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Thursday, February 28, 2002 -- 14:50:32 (EST)
Name: julia -- Email:
Location: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • So you like jokes? Here's one in German: "Wenn ich nun drei Eier auf den Tisch lege und dann zwei wegnehme, wie viele bleiben dann übrig?" - "Papa, kannst du wirklich Eier legen?"

    Love from Julia, Serena, Alma & Christoph

    Thursday, February 28, 2002 -- 00:39:19 (EST)
    Name: Kerianne -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hey Simon! I saw your Mom today at the office. She wasn't in very long, I sure because she wanted to get home to you! I miss you coming to visit me and playing with the legos and stuff in my office. Hopefully you'll feel well enough to come visit again soon. Keep up all your great enthusiasm and that wonderful smile of yours. I'm thinking of you lots.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2002 -- 15:56:45 (EST)
    Name: Todd Flanders -- Email:
    Location: Warren, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon. I like your web site. I just visited it for the first time. You are a cute kid. I'm have two little girls I love a lot. Anna is 7 and Jenny is 5. They are just a little older than you.

    I hope you feel better soon. I wish I could take away your sickness and pain. I'll be praying for you and watching for updates on how you are doing.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2002 -- 14:56:41 (EST)
    Name: Melissa Eljamal -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon: It was great to see the fun pictures of when you came to our house a month ago. We are glad to be a part of your website! Have a wonderful week with your Oma. Do you like Bob the Builder? He is Khalil's favorite character! We hope to see you soon. Love and kisses from Melissa, Akram, Mekarem and Khalil.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2002 -- 13:43:01 (EST)
    Name: Liza -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi again Simon,

    Mike showed me another web site that I thought might be great for you, as it combines two of your and birds! This site has some fun songs such as the classic "If You're Happy and You Know it Flap your Wings!"Here it is:

    Have fun with it!
    xo Liza, Mike, Jolan and Jenna

    Tuesday, February 26, 2002 -- 23:09:08 (EST)
    Name: Liza Burger -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi Simon,
    Mike heard about another web site that you and your mom and dad might want to check out. It has a few neat "bird things" on it, and might also lead you to some other bird-related links. Here's the address:

    Thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers every single day.
    xo Liza, Mike, Jolan and Jenna

    Tuesday, February 26, 2002 -- 21:17:40 (EST)
    Name: Anthony Robbins -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
  • Simon,

    You are a very brave boy and I hope you can play with me this summer. I will share my Batman figures with you and we can play with the Bat Cave.

    I hope we can go somewhere again with our extended family. Did you like the Music Fest? I did. I had fun playing the games and I made a Valentine for my mom. I will say a prayer for you tonight.

    Anthony Robbins

    Tuesday, February 26, 2002 -- 18:49:53 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein -- Email: Garistein@aol
  • Hi Simon, Today Oma came with Miriam and your dad to music class. I think Oma had just as much fun as Miriam. I hope you will come to visit us at music class soon. Everyone misses you. I wondered if you and your family know about the family symphony at the Michigan theater on Sunday at 4. There is also an instrument petting zoo at 2:30. I hope you can go. I will not be there as I am going to Chicago with my daughter and grandaughter to visit Ira's mom and sister. Much love, Gari

    Tuesday, February 26, 2002 -- 18:02:39 (EST)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • Hello, Simon! Hi to Mom, Dad, and Miriam, too! I haven't written in a while, but we've sure been thinking about you all. "Just in case" buckets are used around our house sometimes, too -- we hate to use them; but it beats the alternative (messing up our clothes or bed -- yucky!). So they're handy to have around, "just in case," right?

    Oh, we have two new jokes for you -- both from Danny again (he's 7, and he's funny guy like you are). Q: What do cows do for fun? A: They go to the mooooo-vies! And here's one that's good for cold winter days: One boy asks another, "Is your house warm?" Second boy replies, "Yup -- the painter gave it two coats last summer!" [Get it? A "coat" of paint? A warm winter "coat?"] Danny really cracked up over that one. Hope the giggles keep you warm, too!

    I wanted to let you know, too, that Laura has changed her prayer a little bit.... Earlier it was the camp-out that she wanted you to share with her. Now she asks God to help you get better and stronger every day so you can come to her birthday party. The party won't be until late June, so you've got plenty of time to work on it. And all those strong medicines will have time to do their hard work, too (some of which is pretty uncomfortable for you, I know). But keep up the good work. There are SO many people rooting for you and your family. Until next time,


    Kris, Rob, Emily, Danny, and Laura

    Tuesday, February 26, 2002 -- 00:30:19 (EST)
    Name: Uncle Curt -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, Washington USA
  • Simon, I too am a "fridge kind of guy". I think eating is great fun and hope that you get plenty of chances to eat yummy ice cream, and other tasty treats. I've been remembering the fun we had this summer at Crystal Lake and hope that we can play hide and seek and duck duck goose sometime this summer. I love you and think about you a lot. Your Uncle Curt

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 20:18:38 (EST)
    Name: Quentin -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon. This is one of your Sunday School teachers from church. I thought that you would like to know that on Sunday we made dream catchers from sticks and yarn. It was a lot of fun especially the part where Julia lost it and started yelling. She was pretty funny. Also I found a picture of you from when you came to our Sunday School last Fall. I didn't know I had it. So I put it on the bulletin board with everybody elses picture. There are 23 kids and 8 grown-up with their pictures there. I have another copy of your picture if you would like to have it. Everyone at Sunday school is waiting for you to get well so you can come back and be with us. That includes Ami, Fiona, Maranda, Eugene, Victor, Nathan, Eric, Catherine, Katherine, Julia, Alexander, Liam, Justin, William, Cully, Henry, Daniel, Kim, Margarite, Julia, Kyla, Zita, and Laura and a few more that I can't remember right now.

    We hope you feel better soon and we love you. Quentin

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 16:30:26 (EST)
    Name: Tatiana Pocsatko -- Email:
  • Hi, Simon.
    I've been praying for a beautiful sunny day for you. I hope you saw the sun shinning just for you today! Simon, you are like the sunshine: even if we can not see you, you are there, keeping us warm and full of love.
    Love and blessings to you,
    your friend Tatiana

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 13:16:42 (EST)
    Name: Sabine u. Henning -- Email:
    Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Hi Simon,
    unfortunatly we didn't have the opportunity of meeting eachother yet but we're looking forward to seeing you one day. we lived with your parents in the same house in germany a long time ago. while your parents moved to the States we stayed in Karlsruhe. our thoughts are with you - without really knowing what you are going through. we only can imagine it's like crossing the desert? but we believe you're tough and you'll make your way through, we're sure. with the best wishes to you,
    - Sabine & Henning

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 13:09:28 (EST)
    Name: david zeitlin -- Email:
    Location: boston, ma
  • Simon, I'm really sorry you aren't feeling well. I just want you to know that there are a whole lot of people out here that are hoping you get better soon, even if you don't see us or know us.

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 12:42:55 (EST)
    Name: Stephan Masica -- Email:
    Location: Zimmerman, Minnesota USA
  • Hi Simon,
    Sorry to hear you are having a tough time. We all hope you are feeling better and will pull through very soon. A lot of people out there are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers.

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 12:26:05 (EST)
    Name: Pat -- Email:
    Location: Danville, KY
  • Wow...what a great website!
    Too cool, Simon!
    Hey, I was reading that you have a friend named Amelia...I have a daughter by that name, too. Is your friend as nutty as my daughter is? HA
    I want to tell you that I have a niece in New York City that had cancer last year. She has beaten it. She went through the chemotherapy and radiation, too...but is back at work and doing just great. My hopes and prayers are with you now, so you can beat this too. We have a deal?
    Pat from Kentucky

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 11:16:12 (EST)
    Name: Jason -- Email:
    Location: , England
  • Yo Simon,

    How's it goin ? I just dropped by to say "Get better soon dude!" and let's see plenty more of those cheeky chappy smiles !

