters. Peace be with you. Mary Jo
Mary Jo McDermott <mcdermott_maryjo@allergan.com>
Irvine, CA USA - Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at 14:50:57 (PDT)
This week my son is attending Camp Hope here in Kansas...so my thoughts are of him. Surfing the web...looking for those little extra's to stuff in his daily mail...and I came upon this page. And it's wonderful!...there are those of us out there...still reaching for recovery....and hope....still sitting on doubt that my child will be OK. Curtis was diagnosed in Oct. 1993 with a malignant brain tumor...he continues to ~shine~, grow, and survive. While your memories of Melinda continue...so do some many of ours...just in a different manner. Life, Hope, and Love continue for all of us touched by cancer...it is a journey into itself...unlike no other....cruel and intense...but also gift giving. Thank you for the wonderful page!
Pam Stephenson <ting@pld.com>
Dodge City, KS US - Monday, June 22, 1998 at 16:33:06 (PDT)
It hurts me to read the many letters that were written. It leaves me with a pain in my heart knowing that cancer has hurt so many people. I count my blessings everyday for my health as well as praying for the health of others. Melinda was no doubt a brave and loving young lady. To have started this web page to help others fight this terrible disease took not only courage but also the fact that she cared about the well being of others. I have great admiration for her. I'm all teary eyed now but I am also left with a deep respect for Melinda as well as admiration for all those directly involved with this disease. My heart goes out to all of you. God bless.
Christine <amber8@sympatico.ca>
mtl, qQc CA - Saturday, June 20, 1998 at 22:31:47 (PDT)
I just wanted to sign your guest book to let you know that there are all kinds of people out there that are thinking of you all and praying for you. This site was very well put together, it was so good it almost made me cry. :`-( I also wanted to let you all know that i am going to school to help people like Melinda and other children and adults fight their battle. Thinking of you. Jennifer
Jennifer Ivy <Jennachs@aol.com>
Waco, TX USA - Friday, June 19, 1998 at 21:55:01 (PDT)
god bless you all
nancy lague <narue1>
lakeland, fl. - Thursday, June 18, 1998 at 10:49:33 (PDT)
I was so saddened to turn the 'page' and learn of Melinda's passing. From reading her website, I could tell she was such a bright light..the glow remains.
Deborah Milton <dinas@ix.netcom.com>
Cumberland, RI USA - Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at 23:15:16 (PDT)
I AM TRULY MOVED BY THIS EXPRESSION OF LOVE AND YOUR DEDICATION TO KEEPING MELINDA'S MEMORY ALIVE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY A FIGHTER. I AM SURE THAT THE CREATION OF THIS WEB SITE WOULD CREATE AN AWARENESS OF THE DISEASE AND WAYS TO COPE WITH IT.
CALISE NARINESINGH <CNARINESINGH@EMA.CO.TT>
TRINIDAD WEST INDIES - Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at 10:51:58 (PDT)
Forever young and forever an angel!!! My child is just 4 yrs. old and is currently receiving chemo for Leukemia, its been 14 months now and we pray daily that he will be fine. Today he rode a two wheel bike without the training wheels and in September will begin school!! These experiences mean the world to us and bring us closer to realizing just how precious our children are. Thank you for Melindas life story.
Judy <kenjudy@mnsi.net>
Blenheim, On Canada - Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at 08:53:56 (PDT)
About 3 years ago a dear friend of mine found out she had cancer. The battle has been constant for her as well as many others like yourself. Now you are blessed because you are in a much better place. For this friend, however, she continues the fight here. Since her battle began we have been involved in the Relay for Life and other American Cancer Society projects. We will always continue to fight for children like you, so they may have a chance to see tomorrow. I know how badly your parents felt to lose their precious girl but believe they are proud of your accomplishments and are happy that you are now happy in heaven.
Laura <kveen@mailexcite.com>
Menomonee Falls, WI Waukesha - Saturday, June 13, 1998 at 15:57:00 (PDT)
My girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease on her 12th birthday. After 9 mos. of chemo & radiation, all seemed ok. Then she relapsed, with tumors in her lungs and abdomen. She had a bone marrow transplant Nov.97 and is in remission 6 mos. now. I share your sorrow and your joy at knowing that everything is for a reason. Although Kristen's body is healing, her mind and spirit need healing too. The oldest of my four children, it's very hard for her. I hope Melinda's story will help her. Thank you for sharing it with us all. Melinda will be in my prayers, as will her family.
samantha balkcom <sbalkcom@datastar.net>
carriere, ms usa - Friday, June 12, 1998 at 09:57:12 (PDT)
I was very touched by your page it caught my eye because we share the same name I just lost my mom to lung cancer and it was the hardest thing I've ever been through one year later I lost my father I some what know what it is like to lose a child for I have lost 4 due to trouble during birth I want you to know she is smiling down on you from Heaven I know it is hard but I believe my mother's suffering is finally over she lived for to years after finding out she had lung cancer I know she is now at peace and when it is my time I will join her in heaven I pray that everyting goes well for you ..God Bless!!!
Melinda Roesle <STEELER10@prodigy.net>
Baltimore, Md USA - Friday, June 12, 1998 at 09:19:52 (PDT)
I was very touch by Melinda's story. My son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in August of 96 and has been in remission since September of 96. Though chances are he will be fine, he has lost several friends to different types of cancer and the past 2 years have been pretty rough. We realize though that his battle is not in vain, that one day children like my son and Melinda will not have to suffer.
Maren Trammell <mar6732@aol.com>
Frederick, MD USA - Monday, June 08, 1998 at 17:50:12 (PDT)
Thank you for sharing this page with us. I could not help shedding a few tears for myself and all those who have lost loved ones to this dreadful disease and I pray that God may comfort and keep you close to his heart.
Maria B. Laurence <anjedobe@megatropic.com>
Saint Martin F.W.I., Caribbean - Thursday, June 04, 1998 at 06:41:47 (PDT)
I think you did a wonderful job on the page. Im sorry for your loss, i know how it is. I've lost some friends to cancer. I myself am in remission (for 10 months this friday) from Hodgkins disease, and around the same age Melinda would be. I was just moved by your page, i had to write something. Well better go now, bye bye!
Sara <hetfield@pacbell.net>
Fresno, CA USA - Tuesday, June 02, 1998 at 22:11:32 (PDT)
prayers are with the family and friends of this couragous girl her memory will live on within your hearts.
loretta hallman <sassy724@yahoo.com>
CA - Monday, June 01, 1998 at 17:40:27 (PDT)
I just spent 24 hours at Relay for Life trying in my little way to find a cure for an AWFUL disease. Cancer has got to be eliminated forever from this earth. I am tired of seeing people go through chemo and radiation. It breaks my heart to see children and babies with this disease. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, but that was a premature diagnosis. It turned out that I only had severe dysplasia. Cancer would have been the next step. That was nearly 4 years ago. I am very lucky, surgery after detection removed the abnormal cells which could have developed into cancer. I was able to become pregnant with my daughter, my special gift from God. 6 months ago my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her first treatment nearly killed her. I have made a vow that I will do whatever it takes to help end the senseless suffering that our loved ones have to endure to fight the terrible imposter that has invaded their bodies. No one asks for illness, I know that. I just don't want anyone else to go through this. It hurts too much and I feel helpless. Relay has put me in a position to feel as if I CAN do some good. I sure hope you ( Melinda's family ) are doing well. She has to be smiling down on you, because this page is beneficial to others. It would have been easy to not keep it, and you have honored her wish. God bless.
Joy <Jomac30@aol.com>
Shreve, Ohio United States - Sunday, May 31, 1998 at 17:01:05 (PDT)
God bless you for making such a beautiful page. My the light of the Lord shine upon you always to light the path you must travel. Have A Blessed Day...........Kim
Fairy Woolf Kim <WoolfLadi@aol.com>
Campbell, Oh USA - Saturday, May 30, 1998 at 06:25:08 (PDT)
Wonderful site... Thank you! Please visit my web page to learn more about fighting cancer. Thanks and God Bless.
