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Saturday, August 31, 2002 -- 08:51:55 (EDT)
Name: Martha (Gilbert) Hiat -- Email:
Location: Topsham, ME USA
  • Hi Simon: I've been keeping up with all you and your family are going through and for what it's worth, I think you are all doing a fine job!
    Something interesting happened that I thought you would appreciate. I teach martial arts - not competitively, but in a really healing, natural way that's directed very much by the energy of heaven. On Friday morning, I was teaching a group of kids who have a lot of troubles and are doing a good job making their lives better. To help them out, we do alot of martial art movement that keeps their blood flowing, gives them a positive attitude and helps them find their balance. Our movement includes alot of circles and straight lines. And out of the blue on Friday, although it seemed quite obvious in the moment, I compared the movements they were doing and the energy they needed to really create it correctly to the movement of the wheels of a locomotive! may seem like a silly connection to what you said to your mom in a sleepy state on Thursday and probably don't even remember... BUT, I was teaching between heaven and earth at the time - so I thought at the very least it was a big smile. Love is everywhere Simon! Keep up the good work!
    - (your mom's old roommate - whose name changed, but I don't think your mom knows that!)

    Friday, August 30, 2002 -- 09:00:25 (EDT)
    Name: Deidre Browne-Gargasz -- Email:
    Location: Lorain, OH USA
  • Hey Simon,

    Dylan and I were just thinking about you. He asked me if you got the heart that he made for you. When I told him that you were in the Hospital having a special treatment to help make you better, He said that they could give you his Boo-Boo patches (Emla Cream) so that it wouldn't hurt. He also hopes that your mommy is holding your hand just like I do his when he has to have his I.V.'s. His next treatment is on the 11th of Sept. Nice thought Huh? We think about you and your family alot. We hope that all continues to go smoothly and thatyou get to start Kindergarden real soon.

    Love to you all, Deidre & Dylan

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 23:14:27 (EDT)
    Name: Annemarie Toebosch -- Email:
    Location: Chicago, IL USA
  • Hi Simon! It's Annemarie, your website friend from Chicago. Just wanted to give you a really big web-kiss. My husband Andy, many of my friends and I continue to keep you in our hopeful thoughts! KUS (that's the word for kiss in my language, Dutch), Annemarie

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 22:19:39 (EDT)
    Name: tracey metry
    Location: ann arbor, mi
  • Hey there Simon, All of us here are wishing you smooth and easy times. We bet that you can't wait to get to meet your new kindergarten friends when your body is up to it. Those kids will be so happy to have a kind and funny boy like you in their class. Kyin and Jori send kisses and hugs and giggles. Love Paul, Tracey, Jori and Kyin

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 20:24:11 (EDT)
    Name: Liza Burger -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi Simon,
    Glad your mom and dad are so great at keeping your web site updated! We are thinking of you and keeping you all in our prayers. We are headed to the Adirondacks this weekend before school starts to spend some time with family and our old friends from Michigan, Minette and Damir and Alana-- I'm not sure if you ever met them. We will be sure to catch some frogs and look for spotted salamanders and redback salamanders...a favorite pasttime of Jolan's up there.
    We liked the rainbow picture that you and your friend made.
    Sending lots of hugs to you all...
    xo Liza, Mike, Jolan and Jenna

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 18:14:29 (EDT)
    Name: Melissa Eljamal
  • Simon:
    Was thinking lots about email today. Isn't it great to know that even if we can't get to see you personally right now, you can tell how so many, many people are thinking of you all the time? Love, Melissa Eljamal

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 15:31:28 (EDT)
    Name: Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Hi Simon and family,
    We are back in Seattle now. Even though we are very far away - we are with you every step of the way in spirit. We wish we could be with you and your family these next 10 or so days to help pass the time as your body, mind and spirit does all it's important work together with the chemo and stem cells to fight off that cancer -- (and we are sending you lots of health, strength and no mouth sores vibes your way)

