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Below is a list of families whose child, ages from 3yrs and up , has died as the result of some form of illness. The families you find here have consented to being contacted to receive and provide support in this way. Please feel free to contact as many as you would like. Every effort is made to make sure the e-mail address for each family is current. But, as it often happens, sometimes addresses change for different reasons and without notice.

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We ask that you respect the intent of these page by contacting them only if you would like to correspond on a regular basis to support them or to request emotional support. No soliciting please.

Susan
e-mail: rabaker@one.net
lost her father, Clarence, when she was 15 1/2 yrs old as the result of a heart attack. "I have found life to be difficult for many reasons. I lost my dad when I was 151/2 years old and a freshman in high school my dad died suddenly of a heart attack. In 1999 and 2000 I went through a very difficult time in my life I lost belongings to a former friend that wasn't my boyfriend or husband he was just a friend that hurt."

Linda
e-mail: lbracket@midmaine.com 
lost her 22yr old son, Christopher, on 3/2/1993 as the result of diabetes.
Linda
e-mail: chronist@teleport.com 
lost her 22yr old daughter, Jennifer, on 5/6/1999 as the result of complication from lupus.
Evelyn
e-mail: lamottslan@peoplepc.com 
lost her 24yr old daughter, Connie, on 8/12/1999 as the result of a seizure followed by brain edema.
Jenny
e-mail: jennywa@sbcglobal.net
lost her 11yr old daughter, Carlene, on 6/13/1998 as the result of cardiac arrest.
Jean
e-mail: coffee@floodcity.net
lost her 20yr old daughter, Brenda, on 7/1/1999 as the result of cardiac/respiratory arrest.
Lynda
e-mail: lynda27@ukonline.co.uk
lost her 4yr old daughter, Sarah, on 7/10/2000 as the result of leukemia.
Cheryl
e-mail: clindsey@nmhs.net
lost her 19yr old daughter, Lisa, on 2/19/1998 as the result of cancer. "Even though it has been 6 yrs since Lisa left us, I still miss her so much and always will. Sometimes I feel so alone in my grief. I believe she is in a better place, free from pain, and I wouldn't wish her back to suffer what she suffered here. She was my only daughter and I miss the future that I would have shared with her. I will respond to all e-mails. Thanks"
Arlene
e-mail: dans4evermom@earthlink.net
lost her 30yr old son, Daniel, on 1/10/2001 as the result of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer).  "...Dan was my first born. He was my heart. I am having a very difficult time with my grief. If there is another mom in similar circumstances who would like to share with me I would welcome it. Thank You."
Lori
e-mail: thebestred@hotmail.com
lost her 11yr old son, Riyan, on 11/3/1997 as the result of being severely handicapped from birth
Mary Jo
e-mail: myandyalex@msn.com
lost her 9yr old son, Andy, on 3/25/2003 as the result of complications related to Recessive epidermolysis bullosa.
Theresa
e-mail: mammabof3@yahoo.com
lost her 9yr old son Christopher, on 11/18/2001 as the result of a brain tumor (PNET). "I would like to chat with parents whose child passed away from a brain tumor also."
Donna
e-mail: johnny-n-donna@msn.com
lost her 13yr old daughter, Chrystal, on 1/6/2002 as the result of heart and lung failure caused by a lung infection
Diane
e-mail: angeldianexo@aol.com
lost her 15yr old daughter, Jessica, on 1/26/2004 as the result of rhabdomyosarcoma cancer. "My precious daughter passed away after battling cancer for 18 months. She was only 15 and I miss her so much. I would like to talk to another parent who has lost a teenager to cancer. Since my loss is so recent, I would really like to connect with a parent who lost a child recently or fairly recent. I need to talk to someone who is going through the same torture as I am. Waking up every morning and knowing your 'shining light' is gone."
Deborah
e-mail: deborahasims@bellsouth.net
lost her 28yr old son, Brian, on 11/1/2004 as the result of a brain aneurysm. "It was so sudden--I'm still having a hard time with his loss. I would like to hear from other moms."
Frances
e-mail: atuatasif@yahoo.com
lost her 13yr old daughter, Malia, on 10/18/2004 as the result of going into septic shock after 2nd bone marrow transplant. "My oldest child, aged 13, passed away Oct.18, 2004 after a 7 year battle with ALL leukemia. Diagnosed June 29, 1997 then CNS relapse May 2000. Finished treatment Sept. 2002. Relapsed with secondary MDS (myeloid dysplasia syndrome) eventually will turn into AML. Due to the chemo (vp16) used to cure the ALL! On Dec. 2003. Bone marrow transplant on Feb. 12, 2004 with 8 year old sister as a match. Relapse June 29, 2004. 2nd BMT Oct. 5. 2004. Passed away Oct. 18, 2004 at Children's Hospital Seattle in ICU. Due to VOD (veno occlussive disease) which ultimately lead to a leaky gut which produced gram negative bacteria that lead to her passing away from septic shock!!! It was so fast that I feel cheated of her last words and feelings of going. She refused to give up that's why we fought so Hard to save her life!! I carry so much pain and I miss her so.......I just wish she would have said it's okay Mommy I'm tired of fighting & I'm ready to go rest. But all she did was FIGHT till the very end!!! I'm Heartbroken and would like to talk with anyone who lost a child to a battle with cancer or septic shock."