Charles Bell <NaturalWonders@pobox.com>
FL CA - Friday, May 29, 1998 at 20:02:57 (PDT)
I really liked your page for my friend died just a couple of days ago he had cancer (leukemia) and he died at the age 13. May 29, 1998
Kristin McCreary
CA - Friday, May 29, 1998 at 14:45:51 (PDT)
Cancer seems always to be portrayed as the BIG killer. I was enlightend by Melinda's approach to her illness and believe that this same way of thinking could be inspiring to all cancer sufferers and their families.
Margo-Louise Orsatti <m.orsatti@austrac.gov.au>
CA - Thursday, May 28, 1998 at 23:40:20 (PDT)
Imagine my surprise when I found a web site with my name on it! I am a 46 yr. old Melinda Rose. The web page was very touching and I want the Hathaway family to know my thoughts and prayers are with them. God bless you. Melinda Rose Gibson
Melinda Rose Gibson <melin9@flash.net>
Arlington, Tx. USA - Thursday, May 21, 1998 at 20:54:54 (PDT)
Melinda is just one month younger than me. I can't imagine what I would do if I found out I had cancer at this age. Reading Melinda's home page really made me stop to think how lucky I am to have my health. Some people have much more important things to deal with than things like high school and parties. I want to wish Melinda's family God's peace and happiness.
Margaret <lhmcfadden@isd.net>
Woodbury, MN USA - Wednesday, May 20, 1998 at 17:43:27 (PDT)
My sister died from cancer at the age of 21 in 1970. I think your web page project is super!! They live now with the people they touched 98-05-20
bruce lochhead <bruce_lochhead@bigfoot.com>
Dorval, QC CA - Wednesday, May 20, 1998 at 12:21:42 (PDT)

Fly to the stars and beyond

Annie Lin <annielin@pacbell.net>
yorba linda, ca usa - Wednesday, May 20, 1998 at 01:00:20 (PDT)
My darling Melinda, today is your second birthday in Heaven. Dad, Mike and I miss you so much that it hurts. We lit your candle this morning for your 17th Birthday. We went to have lunch at your favourite restaurant....Torchys....and then went to the cemetery. Mike bought you one long stemmed red rose and Dad and I bought you pink roses and yellow roses. We remembered how much you loved roses! Melinda, we will love you forever..Love Mom, Dad and Mike
Joanne Hathaway (Mom)
CA - Tuesday, May 19, 1998 at 21:07:31 (PDT)
Melinda: I've just read your Web Site. Since I work in Pediatrics, I am going to provide your Internet Address to the Department, as well as kids that are currently being treated for Cancer. I wish you well. Thank you for sharing all this wealth of information.
Mary Lou
Los Angeles, CA CA - Tuesday, May 19, 1998 at 08:49:53 (PDT)
To receive comfort in your time of grief, please read I Thessalonians 4:13-18 in its entirety. Here are some excerpts: "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who have fallen asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again. . .the Lord himself will come down from heaven. . .and the dead in Christ will rise first. . .to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, encourage one another with these words." As Paul said, "Absent from the body and present with the Lord."
Cindy Owens
Denver, CO USA - Monday, May 18, 1998 at 20:19:49 (PDT)
I'm very sorry about your loss. I lost a dear friend in December to lung cancer (never smoked). Your daughter is an inspiration and a brave icon. I wish that everyone could hear her message. Maybe it makes you happy to know that she is smiling down from heaven with my friend.
Layne
port charlotte, FL USA - Monday, May 18, 1998 at 20:08:29 (PDT)
I hope you will keep this website up forever. God, how you must miss her. I especially enjoyed the pictures of Lucky MW
MIke Wallace <hinzwine@quicktel.com>
Prosser, WA USA - Monday, May 18, 1998 at 13:43:29 (PDT)
This page is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. I'll be sure to say a little prayer for Melinda every day.
Eclipse
NJ USA - Sunday, May 17, 1998 at 20:55:45 (PDT)
I came across your webpage while looking up information on leukemia. I have a very dear friend who has leukemia. I guess that I never realised what it leukemia really is until I knew someone with it. I always say that people that die young are Gods special angels. They are the ones that God wants with him sooner than they supposed to go, so that they can help God in looking after all the people that they loved on earth. I am sure that Melinda is watching over everyone that she knew and that she is guiding them in whatever they do in their life. Always remember that Melinda is still alive in your memories of her and never let her die by forgetting about her. There is a Chinese saying that if we cry and are sad over a persons death then it is like that person did not live their life to the fullest. I am sure that Melinda lived her short life to the fullest and that she put a lot of adventure into her short life.
Kristina <kristina@lake.com.au>
Sydney, Australia - Friday, May 15, 1998 at 03:27:39 (PDT)
This page should never die. We should always remember how fragile our hold on each other is, how fleeting the time that we spend with each other, and what a wonderful tribute to Melinda that she still lives here to touch our souls and remind us it matters.
David Rice <davir@earthlink.net>
Chicago, Il USA - Thursday, May 14, 1998 at 21:38:27 (PDT)
The tears brought to my eyes while reading this message were tears of grief for both your family and myself. I lost my mom to cancer in June of 1996 and life will never be the same. Melinda sounded like a very lovely young lady and I wish I could tell her that myself. May God be with you.
Kerry <ksaddler@.grouper.k12.pasco.fl.us>
New Port Richey, Fl us - Thursday, May 14, 1998 at 11:13:00 (PDT)
I am so sorry that you had to go through such pain with your cancer I have a close friend right now with cancer and i hope that I never have to go through what you and your family has gone through. I wish I could have known Melinda when she was alive. Well I wish you all the best through your grieving and just remember God only gives you as much as you can handle on your plate, although I don't know if I can believe that anymore because my mother was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and I haven't really been healthy but you keep faith in it please. Forever. Love,Marina
Marina
Ottawa, ON CA - Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at 14:05:27 (PDT)
I'm Sorry about Melinda. This page is so sad, yet inspiring. I guess I feel this way because its not fair that kids so young should have to die, with their whole life ahead of them. She died 9 days before my birthday. I have lost 3 very close people to cancer in the past 2 years, and it hurts. It's so not fair. But theres a reason why it's called cancer, and not can'tcer. Bless you.
Janel <silver_angel@newforce.ca>
Ottawa, Ont. CANADA - Saturday, May 09, 1998 at 15:51:05 (PDT)
Thank you for such a moving and touching page. It truly proves that we cannot take our lives and each other for granted. God bless Melinda's family.....my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Renee <rk6793@alltel.net>
NC CA - Wednesday, May 06, 1998 at 20:13:35 (PDT)
I'm a father of a 5yr old girl with acute lyphblastic leukemia she was diagnosed 2yrs ago. I know what you went through and thank you for this page.
Teck Knipe <teck@comnet.ca>
Ottawa, On CA - Tuesday, May 05, 1998 at 07:04:38 (PDT)
I feel sorry for your daughters death. I have also lost close friends to cancer.
Justin <Buckboy32@hotmail.com>
Red Deer, AB Canada - Monday, May 04, 1998 at 18:11:45 (PDT)
I was just out surfing the web for information on cancer when I came across this beautiful website. My sister's name is also Melinda, so something inside me told me to check it out. I don't feel as if I can express my feelings accurately through my own words, however I give you this: "God never moves without purpose or plan, whether trying his servant, or molding a man Give thanks to the Lord, though his testing seems long, in darkness, he giveth a song. O rejoice in the Lord, He makes no mistakes He knoweth the end of each path that I take, For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold." I can't wait to see Melinda in heaven and give her a big hug. Remmember, "For God so loved the Lord that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
Luiz
Sunday, May 03, 1998 at 17:40:13 (PDT)
I am sorry to hear about your loss. I too have lost many close to me with cancer. Tears in Heaven is such a beautiful song and reminds us all that there is another world out there where happiness is. That song came on the radio at the same time i discovered my best friend, 16 at the time, had passed away. It still holds a special place in my heart...as I am sure it does in yours. Best of luck to you. Remember always that those who have left our world, now look down on us and smile, and are angels watching from above.
