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Dear friends,

May I tell you about someone? It’s about one courageous woman who has a beautiful heart who just happens to have a brain tumor. She has undergone surgery and a long bout of chemoradiation, and although she has fought hard and continues to fight to maintain the kind of ‘normal life’ someone as lucky as me would take for granted, she was forced to reach out.

Namely, she is at risk of losing one of the few ‘luxuries’ she has…her home.

Her father puts it plainly when he says, “Given that she has a small, one-bedroom apartment, with no cable TV and no Internet, looking for ways to cut further costs is a challenge.”

So how do I know her? Through her kind-hearted parents; her father actually has this wonderful blog—about his journey with their very special canine named Ray—that puts a smile on my face everyday.

I really want this blogging community to get to know them—both Melanie and her father, Colin. Not just for the purpose of ‘helping’ someone, but so you can get to know two wonderful people who exist in what can seem to be sometimes a rather discouraging world. And also because I am simply inspired by them.

So I’m going to provide some links for you:

💙  To get a glimpse of Melanie’s compassionate heart, click here to read her as she reflects upon a day of reaching out to some of the less fortunate in her community. 

💙 To get to know her father Colin and his awesome/adorable/hilarious canine buddy Ray (and also to read about Melanie)…click here and be cheered with a panoramic closeup of a big dog head!

To find out more about Melanie, her need, and how to lend a hand…please click on the heart below:


Wishing you all a much blessed day.

With love,

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  1. I have a dear friend who has been battling a brain tumor for 6 years now, so this one grabbed me in the gut. Andy went outside the US for treatment only just approved here – or he’d have been long since gone – like every bit of his life-long savings.

    Even getting into treatment studies here in the US is practically impossible when the prognosis might not look good for the statistics they collect. When did LIVES stop mattering to the US medical profession – and how does a doctor as tender-hearted as you stand it?

    I already follow Colin and Ray, but will jump over to read Melanie’s blog as well. Currently, I am unable to help financially, but I can do at least that much.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    • I am sorry to hear about your friend! Unfortunately Melanie doesn’t have a blog (just periodically featured on Colin’s) but I wish she did cause she has such an incredible story to tell! Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Hugs! 🙂

      • Thank you. Except financially, he is doing well right now. The treatments seem to be working — bleeding edge, nanotech, controversial method of delivery, finally available in 3 (?) facilities in the US.

        He’s a fighter – like Melanie.

        Although not available here 6 years ago when Andy was dying, I want to make sure anyone reading understands that he was NOT grabbing at “snake oil” solutions (although snake venom has been included in effective, legitimate treatment options outside our shores, btw)

        He went to *legitimate* doctors and facilities in other countries and did his research before choosing that option (including studies available here in America, which would not take him since they believed his likelihood of survival was small).

        For him, it was the least risky option of all available to him, even though there were no guarantees that he would live through them. His case has actually been written up in the study results, btw.

  2. I just found out this morning that my niece has a brain tumor…MRI tomorrow to see what will happen next. Prayers for Melanie, Colin, and my niece and her young family. Life takes such turns so quickly it seems.

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