My Story

In 2010, Melissa developed an acute pain in her side.  What we thought was a strained muscle turned out to be a large tumor in her abdomen. Scans showed spots in her chest and lungs. She was diagnosed with Stage IV Wilm's Tumor. She had surgery to remove the tumor and 26 weeks of Chemo-Therapy. She was due to start radiation when another tumor was detected. More surgery, aggresive Chemo-Therapy & radiation followed in 2011.

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Laura Groller signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Hi Marianne, I just saw you out this morning while you were walking. The words didn't come to me when I saw you but I want you to know that I am so touched by how you and ... Read more

Wendy Lorton signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Dear Marianne and Jim, Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter and your journey with us.  Melissa was a great teacher.  I think she was an old soul with a ... Read more

Anna Schuricht signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Please let me know if I can be any help to the two at all Jim and Marianne............ Love Always Anna Schuricht Read more

Laurie Norman signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Jim and Marianne, So sorry to miss sharing memories with you yesterday, but I'm sure I'll see you around and we'll spend some time speaking of the princess in ... Read more

Elaine Ressler signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Dear Marianne and Jim:  It is with great sadness that I read the message about Melissa.  My heart is heavy for you both but that little angel is now at peace and has no ... Read more

Rachael Benson signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Amen! Thanks for sharing!  I'll be praying for you and your family. God Bless, Rachael Benson Read more

Juliana Ipock posted a new journal entry, "Eulogy for an Angel".

Marianne and I would like to thank all of the people that attended Melissa's service today. It was a fitting tribute to see hundreds of people adorned in pink attire ... Read more

Rachael Benson signed Melissa's Guestbook.

I'm very very sorry about your daughter. I've lost a couple loved ones myself.You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad she's in heaven. God be with ... Read more

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