Candace
USA - Friday, May 01, 1998 at 00:04:41 (PDT)
I am doing a paper on children with cancer and to help them cope and looking up resources for them and the family when I came across this page. I am sorry to hear of your loss. It images like the Lord truly blessed your family with a lovely daughter like Melinda, who in the midst of her trials, took time to create a page to help others going through similar situations. Thank you so much for all that you have done with this page. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Kate Philpott <kp1571@cs.arbor.edu>
Spring Arbor, MI USA - Thursday, April 30, 1998 at 15:44:00 (PDT)
Dearest family: I am sorry that I didn't have time to read about Melinda before I wished her luck. Please forgive me. I will pray for your family to help you through your loss. I'm sorry. Rebecca Shepard
Rebecca Shepard
CA - Wednesday, April 29, 1998 at 08:31:39 (PDT)
Thank you for sharing your loss with the rest of us. I believe Melinda's soul is soaring above us, happy and content. Less than a month ago, I lost my precious cousin to Leukemia and I miss her so deeply. Your site is so wonderful because it is a well-deserved tribute to all of our angels. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Renatta <oner76@hotmail.com>
T.O., CA - Monday, April 27, 1998 at 17:28:15 (PDT)
Dear Hathaways, Today while researching cancer with my 14 yr old daughter, we happened across your daughter's web site. How wonderful to see such a touching, life changing example of a beautiful human being.Realizing that there could be no words of condolences on such a tremendous loss, I would just like to say ..Thank You , for sharing Melinda's love and spirit with the rest of us.We too have lost a dear friend to cancer and we know the pain one feels. May God Bless You All. You'll be in our prayers always.
Brenda Muddle
Swift Current,Sask, CANADA - Sunday, April 26, 1998 at 21:19:08 (PDT)
What is most unique about those who leave us so young is their depth of love for those who are close to them. If only we could take this lesson while still living.. still healthy.. still breathing.
Brooke Thurgate <brooket@mastech.com>
Sydney, NSW Australia - Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 03:22:43 (PDT)
I recently became more aware of Leukemia when my good friends three year old daughter Katy was diagnosed with cancer. I was so touched by the faith and trust that not only her parents had but also Katy's will to survive. A year and a half has passed and she is nearing the end of her chemo. All is well. I was so moved by your comment to all parents to not take our children for granted, to love them and care for them every moment of the day. I have two beautiful sons, Cody 3 and Tyler 3 months. They are both asleep but the didn't stop me from going to their bedside just now and gave each of them a hug and kiss! I actually picked up Ty and held him! (I would have held Cody with him being so big I didn't think that would have been a good idea right now!!!) Please continue updating this page, your strength has and will touch many. Melinda, keep watching over your family. They need your love and strength.
Kristen <robb4@whitemtns.com>
ShowLow, AZ USA - Friday, April 24, 1998 at 22:19:05 (PDT)
God looked down upon the world, and saw it was a mess, "There's things that need attention,I wish my cares were less." He wondered and he pondered, and checked out his reserves, "I need another angel, to care, to love, and serve." We know he only takes the BEST, that's why it hurts the most, So now we share Melinda's love....world wide and coast to coast !
Therese <ebenezer@one.net.au>
Brisbane, Q AUSTRALIA - Friday, April 24, 1998 at 18:15:06 (PDT)
I am so glad I came across this web page. I know exactly what your family has gone through and my heart goes out to you. My grandson died from Leukemia 8 years ago and he will always be a bright spot in my life. Thank you.
Jan <ml3003@power-net.net>
Mt. Pleasant, MI USA - Thursday, April 23, 1998 at 07:17:04 (PDT)
I have never realized how devastating something like this could be. I was searching through this site in order to find information on a report I am doing when I came upon the guestbook. Words from a stranger probably won't mean anything to you, but your words have meant something to me. Thanks for the site.
jon johnson
USA - Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at 08:06:35 (PDT)
Out of the earth, the rose. Out of the night, the dawn. Out of life and all its woes. Comes the courage to press on. Thank you for your courage.
Mark <cmhemu@keyway.net>
Ontario, CA USA - Monday, April 20, 1998 at 14:53:14 (PDT)
have hope for every one
dan
CA - Monday, April 20, 1998 at 13:32:58 (PDT)
doing a paper on internet values, and beliefs with MUDs involved I come accross this page. Being a person who lost his best friend in Phoenix to tumors this page reminded me of him, and what its like to lose someone to a disease of such longevity. Never lose faith in your savior, and one day I'll get to you meet you all in heaven. My prayers go out to you and your family.
jarod <xjarod20x@aol.com>
ok usa - Monday, April 20, 1998 at 00:29:17 (PDT)
What a wonderful expression of someones love. I'm really speechless. Looking at this page helps me remember and assures me of the comfort of loved ones that have passed on. Some young like Melinda and some older Thank you.
phil <dcamin@csolve.net>
midland, oont CA - Thursday, April 16, 1998 at 20:11:02 (PDT)
May her memory survive forever. 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 the diamond glint on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the autumn rain. When you awake in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifiting rush of birds circling in flight I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand on my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. Author: Unknown
Patchouli <pondek@ct2.nai.net>
Redding Ridge, CT USA - Friday, April 10, 1998 at 12:46:58 (PDT)
Melinda & Family, I found your web site while looking for "Locks of Love - by The Medical Image Collection." This not-for-profit corporation accepts human hair and makes wigs out of the hair for children with cancer. Those unfortunate children that cannot afford a wig. Tomorrow, I am going to the hairdresser to have 9 inches of hair cut off. My offering is not much, in the scope of things. However, I hope it helps a child's horrific battle become a slight bit easier. I will think about Melinda and her loving family who has touched my heart. My Grandmother lost a breast cancer battle - she wasn't ready either. I miss her terribly. Their lives & spirit live on in us. They are at Peace in God's World now.
Kendra
USA - Thursday, April 09, 1998 at 20:01:29 (PDT)
This is a wonderful site. I congratulate you for being so strong during your painful struggle. Always look to the positive, it will make it all just a little easier. Your family and your loss are in my prayers. Be strong, the Lord will make it right.
Amanda Wolfe <amanda_wolfe@nps.gov>
Knoxville, MD US - Thursday, April 09, 1998 at 09:27:29 (PDT)
Your page has touched my heart. The memory of Melinda will touch many hearts...even though I never met her. I wish you luck in the future. Sorry for your loss. Molls
Molly Cook <Moogiebaby@hotmail.com>
erie, pa USA - Wednesday, April 08, 1998 at 17:48:57 (PDT)
Melinda - the positive vibes that u posessed are obvious and so clear . To her family - Remain strong , truly believe in God's caring nature and never lose faith as if u do , it is only then that Cancer will succeed!!!!!!!!
