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Nikki Kriz
Nikki Kriz
So many beautiful lessons come from a girl who lived such a short life. Perhaps that is the most beautiful lesson that can be taught. Your life doesn't have to be measured my months or years. You can make a difference even in the shortest time. I just want to thank you for sharing your story. And thank you for introducing a bit of Donna back into the world.
Amy Mueller
Amy Mueller
ChicagoNow tweeted your post just this morning about the Children's hospital closing and I just though it was such a heartfelt post. I understand, as many do, how you feel.  I've just read about Donna by visiting your Facebook page and then coming over here to read what happened.  I'm so sorry for your loss. :(  It breaks my heart.  Having two young daughters myself, I can't bear to think about this happening to them but I do often worry.  I'm glad you have your little boy, so you can continue to feel the joy of having a child in your love.  Lots of hugs for you. - Amy
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
I just finished reading your 31day blog. It was the most raw and beautifully written thing I have read. As I read it I could relate at parts since I watched my dad die of esophageal cancer within 4 months of diagnosis and I have 2 small kids a 2.5yr old and 4month old and couldn't help but think if it happened to your family it could happen to mine. Reading your story about your life was like taking a blade to my chest and slicing it open from the raw pain and shear madness I was reading. You are very brave to allow the world in to your own private misery, but I applaud you for sharing it. People who have gone thru death never know what to say to others about death. So I will say your daughter was a beautiful soul so full of magic and fairy sparkles that touched very one she knew in life and thru reading your blog. I pray you never have to go thru anything else like this again with your family since cancer is a megaton bomb and should never have to be dealt with once and definitely not a second time.
Best of luck with your charity work and continuing to keep her memory alive.
Kerrianne Davey
Kerrianne Davey
Hi Sheila,


I recently finished reading your blog on Huffington Post. I have to admit, after I read the first entry, I stopped. I didnt think I could read on, probably because I have a 10 month old daughter and it was so heartbreaking to even imagine what you and your familty endured. It stuck with me though, and I thought, if this woman can endure and live to write about it, than I can read it. So, a few days later, I returned to your story and read it, and re-read it. I am so glad that I did. Your story broke my heart, yet I learned so much. I loved learning about your little girl Donna. Her love of dinasours, her black leotard and tutu, her mac and cheese cravings, and her disdain for Santa, so funny! My favorite picture of her is the one of her in a sundress with a wide brimmed hat, and she is walking with what looks like a stick in her hand.  You can see the determination she had in that picture.  I love it. You and your husband love her to pieces, and you stuck by her side and held on to her so tight when she needed you, I think that's one of the reasons she got back to living asap after every treatement, she loved you both so much and didn't want to miss a minute of time with you. The way you showed your courage and hope by continuing on with as normal of a life as possible for your family is awesome. The way you describe your grief so eloquently brings tears just thinking about it, but it's also so important for people to understand up close what people go through, especially our little ones, when cancer comes to town. Your story is important, it needs to be told, and parents need to be aware that this shit is real. You and your husband have done great things in your daughter's memory and I hope that these things bring you some form of peace. I have not been this close to cancer personally, but it shouldn't take knowing someone close to you to do something. I will, as a parent, always keep your story of Donna in my heart. On October 19th, I will light a candle in her memory. I will wish for your broken heart to heal a little bit, and I will do something to help fight the beast. I hope that I have successfully conveyed the deep empathy I feel for you and your family. I look forward to reading your updates and wish the best for you and your family.


Peace & Love,


The Davey  Family
Julie Walters
Julie Walters
I read your Donna's story on the Huffington Post. For the past several days I have not been able to get your daughter out of my mind. Maybe it is that I have a four year old daughter, maybe it is because I have a six month old baby boy, maybe it is because your story was so honestly written, maybe it was the photos of her you shared. I made my husband read Donna's story. He read it, reluctantly at first, and was more moved than I ever seen him in 10 years. Donna's story has changed our family forever, and we are deeply grateful to you for having the courage to share your girl with us and the world. We will never forget Donna's Story and there are some good things on the way.