Georgine
e-mail: gpourier@hotmail.com
lost her 19yr old daughter, Shellie, on 6/13/1997 as the result of leukemia.
Michelle
e-mail: mukkam25@aol.com
lost her 4yr old daughter, Ashley, on 5/27/2004 as the result of meningitis. "I am 26yrs old and have had several pregnancy losses. I lost my 4yr old little girl last year and am having a hard time coping. Her death was sudden and unexpected. I am looking for someone who is going through the same thing with some hopeful words of encouragement and advice."
Tonie
e-mail: tonie-ridenour@yahoo.com
lost her 12yr old daughter, Erica, on 11/17/2006 as the result of a fungal infection following a liver and kidney transplant. "I would like to chat with anyone that feels as empty as I do since I lost my lovely lil girl. She was the light of my life."
Brenda
e-mail: angelcp@localnet.com
lost her 16yr old son, Christopher, on 5/13/1998 as the result of cerebral palsy and pneumonia. "My son was 16yrs old at the time of his death. He weighed only 28lbs and was almost 4 feet tall. He had the mental capacity of a newborn-3month old child. He was ill his whole life and had numerous operations. We joked that the hospital was his home and our home was a place he came to rest from the hospital. We know it was the hospital's fault that he had cerebral palsy but could never prove it. We loved Chris very much and we are willing to answer any questions and help anyone who asks."
Tammy
e-mail tsc3133@aol.com
lost her 19yr old son, Cory, on 2/23/2006 as the result of a seizure. "I lost my precious baby boy two weeks ago today and I am literally drowning in grief and sadness. I miss him so much that I feel like I cannot stand it. He was 19 but was developmentally delayed and was more childlike than adult. He was hydrocephalic with shunt in his brain. He had kidney disease and a very severe seizure disorder that was not controlled with medication or a recent VNS stimulator. I felt that he was actually doing better as his grand mal seizures seemed to have subsided somewhat in the last few months. His doctor feel that he succumbed to a phenomenon known as Sudden Epileptic Death Syndrome where his autonomic nervous system goes haywire which causes a seizure that causes cardiac and respiratory arrest. My sweet boy had just lain down for a nap after a small seizure. When my older son went to awaken him for his meds 3hrs later, he had passed away in his sleep. I love my precious Cory so much and miss him with unsubsiding pain in my heart. I need someone to talk to who can understand in some way how I feel. I look forward to hearing from any and everyone and I will keep in touch also. Please feel free to write."
Debbie
e-mail: mum-mum1956@hotmail.com
lost her 25yr old son, Patrick, on 3/19/2006 as the result of acute bronchial-pneumonia. "I lost my sweet 25yr old son to bronchial-pneumonia. His name is Patrick and he was the light of my life. He was also the father of a very beautiful five-year-old named Kylee. He died in his sleep in his bed and my 22yr old daughter found her best friend and brother who had already gone to be with God. He died on March 19, 2006 and I cannot get over it. We all thought that he had taken too many pain pills because he broke his back in a motorcycle accident almost four years ago on his birthday. I feel so bad that we all assumed it was drugs. This seems so senseless--that a very healthy and strong 25-year-old man would die of pneumonia. I just do not know where to turn. If anyone knows a little more than I do about this illness, please explain it to me. I miss my little boy and his daughter talks to him and about him every day. Please help us!"
Melissa
e-mail: mays1404@yahoo.com
lost her 24yr old nephew, Keith, on 7/11/2004 as the result of CHF--an enlarged heart caused by viral pneumonia.
Dee
e-mail: windykidd@aol.com
lost her 31yr old son, Michael, on 10/30/2004 as the result of a viral brain infection as a complication of HIV. "Everyone said it would get better with time--but as time passes, I miss him more and more. There is never a day that goes by when I am not aware of his loss nor a day that I don't cry for him. He was 31yrs old and the father of 7 children. He was my first-born of two boys and one adopted sister. He was diagnosed with PML (progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy) only about 3wks before his death. This is a viral infection of the brain that is a complication of HIV/AIDS. It is very rare - but not rare enough to miss my son. We still don't know for sure how he got HIV. His death was so fast! If you have lost an adult child to HIV or its complications, or anything similar, please contact me. I need someone to talk to. I love my son and I miss the joy he brought into my life."
Lori
e-mail: thebestred@hotmail.com
lost her 11yr old son, Riyan, on 11/3/1997 as the result of being severely handicapped from birth.
Natalie
e-mail: allouche2@sympatico.ca
lost her 9yr old son, Adar, on 4/25/2000 as the result of liver cancer. She would love to correspond with another family who has lost a child to hepatocellular carcinoma or liver cancer.
Marilyn & Gary
e-mail: gmhairston@adelphia.net
lost their 20yr old son, Michael, on 12/15/1997 as the result of bacterial meningitis.
Mitzi
e-mail: christoffersenm@m.ogden.k12.ut.us
lost her 12yr old son, Brayden, on 2/15/2001. The cause is unknown but could possibly be diabetes-related.
 
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