Prishanti Redhi <Redhi@iafrica.com>
Durban, Kzn South Africa - Wednesday, April 08, 1998 at 04:23:38 (PDT)
Hi. I am a 17 year old student in my last year of high school, and thankfully, unlike your daughter, I do not have cancer to my knowledge. But I am at the local hospital as a nurse for a co-op program in school to see if I like nursing. I have been there since February, '98 every afternoon and while there, I have seen people die. It has to be the hardest experience I ever imagined possible. My goal is to be a pediatric nurse in the oncology (cancer) ward. I know seeing children and young people die of cancer will be even harder because they haven't even lived their life yet. But I do believe it is what I am meant to do and hopefully someday I will reach my goal. I, like some of your previous guestbook-visitors, am a born-again christian. God sent His Son into this world of sin so long ago, to bear our sins, when he had none Himself. I'm so thankful that whosoever believeth in Him hath everlasting life, and remember "as for God, His ways are perfect." "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, HATH (immediately) everlasting life" John 3:16 This page has definitely touched me. Thank you. Janice
Janice Procopio <jprocop@nbnet.nb.ca>
Sussex, NB CA - Tuesday, April 07, 1998 at 17:26:30 (PDT)
Dear Melinda, I feel as though I know you with all the wonderful things that your Mom and Dad have to say about you, you are a very special girl. You have created a lasting and ongoing dialogue for those who are battling this awful disease you had wonderful vision and foresight. I'm sure you got a little bit of that from your Dad. He has so much emotion for you, you are very lucky. You are with my son now as well Michael who you knew through Children's hospital, he like you is still very special, and will remain close in my heart like you do to your family. I admire you and your strength that you created for others before your new journey. God Bless you Melinda, give Michael a hug for me, and I send you my eternal love you're soul is in Christ, bless you forever. Eternal love Duncan Robinson and Michael Robinson.
Duncan C. Robinson <duncan_robinson@bc.sympatico.ca>
Delta, bc CA - Monday, April 06, 1998 at 22:55:05 (PDT)
My step father also died from cancer so I can imagine the grief you have gone through my heart goes out to you
Carol Snowden <carolanne_98@yahoo.com>
Milton, Ont Canada - Saturday, April 04, 1998 at 17:52:27 (PST)
Dear Hathaway Family: I found Melinda's page by surfing looking for pictures of quarter-midgets to use in a business plan for our planned racetrack..and found much more than I had asked for..Your "little girl" touched my heart where I seldom allow anyone to..My whole heart is shaking hands with all of you. May God bless and keep you all. Thank you for sharing your daughter with us...Out of the presses of pain, Cometh the souls best wine: And the eyes that hath shed no rain, Can shed but little shine..
Wally Byers <Kawworld@aol.com>
Greeley, Co USA - Saturday, April 04, 1998 at 16:17:51 (PST)
I have a friend who a year ago got over Cancer. My prayers go out to you all and hope you will find a peace within yourselves for what has happened.The song you chose was beautilful and when you go to heaven Melinda will know your names. Good Luck and warm fuzzies to all of you!
Katy <tiki3@sprint.ca>
Port Coquitlam, BC CA - Wednesday, April 01, 1998 at 17:57:54 (PST)
hey there, stumbled upon this while looking for research. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
shan <sillyb@hotmail.com>
canada - Wednesday, April 01, 1998 at 16:06:31 (PST)
Wow! This is such a wonderful idea. I sat down here on campus to do some research on Rhabdomyosarcoma. Whan I was a little girl (beginning at age 5), I had Rhabdomyosarcoma. I went through radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and at age 10, remission. I still think about how lucky I am to be here today. I am now 23 years old, and will soon graduate college. Melinda is a breath of fresh air. Her legacy is inspiring so many. I remember my experiences like they happened yesterday. Each time I hear a story that is similar, an overwhelming feeling comes over me. I can't put into words how I feel. Melinda has done that to me and I never even knew her. I had a friend from the hospital, Cecilia, that was not as fortunate to survive as me, and is now in heaven. She still is with me, I think of her all the time. I was 6 when she died, and her parents gave me a Strawberry Shortcake watch of hers that I loved so much. I still carry it with me.
Lori Schuster <schuster@mhd1.moorhead.msus.edu>
Woodbury, MN USA - Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at 11:37:24 (PST)
I stumbled upon this touching page while researching cancer. My brother has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. My familys prayers are with yours. This web page is a great thing, please keep it up.
Rachel <Raychel911@AOL.com>
Cincinnati, oh USA - Monday, March 30, 1998 at 00:48:55 (PST)
What a beautiful way to keep Melinda's legacy alive. I read the "ME" section, and felt her warmth, not knowing the ending I would encounter. I am so sorry for your loss. But so happy to see that Melinda will continue to touch our hearts. God bless, As always, Madeleine
Madeleine <maddiebaby@hhotmail.com>
FL USA - Saturday, March 28, 1998 at 17:47:41 (PST)
I was looking for more information on cancer,my best friend is fighting Melanoma right this moment. I "bumped" into Melinda's page, and it is so beautiful! It made me realize just how much you should enjoy and live for what you have here and now. You should ALWAYS be so proud of her.Her Web page is something that is ever so special.My deepest sympathy,and may her wonderful web page live on !!!!!!!!
Theresa <theresa-tt@juno.com>
East Meadow,, NNY USA - Friday, March 27, 1998 at 21:44:34 (PST)
I was just looking up my name on the net and I came to this. It seems to me that you had alot of courage and a happy life. Too many people died from this disease and you were one of them, lets just hope they find a cure soon. My grandfather has cancer too, but he was lucky to have had a long life.But a lot of people will miss him because he's got 14 kids and 63 grandchildren.I never met anyone wish the same name as me,but I'm glad to have shared it with her. MML
Melinda Mac Lean <Melind01@mabou.ednet.ns.ca>
Mabou,Cape Breton, NS CANADA - Friday, March 27, 1998 at 07:02:20 (PST)
MELINDA WE THINK ABOUT YOU OFTEN AND THE PAIN DOESN'T SEEM TO GET ANY EASIER. THE ONLY THING THAT COMFORTS US IS THAT YOU ARE NOT LIVING IN PAIN ANYMORE AND THAT YOU'VE PROBABLY MET MY GRANDFATHER AND GREAT GRANDMOTHER BY NOW AND YOU ARE ALL PROBABLY LOOKING OUT FOR US. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME THAT WE REALLY SPENT ANY TIME TOGETHER IT WAS AT THE RACE TRACK IN TACOMA AND YOU HAD LUCKY WITH YOU. AT FIRST I WASN'T SURE WHO YOU WERE AND YOU WERE REALLY QUIET BUT AM I EVER GLAD THAT I GOT TO KNOW YOU BECAUSE YOU HAD A GREAT IMPACT ON MY LIFE. YOU TAUGHT ME THAT I SHOULD BE STRONG AND I SHOULD CHASE MY DREAMS NO MATTER WHAT STANDS IN MY WAY. TO JOANNE, DAVE AND MICHAEL OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND JUST REMEMBER THAT MELINDA IS LIVING IN NO PAIN AND SHE IS MAKING EVERYONE IN HEAVEN AS HAPPY AS SHE MADE US WHILE SHE WAS ON EARTH. !!!MELINDA I LOVE AND MISS YOU!!! GINA & DAVE
GINA VAILLANT & DAVE KAUSHAKIS <Boomerfx@rogers.wave.ca>
Langley, BC CA - Tuesday, March 24, 1998 at 13:29:07 (PST)
I stumbled on this page while looking for canadian music. Melinda's pages touched my heart and I'm sure that many other people will find encouragement through Melinda. I looked at her pictures and admire the courage and the strength she displayed while going through the most difficult time of her life. She lived life to the fullest until she could no more and her Father in Heaven said, it's enough, she's coming home. This is for her family, hold on to the wonderful memories, keep up the good work with these pages, It will help a lot of other people. You all are real gems on this earth, because you know how to make something positive out of your loss and that's the most beautiful gift someone can have. That takes faith and courage, but most of all your love shines through. God bless!