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Madi,Lexi, Lawrie and Curt

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 15:02:14 (EDT)
    Name: Sally
    Location: Seattle,
  • I'm back home now. Just wanted to say that I loved being able to see all of you last Sunday. I've been thinking about you a lot -- hoping the chemo side effects weren't too awful and that the transplant goes well. Sending lots of love from all of us!!
    Sally, Jim, Sarah and Amy

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 13:55:45 (EDT)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • You are really progressing with your stem cell "rescue," aren't you, Simon! I like the idea that your *own* stem cells were "rescued" out of your body in February and now, after having been cleaned up and frozen all those months (in garlicy/creamed-corn-smelling stuff?!?) are now "rescuing" you from the effects of those nasty but oh-so-helpful medicines that were pumped into your body recently! It's all *very* amazing, even if it's also uncomfortable at times (especially with that diarrhea thing going on -- good thing your parents are quick on their feet! ;-). You and your family and doctors and nurses are all doing a *great* job, Simon!

    Well, since it's raining here today (hooray for an end to the drought!), I'm going to tell you a rainy-day joke: At the end of a full and exciting day of Kindergarten a little boy was struggling to put on a pair of boots so he could go home. His teacher came over to give him a hand and had a struggle of her own (you see, the boots were a bit too small...). When those stubborn golashes were finally on his feet, the little boy looked up at his teacher and said, "These aren't my boots." So, smiling (a bit) and taking a deep breath, the teacher pulled and tugged and stuggled and strained and *finally* got them off again, panting a bit with the exertion, at which point the boy said matter-of-factly, "They're my sister's, but my mom said I should wear them today anyway." ;-)

    Lots of good, healing thoughts coming your way from Upstate New York! Love, Kris, Rob, Emily, Danny, and Laura

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 10:10:49 (EDT)
    Name: Anne, Tom, Johannes -- Email:
    Location: Northfield, MN USA
  • You go Simon! We're all rooting for you here in Minnesota, wishing we could be there to play a game with you. We think about you every day and send lots of hugs to you, your mom and dad, and Miriam.
    love, anne, tom, and johannes

    Thursday, August 29, 2002 -- 00:31:56 (EDT)
    Name: Erik
    Location: , maryland
  • There was a young man of Bengal
    Who was asked to a fancy dress ball
    He murmured: I'll risk it
    I'll go as a biscuit
    But the dog ate him up in the hall

    Smile Simon -

    Wednesday, August 28, 2002 -- 12:31:12 (EDT)
    Name: Melissa Eljamal
  • Simon, Miriam, Mary, Markus:
    Check your website regularly and was glad to see that transplant has gone ahead. Let us know when you are ready for non-family visitors! We love you and are sending rainbow thoughts! Melissa, Akram, Mekarem, Khalil

    Wednesday, August 28, 2002 -- 10:20:06 (EDT)
    Name: All at The Princeton Review -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • To Simon:
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We send all of the good thoughts and rainbows in our hearts to you!!!!

    Tuesday, August 27, 2002 -- 14:06:26 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Many, many thanks for the continued update...not being able to vist, at least I know what is happening. So much work for all of you. I am sending you all the good energy I can every hour on the hour. I cannot wait to see Miriam's new haircut and hope she can make it to class, we start on September 10th. I hope to get to visit soon. I have had my grandbaby here for the past 4 days and am in grandma heaven...hugs and kisses to all of you...mmmmwaaah!

    Monday, August 26, 2002 -- 08:07:29 (EDT)
    Name: Lee Williams
  • Simon - so glad to hear about you and that things are moving along medically to get you all well. What a brave boy you are and I am so glad that you have your parents and Gran right there to help all along the way and so many friends hoping and praying that everything goes well. I hope and pray too. I have Grace and Logan here today since Lucy starts meetings for her teaching. We are going to read some books and play games and make a picture for you. We will be thinking of you lots. Lots of love, Lee