    All the very best my friend,


    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 09:22:02 (EST)
    Name: James Nylen -- Email:
    Location: , NH USA
  • i hope you feel better soon this is just one of the speed bumps in life but dont worry about it . If you stay positive then you will make it threw no problem . so just try to keep your happy face on and all will be good.

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 09:03:51 (EST)
    Name: Bob -- Email:
    Location: Columbia, Mo. USA
  • Simon, I hope you're feeling better soon. You have a great web site! I heard about you. on a guitar forum and wanted to say hello. God bless you.

    Monday, February 25, 2002 -- 00:14:34 (EST)
    Name: Ray Shaw -- Email:
  • Hi Simon, I hope you are having a good day. I saw a picture of you watching a video. My son Ben is almost as old as you. He loves Bob the Builder... how about you?

    I went to school at U of M and miss Ann Arbor a lot, although the winter was so cold my head used to ache... does that ever happen to you? Don't worry, the spring will be here soon with pretty flowers and rainy puddles to splash in.

    Love, Ray

    Sunday, February 24, 2002 -- 19:52:25 (EST)
    Name: Aldo Esposito -- Email: Aesposito@coxrrcom
    Location: Oakton, Va USA
  • Hi Simon. I also heard about you on a guitar website. I think you are a really COOL guy and very brave. I love your website and wish you the very best!!!!Your pal, Aldo

    Sunday, February 24, 2002 -- 16:26:48 (EST)
    Name: Shane
    Location: , Canada
  • Hi Simon. Keep your chin up because everything will be OK. We all know that you will get through this though time you have ahead.

    Sunday, February 24, 2002 -- 12:55:58 (EST)
    Name: Tatiana Pocsatko -- Email:
    Location: Saline, MI
  • Dear Simon,
    So you like baking? That is fantastic! Whenever I can, I ask some of my students to help me bakecookies or cup cakes. Some of them are quite good cooks. I bet you would join my backing group if you were my student!
    So, you lucky boy, Oma is visiting with you! Omas are very special, aren't they? Are you baking something special for her? Are you hugging and kissing her a lot? They love this kind of things! Omas also love to tell stories and to read books to us. Ask her, and she will be happy to satisfy you, you will see.
    Simon, you have lots of people praying for you. Hang in there, my dear friend. You will feel better soon.
    your friend Tatiana

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 19:37:56 (EST)
    Name: Rulon -- Email:
  • Simon,

    Hang in there, buddy! Don't let it get you down. There are a lot of people hoping and praying for your success. I'm just one of many!


    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 18:33:24 (EST)
    Name: Ruth Ann & John -- Email:
    Location: Ratingen, Germany
  • Dear Simon:
    Here is a riddle Noah likes to tell:
    Q: What do you call a fish with no eyes?
    A: A Fsh-sh-sh
    Q: What do you call a fish with 2 eyes?
    A: A fishi!!! (pronounce fishy)

    Here's a little song we like here in Germany. Maybe you've heard it before?
    Haenschen klein, geht allein in die weite Welt hinein.
    Stock und hut, steht ihm gut, er ist wohl gemut.
    Aber Mutter weinet sehr, hat ja nun kein Haenschen mehr.
    Da besinnt, sich das Kind. Kehrt nach Haus geschwind.

    This is a finger-play we like to do when a "tickle" is in order. Someone's fingers "walk up" your arm and then tickle under your chin while they say --
    (fingers start walking)
    Kommt ein Maeuslein
    Kriecht in Haeuslein
    Was will's suchen?
    Kaesekuchen, Kaesekuchen, Kaesekuchen! (fingers start tickling with the first "Kaesekuchen"!)

    We're routing for YOU, SIMON! You're our Gold Medal guy!

    -Ruth Ann, John, Noah & Isaac

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 14:32:03 (EST)
    Name: Jim Olson -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • HiSimon,

    I'm Sarah and Amy's dad. I like your stories & messages! Sarah is at dance class right now and Amy is dressed up for a "summer party" even though it's gray & rainy in Seattle. She's singing song's from Cinderella. Later today, I'm taking the girls to Vertical World, which is a climbing gym - a place where kids can climb the walls all the way up to a very high ceiling. Sally is at a church retreat. I hope you, Miriam, your mom & dad and grandparents are all having fun. All my love, Jim

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 12:35:57 (EST)
    Name: Leon
    Location: Los Angeles, CA US
  • Simon - you have a lot of friends and familiy all over the world who care about you. We all hope you get better soon.

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 12:24:22 (EST)
    Name: Eugene -- Email:
    Location: New York, NY USA
  • Simon,

    I wanted to wish you all of the best from New York City. I am a friend of Sid's and he told me that you are a brave and courageous fighter. All I can say is that we're all praying for you and as hard as it may be, try and keep fighting. I really believe the only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves. People like you are the true heroes in this world!

    All the best from the Big Apple!


    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 08:50:55 (EST)
    Name: Chad -- Email:
    Location: Norcross, GA USA
  • Hey Simon, hang in there buddy. I know it's very hard for you but there are a lot of people pulling for you and hoping you get better. You're braver at 4 years old than most people who are adults. Don't give up, we all expect to see a full recovery.

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 07:18:17 (EST)
    Name: Mark -- Email:
  • Hi Simon. When I was little I spent a lot of time in the hospital and with doctors too. Keep your spirits up and get well soon. There are many people thinking about you and your family now.

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 07:14:54 (EST)
    Name: Reuben M. Adkins -- Email:
    Location: Lincoln, Nebraska USA
  • I found out about you on the Fender Discussion Page and I had to send you a note. Hang in there little guy and don't give up hope. You can beat this.

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 00:59:53 (EST)
    Name: Mark From Hawaii
  • Aloha Simon,

    My kids Kuulei and Kaipo want to say something to you:

    Please get better soon. We live in Hawaii where it is nice and warm. I hope you're nice and warm where you are. Hang in there, buddy!

    Aloha from Hawaii,
    Kuulei (age 7), Kaipo (age 5), and our Daddy

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 00:45:27 (EST)
    Name: Richard
    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Hi Simon,
    I heard about you from one of your friends at the Fender Forum. Reading some of the other messages, it seems you have a lot of friends all over. I hope and pray that you will get well soon.
    I've never met you, but you are a real special kid. Hang in there.

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 00:25:23 (EST)
    Name: Richard -- Email:
    Location: LA, CA USA
  • Hi Simon!
    I heard about you at the PRS guitar forum.You are a very special boy who has many, many friends. Even though I have never met you, I sure do like you!I will visit you soon.

    Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 00:20:25 (EST)
    Name: Ken
    Location: Rio Rancho, New Mexico USA
  • Simon, there are many, many grown-ups in this world who could learn from your grace and courage. Keep up the good fight, little gentleman, and all our thoughts are with you.

    Mit herzliche Grüsse und nur die beste Wünsche,


    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 23:57:50 (EST)
    Name: Charlie -- Email:
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL. USA
  • Hi Simon, There are many all over the world, that will be praying for you.You have the Love of many people coming together to ask The Lord, for His perfect will to be done. For you to be healed. Keep smiling Simon, for God loves you and so do we. :-)

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 23:54:55 (EST)
    Name: Michael-Anthony Smith -- Email:
    Location: Elizabethtown , Pennsylvania USA
  • Hi Simon,

    One of your many friends put up a note on a message board, kind of like this one and told us about you. I hope (along with everybody else) that you feel better soon. I'm glad I got to learn about you, I'll be checking into your site to see how you are. I hope to read that you are doing great! Hang in there buddy!