Corrie Hampel <goofy24@ibm.net>
Toronto, On Canada - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 17:47:35 (PST)
loved the home page, and we just bought a lhasa apso love her alot :o) anyway I (John) wanted to ask if you know Jesus as your personal savior, please if you dont dont discard this I just wanted to share with you a little bit he is great He died for you and for me he did this because he loves us so much that he wanted to make a way for us to go to heaven. please take a minute and read these few verses in the Bible really it will only take a minute, romans 3:23, romans 6:23, romans 5:8, romans 10:13 and 10:9, and first John 1:3 you are in our prayers and if you want you can find us in yahoo chat under mazoo ro jan21L or on ICQ number 9413918 well we will let you go for now and pray that all goes well with you and of course your precious dog :o) byeeeeee J&J
John and Jan Viking <jan@cybertours.com>
wells, me USA - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 12:27:37 (PST)
I think that this is a really good worthwhile site. I'm sure it gave you a great deal of enjoyment to make and it will surely entertain many other people in the same predicament as you.
Thomas
CA - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 11:51:44 (PST)
To Melinda's family. In the summer of 1997 my mother suffered from breast cancer. She died two and one half month ago - Jan. 5th. My pain is so deep and I sometimes wish I could join her. Anyway, Melinda died on my 21st B-day and having seen this, read some of your pages and sitting here grieving over the death of my own mother I knew I had to write you. My mother was 50 years of age when she died - maybe you think that's a hell of a lot better than 15 years of age and in a sense maybe it is. But my mother wasn't ready to die. And the family wasn't ready to let go - most of all myself. I damn the cancer disease - how can God take our loved ones away too soon? ...I feel helpless...
Karin <engkw@stud.hum.aau.dk>
Århus, Denmark - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 01:43:15 (PST)
HELLO MELINDA, MY NAME IS DENIZ AND I AM 23 YEARS OLD. I AM FROM ISTANBUL, TURKEY. ABOUT YOUR AGE, I LOST MY MOTHER BECAUSE OF CANCER. NOW I AM STUDYING IN THE UNITED STATES AS MOTHER'S WISH. I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU THAT YOU HAVE A PAGE THAT EVERYBODY CAN GET SOME INFORMATION ABOUT CANCER WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW. I LEARNED A LOT BUT I AM STILL SAD.IF I WERE WITH YOU I WOULD GIVE YOU A BIG HUG. IF YOU WRITE ME I WILL HAPPY. YOUR TURKISH FRIEND. DENIZ OLCAN
DENIZ OLCAN <OLCAN_DENIZ@STUDENT.SMC.EDU>
LOS ANGELES, CA USA - Saturday, March 21, 1998 at 23:58:17 (PST)
A very beautiful page and wonderful messages. Each child is so precious and indeed a gift from God loaned to us for such a brief period of time.
Sharon Olsen <seolsen@telusplanet.net>
Bawlf, AB Canada - Saturday, March 21, 1998 at 09:08:45 (PST)
My thoughts are with Melinda, her family and friends.
Jeanne Ratzloff <ratzloff@its.bldrdoc.gov>
Boulder, CO USA - Friday, March 20, 1998 at 14:30:24 (PST)
I found this page by accident while looking for pictures of gnomes..Melinda's blue gnome led me to a touching site and I am sorry to hear of your loss but her life seemed so happy in spite of it all and that is the most special thing. Thank you for sharing your story with the world.
Jennifer <NadiaLynne@aol.com>
Denver, Co - Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 13:01:24 (PST)
I wish to express my sympathy and to say thank you for this wonderful web site. I have been so moved to know such a wonderful little girl who took all the negatives and turned them into positive to give other people pleasure. I will never be able to express to you her parents and family for your wonderful courage. Thank you.
Sandra Edwards <EMT B@aol.com>
Mastic Beach, NY USA - Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at 05:04:04 (PST)
Today is Tuesday, March 17, 1998. My older brother passed away on Jan 25, 1998. He was only 47 years old. I have come to this site several times over the past 2 years and it has always given me comfort. I wish I could have known Melinda. When people so young are taken its so hard to understand why, especially when they gave so much to others. I just wanted to say Thank You. Thank You for this site that has brought comfort to so many and Thank You for your generous spirit. Melinda's wish that this site continue is a gift she gave to all of us. It is so warming to come here & just feel comforted. Thank You Melinda and your family, for being here for me. Nancy
Nancy <e-team@interaccess.com>
Wheeling, IL USA - Tuesday, March 17, 1998 at 10:13:17 (PST)
To the family of Melinda: I am truly sorry for your loss. I have never seen a more moving, more touching webpage. I am sitting here, thousands of miles away from you, and my face is stained with tears. Thank you for keeping this page updated and God Bless all of you.
Caroline Dever <Oojuboobu6@aol.com>
Kansas City, MO USA - Tuesday, March 17, 1998 at 08:06:19 (PST)
My daughter Lea has cancer too! And we have just finished chemo in November 97. She is 6 1/2. But in the year of treatment that we had we have come close to several children that did not win the battle. I think this page of Melindas is wonderful idea and great inspiration to me. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Cyndi <Clancy5@prodigy.net>
Duncanville, TX USA - Sunday, March 15, 1998 at 19:02:06 (PST)
Go to bed, and your not with us, Wake-up, and your not there. Far too soon the nest is empty, Only memories left to share. Fifteen years - too short a time, To be with you as Mom and Dad. Though so young, and yet so wise, Parting now has made all things sad. But in the blessed presence, Of the One whom which you dwell. I know that you are happy, I know that all is well.
Gary and Kathy Collins <ghc@bunt.com>
Borsborn, Germany - Sunday, March 15, 1998 at 14:53:00 (PST)
To the Hathaways; Thank you for maintaining this web page. I do visit frequently, to seek inspiration and peace. I have shared this page with many of my friends, who were also moved by the legacy you have created in keeping Melinda's page online. Thank you for this, and thank you for your strength and you willingness to care. Best wishes, John Togyi
John Togyi <togyi@rocketmail.com>
Fort St. James, , BC CA - Saturday, March 14, 1998 at 17:11:10 (PST)
Hello. I hope I find you all well. I finally got a chance to take another look at the home page and I must say all of you are doing a wonderful job on it and keeping Melinda's spirit alive. Message to Mike, CALL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elizabeth McCallum
wpg mb, CA - Thursday, March 12, 1998 at 11:58:17 (PST)
To the Family of Melinda: I have lost several family members to cancer and feel your pain. I am truly sorry for the loss of your Melinda. There is nothing more painful than losing a child. It is not natural to have your child go before you. I know she is an angel watching over all of you and you will all meet again someday. I'll always keep Melinda in my heart. I'll hug my son a little harder each night realizing how lucky I am to have him with me. God Bless, Tara Cassidy, Age:26 Mother of Evan, Age: 31/2
Tara Cassidy <tmcassidy@att.com>
Bedminster, NJ U.S.A. - Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 11:33:53 (PST)
Thank you so much for sharing Melinda with us on this Precious site
Holly Ramon
MI USA - Monday, March 09, 1998 at 14:00:13 (PST)
The Hathaway family, Thankyou for sharing Melinda with us ! This page is a real tribute to a very special and beautiful lady! I hope that this remains on the net forever so many more may pass by and share this inspirational page! God bless you all!
Barbara Boxold <BarbyBear@aol.com>
Riverside, Ca USA - Monday, March 09, 1998 at 02:29:13 (PST)
It has been a privilege to know Melinda just a little bit. A wise child who graced this world and provided hope and acceptance. Your family are lucky to have had you in their life despite the sadness of your leaving.
Lindsey <ledmunds@msn.com>
Bristol, UK - Sunday, March 08, 1998 at 12:43:11 (PST)
Beautiful tribute. God will continue to bless you. Continue to believe, to hope, and above all to love. For love unites us all with the communion of the saints in the church triumphant and all the children of earth now alive forever in Christ.
Rev John L Duncan <jonlduncan@wizardsinc.net>
KY CA - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 14:28:17 (PST)
This web site has touched me in a way that no other has. Melinda was obviously a sweet, remarkable little girl, and I feel privileged to have "known" her. Thank you, Melinda and family, for all you have done. God bless you all!