    Saturday, August 24, 2002 -- 11:50:40 (EDT)
    Name: Jane Stepnitz
  • Simon,Mary,Markus and Miriam, We are thinking of you every day and praying for your healthy recovery!! We look forward to hearing good news as you take this next step in the treatment. You are an amazing family! Love, Jane, Kate, Abbey and Eric Stepnitz

    Friday, August 23, 2002 -- 17:22:35 (EDT)
    Name: annette steve and Rowan
  • Thanks for the update. It's great to hear all is progressing. We don't envy you all
    the things to keep track of. We are sending lots of healing thoughts to your way. Also hoping or no colds in the family to interupt the parental and granparental care. Our best to all of you. Sorry I'm not the best joke person.

    Friday, August 23, 2002 -- 12:30:30 (EDT)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • You guys are amazing! Just *thinking* about all the stuff you're keeping track of, all day, every day, is making my head spin.... But if any family can get through this with its collective sense of humor intact, I know it will be yours! ;-)

    I have no jokes for you today, but here's a great image for you: On Wednesday Dan got his new sneakers for school. He tried on one pair and kind of gallumphed up and down the aisle of the shoe department, looking sad and dejected (and I'm thinking to myself: those probably aren't his favorite shoes...). Then he tried on another pair and began racing around the racks at top speed, stopping periodically to play an imaginary game of basketball with an obviously formidable opponent -- you could tell because there was lots of faking to the left and faking to the right before he bounded off again to jump up and perform some aerial maneuvers before slam-dunking the ball! I got thinking, Simon, of the new shoes you got a while ago that had all that cancer-fighting magic in them, and I said to myself with a smile: "Man, what a difference a pair of shoes can make!" :-)

    You may not be able to wear those shoes much in the hospital; but I'll bet each time you've had them on your feet, the magic was being absorbed steadily by your toes and was spreading slowly throughout your whole body -- it's probably part of the reason your surgery was so successful earlier this summer! And even now, that magic is deep within you, doing its thing along with the medicines you're taking, to send those last cancer cells packing -- yahoo!!!

    We're thinking of all of you, and wishing you all the best in this latest leg of your journey. Love, Kris, Rob, Emily, Danny, and Laura

    Thursday, August 22, 2002 -- 14:34:44 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hello Simon, Many thanks for the updates
    from your mom and dad. I am sorry you are not feeling great and I hope all is cleared up by today so healthy cells can be traded for unhealthy. I have been busy with some sad family stuff. But tomorrow Kailey is coming for 5 whole days, so I will be in Grandma heaven. I am sending you all my love and prayers as always. Much love, Gari

    Thursday, August 22, 2002 -- 09:26:53 (EDT)
    Name: Madi, Lexi, Lawrie, Curt and family
    Location: Jefferson, NH
  • Hi Simon and family,
    We are still here in the White mountanins of New Hampshire visiting Lawrie's family. The kids just spotted a Great Blue Heron down by the pond. It and has now flown away and the kids are getting ready to go down to the pond to investigate for foot prints. Just a few minutes ago we were having a great time reading all the jokes from other people's messages
    Ryan, Madi and Lexi's cousin has a riddle for you.

    If a guy leaves on a horse on Friday how does he get back two days later on Friday? . . .

    His horse is named "Friday"

    Here is another one from Madi and Lexi's other cousin Megan(that I am afraid we have heard one too many times this week)
    Knock, knock
    Who's there?
    Mickey Mouses underwear.

    We love you very much and are holding you all in our thoughts and prayers as you approach/wait for this next phase of treatment.

    The Williams family et al

    Thursday, August 22, 2002 -- 09:26:40 (EDT)
    Name: Madi, Lexi, Lawrie, Curt and family
    Location: Jefferson, NH
  • Hi Simon and family,
    We are still here in the White mountanins of New Hampshire visiting Lawrie's family. The kids just spotted a Great Blue Heron down by the pond. It and has now flown away and the kids are getting ready to go down to the pond to investigate for foot prints. Just a few minutes ago we were having a great time reading all the jokes from other people's messages
    Ryan, Madi and Lexi's cousin has a riddle for you.