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 23:31:51 (EST)
    Name: Geoffrey -- Email:
    Location: Reading, MA USA
  • Howdy Simon!
    Just found out about your site and decided to pay a little visit - and say 'hi!'. I'm hoping all is going well at the moment for you and your family. You look like a real fighter - a guy who knows how to 'hang in there'. I'm going to keep you in my heart and talk to my sons about you and your courage (I have 2 - Sam, 12, and Max, 9). They will be very inspired - just as I am. Take care - hug your parents and other family members a lot (they need it as much as you do). God bless you.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 23:00:58 (EST)
    Name: Jason -- Email:
    Location: Salt Lake, Utah USA
  • Hi, Simon
    I really enjoyed reading your little quotes and seeing your pictures on your website. You are a good-looking kid and have a great sense of humor. Thanks for sharing!
    You have a lot of people around you that love you very much as well as a lot of people you will never meet. Stay brave, little buddy, and get well soon!

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 21:54:36 (EST)
    Name: Sally Olson
    Location: Seattle,
  • Hi Simon, your words on Simon Says brought tears to my eyes today. I think you are right about wanting to come back to your mom. You have a pretty wonderful mom. I should know, since I've known her forever. You also have a great Dad and sister!! I really love you guys so much and think about you every day.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 21:37:28 (EST)
    Name: Chuck
    Location: , NY
  • Hi Simon,

    I heard about you on the Peavey Forum. You're a tough little guy and everyone is pulling for you!

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 19:42:50 (EST)
    Name: Matt
    Location: Celina, OH USA
  • Hello Simon, I read about you on the Peavey forum. I have two girls, 10 and 2.You're a brave little one and our prayers are with you.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 19:38:38 (EST)
    Name: Matt
    Location: Celina, OH USA
  • Hello Simon,

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 19:30:58 (EST)
    Name: Mike
    Location: Ft. Wayne , IN U.S.A.
  • I read about you message board on the Fender Forum and thought I stop by and say Hi and Good Luck! Hope you're feeling better soon!

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 17:34:33 (EST)
    Name: Richard -- Email:
    Location: Montreal, Quebec Canada
  • Hello,
    I read about this site on the Fender Forum, a discussion page for Fender musical people and instruments. A person named Crash wrote about this site. I just want to say good luck and hope things get better quickly. I just read about the 20th of February. Did not sound like a good time these days.
    I am in Montreal, Canada.

    Bye for now and good luck.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 17:08:45 (EST)
    Name: Joseph -- Email:
    Location: Dulac, Lousiania U.S.
  • Dear Simon. Sid let us know about you,at the peavy forums. I just wanted to say hello. I have a son two years younger than you. And I can only hope he is as brave as you. I just want you to know you'll be in my prayers. Sometimes a smile and hope are best assets in bad times. God bless you.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 16:52:08 (EST)
    Name: Robin F. -- Email:
    Location: Hampton, VA USA
  • Simon, I'm a friend of Sid's too. I have two children. Eric who is 10, and Kristin who is 7. I love your website, my favorite pages are "Simon Says" and the Photo Gallery.

    You are a very brave young man and I'm pleased to see that you are doing so well fighting this terrible sickness. My family and I will be praying for you.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 16:31:20 (EST)
    Name: Jack Hamilton -- Email:
    Location: Chelmsford, MA USA
  • Hi Simon!!

    If you visit the website up above you can see some pictures of my dogs. They're Rhodesian Ridgeback Hounds. The pictures on the opening page of the site are of Zappa and Chunga, my two dogs. The rest of the site is full of pictures of their cousins and parents.

    Have fun!


    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 15:18:07 (EST)
    Name: James Dawson -- Email:
    Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina USA
  • Hi Simon,

    I am another friend of Sid's and wanted to stop by and say hello. I hope you are feeling better and I wanted you to know that a lot of us are pulling for you and can't wait until you are better!


    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 15:04:42 (EST)
    Name: Robert Bigler -- Email:
    Location: san antonio, texas usa
  • Hi Simon,
    I went outside today. It is a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the air is warm. The birds are singing in the trees. It is a perfect day. I think I will name this day, Simon.
    Your Friend,

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 14:22:35 (EST)
    Location: SIMI VALLEY , CA US OF A
  • Hi Simon Prayers headed your way Bud. Hang in their God 's watching over you and the Angles too.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 14:14:42 (EST)
    Name: Hugh Ochoa -- Email:
    Location: Saugerties, NY USA
  • Hey buddy, I hope you find the courage to keep your chin up and fight a good fight. You are on our minds!

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 13:39:42 (EST)
    Name: Jerry Silva -- Email:
    Location: Humble, Tx USA
  • Hey there little buddy. You sure are a cute little fella! I heard from Sid that you aren't feeling well these days. All I can say is hold your head up and you'll pull through. Always remember the words from one of my favorite songs ..."Jesus loves the little children"...

    I hope to read some good new from you soon, you are in my prayers.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 13:31:14 (EST)
    Name: Jeff -- Email:
    Location: Nitro, WV USA
  • Hey Simon...hang in there buddy.


    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 11:34:13 (EST)
    Name: Mike Miller -- Email:
    Location: Roseville, MI USA
  • Hey Simon ! Your good friend Sid told me about you. I hang out over at the Paul Reed Smith guitar forum too. I heard your not feeling so good these days. I just wanted to tell you to hang in there. Stay strong and you'll be feelin' better soon.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 11:34:05 (EST)
    Name: Mike -- Email:
    Location: Roseville, MI USA
  • Hey Simon ! Your good friend Sid told me about you. I hang out over at the Paul Reed Smith guitar forum too. I heard your not feeling so good these days. I just wanted to tell you to hang in there. Stay strong and you'll be feelin' better soon.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 10:48:45 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hello Simon, I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling so good this week. Last night I went to a performance at the Power Center called SamulNori, of Korean chanting, drumming and dancing. At the beginning of the show they had a special prayer song called a Binari.Audience members were invited to the altar on the stage with their prayers. I went up and lit some incense and said a special prayer for you. The altar was so beautiful with candles, fruits and treats. I hope you start to feel better soon. I am loving you. Gari

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 09:24:34 (EST)
    Name: Jose Marotta -- Email:
    Location: Tampa, FL USA
  • Hello Simon,
    A friend from our PRS guitar forum told us about you and the fact that you are going through a tough time in your life. From the pictures you look like a cheerful young man that is full of energy. I am sure you are going to be fine. Think about the things you like and before you know it, you will be out of it.
    Take care of yourself. We are praying for you.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 08:32:40 (EST)
    Name: John Planck -- Email:
    Location: Canton, MI USA
  • Hi Simon. I'm a dad and I have a boy who is 5 years old. I bet he likes a lot of the same things you do. Recently we have been trying to look at the moon and stars with a telescope his grandma and grandpa got him. Sometimes there are too many clouds in the night sky to see anything. But we got our first glimpse of the moon just a couple days ago. It actually has all kinds of bumps and holes called craters. We also like BattleBots! Have you ever seen them on TV? People build robots and race each other to get through mazes and other hard stuff. Then in the end, the two best robots fight each other until there is one winner. We buold our own battle bots with lego's and have our own races and battles.

    If you have a chance, next time your outside or out your window take a good look at the moon. There is alot of stuff there that you can't see but it is there, mountains and craters. Good Luck Simon!

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 08:29:55 (EST)
    Name: Dan Thrash -- Email:
    Location: harleysville, pa usa
  • hey simon,
    your friend sid told many of us about you. it is heartbreaking to hear that a cool little guy like you has to go through this. hang in there buddy, we are all praying for you.


    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 08:28:13 (EST)
    Name: Dan Thrash -- Email:
    Location: harleysville, pa usa
  • hey simon,
    your friend sid told us about you. its heartbreaking to see a cool little guy like you go through this. hang in there buddy, we are all praying for you.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 04:40:31 (EST)
    Name: James Andrews -- Email:
    Location: Sycamore , Ga USA
  • Hey Simon,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you and I hope you feel better soon. You are a cool little guy, and I hate to see you sick. I hope you get better with great quickness.

