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Remembering Baby Melina on her 10th Birthday
Oct 28, 2013 by Ashley Merritt

What would Melina have been doing today, her 10th birthday? Celebrating at a special dinner with her family? Heading off to 4th grade to see her friends, learn about fractions, write stories, read chapter books and share birthday cupcakes? Looking forward to dressing up and trick or treating for Halloween?

She probably would have been doing all of this and much more! Yet, her precious life was cut short after a seven month battle with leukemia. Her family didn't even get to celebrate her first birthday with their little girl.

In remembering her life, I'm continuing on my quest to raise $10,000 to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission to find a cure for cancer and improve life for patients and families. That is $1,000 for every month of Melina's short life and for every year since her birth. To date, I've raised $3,368.98 which is 34% of the way to this ambitious goal.

So, in honor of her 10th birthday, I'm asking everyone to give $10. I know that with enough research funding, we could ensure that Melina's story will never be repeated.

Please give and share this link with as many people as you can.

Relentless for a Cure,


Learn More about Melina and Childhood Cancer at:

The Countdown...
Oct 17, 2013 by Ashley Merritt

I want to send my warmest and most sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported my fundraising campaign in Memory of the 10th Anniversary of Baby Melina's Birthday. The finish line of the Nike Women's Marathon is only 72 hours away but the finish line for cancer still looms large. That's why I'm continuing on my ambitious quest to raise $10,000 in Melina's memory for LLS. There are just 10 days left until her 10th birthday, October 28th!

Be inspired by this amazing little angel and all of the kids who battle cancer by watching their story:

Thank you and GO TEAM!

Let's Raise $10,000 in Memory of the Life of Melina Wachter in Celebration of her 10th Birthday
Jun 24, 2013 by Ashley Merritt


  • We know it affects more children than any other cancer and remains the #1 disease killer of children under 20.
  • We know it’s tough and scary, but can also be faced with hope and more often than not a better prognosis than in years past.

…Yet so many of us don’t know what the day to day of cancer looks like and how it steals life’s most precious moments.

Even after all my years working with families affected with cancer, I never fully understood the true impact of the disease until my own daughter, Linnea, was born this past January. After experiencing the blessing of becoming her mom and being part of all of her milestones, I realized that Childhood Cancer really means…

1. Watching the soft, downy baby hair fall out instead of gently shampooing it in the tub.

2. Rushing to the ER at 3am instead of snuggling in the rocker for an early morning feeding.

3. Staying overnight in the PICU instead of at Grandma’s House.

4. Receiving nauseating chemo treatments through a port rather than slurping spaghetti noodles and picking up Cheerios off a high chair tray.

5. Enduring hundreds of medications, bone aspirations, lumbar punctures, blood draws, transfusions and radiation treatments instead of enjoying smiles, giggles and all of the precious “firsts” that come in the early years of life.

On top of all of this, treatment lasts at least two years for girls and three years for boys. No child or family should have to live through that!!!

So… I’ve decided to dust off my running shoes (they didn’t get much mileage during pregnancy) for the 10th Annual Nike Women’s Marathon on October 20, 2013. I am training and fundraising to honor what would have been the 10th birthday of one very special little girl. Melina Wachter was born on October 28, 2003 and diagnosed with Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at 3 months of age, received a bone marrow transplant at 8 months and became an angel at 10 months. Read more about this precious girl and her amazing family at

In celebration of Melina’s 10th birthday, I’ve set an ambitious goal to raise $10,000 in support of the LLS mission to find a cure and improve the quality of life for patients & families. That is $1,000 for every year since Melina’s birth or for every month of her short life. I will be paying my own way to the race, so 100% of the funds I raise will be directly supporting LLS and kids just like Melina. Here are some ways you can help.

1. DONATE: Please make a tax deductible donation online by clicking DONATE NOW OR mail a check payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to me at:

8650 Coors Street

Arvada, CO 80005

Please also include a comment or note and let me know if you are making the donation in honor of someone in your life who has/had cancer. I’d like to recognize anyone whose life has been touched by cancer by putting their names on my race day jersey.

2. MATCH: Check to see if your employer will match your donation. It’s easy to do and could double or even triple your original contribution. Matching gift forms can be mailed to me at the address above or emailed to me at

3. SHARE: Please help me get the word out to an even larger audience by forwarding this message or posting it to your Facebook page. We’ve all been touched by cancer in some way or another and you never know who might support this effort.

As they say, a 1,000 mile journey begins with one step and a cure will be funded $1 at a time. My sincere thanks goes to each of you for your support and commitment to the patients and families served by the LLS mission.

Relentless for a Cure,

Ashley Merritt

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Supporter Comments

    "Thank you for inspiring me to do this...finally! You're amazing and am excited to be doing this with you:) Go Ashley!"

    Jennifer Walden

    Thu Jul 18 12:04:26 EDT 2013

    "Bicycle Cafe Fundraiser"

    Bicycle Cafe Fundraiser

    Mon Sep 16 09:21:55 EDT 2013

    "Go Ash, go! We're cheering you on from afar! -Jeff, Karhryn and girls. :)"

    The Hazard Family

    Wed Sep 25 02:14:28 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck Ashley!"