    If a guy leaves on a horse on Friday how does he get back two days later on Friday? . . .

    His horse is named "Friday"

    Here is another one from Madi and Lexi's other cousin Megan(that I am afraid we have heard one too many times this week)
    Knock, knock
    Who's there?
    Mickey Mouses underwear.

    We love you very much and are holding you all in our thoughts and prayers as you approach/wait for this next phase of treatment.

    The Williams family et al

    Tuesday, August 20, 2002 -- 21:28:12 (EDT)
    Name: Rebecca -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OH USA
  • Hi, sweet boy!

    We just wanted to send you a hug and one of Schuyler's favorite jokes - hope it's not a repeat!

    Two elephants were preparing to take a trip. Suddenly one elephant cried,
    "Oh, no! I can't find my suitcase!"
    The other elephant replied,
    "Why don't you just use your trunk?"

    We are sending you our love,

    Rebecca, Randy, Emma & Schuyler

    Tuesday, August 20, 2002 -- 17:07:50 (EDT)
    Name: Joan Curran -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Here is another of Tommy's favorite bedtime stories when he was Simon's age: The Golden Boy
    By Joan Curran-Ellsworth and Tommy Ellsworth

    Once upon a time there was a fountain in the middle of a park in the middle of a great city. On the top of that fountain there was a golden boy with little wings who, when he laughed his silvery laugh, lifted the hearts of everyone who heard him. Of course, the people did not know what it was that made them feel that way, they only thought it was the pleasant sound of the water, but it was the boy just the same.

    Once every month, at the dark of the moon, the boy could come down from his fountain and go about among the people around the park from dusk until dawn. He listened to their thoughts and did what he could to help them. On this particular night, the first thing he heard was a little girl crying. The child had wandered away from her family and gotten lost on the winding trails of the park. The golden boy flew just ahead of her on the path and laughed his silvery laugh. The little girl followed the sound as the golden boy led her to a friendly policeman patrolling the park on his horse. The policeman took the girl up in front of him and they rode together until the family was found. The reunion was so happy that the little girl forgot her plan to scold her parents for getting lost.

    The next thoughts the golden boy heard were that of a man walking home from work. The man had worked very hard and was very, very tired. He was so weary that he could hardly put one foot in front of another. The golden boy came up behind him and lifted him up by the shoulders of his overcoat. The man’s feet did not quite come off the ground, but his step was light and before he knew it, he was at his own front door. “Home already!” the man thought with surprise and relief. And the golden boy whispered in his ear with a voice so light that the man believed it was his own thoughts. “I think I’ll have a sandwich and take a hot bath and then go right to bed.” And the man went inside to make this cozy plan happen.

    The golden boy flew back to the park and heard the thoughts of a woman who was waiting for a bus. The woman was very worried. She was worried about having enough money to buy clothes and shoes and enough good things to eat for her children. Her job did not pay her very much and she had to try hard every day to make ends meet. The golden boy pricked up his ears for a minute and then he laughed his silvery laugh so that the woman followed the sound without knowing what she was doing. He led her to one of the big fancy houses that stood on the edge of the park. She walked up the stairs to the front door, rang the bell and said the words that the golden boy whispered in her ear.

    “I’ve come to help.”

    “Oh thank goodness,” said the woman who opened the door. “The agency said they couldn’t send anyone on such short notice. Please come in.”

    And the woman came in and helped with the work of a giving a fancy party. After the party was done, the hostess thanked her for doing such good work and asked if she would be willing to come again. Then she paid the woman for her help and bid her to take home any of the extra food if she wanted it.
    The extra food and money were not so much as to make the woman’s troubles all go away, but they were enough to make her worries fade and give her a feeling of hope, and with that, anything is possible. This was the true gift of the golden boy. His magic wasn’t really so very strong; it just opened the door so that hope could come in.