    In my prayers,

    James Andrews

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 02:39:46 (EST)
    Name: Kevin (Pumaman) -- Email:
    Location: Gresham, Oregon USA
  • Hey there Simon. My name is Kevin or "Pumaman" on that Paul Reed Smith guitar forum that your friend Sid is a member of. Sid tells us you are having a pretty rough time these days. I just wanted to tell you to hang tough buddy. I know it's not easy.But I'll bet you are doing a good job of it. Very cool website by the way. Here is a link to my site so you can see who I am: Hope you like it.
    You get better soon little man.

    Friday, February 22, 2002 -- 02:21:37 (EST)
    Name: Nigel -- Email:
    Location: Mill Valley, CA USA
  • Hi Simon - I'm sorry to hear that you got sick. I hope you get better real soon. Hey, I've got another joke for you. What do dogs eat at the movie theater? Pup-cakes. Wheee! I hope you feel better, Simon.

    Thursday, February 21, 2002 -- 22:30:19 (EST)
    Name: Bill Hendricks -- Email:
    Location: Carrollton, Texas USA
  • Hi, Simon,
    My name is Bill and I live in Texas. Nope-I don't have a horse. However, I have two dogs named Bitsy and Daisy. Maybe I'll send you a picture of them. They will make you smile. I hope you believe in miracles because I know there are miracles out there for everyone. A few years ago, my little girl was very very sick because her heart was not working well. God smiled on our family and helped us find a new heart for her and she is now 22 years old and doing well. I pray you will be getting better soon. Take care.

    Thursday, February 21, 2002 -- 22:19:57 (EST)
    Name: George -- Email:
    Location: Washington, DC
  • Hi, Simon! I see you have a lot of friends here -- that's great. Do you know what a duck's favorite food is? Quackers! My daughter loves that joke.

    I sure hope you get well soon!

    Thursday, February 21, 2002 -- 21:22:00 (EST)
    Name: SimonR -- Email:
    Location: Perth, Australia
  • Hey Simon!
    With a name like that you must be a pretty cool dude! So I thought I'd drop by and say hi and that I hope you get better real soon!
    YOur friend Sid psoted a link to your website on a discussion page for Paul Reed Smith guitars...that's how I found you. Great looking site by the way - fitting for a good looking fella such as yourself.
    Take care, and get better soon!

    Thursday, February 21, 2002 -- 19:48:56 (EST)
    Name: annette
    Location: oakland, ca
  • simon & mariam,

    I was looking at your web site and saw through the links that it's 30 degrees there right now. Thought I'd send you a bit of California Sunshine. We had rain and now a beautiful warm sunny sping day. The flowers are out on the plum trees, and the tulip magnolias and some daffadils are showing their heads. Thought you and your family could use some spring. Hope you are feeling stronger tomorrow and not having to use the "just in case bucket". We love you!!!!
    My parents Rowan's Amma and Papa took off today on a big airplane back to China where we last saw your Nana and Grandpa Norm. It's so far away but when you know people there is feels close. Rowan sends you his kind of kisses...his favorite is stiking his nose in your ear. We also do eskimo kisses rubbing our noses together, and butterfly kisses with our eyelashes and my favorite rubbing our cheeks together. Try them. What's your favorite?

    love the Calif. Williams'

    Thursday, February 21, 2002 -- 16:40:02 (EST)
    Name: Gretchen Weir -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon: I used the Internet to look for your site today. I wanted to see how you are doing. I think of you and your family alot. Anyway, I looked for Simon's World instead of Simon's Place and I found a REALLY neat site about sand sculpture. It has pictures and explains how it is done. I think you might like it. Simon must be a very special name to have!
    Cheers to you!

    Thursday, February 21, 2002 -- 16:40:02 (EST)
    Name: Gretchen Weir -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon: I used the Internet to look for your site today. I wanted to see how you are doing. I think of you and your family alot. Anyway, I looked for Simon's World instead of Simon's Place and I found a REALLY neat site about sand sculpture. It has pictures and explains how it is done. I think you might like it. Simon must be a very special name to have!
    Cheers to you!

    Thursday, February 21, 2002 -- 12:44:49 (EST)
    Name: Karen Zaruba -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Simon, I'm so glad I have you to share these jokes with! My son, Kirk, is too little to understand jokes. The funny thing is, my husband (who is old enough to understand them) doesn't laugh either. Hmm. Anyway, here goes:

    Q. Why don't dinosaurs drive cars?
    A. Too many tyraunosaurus rex!

    Q. What's brown and sticky?
    A. A Stick!

    Hope you start feeling better. I hate throwing up, myself. Though I must say, if I had to throw up anything, I'd choose bananas. They're slippery coming back up!

    Wednesday, February 20, 2002 -- 01:17:20 (EST)
    Name: Courtney Gross -- Email:
    Location: Midland, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon!
    This is Andre's Aunt again. I just wanted to write a short note to tell you that I thought of you today and all the time. Stay strong!

    Tuesday, February 19, 2002 -- 19:44:01 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Dear Simon, I just wrote you,but am not sure if it went through so if this comes in twice, I apologize. I had this dream last night about you. All of your sick cells had wings and were flying away and new healthy cells were marching in to save the day. Miriam came to music class today and was especially musical. I think she was singing and dancing for both of you. Do you know why the woman threw the clock out of the window??? To see time fly!...I hope I get to see you soon. Maybe you will feel like coming to music class one day soon. Much love, Gari

    Monday, February 18, 2002 -- 19:49:05 (EST)
    Name: Sid Sharma -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon,
    it was nice to meet you and Miriam, and your Mom amd Dad sunday. Sorry you were not feeling well. Hopefully, you are better now. You are one tough and strong and smart fella and you will get well soon.

    Monday, February 18, 2002 -- 17:28:54 (EST)
    Name: Georg -- Email:
    Location: Graz, Austria
  • Hallo Simon, Miriam, Mary und Markus!
    Vielen Dank für diese liebevolle Website, Isabella und ich besuchen sie so oft es geht und sind so immer am laufenden - eine gute Sache!
    Hoffentlich können wir Euch alle 4 bald mal live erleben und nicht nur am Bildschirm - wie wir uns das letzte mal gesehen haben war Simon noch ein Baby, vielleicht gerade mal 60 cm groß... kaum vorstellbar, nicht?
    Wir denken ganz oft an Euch und wünschen Euch allen alles, alles Gute, besonders natürlich Dir, lieber Simon - halt die Ohren steif!
    Liebe Grüße von Deinem (was bin ich eigentlich? Großcousin oder so was ähnliches?)

    Monday, February 18, 2002 -- 16:57:32 (EST)
    Name: Deborah Orlowski -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon!
    I just wanted to stop in and say hi. I'm afraid I don't have any more silly cat stories right now. : (

    Did you watch the Olympics when you got home from the hospital? Do you like any winter sports? Did you see the speed skaters? 5 guys went out to race. One guy fell and then one guy tried to cheat and pull down the guy from the U.S. He made three of them fall. The guy from Australia was way in the back but because everyone else had fallen, he skated over the line first and won a medal! He was so happy. I guess he was teaching us to just keep on trying. (Oh, and the guy who tried to cheat was punished and the other two guys won medals too. So it isn't a good thing to cheat.)

    Don't you love the sun today?

    I hope you're feeling better than you were last week. I think about you every day and keep you in my prayers.

    Talk to you again soon, Simon. : )

    Monday, February 18, 2002 -- 08:48:49 (EST)
    Name: Nancy Mayer -- Email:
    Location: Den Haag, The Netherlands
  • Hi Simon,
    I'm a friend of your mommy's from Oberlin...we used to sing together. I hope you're finding some good foods to eat that will stay in your tummy! I think the things you say are very smart and very funny. I wish I could meet you sometime! I live in the Netherlands with my husband and my 8 week old daughter, Claire Ellen. I come from Detroit, which is very near to where you live. I hope I'll get to see you in Michigan!