Julie Walters

 
Missy Weaver
Missy Weaver
I love that you and Donna enter my thoughts and dreams on a regular basis. I love your little girl so dearly. What Donna's Warriors do is ALL because of her. Always wishing happy thoughts your way. I can't believe how much Jay has grown. Amazing. And good luck with the adoption process!!
James Schmieder
James Schmieder
Reading her story on HP, following you on FB, but always feel better returning to the place where it all started.  You are doing amazing things, very good things indeed.  Keep going!  You are inspiring parents of all sorts and raising awareness to an awful scourge on our children, one no parent should ever have to experience.
My thoughts and prayers remain forever yours, I hope you know there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of your family and smile.  
The work you are doing, the story you are sharing, and the example you are providing are truly inspiring.  I cannot wait to see where this is going.  
Susan  Bieda
Susan Bieda
Thank you, Sheila, Jeremy and not so baby, Jay for being such wonderful friends to Liz and John. You helped them chose hope and helped them battle a terrible disease.  As their friend, I thank you!
Thinking of Donna and Shea and praying for peace for both families.
Love,Susan 
Sara Wood
Sara Wood
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

I was watching one of my all time favorite movies the other day The Shawshank Redemption, and sat straight up when I heard this. I immediately looked at the magnet on my fridge with Donnas photo and the word HOPE and thought its true no good thing ever dies.

Sara Wood
Rachel Jacobson
Rachel Jacobson
This morning, someone in a maroon Chrystler van paid for my very large order at the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts.  There was a purple slip of paper that lead me here in the box, along with donuts for an entire office.  I am here, I have seen you, and how fitting that my entire day was lifted up from the very start- on Donna's birthday. 


I told everyone at the office about Donna, her memory, and we all reflected and appreciated this gesture, but our own mostly uncomplicated lives.


I am going to find something to do to keep this karma going.


I know today is hard for you, but I hope you find some peace from my words.  I can assure you that Donna's spirit is alive and well.


-Rachel


 
Nikki Kriz
Nikki Kriz
So many beautiful lessons come from a girl who lived such a short life. Perhaps that is the most beautiful lesson that can be taught. Your life doesn't have to be measured my months or years. You can make a difference even in the shortest time. I just want to thank you for sharing your story. And thank you for introducing a bit of Donna back into the world.
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
I just finished reading your 31day blog. It was the most raw and beautifully written thing I have read. As I read it I could relate at parts since I watched my dad die of esophageal cancer within 4 months of diagnosis and I have 2 small kids a 2.5yr old and 4month old and couldn't help but think if it happened to your family it could happen to mine. Reading your story about your life was like taking a blade to my chest and slicing it open from the raw pain and shear madness I was reading. You are very brave to allow the world in to your own private misery, but I applaud you for sharing it. People who have gone thru death never know what to say to others about death. So I will say your daughter was a beautiful soul so full of magic and fairy sparkles that touched very one she knew in life and thru reading your blog. I pray you never have to go thru anything else like this again with your family since cancer is a megaton bomb and should never have to be dealt with once and definitely not a second time.
Best of luck with your charity work and continuing to keep her memory alive.
Kerrianne Davey
Kerrianne Davey
Hi Sheila,


I recently finished reading your blog on Huffington Post. I have to admit, after I read the first entry, I stopped. I didnt think I could read on, probably because I have a 10 month old daughter and it was so heartbreaking to even imagine what you and your familty endured. It stuck with me though, and I thought, if this woman can endure and live to write about it, than I can read it. So, a few days later, I returned to your story and read it, and re-read it. I am so glad that I did. Your story broke my heart, yet I learned so much. I loved learning about your little girl Donna. Her love of dinasours, her black leotard and tutu, her mac and cheese cravings, and her disdain for Santa, so funny! My favorite picture of her is the one of her in a sundress with a wide brimmed hat, and she is walking with what looks like a stick in her hand.  You can see the determination she had in that picture.  I love it. You and your husband love her to pieces, and you stuck by her side and held on to her so tight when she needed you, I think that's one of the reasons she got back to living asap after every treatement, she loved you both so much and didn't want to miss a minute of time with you. The way you showed your courage and hope by continuing on with as normal of a life as possible for your family is awesome. The way you describe your grief so eloquently brings tears just thinking about it, but it's also so important for people to understand up close what people go through, especially our little ones, when cancer comes to town. Your story is important, it needs to be told, and parents need to be aware that this shit is real. You and your husband have done great things in your daughter's memory and I hope that these things bring you some form of peace. I have not been this close to cancer personally, but it shouldn't take knowing someone close to you to do something. I will, as a parent, always keep your story of Donna in my heart. On October 19th, I will light a candle in her memory. I will wish for your broken heart to heal a little bit, and I will do something to help fight the beast. I hope that I have successfully conveyed the deep empathy I feel for you and your family. I look forward to reading your updates and wish the best for you and your family.