    The golden boy’s night was almost up and so he flew back toward the fountain in the park, listening as he went. He had just time enough to help a young couple sitting at either end of a park bench. The sweethearts had said some very angry words to each other, but now they were all done being mad and were remembering how much they loved each other. Neither one knew how to stop the mad and start speaking to each other again until the golden boy whispered into the air and they both said, “I’m sorry.” at the exact same time and put their arms around each other.

    And then the golden boy returned to his fountain until the time when he could come down among the people again. He laughed his silvery laugh and spread the sound of laughter and little silver bells and water splashing and music.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2002 -- 11:23:42 (EDT)
    Name: Steve & Annette
    Location: Oakland,
  • simon et al

    Good to get the update today. We will be thinking about you as you likely start a new process today. Glad to hear the good news and hope this treatment moves some of those other indicators onto that list. Send our love and support as you embark on yet another ride. Love you all, Steve, Annette and Rowan

    Tuesday, August 20, 2002 -- 11:14:45 (EDT)
    Name: amy sheon
    Location: ann arbor,
  • Simon: I'm sending good virus-fighting vibes your way so that you can get your transplant done this week--our thoughts are with you and your whole family!

    Monday, August 19, 2002 -- 08:46:48 (EDT)
    Name: Erik
    Location: , Maryland
  • There once was a lady from Niger,
    Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
    They came back from the ride
    With the lady inside
    And a smile on the face of the tiger!

    Smile Simon!

    Monday, August 19, 2002 -- 07:58:52 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hello Simon and everyone, just a quick hello to send my love and let you know I am thinking of you. Much love, Gari

    Saturday, August 17, 2002 -- 11:22:01 (EDT)
    Name: Rachel Obstfeld -- Email:
    Location: Irvine, CA USA
  • Why did the cookie go to the hospital?
    Because he felt crummy!
    Why did the girl throw the clock out the window?
    Because she wanted to see time fly!
    Love, Rachel (and Noah too)

    Saturday, August 17, 2002 -- 11:10:15 (EDT)
    Name: jane bishop -- Email:
    Location: AA,
  • Hi Simon, Seeing your latest picture makes me think of some of my family having s'mores on the beach last week. And, in our cookie box of riddles I found some for you:

    Why do elephants wear sandals at the beach?
    (To keep from getting buried in the sand) Not very funny yet....but....

    Why do ostriches bury their heads in the sand??
    (To look for elephants that forgot to wear their sandals!)
    We also had the one about "swimming trunks" in our box...hope all goes well with your tests and you get to the transplant soon. Kindergarten calls!!
    Love to all, Jane

    Friday, August 16, 2002 -- 15:58:03 (EDT)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • So it's jokes you want, eh?? Good thing Danny's been saving them up again, just for you!

    Q: What do you get when you cross a fish with an elephant?
    A: Swimming trunks!

    Q: What's an alien's favorite dish?
    A: A flying saucer!

    And here's a sort of a riddle:

    Q: You're in a dark room with only one match. There is a candle, some logs in a fireplace, a stove, and a lantern. What do you light first? (The answer's at the bottom of this message, so you can really *think* about it before I give away the answer....)

    Have fun laughing up a storm! And if you see a *real* storm, send it our way, will you?? We've had so little rain here, we're just sittin' around waitin' for our well to run dry.... The kids are happy, though, because it means Mom's not always after them to take baths and flush the toilet! (P.U., we stink!) ;-)

    Love, Kris, Rob, Emily, Danny, and Laura

    And now back to that riddle.... A: The match! ;-)

    Friday, August 16, 2002 -- 14:30:25 (EDT)
    Name: Madi,Lexi, Lawrie, Curt, Nana and Papa (Lawrie's parents) -- Email:
    Location: Jefferson, NH
  • Hi Simon and family,
    We just flew on a airplane in the middle of the night (they call it a "red eye") to come visit Madi and Lexi's Nana and Papa in Jefferson, NH. Madi and Lexi got to wear their pajamas on the plane. It is really hot here and we have been swimming in the pond ever since we arrived. We have seen frogs, toads and brook trout in the pond.