    Love, Nancy

    Sunday, February 17, 2002 -- 23:53:06 (EST)
    Name: Judy & Larry -- Email:
    Location: Hubbard, Ohio USA
  • Hi Simon
    Just wanted you to know that we think of you a lot. Porter Cummins is our grandson. Did you know he has a baby sister Julia now? She is 2 months old. Maybe you'll see her with Porter and his Mom out at the swings or the sandbox this Spring.
    Do you like Scooby-doo? Porter likes him a lot.
    We'll be thinkin of ya
    Porter's Nana and Papa

    Sunday, February 17, 2002 -- 10:07:14 (EST)
    Name: Les -- Email:
    Location: Kingston, Ontario Canada
  • Hi Simon

    I loved your website, and especially the pictures of you and of all the animals. I hope you are feeling better soon!


    Saturday, February 16, 2002 -- 23:46:54 (EST)
    Name: Brian Nassar -- Email:
    Location: Warren, MI
  • Hi Simon, I am great friends with Sid, and a friend of Sid's is a friend of mine! I like all your pictures on your site!

    With love,


    Saturday, February 16, 2002 -- 11:08:03 (EST)
    Name: Amy -- Email:
    Location: Seattle,
  • Hi Simon! Why did the beaver swim over the lily pads? Because it wanted to eat them!!
    Bye, bye. See you later.
    Love, Amy

    Saturday, February 16, 2002 -- 10:41:43 (EST)
    Name: Andre Gross-Fasheun -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Simon!
    I am glad you are home. I wish I didn't have strep throat so we could watch a movie together. I am getting better. Maybe we can play soon. Do you like this joke?

    Q. What vegetable do bugs try to avoid?
    A. Squash!

    Tell Miriam that joke. Goodbye. Love Andre (& Lindsay)

    Friday, February 15, 2002 -- 19:48:52 (EST)
    Name: Jenenne and Tyree -- Email:
    Location: Detroit, MI USA
  • Hey Simon,

    We heard you've been a bit under the weather. Well we just want to say that Tyree, Jenenne and all of the Kids of Heidelberg send you lots of kisses and love. We saw that you have been wearing your Heidelberg Tee Shirt in the photo gallery and that was really cool. We'll write again very soon.

    Thursday, February 14, 2002 -- 03:04:59 (EST)
    Name: Lisa Korenko -- Email:
    Location: Lompoc, CA USA
  • Hi Simon, my daughter, Justina, could be related to you and your sister. She has the same beautiful curly hair as you do/did. And she also had the beautiful "Mr/MS Clean" head. Next month will mark the five years since Justina was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She had a rare form of NB because it triggered an autoimmune diseased called opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome. Can you pronunciate that? We just call it OMS. I bet you could make a funny rhyme with the words opsoclonus and myoclonus. Anyways... she went through the chemo shuffle and had a BMT at a place called City of Hope. Pretty appropriate name if you ask me. Although, you don't have to be at any one place to be filled with hope. With every breath we breathe, with every kiss we blow, with every wink we wink we express the hope that life is in progress and we are ALIVE. Simon, I send you cyber hugs and healing hope. Marion, I send you the strength to be the greatest cheerleader and the holder of the flame. Justina's brother and sister often wondered where their place was in this new routine. They wondered why Justina got so many presents, toys, and attention. It was very hard for them. I let them know that they were worth much more than all the letters and toys in the world. They understood that we all wished that we'd get a guarenteed cure in one of those packages and we realistically knew that each day we lived, smiled and said, "I love you"... we recieved that cure. Not a guarentee but, just a cure for THAT DAY. You Marion are best present and healing energy that you can give your brother.
    Rub that lovely head for me and know that strangers ahead of the game are cheering you on.
    peace and bless be,
    The Korenko Family

    Wednesday, February 13, 2002 -- 23:56:43 (EST)
    Name: Sid -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Mi USA
  • Hi Simon,
    You should have surprise waiting for you when you get home from the Hospital. I will drop it of at your Mom's office tommorow.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2002 -- 23:37:32 (EST)
    Name: Sally Olson
    Location: Seattle,
  • Here's one of Sarah's old favorite jokes:
    Why does the seagull fly over the sea?
    Because if it flew over the bay it would be a bagel!
    I wanted you to know that Amy and Sarah's Grandma Alice (not the one you know in Oberlin, but their other grandma) told me that she's been praying for you every night and will keep on praying for you! I have always admired how faithfully she prays for people, and I wanted you to know about her and her good thoughts and wishes for you!!
    We love you and Miriam and your Mom and Dad very much. Hope you're all feeling well now, including Mommy!
    Love, Sally

    Wednesday, February 13, 2002 -- 22:24:53 (EST)
    Name: Madi -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Hi Simon,
    "I really like you and Miriam and your mom and dad" "I like looking at your pictures" "I'm going to look at your pictures again RIGHT NOW"

    love, Madi

    Wednesday, February 13, 2002 -- 22:19:13 (EST)
    Name: lexi -- Email:
    Location: Seatlle, WA
  • Hi Simon,
    "Why did the tiger cross the street. . .? because he needed to go to the bathroom."
    "Happy Valentines Day my little sweetie"

    "love Lex, Lex"

    Wednesday, February 13, 2002 -- 09:43:55 (EST)
    Name: Sally Hennessy -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi guys!
    Since Alan's doing occassional work at Linda's, he's enjoying news, info and glimpses of very happy and playful Simon. Lots and lots of love and hugs to you this Valentine's Day! Smiles to you all! Sally, Alan, Nathan and Hannah

    Wednesday, February 13, 2002 -- 08:51:45 (EST)
    Name: Ian Reed Twiss -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Dear Simon and family--

    What a wonderful web site you have, and what blessings of love from all the people who care about you. Please know that our voices are there too, among this great choir singing for your strength and health.

    How does an elephant hide in a strawberry patch? By painting his toenails red!

    Ian, Nan, Adrian, Miranda and Baby Devon

    Tuesday, February 12, 2002 -- 23:05:24 (EST)
    Name: Liza Burger -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi Simon,
    Mike said you might want to check out a website about birds that we just discovered. It's, and it has some neat stuff on it. Jolan and Jenna like to do the virtual owl pellet dissection the best!
    Hope your week is going well. Hugs to you, your mom and dad, and Miriam.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2002 -- 15:04:30 (EST)
    Name: Mrs. Durkee's class -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon-

    We are some of your friends from Angell School, from Mrs. Durkee's class, and we have some jokes for you.

    What did the interupting cow say? MOO!

    Why was the father centepede sad? Because he needed to buy the kids new shoes!

    What does a boy named Simon like to play the most? Simon Says!

    Why did chicken go to the bank? To get the check!!!

    What animal has to crawl 12 times to go one foot? An inch worm!

    We hope you will come to Angell School for Kindergarten next year! We hope you feel better soon. We're busy making something for you that we hope will put a smile on your face!