Peace & Love,


The Davey  Family
Sara Wood
Sara Wood
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

I was watching one of my all time favorite movies the other day The Shawshank Redemption, and sat straight up when I heard this. I immediately looked at the magnet on my fridge with Donnas photo and the word HOPE and thought its true no good thing ever dies.

Sara Wood
Amy Mueller
Amy Mueller
ChicagoNow tweeted your post just this morning about the Children's hospital closing and I just though it was such a heartfelt post. I understand, as many do, how you feel.  I've just read about Donna by visiting your Facebook page and then coming over here to read what happened.  I'm so sorry for your loss. :(  It breaks my heart.  Having two young daughters myself, I can't bear to think about this happening to them but I do often worry.  I'm glad you have your little boy, so you can continue to feel the joy of having a child in your love.  Lots of hugs for you. - Amy
Julie Walters
Julie Walters
I read your Donna's story on the Huffington Post. For the past several days I have not been able to get your daughter out of my mind. Maybe it is that I have a four year old daughter, maybe it is because I have a six month old baby boy, maybe it is because your story was so honestly written, maybe it was the photos of her you shared. I made my husband read Donna's story. He read it, reluctantly at first, and was more moved than I ever seen him in 10 years. Donna's story has changed our family forever, and we are deeply grateful to you for having the courage to share your girl with us and the world. We will never forget Donna's Story and there are some good things on the way.

Julie Walters

 
Missy Weaver
Missy Weaver
I love that you and Donna enter my thoughts and dreams on a regular basis. I love your little girl so dearly. What Donna's Warriors do is ALL because of her. Always wishing happy thoughts your way. I can't believe how much Jay has grown. Amazing. And good luck with the adoption process!!
James Schmieder
James Schmieder
Reading her story on HP, following you on FB, but always feel better returning to the place where it all started.  You are doing amazing things, very good things indeed.  Keep going!  You are inspiring parents of all sorts and raising awareness to an awful scourge on our children, one no parent should ever have to experience.
My thoughts and prayers remain forever yours, I hope you know there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of your family and smile.  
The work you are doing, the story you are sharing, and the example you are providing are truly inspiring.  I cannot wait to see where this is going.  
Susan  Bieda
Susan Bieda
Thank you, Sheila, Jeremy and not so baby, Jay for being such wonderful friends to Liz and John. You helped them chose hope and helped them battle a terrible disease.  As their friend, I thank you!
Thinking of Donna and Shea and praying for peace for both families.
Love,Susan 
Rachel Jacobson
Rachel Jacobson
This morning, someone in a maroon Chrystler van paid for my very large order at the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts.  There was a purple slip of paper that lead me here in the box, along with donuts for an entire office.  I am here, I have seen you, and how fitting that my entire day was lifted up from the very start- on Donna's birthday. 


I told everyone at the office about Donna, her memory, and we all reflected and appreciated this gesture, but our own mostly uncomplicated lives.


I am going to find something to do to keep this karma going.


I know today is hard for you, but I hope you find some peace from my words.  I can assure you that Donna's spirit is alive and well.


-Rachel


 
Nikki Kriz
Nikki Kriz
So many beautiful lessons come from a girl who lived such a short life. Perhaps that is the most beautiful lesson that can be taught. Your life doesn't have to be measured my months or years. You can make a difference even in the shortest time. I just want to thank you for sharing your story. And thank you for introducing a bit of Donna back into the world.
Amy Mueller
Amy Mueller
ChicagoNow tweeted your post just this morning about the Children's hospital closing and I just though it was such a heartfelt post. I understand, as many do, how you feel.  I've just read about Donna by visiting your Facebook page and then coming over here to read what happened.  I'm so sorry for your loss. :(  It breaks my heart.  Having two young daughters myself, I can't bear to think about this happening to them but I do often worry.  I'm glad you have your little boy, so you can continue to feel the joy of having a child in your love.  Lots of hugs for you. - Amy
Kerrianne Davey
Kerrianne Davey
Hi Sheila,