Brent Warren <bwarren@rgsd.org>
Florissant, MO USA - Friday, March 06, 1998 at 08:43:06 (PST)
I was looking for information for a leukemia report and I ended up here. This is a great web site. My very close friend's father died almost two years ago from cancer. I feel bad for anyone who has lost a friend or relative because of cancer. I'm very sorry for your loss :-(
AM
MA USA - Thursday, March 05, 1998 at 08:43:14 (PST)
This page really meant something to me. I am working on a report and it gave me a lot of info. Thank you and sorry about your loss.:-(
AD
Ma Usa - Thursday, March 05, 1998 at 08:40:02 (PST)
This was a very nice idea and a person who is never forgotton is never gone. I lost a friend to cancer on December 10 1995 and I think of him everyday. It makes me smile as I am sure remembering her makes you smile.
Melinda Lucas <melinda_jean@hotmail.com>
Greenville, Oh Ohio - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 18:35:27 (PST)
To Melinda and her Family, I am so sorry to hear about you and what you went thru, i lost my mom on 6-26-97 due to cancer,it was real hard to deal with it.So i know what the family went thru. God bless you all.
Brenda <rescuer@kih.net>
Ky USA - Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 14:58:03 (PST)
Thanks for having this site. I do not know anyone with cancer nor do I know the pain that might come with losing someone, but I know that this site will be an inspiration to me. And if in God's will that I do lose someone or know someone with cancer, that this site will be a place of refuge, a place to gain strength, and a place of life. Thanks for this. "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has enternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." John 5:24 God bless, John For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.
John Napier <john@nightskyshades.com>
Edmond, OK US - Tuesday, March 03, 1998 at 13:38:57 (PST)
Dear Melinda and family, Your stories of courage are very inspiring. Things happen for a reason and I think that you are a great role model for younger children. All the best, Teresa
Teresa
BC CA - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 15:25:51 (PST)
I was searching for InTouch magazine and found this Web page. I started reading all the information and just saw that Melinda had died. I am still crying. How blessed are her parents for having such an inspirational daughter. I will always remember this Web page - as one of the most profound pages on the Internet. Bless her forever.
Donna <powelldh@mindspring.com>
Decatur, GA USA - Sunday, March 01, 1998 at 12:44:15 (PST)
My son was diagnosed with wilms' tumor at 10 months of age. He is five today ,so we consider ourselves to be very lucky indeed.Sometimes when i hear of a cancerkid passing away,I think to myself"that could've been my son." The little things that used to bother me before seems so trivial now.You daughter sounded like a couragous young lady.May god bless you all.
cathy murphy <wck2010@infonet.st-johns.nf.ca>
CA - Thursday, February 26, 1998 at 17:36:00 (PST)
I am so sorry to hear about Melinda I am sure she is watching over your whole family in heaven.
Marci <mgm79@hotmail.com>
Heath, Oh US - Tuesday, February 24, 1998 at 11:27:41 (PST)
I found this web site on the back of my friend's CD who knew Melinda, what a coincidence, huh?
S
CA USA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 19:43:31 (PST)
I think that this web site is really cool and they should make more just like it.
K
CA USA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 19:41:57 (PST)
MELINDA images LIKE A LITTLE DARLING.I'M 20. AND HAVE 1 KID WHO HAS CANCER.GOD IS A WONDERFUL FATHER.LOVE AND SYMPHONY DANA M
DANA M
CA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 17:15:53 (PST)
YOUR WEBSITE IS VERY SAD MELINDA.I'LL BUY YOUR FRIENDS CD,MICHEAL.IT IS SUCH A SHAME TO LOSE A GREAT TEENAGER IN THIS WORLD.YOU WERE AND STILL ARE LOVED AND MISSED.I KNOW I DIDN'T KNOW YOU BUT THERE IS ROOM IN MY HEART FOR YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO DIED OF CANCER.WHEN I DIE I'LL THINK OF YOU AND REMEMBER HOW STRONG YOU WERE.AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS WITH CANCER.I'M NOT THE SKATER TARA LOPINSKY,I'M JUST A GIRL NAMED TARA LOPINSKY.I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AIDS LAST MONTH.MY TIME IS COMING VERY SOON. I'LL BE STRONG LIKE YOU. I'M TRYING TO LIVE MY LIFE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.AT LEAST WHEN I DIE I DON'T HAVE TO FEEL ANY MORE PAIN IN MY HEART OR ANYWHERE ELSE.I'M ONLY 13.FEB 23 IS MY B-DAY.I'M PROBLEY CELEBRATING MY LAST BIRTHDAY TODAY.I'M HAVING A BIG PARTY.I ISN'T GOING TO BE FUN BECAUSE I'LL MISS ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS LIKE YOU DO. MAYBE WHEN I DIE WE CAN MEET AND BE FRIENDS. MELINDA KEEP PLAYING WITH STEPHANIE AND ALL YOUR OTHER FRIENDS IN HEAVEN.DON'T HURT MR AND MRS HATHAWAY SHE DOESN'T FEEL ANYMORE PAIN.
Tara Lopinsky
Edmonton, alberta CA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 17:08:02 (PST)
I was saddened just a few moments ago to learn of your passing, but it is wonderful to know where you are. I too know where I'll be when on the other side, and I look forward to meeting you then. What a blessed reunion we have to look forward to. May God give comfort and the peace that passes all understanding to your family, as they must savor the wonderful memories you left them. See ya. (Isn't God a WONDERFUL Father?)
Jerry Rood <jerry_rood@ccnmail.com>
Mountain View, CA USA - Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 08:13:54 (PST)
Melinda when I found your web site and read it I thought it was great that you wanted to help other people even though you were sick too!! When I found out you had died I started to cry and thought about how that must have been for you. Best luck to your family in the future and may we some day meet again in that some big space in the sky!!!
Melinda Marie Bosse <rubberducky@gbonline>
Luxemburg, WI USA - Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 15:08:19 (PST)
What a beautiful story about Melinda. You must be proud of what she accomplished while she was with us. In only the short time while she was here, she managed to change the lives of hundreds of people. What a wonderful gift from God!! I am thankful for the time He let us borrow Melinda, if only for a little while. I am keeping your family in my prayers. God bless all of you. What a wonderful story you have to share, spread it in the knowledge that someone, somewhere is hearing it, and learning from it, and knowing your family will be a foundation of strengh for "cancer kids" around the world. Thank you so much.
Eddee Hill
Powell, WY USA - Monday, February 16, 1998 at 13:15:06 (PST)
This only reaffirms my faith in the Lord. To take such a precious child, He surely had a better plan for her. God Bless you. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your daughter and our prayers are with you.
Al Leyva <aleyva@ix.netcom.com>
Chciago, IL US - Thursday, February 12, 1998 at 21:38:10 (PST)
I really enjoyed your web page. I think that it was a good idea to start this web page. This is a good way to inform kids about cancer and the effects of it. I am sorry to hear about your daughter, Melinda's, death
Jennifer Ebbett <ebbett@nb.nbnet.com>
Rothesay, NB Canada - Thursday, February 12, 1998 at 17:02:59 (PST)
Dear Friends and Family of Melinda, I admire your strong hearts and I know that God has the best in plan for Melinda in heaven. I had retnablastoma when I was two years old, I lost my eye but I thank God every day that I am still alive. Be strong! Love in Christ, Trish
Trisha <Pele54>
Mesa, az CA - Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at 19:52:16 (PST)
Your page brought many tears to my eyes and filled my heart with love. I am very sorry for your loss. Melinda images like she was a very loved child.
Candice H <mhubbard@primeline.net>
Kincardine, CA - Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at 14:38:43 (PST)
my name is summer starr welborn. i have cancer. i am 5 years old. i pray for melinda when i pray for me.