    Here is Lexi's most recent brand of joke--just for you.
    Knock, knock
    Whos there?
    Orange who?
    Orange you got a meatball on your head! (this is followed by lots of laughter)

    We love you and continue to hold you all in our thoughts and prayers daily.

    Madi, Lexi, Lawrie,Curt,Nana and Papa

    Friday, August 16, 2002 -- 12:23:53 (EDT)
    Name: annette
    Location: oakland,
  • simon, Thinking about you. Hope all is going well if you are starting the stem cell transplant this week. It's graduation day for Rowan's school so we are having a potluck. Rowan's taking pizza and would like to share it with you.


    Thursday, August 15, 2002 -- 01:36:25 (EDT)
    Name: Rachel and Noah Obstfeld -- Email:
    Location: Irvine, CA USA
  • Hi Simon! Ok - We hear you want some new jokes - well here are some of our favorites!
    Question: What is full of holes but can hold water?
    Answer: A sponge!
    Question: What goes ZZUB, ZZUB, ZZUB?
    Answer: A bee flying backwards!
    Question: What is gray, has four legs and a trunk?
    Answer: A mouse going on vacation!
    We miss you! Good luck this next few weeks! We know you will grow stronger every day and soon you will be: Super Simon!
    Love, Rachel and Noah

    Wednesday, August 14, 2002 -- 22:27:59 (EDT)
    Name: Markus -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon, here's one for you:

    Q: What's your date of birth?
    A: July fifteenth

    Q: What year?
    A: Every year

    Wednesday, August 14, 2002 -- 22:21:19 (EDT)
    Name: Simon -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi guys, I just love getting jokes on my message board. Could you send me some more? With “you” I mean: Marina, Kathie, and Nathan; Lawrie, Lexi, Madi, and Curt; Jake, Amilia, Peter, Marley, Mac; Lev and Isamu; Maya, Doerte, and Mike; Linda; Chris Hopkins and family; Lindsay and Andre; Agustina, Ricardo, Gran and Grandad; Margot and Nathan; Oma and Opa; Gerda and Kurtie; Sally, Jim, Sarah, and Amy; Rowan; Ben, Gracie, and Logan; Justin; Grandma Lee; Amber and Mark; Lucie and Maggie, Alex and Rachel; Rachel and Noah; Ben and Gracie; Marcello, Gabriel, and Isabella; David, Claudia, and Eliza; Katrin, Georg, Paul, and Christl; Wolfi, Dieter, Heide, and Erhard; Schuyler and Emma; Dr. Mody, Dr. Yanik, and Dr. Kinningham; Ben Johnson; Sue (who started it all); I want to have names all the way down the paper…

    Wednesday, August 14, 2002 -- 22:13:47 (EDT)
    Name: Mary Craig -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • I just heard that Simon's Place was denying new message board postings. It appears we have all been so busy with adding to this site that it maxed out the available size.

    I just did some quick deleting of unnecessary files from the server space that holds Simon's Place, and we should be back in business.

    Sorry if you lost a message you were hoping to send! Please try again now.

    Monday, August 12, 2002 -- 06:54:13 (EDT)
    Name: Jean -- Email:
    Location: Canton, OH USA
  • Simon,
    Here's a sampling of Alex's favorite jokes at the moment:

    Q: How do make soup into gold?
    A: Add 24 carrots!

    Q: What is a cat's favorite color?
    A: Purrrrrr-ple

    Q: Why didn't the skeleton cross the road?
    A: Because he didn't have the guts!

    I have a friend who had stem cell treatment for her cancer and she feels SO MUCH BETTER now. I hope you will too.

    Love, Jean

    Sunday, August 11, 2002 -- 23:27:31 (EDT)
    Name: Kathy Duderstadt -- Email:
    Location: san antonio, tx
  • Hi Simon!

    We've been watching this web site continually since we arrived in
    San Antonio. We have been so busy unpacking, settling into our new neighborhood, and preparing for the Marina's baby sister.