I recently finished reading your blog on Huffington Post. I have to admit, after I read the first entry, I stopped. I didnt think I could read on, probably because I have a 10 month old daughter and it was so heartbreaking to even imagine what you and your familty endured. It stuck with me though, and I thought, if this woman can endure and live to write about it, than I can read it. So, a few days later, I returned to your story and read it, and re-read it. I am so glad that I did. Your story broke my heart, yet I learned so much. I loved learning about your little girl Donna. Her love of dinasours, her black leotard and tutu, her mac and cheese cravings, and her disdain for Santa, so funny! My favorite picture of her is the one of her in a sundress with a wide brimmed hat, and she is walking with what looks like a stick in her hand.  You can see the determination she had in that picture.  I love it. You and your husband love her to pieces, and you stuck by her side and held on to her so tight when she needed you, I think that's one of the reasons she got back to living asap after every treatement, she loved you both so much and didn't want to miss a minute of time with you. The way you showed your courage and hope by continuing on with as normal of a life as possible for your family is awesome. The way you describe your grief so eloquently brings tears just thinking about it, but it's also so important for people to understand up close what people go through, especially our little ones, when cancer comes to town. Your story is important, it needs to be told, and parents need to be aware that this shit is real. You and your husband have done great things in your daughter's memory and I hope that these things bring you some form of peace. I have not been this close to cancer personally, but it shouldn't take knowing someone close to you to do something. I will, as a parent, always keep your story of Donna in my heart. On October 19th, I will light a candle in her memory. I will wish for your broken heart to heal a little bit, and I will do something to help fight the beast. I hope that I have successfully conveyed the deep empathy I feel for you and your family. I look forward to reading your updates and wish the best for you and your family.


Peace & Love,


The Davey  Family
Missy Weaver
Missy Weaver
I love that you and Donna enter my thoughts and dreams on a regular basis. I love your little girl so dearly. What Donna's Warriors do is ALL because of her. Always wishing happy thoughts your way. I can't believe how much Jay has grown. Amazing. And good luck with the adoption process!!
Rachel Jacobson
Rachel Jacobson
This morning, someone in a maroon Chrystler van paid for my very large order at the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts.  There was a purple slip of paper that lead me here in the box, along with donuts for an entire office.  I am here, I have seen you, and how fitting that my entire day was lifted up from the very start- on Donna's birthday. 


I told everyone at the office about Donna, her memory, and we all reflected and appreciated this gesture, but our own mostly uncomplicated lives.


I am going to find something to do to keep this karma going.


I know today is hard for you, but I hope you find some peace from my words.  I can assure you that Donna's spirit is alive and well.


-Rachel


 
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
I just finished reading your 31day blog. It was the most raw and beautifully written thing I have read. As I read it I could relate at parts since I watched my dad die of esophageal cancer within 4 months of diagnosis and I have 2 small kids a 2.5yr old and 4month old and couldn't help but think if it happened to your family it could happen to mine. Reading your story about your life was like taking a blade to my chest and slicing it open from the raw pain and shear madness I was reading. You are very brave to allow the world in to your own private misery, but I applaud you for sharing it. People who have gone thru death never know what to say to others about death. So I will say your daughter was a beautiful soul so full of magic and fairy sparkles that touched very one she knew in life and thru reading your blog. I pray you never have to go thru anything else like this again with your family since cancer is a megaton bomb and should never have to be dealt with once and definitely not a second time.
Best of luck with your charity work and continuing to keep her memory alive.
Julie Walters
Julie Walters
I read your Donna's story on the Huffington Post. For the past several days I have not been able to get your daughter out of my mind. Maybe it is that I have a four year old daughter, maybe it is because I have a six month old baby boy, maybe it is because your story was so honestly written, maybe it was the photos of her you shared. I made my husband read Donna's story. He read it, reluctantly at first, and was more moved than I ever seen him in 10 years. Donna's story has changed our family forever, and we are deeply grateful to you for having the courage to share your girl with us and the world. We will never forget Donna's Story and there are some good things on the way.

Julie Walters

 
Susan  Bieda
Susan Bieda
Thank you, Sheila, Jeremy and not so baby, Jay for being such wonderful friends to Liz and John. You helped them chose hope and helped them battle a terrible disease.  As their friend, I thank you!
Thinking of Donna and Shea and praying for peace for both families.
Love,Susan 
James Schmieder
James Schmieder
Reading her story on HP, following you on FB, but always feel better returning to the place where it all started.  You are doing amazing things, very good things indeed.  Keep going!  You are inspiring parents of all sorts and raising awareness to an awful scourge on our children, one no parent should ever have to experience.
My thoughts and prayers remain forever yours, I hope you know there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of your family and smile.  
The work you are doing, the story you are sharing, and the example you are providing are truly inspiring.  I cannot wait to see where this is going.  
Sara Wood
Sara Wood
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

I was watching one of my all time favorite movies the other day The Shawshank Redemption, and sat straight up when I heard this. I immediately looked at the magnet on my fridge with Donnas photo and the word HOPE and thought its true no good thing ever dies.

Sara Wood