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: https://vimeo.com/71623419
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 www.foremelina.com.
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 email@example.com.
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,
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