Summer Welborn <chook@millry.net>
gilbertown, al usaCA - Monday, February 09, 1998 at 20:20:21 (PST)
I'M SO SORRY YOU PASSED AWAY. NOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO FEEL THE PAIN ANYMORE.IT'S SUCH A TRAGEDY TO LOSE A CHILD. I'M 12. TURNING 13 ON THE 23 OF FEB. I WILL PRAY FOR YOU MELINDA EVERY NIGHT. YOUR PAGE HAS TOUCHED ME VERY DEEPLY.MELINDA'S FAMILY JUST REMEMBER NO MORE TEARS.REST IN PEACE. I PROMISE TO COME TO YOUR WEBPAGE OFTEN AND REMEMBER YOU. FROM ALICIA.
ALICIA
Kelowna, BC CANADA - Monday, February 09, 1998 at 17:36:29 (PST)
I really feel for you and I would like to help you, my prayer are going to be sent to you
Brian Schwarts <eschwartz>
Sleepy Eye, MN CA - Sunday, February 08, 1998 at 13:07:28 (PST)
God's Speed Melinda.
Z.A.
Atlanta, GA USA - Saturday, February 07, 1998 at 08:50:10 (PST)
So sorry to hear about your loss. I have four children, and can't imagine the terror you must have felt to experience your daughters trials. Perhaps it will help to ponder...if you had known before she was conceived that she would get sick and die at such a young age, would you have been willing to accept the challenge of raising her?? Was each and every day worth it?? Well, GOD DID KNOW, and HE thought she was worth it. And he knew you were the ones to carry out such a painful task as helping her through the transition to His kingdom. May the grief you feel at her passing be overwhelmed by joy when you someday meet again in heaven.
Robert W Moore, MD <rmoore@in-touch.net>
CA - Friday, February 06, 1998 at 18:06:10 (PST)
MY SON WAS DIAGNOSED IN FEB.96 WITH RHABDOMYOSARCOMA.HE IS IN REMISSION NOW BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR PAIN. YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY.MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.
JOYCE LAWSON <ACAJ@WEBTV.NET>
GAINESVILLE, GA USA - Thursday, February 05, 1998 at 10:32:44 (PST)
I TRULY ENJOYED YOUR WEB SITE IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES AND LOVE TO HEART. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STRENENGTHS AND UNDYING LOVE, SINCERELY, SHARON GARBARK
SHARON GARBARK <synnshar@interpath.com>
POINT HARBOR, NC U.S.I CAME - Tuesday, February 03, 1998 at 16:49:33 (PST)
I wish I could say more, but all I can say is thankyou, you have given me hope, all my love, Hilton
Hilton Smith <smithhb@nampak.co.za>
CA - Monday, February 02, 1998 at 23:35:41 (PST)
To Melinda & her family: I came across your site because I have 7 puppies and I'm trying to get information on how to care for them. My mother had breast cancer and then liver cancer. I was so amazed at the way my mother would go in for Chemotherapy every month and sit in the chair for her doses of chemo. She would always make me look at a snack box that they had there, proceeds went to help Children with Cancer. She would say that it was so sad to see children with cancer and that cancer was supposed to be for old people like her. I live about 450 miles away from my parents and on September 11, 1997, I returned home to help my two sisters and two brothers take care of her. She loved us so much and taught us about being devoted to our families. I miss her still today and hope that eventually there will be a cure for cancer. Cancer is such a aweful disease. On Sept.22,1997, I told my mom that we would be o.k. and that we loved her, she then took her last breath! May the Lord take care of you and help in keeping the memory of Melinda alive! Thank You Very Much!! Christine
Christine <laf9712@oz-online.net>
Fort Riley, Ks USA - Thursday, January 29, 1998 at 17:50:13 (PST)
My breath has been taken away. Outstanding site, and tribute to a lovely girl and wonderful family. The music selection was stunning. I am work on a Hathaway genealogy and when in put a search request in, it gave me this site. I can only thank you for letting me share with your family, how very generous of you. May she rest in eternal peace.
Jo Marie Hathaway-Pesta <jo--jo@webtv.net>
Akron , OH USA - Thursday, January 29, 1998 at 17:23:23 (PST)
I came across your web page Monday night after deciding I was going to write my english essay on 'Canuck Place'. I called my Mom to ask her to look it up on the internet for me. Well she faxed Melinda's page to me. In the Canuck place section, I only got to the part that said," Melinda spent the last few weeks of her life at Canuck Place. Then I stopped and was stunned. Two minutes later I was bawling my eyes out. Now wednesday night I am at my moms and am writing this to you, her family with the greatest condolences possible, even though I have not faced any tragedy. I know for a fact I will keep her story in my soul and can only wish I could only know Melinda. Love Laine
Laine Anderson
West Vancouver, B.C. CA - Wednesday, January 28, 1998 at 21:28:27 (PST)
This page has moved me, like I never knew that a web page could. I am on a committee that raises money to give terminally ill childhood cancer children their last wish. Childhood cancer is a subject that is very dear to my heart. I wish I might have gotten to know Melinda, but I do know many other sick children, and I will show these cihldren this page,and show them in another way that they are not alone, they are not the only ones suffering. Thank you for this wonderful page. It shows that that they are real people too, and that is one of the biggest battles for children with cancer...being accepted as normal, for that is what they are. Melinda is with God now, and will be able to help more children as an angel of God...God Bless you all!
Jolene Walton <jrw3934@sjfc.edu>
Rochester, NY US - Monday, January 26, 1998 at 18:12:06 (PST)
I just want to say that I am very sorry to hear of Melinda's passing. I had Hodgkins Disease and was just officially said to be in remisson. I thank the lord that I am still alive and I will use the time that I was given to help other kids like myself. It was just last year in July when I was 15 that I was diagnosed. It felt as if I was outside of myself when the doctor told me and my mom. I didn't hear anything he said. My first emotion was anger, I was angry that this happend to me. Then I was scared. I wasn't prepared for what took place after that. The surgeries, the chemo, the radiation. It was surreal. I didn't really accept the fact that I had cancer until my hair started to fall out. I had never thought of getting cancer before, or thought about it at all to be honest. My cousin had leukemia, and after she went into remission, I didn't want to think about it anymore. I was scared it would happen to me and it did, but I'm still alive and I wish Melinda was, also. She is still with us all in spirit, and watches over us. She is in the good lord's hands, smiling down on us all.
Lisa Guy <jsprad@groupZ.net>
Warrenville, SC CA - Saturday, January 24, 1998 at 19:40:13 (PST)
I LOVE YOUR PAGE! you have my deepest sympathy. e-mail me if you want
Lindsay <Tigger_12_97@yahoo.com>
Baytown, Tx USA - Friday, January 23, 1998 at 15:51:43 (PST)
REST IN PEACE MELINDA, NOW THAT YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS.
Alicia AND MELISSA
CANADA - Friday, January 23, 1998 at 10:30:10 (PST)
God bless you all. Thank you for just a great site. My family is trying to cope with my 9 year old neice who has Acute Lymphoblastic Luekemia. At present time she also has white matter disease with migraines. 2 years ago her treatments stopped due to extensive central nerve damage. I was afraid that there was no hope for my neice. But after coming to Melinda's home page, I found the hope my family needs to make it. Thank you and god bless you.
Melinda <melee@cyberstreet.com>
Arcadia , Fl CA - Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 21:14:27 (PST)
Melinda, The ones that you have left behind are asking questions. I am not the one to answer them, you have already. They ask why are we speaking in a present term? Well that must be since your presence does not leave. I do not know you, though I speak in presence to the ones left behind. This is temporary! Melinda told you that! Trust in her, though so difficult with the pain. Don't ever doubt her presence! Don't need to tell you as you don't need to ask. God be with you! Sincerly, Diana Grow from within what you gave Melinda gave you and with what Melinda gave in return!