    Love Love,

    Mrs. Durkee's class

    Tuesday, February 12, 2002 -- 01:20:11 (EST)
    Name: Annemarie Toebosch -- Email:
    Location: Chicago, IL USA
  • Hey Simon,
    What's the difference between a teacher and a train? A teacher tells you to spit out your gum and a train tells you CHEW CHEW!
    It's me Annemarie again, I send you a message a few weeks ago with the wild animal rescue website. I've been thinking a lot about you and reading your website often. I will send tons of good thoughts your way again for the next chemo! And please give a kiss to your parents and Miriam from me.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2002 -- 00:08:34 (EST)
    Name: Deidre Browne-Gargasz -- Email:
    Location: Lorain, Ohio USA
  • Dear Simon,

    You may not remember me but I was your Sunday school teacher at Christmas time when you were visiting your Grandparents in Oberlin. I went to High school with your mommy and your uncle David. Ialso have a little boy by the name of Dylan who is a little bit younger than you. I think that the two of you played together in the big house in the sunday school room. Anyway Dylan and I were thinking about you the other day, He wanted to know why you were sick and what could be done about it. Dylan has a condition called IgA deficiency. What this means is that he doesn't havr the good blood cells to fight off infections and so he gets really sick quite often, especially in the winter. He was just in the hospital for severe dehydration during the time you were having your last treatments. He goes to a special hospital once a month for them to give him a special medicine to help fight the nasty bad germs. He asked his doctor if this would work for you because he didn't want anybody else to be sick. When his doctor told him that this medicine was made especially for him he said he'd be willing to share it with you so that you could come back and play with him soon. We know that what Dylan goes through is relatively simple compared but we wanted you to know that there is another little person out here rooting for your recovery. By the way Dylans' favorite joke is: Why did the Easter Bunny cross the road?... Because the chicken took her eggs. Give our love and thoughts to your parents and Miriam hope you feel better soon, love Deidre, Bruce, Andrea, Bryan, Dylan, and Tyler Gargasz.

    Monday, February 11, 2002 -- 19:28:16 (EST)
    Name: Jane Stepnitz
  • Simon, it was great to see you Sunday at the Love of Music Festival. I hope you had lots of fun!! Did you get to try any instruments, like the violin? Abbey, Katie and I all tried one for the very first time. It was neat! It was fun to see Gari there too! What was your favorite thing?
    We hope that the medicine you will get this week helps you get better and that you feel good. We are thinking about you a lot. Love, Jane, Abbey and Katie Stepnitz (and Eric, Abbey's dad!)

    Monday, February 11, 2002 -- 19:09:10 (EST)
    Name: Jan Erb -- Email:
    Location: Yarmouthport, MA Barnstable
  • We're Andre's great grandparents. Simon is in our thoughts and prayers for his return to good health. Mandy and Poppop Erb

    Monday, February 11, 2002 -- 18:18:43 (EST)
    Name: Annette Williams -- Email:
    Location: Oakland, , CA
  • Simon,

    Been thinking about you does it feel funny to have so many people thinking about you. Can you feel warm fuzzies on your body from all the good thoughts. Rowan and I heard a funny joke this weekend from a 4 year old friend of his. Q: Why did the cookie go to the hospital? A: She was feeling kind of crummy. :)
    You are a real trooper, the red white and blue machine sounded kind of cool. I thought your Mom was going to make some kind of patriotic joke, missed her chance. All the information is wonderful. Makes us all feel so much more connected to what you are going through. Hope your chemo today goes well. WE ALL LOVE YOU AND MARIAM HERE IN OAKLAND, EVEN KOFI AND ROWANS's AMMA AND PAPA WIRE WHO ARE VISITING FROM CHINA. We will celebrate Chinese New Years this week and think about you in the New Year of the Horse.
    Rowan is going to be in a Chinese New Year's play on Valentines Day. He is going to be the rat. What animal would you like to be? love ya, the Oakland Williams

    Monday, February 11, 2002 -- 14:50:18 (EST)
    Name: Lawrie Williams -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Boy, what a good big brother you are--taking care of that "crazy girl Miriam" when your mom and dad are busy. I know you start up another round of treatment today. Maybe sometime during your treatment you can close your eyes and imagine Curt,Madi,Lexi, me and our dog Jethro all loving you and thinking about you and sending you tons and tons of imaginary "WARM FUZZIES"--they might be soft and fluffy and yellow and orange and friendly and maybe they can float and maybe they are huggable and squishy and funny and maybe a little bit crazy.

    WE LOVE YOU, Lawrie, Curt, Madi and Lexi

    Monday, February 11, 2002 -- 14:02:46 (EST)
    Name: Sally -- Email:
    Location: Seattle,
  • Hi guys! I am always so glad to read "what's happening". Glad you got through the stem cell business ok. Now my thoughts are with you during this week of chemo.
    Wow, I didn't know Simon was into jokes (well, I could have guessed!). We recently got a Valentine's joke book and one of my favorites is:
    Who did the monster take to the Valentines Dance? His goulfriend!
    Lots of love, Sally

    Sunday, February 10, 2002 -- 20:19:40 (EST)
    Name: rebecca, randy, emma & schuyler -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OHIO USA
  • Ahoy, Simon! Here's a little ditty we wrote for you:

    Hip a diddle diddle
    turtles do a wiggle
    crickets jump, frogs flop
    worms crawl, and bunnies hop
    all on their way
    to say
    good things are coming...
    Simon's way!

    we love you, buddy.
    Kisses to your mommy, daddy & sister.
    Schuyler, Emma, Randy & Rebecca

    Sunday, February 10, 2002 -- 19:18:18 (EST)
    Name: Nancy -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon!
    Thinking about you all the time. Hoping you've gotten your postcards from Vermont by now :) I miss your mom at work but I figure the best thing I can do for her right now is keep things going while she is away! I miss your surprise visits (after the library) to my office. (and the candy machine!) All of us at the office (Kristy, Devon, and Zubin and I) are hoping to come see you soon. (with presents!)

    Until then... be well... and draw a lot! Art heals all souls.
    With love, Nancy

    Sunday, February 10, 2002 -- 18:57:20 (EST)
    Name: Liza Burger -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi Simon,
    Here's a joke for you that our 5 year old neighbor shared with us yesterday:
    "Where did all the cows go on vacation from the country?"
    "To MOO York City!"
    Jolan celebrated her 7th birthday yesterday, and instead of cake, she decided to have make-your-own ice cream sundaes with her friends.
    Please know that we're thinking of you and saying a special prayer that your week goes well.
    Liza, Mike, Jolan and Jenna

    Sunday, February 10, 2002 -- 18:54:37 (EST)
    Name: Lee Williams -- Email:
  • Simon, Mary and Markus,

    Sunday, February 10, 2002 -- 17:05:28 (EST)
    Name: Diane & John Logan -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
  • Dear Simon, We are thinking of you often and are looking forward to seeing you up at Crystal Lake so you can go swimming. We want to get up to see you in your room in the hospital, but we have to find out from you Mom and Dad just when we can. When your Grandmother Ann comes up to see you she might stay with us or even with your grandfather Norm. We really enjoy keeping informed about you with the excellent coverage by both your mother and father. Please say hello to both your mother and father and just tell them to call us when they need some help. We know you are a real trooper and are being real brave in all the things you are having done. We love you and know you are getting better. It is fun reading all the messages that your friends and cousins are sending you. They all care about you very much and just know that you will be back playing with them in no time.
    John and Diane Logan

    Saturday, February 09, 2002 -- 13:08:59 (EST)
    Name: jane bishop -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon, and all...Just checking in to see how you're doing. I loved looking at all the new (great) pictures on that jazzy photo gallery page. Good job, Dad!
    And Mom really knows how to tell us all what's happening...(ever think of entering the scientific writing field??)
    It's good to know the doctors are taking good care of you, and I'll be thinking of you next week when you go back to the hospital. Say "hi" to Miriam for me, and Gran and Grandad when they come again. Love and hugs, Jane Bishop

    Saturday, February 09, 2002 -- 10:59:32 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, I was so happy to see you last night at the Children of Uganda concert. Wasn't it loud??? But oh, so much fun. I especially liked the really big drums and the giant xylophone.I hope you are getting a chance to enjoy this Spring weather we are having and that you will be able to come to music class sometime soon. Sending you much love always, Gari

    Friday, February 08, 2002 -- 23:51:00 (EST)
    Name: Mary Craig -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi everybody!

    It's always fun to check in on this message board (even if the kids are asleep and it's just me...) We appreciate all the good thoughts and vigilance of those of you keeping up with us. Sometimes it's hard to find the moment we need to add new material, but we eventually get around to it. I seem to get to "What's Happening" and "Simon Says" once or twice per week. Markus works on adding photos from time to time.

