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Old 09-26-2010, 10:10 PM
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I think I was 1002. Special thoughts and prayers are being sent for your very special daughter for a complete recovery and for your entire family.

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Old 09-27-2010, 04:00 AM
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I joined. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:32 AM
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Many many prayers and hugs to you and Meghan...#1007....
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:13 AM
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Hello, Dear TOTV friends; I am writing to ask a favor which is sort of for myself, since it will make me happy because of making my daughter happy, but it is mainly a favor for her; I hope you'll bear with me as I explain. For the past 5 weeks I've been camped in the hospital with my 28 year old daughter, Sarah Meghan Steinberg (she goes by her middle name, Meghan). We had first taken her to Chicago for surgery on her thought-to-be benign spinal tumor; but it was found to be leukemic cells, related to her history of leukemia for which she underwent a stem cell transplant from her brother five years ago, and which had been in complete remission for 5 years until now; so, all of us, including the surgeon, were blindsided.

We were looking to the right and life came at us from the left, as sometimes happens.

Then back in Louisville (where she lives) in the hospital here, they found leukemic cells in her spinal fluid; thankfully, her blood and bone marrow, though, are still normal and so this is all very strange and rare, say the doctors. She is now going through chemo and we are expecting all good to come, although future treatment course remains to be determined as we go along; right now she is very sick from the chemo and I am by her side. Bone marrow and blood are still clear of leukemia; it was found in her spinal tumor and in her spinal fluid, only.

She will beat it. Her middle name came from the heroine, Meghan, of the book and miniseries from the 1980s, 'The Thornbirds', who had such resolve, grit, and courage; and, as it turned out, we see as Meghan has gone through this illness starting 5 years ago, that we chose the right name for her. She has always shown such contempt and fearlessness for leukemia; with the attitude of 'is that all you've got?' So, how can we be anything but strong, also?

It is unknown when I will be back in my beloved TV home other than possibly for short stays to see my wonderful hubby, Doug, who is also traveling back and forth between here and TV to see us.

Now, for the favor I am asking: If any of you want to do something that would make Meghan very, very happy, it would be for any of you who are on Facebook to become a Facebook 'friend' of her non-profit foundation - called 'Meghan's Mountain', which provides direct patient support to adult and pediatric cancer patients - at ' I support Meghans Mountain ' (that is the name of the Facebook page - just put that phrase, 'I support Meghan's Mountain', in the search box on Facebook and the link for the page should come up, and then you can click on the link to become a 'Friend' -and, of course, there is no cost to do this).

[Meghan started her foundation after her original illness with leukemia in 2005, and 'Meghan's Mountain' provides holiday gifts and parties in cancer wards, washer/dryers for families in cancer units, money for indigent patients for transportation to/from treatment, exercise equipment for patients in cancer wards, summer camp designed especially for children with cancer, etc. - the 'extras' that there is often no regular funding for, but which make such a difference to patients and their families. Also, as a part of her foundation work, Meghan takes calls to go to hospitals to visit newly diagnosed cancer patients, especially teens and young adults, to encourage them with her own story, to help them believe that they, too, can get well again. Meghan has put so much effort into this foundation, and this year alone, largely through a fundraiser 'roast' of former U of L basketball coach, Denny Crum, who is a dear friend of Meghan's and is a member of the board of directors of 'Meghan's Mountain', has raised nearly $150,000 for direct patient support.]

Meghan is wanting to see her foundation's Facebook page membership go to over 1000, and it is almost there; and that would make her very, very happy and would give her a huge emotional lift which she could use right now. I'd love to see her membership go way up, and thought the power of you on TOTV might be the way to help that happen. (Her website related to her foundation is www.meghansmountain.com) If you become a 'friend' on her foundation's Facebook page, it would be great if you could also leave a brief message wishing her well on her foundation's 'wall'.

Thanks in advance to any of you who can help Meghan reach this goal. Freeda
Done and I emailed the link to 1100 dance teacher friends I have on Facebook with your story asking them to join also, I hope that was okay to do

this is the facebook group link:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/...6165612&ref=ts
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:46 AM
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Hi Freeda, I don't know what number I am, but I joined a while ago when you first posted this on Facebook. I'm now a friend of Jerry's so that I can receive updates and communicate with him also.

I wrote to Meghan a while ago wishing her the best and that I was praying for her and all of you. This is a hard battle but it can be won, and I too believe that prayers are all powerful and we will continue to support this cause with all that we have!!!

Good Luck, and please keep us posted.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:58 AM
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Done and I emailed the link to 1100 dance teacher friends I have on Facebook with your story asking them to join also, I hope that was okay to do

this is the facebook group link:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/...6165612&ref=ts
Thank you, Jann, and everyone who have joined Meghan's Mountain's Facebook page; and Jann, your idea of forwarding this to your list as well is, well, wonderful; needless to say, you have me, who am already an emotional basketcase, in tears.

Some of you have asked in your messages on Meghan's Mountain's Facebook page if you can donate to it, which is a nonprofit charitable foundation; and while that was not my intention in my original post, I am of course glad for any sources that go to her cause, as I've seen the joy she brings to others through it. [It is wonderful and humbling to be in awe of your child's accomplishments. I think that it is not just what we do in shaping our children that is why they turn out the way they do; but that they come to us as already amazing creations, and we are just given the honor of raising and caring for them].

I know that on the 'info' (or similar name) link of the 'I Support Meghan's Mountain' Facebook page there is an address where donations can be sent; and there may be info on making donations on her foundation's website, www.meghansmountain.com . It is an IRS-approved nonprofit organization. (Her father, Jerry Steinberg, is a retired attorney and has devoted the bulk of his retirement time to helping Meghan with her foundation; he helps with the administrative side of the foundation, and if you want to call him his phone # is 502-468-0630).

But, again, thanks so much just for your 'joining'. When Meghan wakes up enough from her grogginess, she will be so happily surprised and touched just to have met her 1000 mark, and as she watches the numbers grow.
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:26 PM
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Jerry posted this yesterday on Facebook. I've already got my card made out and just waiting to get a stamp... We should all send cards and indicate that we are from TOTV, wouldn't that be nice.???

Here's Jerry's post:

Jerry Steinberg September 26 at 5:55pm ReplyReport
I hereby declare the week of Sept. 27th 'PAINT MEGHAN'S HOSPITAL WALLS WITH CARDS OF LOVE'. Send to
Sarah Meghan Steinberg
c/o Baptist Hospital East
Park Tower, Room P 392
4000 Kresge Way
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
I don't care what Meghan says about what she does not need, it is time for all of us to shower her with a little special love to brighten the hospital room !!! Jerry
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:44 PM
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#1034 I believe.

Prayers and thoughts are with you and your daughter.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:53 PM
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Your Meghan is quite a young woman. She has created a website that showcases her love and concern for other individuals fighting cancer; and, in addition to that, raised a lot of money for others fighting leukemia and other blood cancers. Meghan has given of herself her time, her prayers, and concern to others when she could have been hanging out at the mall or doing others things not connected to other cancer patients. What a girl! What a heroine! I was very happy to go to Facebook and sign on as a member for Meghan. I know you are very proud of her. She will be in my prayers.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:00 PM
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# 1036..Prayer is a powerful thing...
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