Diana Dempsey <ddempsey@shianet.org>
Owosso, MI MI - Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at 01:32:45 (PST)
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hathaway & family This is a truly loving tribute to a brave little girl who like many, didn't really get a very long chance at life. I came across your webpage for her in my search for information about Lhasa Apsos because I have a 9 year old female Lhasa named Jessica, the reason for my email address starting with "jesse". I'm a 55 year old male, and wanted to try to lend some comforting words to your daughter, and even suggest a few herbal remedies I'd heard of, in hopes that they might have some effect on eradicating this sickness with which she'd been afflicted. Now, having read the messages on this e.b.b., I find it is too late, and all I can do is add words of consolation. In so doing, I will say that all of my life I have been in pursuit of knowledge about this dichotomy called "life and death" and what we might expect when our time comes to face the side of life that most people tend to dread. The Bhuddist religion perhaps comes closest in many respects when it speaks of the impermanence in everything, which flys in the face of everything we'd like life to be. The conclusions I draw from all that I've read is that each of us are a thread in a grand fabric that has been woven by something far greater than we can ever imagine. The fact that we exist in the physical, lends hope to our continuing consciousness after we have lived out our need for the physical vessel in which we are required to dwell on this plane of existence. Some vessels are capable of lasting longer, and some are less durable, and no one can offer much explanation as to why life can be so seemingly unfair as to take some individuals from out of the midst of their loved ones, and before they've even had a chance to experience a great deal. But perhaps it was designed to be so. Like Princess Diana, and the myriad of others who are no longer with us, having left prematurely as a result of accident, foul play, or terminal illness, perhaps they had fulfilled a duty here, and were required to perform more important functions in some other realm. If a supreme "God" exists, and controls or influences all things, then it is required of us that we trust his will to be more important than our meagre desires for happiness, fulfillment, and especially permanence and freedom from pain in our lives. Those we lose through this gateway called "death" we will never stop missing, but we must try to have faith that it is as though they have gone on a journey for a while, to a land where communication with them is difficult or improbable...perhaps even impossible. But then one day we must go on that journey also, and may seek to be reunited with all the loved ones whom we have a mutual interest in being with once more. If it should turn out that such a possibility is not so, then it would seem that nothing about life could have mattered from the beginning. A couple of the books which I have derived great comfort from are: "Always Karen" written by Karen's mother, a Mrs. Anderson, whose first name I can't recall. Karen, like Melinda also died of cancer at an early age, but through a medium, Karen's mother was able to learn of things that only had passed between herself and Karen...very private, inti- mate things that no one else could have possibly known about. Karen was very attached to her little dog, and animals had always followed her about. The entire story of her life and what allegedly followed her death is very gripping and inspiring. I wish I could give more information about this book to assist you in locating it. Another you may have already located is Dannion Brinkley's books on his near-death experience from having been struck by a powerful lightning bolt, and any books by Drs. Elizabeth Khubler Ross and/or Raymond Moody. Though not 100% proof of survival beyond death, they certainly provide a certain degree of hope, and that's all any of us can expect to find. The mystery of life and death may be destined to remain just that for we the "living", and only after we have crossed that great divide may the mystery be solved or even partly so. In closing, I'd just like to take the opportunity to wish you all comfort over your loss of Melinda and hope that you will find strength and sources of faith to make the despair you may now feel become less and less in the days, months and years to come, and know how much others share your loss along with theirs, and pray for and with you for answers to questions we mortals have difficulty dealing with. Most sincerely, Gary Bruce (and Jesse)

My deepest regrets... I saw a copy of this web sight at B.C childrens hospital. My 9 year old was diognosed with A.L.L ( Leukemia ). She has relapsed and needs a bone marrow transplant now. This has been the worse news I have ever recieved in my life. For the exception of the first time! Life will be hard at home for so long. Sometimes I feel like I can't cope and the only one that knows that, is God. My daughters name is Kaila, I will be letting her come to this web site tomorrow. I don't know what else to say except that, I'm glad your here. God Bless you. Lori
Lori Tomac <loritmac@axionet.com>
Lagley, B.C canada - Sunday, January 18, 1998 at 00:50:36 (PST)
As someone who knew Melinda, we feel the loss in a very personal way. Out hearts and prayers go out to the family. Her Web Page is a tribute to Melinda and her family's strength. Our thoughts are with you.
Doug Vialoux <dvialoux@istar.ca>
Winnipeg, Mb CA - Saturday, January 17, 1998 at 15:02:40 (PST)
I stumbled upon this page while looking up information on lhasa apsos and i could not hold back the tears. My deepest heart felt sympathy to everyone in Melinda's family. This is truely one of the most wonderful pages i have ever read on net. I have a card that reads "All i need to know about life I learned from my Guardian Angel" and the first thing about life from that card that I thought of when i read about Melinda's struggle was "Reach out and touch someone lightly with your wing". And Melinda, you have definitely done that and so much more. Spread your wings and fly beautiful angel! Sincerely, Brandi and O'brien McPaws (my sweet lhasa)
Brandi Hanes <i_am_legend@hotmail.com>
lafayette, la us - Friday, January 16, 1998 at 00:09:32 (PST)
I have a three year old daughter with Wilms tumor stage IV who is now in remission. I know what a terrible loss you are suffering for many times death was at our door. Thank you so much for continuing these pages and for offering hope to others. My prayers are with you all.Denise Tidwell.
Denise Tidwell <pcastle@bellsouth.net>
Macon, GGA USA - Thursday, January 15, 1998 at 11:35:25 (PST)
Dear Melinda's friends and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope to try harder to help. Yours sadly. Rodney.
Rodney <Rodney@general-products.demon.co.uk>
Manchester, Lancs UK - Sunday, January 11, 1998 at 15:00:14 (PST)
This is a wonderful place for cancer kids. I am 16 and have had quiet a battle with leukemia. This web page not only recognizes that having cancer or being with a loved one that has cancer is very difficult. Cancer is one of the worst things that can happen to a family. Thank you for creating this site to show us not only the reality of cancer but to give cancer kids a chance to have a little fun. Thanks again, beautiful work.
Gabby <Gabby41681@aol.com>
MI USA - Friday, January 09, 1998 at 14:32:33 (PST)
I truely loved your daughters page. I wish I could have known her when I was fighting cancer. She would have been a joy to know. And in many ways, she reminds me of me.
Alicia Bey <Paulangi@gte.net>
Lakeland, FL USA - Friday, January 09, 1998 at 07:41:25 (PST)
Thank you Melinda and her family for sharing this wonderful web page. Its a tribute to her, and she will never be forgotten. Its a comfort to know that one day we will all be united with our loved ones, for life itself is only a temporary trip to a greater place, and Melinda has found everlasting peace and santuary.
Roy Keys
Baltimore, Md USA - Saturday, January 03, 1998 at 10:52:42 (PST)
I love you very much melinda. Thanks.
Prabhakar S <maduraiprabha@hotmail.com>
TN India - Saturday, January 03, 1998 at 00:42:17 (PST)
Melinda's page is truly a tribute to her the life that she so lovingly shared with her family and friends. What a very special young lady she was. I have surfed many web pages and signed numerous guest books but this it the first time my heart has been so deeply touched. I lost both my grandmother and grandfather to cancer but through that experience I learned to live more for today and not tomorrow, never taking for granted how precious family and friends are. "I felt a gentle breeze touch my hair. I turned and saw an Angel standing near. Her smile was a brilliant as the light that shimmered from her robe of satin white. I had no fear, I knew why she had come. She is my guardian Angel sent from Heaven to watch over her loved ones." May God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Anita McCurry
Anita McCurry <ictaz@WCTel.net>
Abbeville, sc usa - Thursday, January 01, 1998 at 20:30:59 (PST)
Dear Melinda, Since I have a Lhasa-apso named Lucky too, I decided to visit this site. I'm 14 years old too. I think this is a very nice page that you've done with your father. I truly hope that you are already doing better. I think you have a lot of courage.
Wanda <wandajohnson@sprint.ca>
Laval, Qc. CA - Thursday, January 01, 1998 at 13:19:00 (PST)

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