    Erin Labie

    Thu Oct 17 06:26:13 EDT 2013

    "Bless you Ashley for your touching reminder of the needs of others in this world. We will gladly support you in efforts against this devastating disease."

    Ken and Paula Wills

    Fri Oct 18 01:33:36 EDT 2013

    "Big hugs and love in this--run, Ash, run!"

    Ashlee Bratton

    Wed Jul 24 11:57:58 EDT 2013

    "Melina Elizabeth Wachter is my Angel Granddaughter. I call her "My Beautiful Melina" Please try to make a donation to Luekemia Lymphoma Society so that we find a cure to this horrible disease! No other family should have to suffer like my daughter Desiree and Mike and the rest of us! Please help other children and families! LETS FIND A CURE!"

    Mary Maycott

    Sat Aug 03 01:20:52 EDT 2013

    "I have already reached my goal, so I'm forwarding this donation to you to help you reach yours."

    Andrea Wilson

    Sat Aug 03 02:22:56 EDT 2013

    "Way to go, Ashley! Thanks for making the world a better place."

    Yvette Francino

    Sun Aug 11 06:46:38 EDT 2013

    "Ashley, Love you so for your commitment and passion to helping to create a world without blood cancers. There is nothing more powerful in the world than the love a mother has for her child. Honored, inspired, grateful to stand at your side in this fight :)"

    Kelly's runner

    Wed Aug 14 11:23:01 EDT 2013

    "You are truly an amazing woman and mom. We can understand why you continue to work to help LLS to stamp out these deadly cancers. We wish you well in your run."

    Ed and Sheryl Merritt

    Sun Sep 08 11:57:04 EDT 2013

    "What an inspiration and symbol of hope!"

    Laura and Steve Olech

    Wed Sep 11 09:37:16 EDT 2013

    "Ashley, we're happy to support you in your fundraising effort and run in memory of baby Melina! I met her mom Desiree when I was preparing for my marathon in 2010 and was touched and inspired by her story. Love you!"

    Jennifer Larsen

    Mon Sep 23 06:43:33 EDT 2013

    "Looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco, GO TEAM!!"

    Joan & Lou Henefeld

    Wed Oct 02 04:41:21 EDT 2013

    "Go Ashley - run like the wind! And thanks for all you do to help kick cancer to the curb! FC!!!"

    Jane Upton

    Thu Oct 17 03:42:16 EDT 2013

    "Go Ash!!"

    MacKenzie Lane

    Thu Oct 10 11:40:15 EDT 2013

    "GOOD LUCK!!!"

    Jason Merritt

    Sun Oct 06 10:51:49 EDT 2013

    "In memory of Gary Heaslett"

    Jeff and Brenda Prose

    Fri Aug 02 12:37:52 EDT 2013

    "Thanks for all you do Ashley!"

    Jeff Wong

    Mon Oct 28 04:59:10 EDT 2013

    "Ashley, I thank God for you and precious Melina. He is using both your lives to make a difference in the world...for good. Thank you for caring and sharing this important work with us. Darla Reeves"

    Darla Reeves

    Sun Oct 27 12:27:35 EDT 2013

    "You are a shing light Ashley. Since I can't run Nike this year I'll donate my entrance fee in addition to what I would have given in memory of baby Melina. "

    Elly Valas

    Sun Aug 04 02:38:57 EDT 2013

    "Ashley - you are amazing, and I am honored to donate in memory of little Melina. "

    Sharon Heinzerling

    Thu Sep 12 06:16:31 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,078.95 | Goal: $10,000.00
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My Thanks To

Jason Merritt $500.00
Julie Love-Ott $350.00
Elly Valas $318.00
Arbonne International $175.00
Andrea Wilson $132.00
Spare Change Fundraiser $112.31
Debbie Lovett $100.00
David and Diana Peters $100.00
McKesson Foundation $100.00
Ken and Paula Wills $100.00
Bruski Family $100.00
Yvette Francino $100.00
Jeff and Brenda Prose $100.00
Erin Labie $50.00
Jane Upton $50.00
The Hazard Family $50.00
Jennifer Larsen $50.00
Ashlee Bratton $50.00
Jennifer Walden $50.00
California Pizza Kitchen $38.42
Bicycle Cafe Fundraiser $31.00
Thomas and Debbie Lonski $25.00
Paul $25.00
Darla Reeves $25.00
Sharon Heinzerling $25.00
Leah Gussett $25.00
Nathan Hart $25.00
Jeff Wong  
Jennifer Schreiber  
Steven and Sheri Larsen  
MacKenzie Lane  
Joan & Lou Henefeld  
Melissa Traynham  
Alanna Larsen  
Mark Pilcher  
Thomas McDavitt  
Laura and Steve Olech  
Ed and Sheryl Merritt  
Kelly's runner  
Mary Maycott