    Keep the good suggestions coming. Also, Simon has really enjoyed the jokes (he's a pretty wry guy), so keep them coming, too!

    Here's one of our favorites, sent via regular mail by Kris Hopkins and family (the joke is attributed to her 7-year-old son).

    What's black and white and black and white and green?

    [Two zebras fighting over a pickle!]

    Simon has had fun learning to tell that one, and creating numerous variations. In fact, *I* have had fun telling that one to *my* friends, too!

    It is amazing to be on the receiving end of so much love, compassion, and concern. I find myself wishing we could all be this engaged with one another all the time! So, keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and spread your warm energies to others in your lives as well. It feels REALLY good to be so cared for!

    Friday, February 08, 2002 -- 10:28:10 (EST)
    Name: Anne Gross -- Email:
    Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia USA
  • Hi, Simon...

    I've known your mom for more years than we will say out loud, since we sang together in college. She made me a really beautiful blue dress to wear when I sang. You have a wonderful mom and dad and I know they love you very much.

    I wanted you to know that I think about you a lot, even though you don't really know me, and I'm praying for you to feel better and get well. I really like your website...I like seeing your favorites and hearing how you're doing. Here's a hug from me...did you get it? Good!

    Thursday, February 07, 2002 -- 14:49:50 (EST)
    Name: Katrina Zook -- Email:
    Location: Laramie, Wyoming USA
  • Hi Simon,
    I'm a friend of your mom's from Oberlin College. We sang together many times. I was born in Ann Arbor and I hope you like living there! I think you're a strong and brave young man to be doing so well after your treatments. I'll be thinking about you and hope you continue to get better! Sincerely, Katrina in Wyoming (do you know where Wyoming is?)

    Thursday, February 07, 2002 -- 10:08:48 (EST)
    Name: Tatiana Pocsatko -- Email:
    Location: Saline, MI USA
  • Hi, Simon.
    I have been thinking a lot about you and all the stem cells harvest. I think it is fantastic the way that scientists are working on ways to eliminate "rebelious" cells from our bodies. Go for it, tough boy!
    I hope by now all the 170 million stem cells were collected, and that very soon all the "rebelious" cells will be magnetaized out of your blood, and OUT OF YOU!
    Simon, above all, have faith and be brave. God is with you!
    Say "Hi" to Miriam.

    Thursday, February 07, 2002 -- 08:43:18 (EST)
    Name: Kate Mendeloff -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI US
  • Hi Simon-
    I am a friend of your mom. I direct plays. Do you remember the *Midsummer Night's Dream* play in the Arb? I did that one. I am going to do it again and maybe you and Miriam can be fairies!

    I am glad that the balls are getting smaller and that you are doing such a good job of getting better! I will be thinking of you and your family and checking for news on your cool website!

    Love- Kate

    Wednesday, February 06, 2002 -- 22:48:52 (EST)
    Name: Jenni Gretzema -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Mi United States
  • Hi Simon,

    I love your site. Your "Simon Says" page is so're a pretty funny guy who has a lot to say! I really enjoy spending time with you and your family when you are on the 7th floor.
    Sending you smiles....
    Jenni Gretzema, child life :-)

    Wednesday, February 06, 2002 -- 12:45:42 (EST)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • Hi, Simon! This is a message from my daughter Laura, who's just your age: "We have to say 'my new friend Simon' when we pray, so God will know *which* Simon to help. And when my new friend Simon is all better, I want him to come to my house to play in my camp-out with me [card table with sheets over it, to make a tent for indoor 'camping'], OK, Mom?"

    Mom says: "Sounds good to me!"

    So when you're feeling better, you can ride on over to Upstate New York to join your new friend Laura in her camp-out -- we'll supply the gorp! ;-)

    Say hi to your mom and dad and sister for us, too.


    Kris, Rob, Emily, Danny, and "your new friend Laura" Hopkins

    Wednesday, February 06, 2002 -- 12:24:27 (EST)
    Name: Sally Olson -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
  • Simon, we are all thinking about you LOTS and hoping the procedures go well and don't cause you too much discomfort. We love you!
    Sally, Amy, Sarah, and Jim

    Tuesday, February 05, 2002 -- 23:20:49 (EST)
    Name: Lexi and Madi -- Email:
  • Hi Simon,
    Lexi says, "I love you, I hope you feel better and I love you and Alex, Iree, David, Solana and Nayoni are some of my school friends"

    Madi says,"I want to see you. I don't want you to be sick. I have a Blues Clues bandaid on my forehead. My school friends names are Luke, Maria, Claire, Eli, Colin and Madelyn. I love simon, I love Simon"

    Tuesday, February 05, 2002 -- 22:37:06 (EST)
    Name: Julie Ellison -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Dear Simon:

    We love your web site. Who are we? I'm Julie, I've worked with your Mom since she first arrived at the University and I remember her bringing you to my office when you were first born. We are so sad that you have been sick and we can't wait for you to get better. We're reading about how you are on your web site. Joining me in sending you our love and greetings are my husband, Mark Creekmore, and my son, Peter Creekmore. We think of you and your family all the time.

    Peter is a musician--he plays the jazz flute, and has just started college. He's in the jazz performance program at Rutgers in New Jersey, not far from New York. Sounds like Miriam is quite the budding musician in your family, right?

    My son Peter has ordered a LARGE surprise stuffed animal for you (species to be revealed later) which will appear at your house in the very near future. I will phone to find out when it is convenient.

    We have a new live animal in our lives--a dog. His name is Roscoe. We went to the Humane Society the day after Thanksgiving and brought him home. He is a brindle (sort of tiger striped) boxer with four white paws, a white chest, and a white stripe down his nose that swerves and runs down one side. He has floppy ears and a squished-up face, like a bulldog's. He loves to lick people--it's like being given a bath by someone with a large and very wet washcloth. He ended up in the Humane Society because he was part of a large group of dogs who were treated so badly by their owner that the police arrested him, and saved the dogs. So we got to adopt him.

    It sounds as though your house got through the big ice storm without having any trees fall and without losing electricity. Thank goodness!

    Love from us all to you and your family,

    Julie, Mark, Peter, and Roscoe

    Tuesday, February 05, 2002 -- 17:30:20 (EST)
    Name: Kerimcan Ozcan -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon,

    I am a friend of your daddy's at school. I have known him for 6 years but I never had a chance to meet you. I was sorry to hear about your illness but I am very happy to read that you are making great progress. Just keep up your good spirits. The efforts of a large network of medical experts and the prayers of an international community are with you. Needless to say, you have a wonderful pair of parents too. Get well soon!!!


    Tuesday, February 05, 2002 -- 16:08:49 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, I just wanted to make sure you and your family know about THE LOVE OF MUSIC at WCC this Sunday from 12-5. I hope you are up to coming, it should be a lot of fun with a lot of good music, and I will get a chance to see and hug you in person. Much love always, Gari

    Tuesday, February 05, 2002 -- 12:48:41 (EST)
    Name: Sheryl -- Email:
    Location: Livonia, MI
  • Dear Simon,
    I have to go to the hospital tomorrow for some surgery. My surgery is nothing like yours, but I was worried because I have never been in a hospital before. I keep visiting your web site and seeing how strong you are makes me know that I will be ok. You have no idea what an inspiration you are to so many people. My family and I keep praying for you.
    Love, Sheryl

    Tuesday, February 05, 2002 -- 12:46:23 (EST)
    Name: Sheryl -- Email:
    Location: Livonia, MI
  • Dear Simon,
    I have to go to the hospital tomorrow for some surgery. My surgery is nothing like yours, but I was worried because I have never been in a hospital before. I keep visiting your web site and seeing how brave you are makes me know that I will be ok. You have no idea what an inspiration you are to so many people. My family and I keep praying for you.
    Love, Sheryl