    We are so happy to hear that the surgery went well and keep you and your family always in our thoughts.

    Marina is now a big sister!!!!!

    Jane Maria Schwadron was born on
    Wednesday August 7th at 2:18pm after
    two days of "false (yeah right)" labor
    and 16 hours of active labor.
    A successful VBAC!!! We are all extremely happy (but very sore)!!!

    Marina is still getting used to a
    baby sister. She definitely needs
    some advice from a pro like you.

    We'd love to talk...

    210 492-3474

    All the best this week as you
    return to the hospital. Marina is
    convinced that hospitals have the
    best pudding in the entire universe...

    We miss you!

    Kathy, Nathan, Marina
    and Janie

    Sunday, August 11, 2002 -- 13:20:23 (EDT)
    Name: Julia -- Email:
    Location: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Dear Simon, We just want to wish you the very best for the treatment you will be starting tomorrow. With much love from Julia, Serena, Alma and Christoph

    Saturday, August 10, 2002 -- 10:13:33 (EDT)
    Name: Anne -- Email:
    Location: northfield, mn USA
  • Hey Simon! i am so impressed with you and how well you are doing! we just read about your surgery, and how brave you and your mom and dad were through the whole thing. We wish we were there to spend time with you, but we send hugs through the internet. They might get a bit squished on the way there, but ask your mom to unsquish them for us, ok?

    lots of love,
    Anne, Tom and Johannes

    Thursday, August 08, 2002 -- 11:58:46 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hello Simon and everyone. Just wanted to say hello and let you know I am thinking of you. I am busy getting ready for the fall with new shelves and bookcases for all the art supplies for my new class. I will be on vacation at lake superior next week, so I will not be able to check in and see how you are doing with stem cell procedure, but I will be thinking extra hard and sending prayers too. Big kiss MWA! to you and hugs to all. Much love, Gari

    Thursday, August 08, 2002 -- 10:25:40 (EDT)
    Name: L
  • Simon and his folks, I am back in Baltimore now but am so glad to have seen you and your folks at Crystal!! I will be thinking of you next week as things get started and done on the next step in treatment. Your postings are very welcome! Love Lee

    Tuesday, August 06, 2002 -- 23:44:07 (EDT)
    Name: annette
    Location: oakland, ca
  • simon,

    Wondered how your appetite is are you feeling hungrier these days. We roasted marshmellows last weekend and thought of our great time together on the beach at Lake Michigan. Can you still call it a beach even if it's on a lake? We will sure be thinking of you and your whole family as you embark on the stem cell treatment. Was so much fun to see you.

    Love, Annette

    Tuesday, August 06, 2002 -- 10:54:05 (EDT)
    Name: Ethel Lautenbach -- Email:
    Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon! I am glad to see you are doing some better. Did you find your appetite yet? I wish I could hide mine for a little while! My dog, Sarah, and my kitty, Sugar, say Hi, too. They are both very white and fluffy. You would love them. Have a really good day!
    Ethel Lautenbach (Nancy's mom)

    Friday, August 02, 2002 -- 01:42:41 (EDT)
    Name: Erik
    Location: , Maryland
  • This message is for Pilot Simon -

    I just looked at the pictures from your visit to Oberlin when you went riding in a plane with my brother. You look ready to fly that plane!

    You'll have to convince Miriam how much fun the flying in a small plane was - particularly since she's been out to Utah now in a real BIG one!

    Sarah and Erickson remember going for a ride with Uncle Geoff on the very same day!

    Good night -

    Friday, August 02, 2002 -- 01:28:02 (EDT)
    Name: Erik
    Location: , Maryland
  • Hey Simon -

    On my way back to Maryland this evening, I flew right by Ann Arbor and I thought immediately of you! By looking at the current news, I'm sure you're doing super. A special treat to get out and see so many cousins and friends this past week.
    We'll keep you in our prayers as your big day of August 15th nears. Say hi to Aunt Julie for me next time you see her!

    God bless -


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