    Tuesday, February 05, 2002 -- 10:01:28 (EST)
    Name: Carole McNamara -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor,
  • Dear Simon,
    I work at the Museum of Art and know your mother. I have met you and Miriam, although you won't remember me. I have visited your website a number of times, and have enjoyed reading updates, hearing about the things you have to say, and love the pictures. It looks like you and Miriam must have had a wonderful time drawing on each other's faces. I think of you and your family often; we'll send all our magic dust in your direction. I'm glad that you love music. Music is like a good friend who is always there to keep you company, cheer you up, and smile back at you. Hugs and squeezes to you all, Carole

    Monday, February 04, 2002 -- 14:06:32 (EST)
    Name: Funny Wolfi -- Email:
    Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Hi Simon!
    Do you remember how you laughed at me at the phone? I always had to say "Simon Craig-Vodosek" in various speeds! You laughed and laughed and laughed... I can´t wait to see you jokin´ and foolin´around with me again!
    Til then I keep thinkin´of you and your family,
    All the best,
    Funny Wolfi

    Monday, February 04, 2002 -- 12:48:58 (EST)
    Name: Liddy, Martin, Justin and Jacob Garcia-Bunuel -- Email:
    Location: Cambridge, MD
  • Hi Simon,
    We check your website all the time, and are really happy the balls inside your body are getting smaller. That's great news!
    Here in Cambridge, Maryland, the weather has been unusually warm and sunny. The birds and flowers are confused and think it is spring time already. BUT right now as I write this, it is blizzarding. Just a few minutes ago it was sunny and warm, and now it is snowing. I think not only the birds and flowers are confused, but now the people are confused. Perhaps the groundhog will stay in his hole for a few more months until spring has really arrived.
    Thinking of groundhog day always reminds me of your great grandfather, "Gramp". He and your great grandmother, "Granny" would be some of your biggest cheerleaders. Eventhough they are not alive anymore, I think they are still praying for you.
    We love you Simon, and your entire family. Keep strong and fighting off those infections. We are proud of you.
    Love, Liddy, Martin, Justin and Jake

    Sunday, February 03, 2002 -- 20:15:30 (EST)
    Name: Liza Burger -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi Simon,
    It was great to hear some news that your medicine seems to be working in your body!
    Jolan, Jenna, Mike and I went to a big waterfall near us today for a nice family hike. The gorge all around the waterfall had lots of ice from the spray that the waterfall makes, and it was fun to see. We couldn't stay too long, as we were getting some spray on us and it was CHILLY!
    Please know that we (and many of our friends, family, and neighbors here) are keeping you in our prayers!
    Take care,

    P.S. I still will find those web sites about the nesting birds and PROMISE to send them to you this week!

    Sunday, February 03, 2002 -- 20:06:34 (EST)
    Name: Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Hi Simon,
    What great news to hear that the "balls" inside your body are getting smaller.
    "YIPPEE! Way to go! Two thumbs up for Simon" says the Williams crowd. Would you do us a favor and tell your mom and dad that they are really great at explaining all of your treatments and procedures to us and we really appreciate them taking the time to tell us all about it.
    It is hard for us to imagine you sledding on wierd ice snow 'cause it has been pretty warm and sunny here (and that is kind of weird for Seattle).
    We continue to hold you and your family gently but, securely in our loving thoughts and prayers.

    Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt

    Sunday, February 03, 2002 -- 09:23:52 (EST)
    Name: Rebecca Cross -- Email:
    Location: oberlin, OH USA
  • Dear Simon,
    Every day, we look at your beautiful face on our computer. We so loved the picture on your website of your painted face and sweet smile that we decided to use it for our screen saver. Now we can send you a good wish every time we see it! Schuyler is building a lego spaceship this morning. I bet you have been making some terrific things with legos, too.
    with sunshine and giggles and lots of hugs, Rebecca, Randy, Emma & Schuyler

    Saturday, February 02, 2002 -- 15:46:16 (EST)
    Name: Alex -- Email:
    Location: , n/a Malta
  • Hi Simon. I just wanted to tell you that you will be fine if you do what the doctor tells you and that you are such a pretty boy. Believe me, when I saw your picture on the main page of your site, it was like seeing myself when I was your age! We are like twins! Get well soon Simon!

    Friday, February 01, 2002 -- 21:38:22 (EST)
    Name: Marek Steedman -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon!

    This is Marek, Lev's (and Jacob's) dad. I am glad to hear that you are home again. It was lovely of you to stop by and see Jacob the other day -- isn't he tiny? Thankyou for your suggestions for names for him. I like the name Samuel too (and of course Lev!), but in the end we thought he looked like a Jacob -- what do you think? We thought (for a moment) of calling him Robert because he was born on Robert Burns birthday -- who was a Scottish poet. He had lots of songs in his heart too! He even wrote one called 'To a Haggis' (which is a kind of Scottish sausage). It starts out:

    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great Chieftan o' the Puddin-race!
    Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
    Weel are ye worthy of a grace
    As lang's my arm.

    Funny words, aren't they? I'll have to read them to you sometime so you hear what they sound like. He is saying that he thinks Haggis is the best kind of food!

    Sid's a great guy with lots of wonderful friends, isn't he?

    See you soon,

    Friday, February 01, 2002 -- 17:22:12 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, I was sorry to hear that you weren't feeling too well, but glad to hear that you are better. I was reading about how you like Miriam to listen to music while you have your injections, so I will make sure she gets a video of mine to watch and you can too, of course. I have messages of love from all the students at Music For Little Folks. What did you think of all the wind and ice falling. I kept thinking there were squirrels on my roof. Today was a dreary day, but as I am writing to you, the sun is peeking through the clouds to say hello to you too. I hope to get to see you soon. Much love, Gari

    Friday, February 01, 2002 -- 17:20:25 (EST)
    Name: sue
  • Hi Simon,

    I've been gone! Sorry I haven't been sending any good cheer your way! Hannah loves Knock Knock jokes. Here are a couple of her favorites:

    Knock Knock
    Who's there!
    D1 who?
    D1 who knocked!

    Knock Knock
    Who's there!
    Simon who?
    Simon the dotted line!

    Friday, February 01, 2002 -- 15:10:47 (EST)
    Name: Deborah Orlowski -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon!
    I'm so glad this hospital stay was short. I think you are very brave. I am not a good patient when I go to the hospital because I can't sleep but you sound like you do all the right things. Good for you!

    It sounds like you had fun outside. What did you think about the wind and storm we had last night? Did you hear the ice melting as it got warmer? We have many trees around our house. When the ice fell off it made such a loud noice it woke me up!

    Remember my last message I told you a story about our cat Whiskers? Well, here is another one. This happened this weekend...maybe when you were out playing because he was out playing too.
    Whiskers is a great hunter. He is very smart and fast. But sometimes other animals are smarter than he is. I saw him watching a little chipmunk. I could tell he was trying to catch him. But do you know what that little chipmunk did? He found a big, black hose that was connected to the house and he ran in. Whiskers ran to the hose and sat there waiting for the chipmunk to come out. But you know what? That smart little chipmunk just sat there until Whiskers got bored and walked away. That's really using your brain, don't you think?

    I see my friend Ellen has written to you. She lives in San Francisco and has two sons. I see from her message she told you to get well fast so you could come and visit her in San Francisco. That would be a fun trip because she is the BEST tour guide in the world!!! She knows all the best spots. I hope you get a chance to visit her.

    Continue to be a good patient Simon. We are all thinking about you and praying for your good health. Until the next time.


    Friday, February 01, 2002 -- 07:44:04 (EST)
    Name: Jörg Mosthaf -- Email:
    Location: Stuttgart, Deutschland
  • Hello Simon, do you remember, when we met last year on the playground in Stuttgart? I was really impressed, how good you were in climbing. We enjoyed very much throwing your toys up the slide and seeing how they come back down. I would like to do that again, when you come next time to Stuttgart.
    I think of you, Joerg

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