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Thursday, January 31, 2002 -- 20:25:25 (EST)
Name: Joanna and Jeff -- Email:
Location: Brewster, Massachusetts
  • Simon, We are sorry to hear that you had to go back to the Hospital,But I quess that is the best place to be if you have a fever. We hope that you will get to go home soon. Smile and stay strong. Hello to you Miriam! and to you Mary and Markus.
    Best Wishes Joanna and Jeff

    Thursday, January 31, 2002 -- 10:14:26 (EST)
    Name: Martha Laatsch -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon, WoW! I can't believe how many friends you have. This board is packed! You and I have not met yet but I know your mom because I help her with Yoga on Monday nights. She tells me that you do some yoga but I don't know what your favorite pose is. I think your mom's favorite pose is one called savasana. That's the one where you take a nap at the end of class! :-)
    Hope you have a good day,

    Thursday, January 31, 2002 -- 09:45:57 (EST)
    Name: Ethel Lautenbach -- Email:
    Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon! I hope you liked my card with all the bugs on it. Those were 'nice bugs'. I hope you are feeling good today. Do you have any snow there? When I woke up this morning we had a whole lot of snow!
    Keep smiling!!!

    Wednesday, January 30, 2002 -- 19:51:57 (EST)
    Name: SHARON YAGED -- Email:
    Location: Manalapan, NJ USA
  • Hi Simon My daughter, Kim Yaged, is one of your Mom's friends. Thanks for sharing your pictures and wonderful family. I want to send a BIG WISH and many prayers for you to feel good real soon. I will mail you something since you like to get mail. I do too. I wish you and your family health, sunshine and lollipops and all that is good in the world. Sharon Yaged

    Tuesday, January 29, 2002 -- 22:11:34 (EST)
    Name: Tatiana Pocsatko -- Email:
    Location: Saline, MI USA
  • Hi, Simon.
    I hope you are feeling better from your cold. Do you know that you can tell your body to get rid of the bugs? Tell the bugs to go away and to stop "bugging" you!
    This is just a temporary fase you are going through, and you need lots of patience, you have to be optimistic, you have to experience lots of beautiful things,and you need to feel happy in order to get well soon.
    I hope by the time I write to you next week I'll read that you are making even more progress with the treatment. I always pray that God may inspire the doctors and the scientists so they will help you, and other kids like you, to get well soon.
    God bless you, and your family.

    Tuesday, January 29, 2002 -- 20:41:30 (EST)
    Name: Erik -- Email:
    Location: Davidsonville, MD
  • Hey Simon,

    This weekend I went to see Erickson and the other Cub Scouts race their home-made cars in the pack's Pinewood Derby. You'll have to ask Dad(?) or Uncle David about the Pinewood Derby - they might have made and raced their cars when they were boys, too.

    I thought of you, because it won't be long - only a couple years until you're old enough to build and race your own car too. I'm sure it will be a load of fun.

    Have a great day! God Bless,

    Tuesday, January 29, 2002 -- 20:06:09 (EST)
    Name: dina osman -- Email:
    Location: ann arbor , michigan united states
  • dear simon,
    My mother told me about you... she is your friend Andre's teacher.i enjoyed looking at your web site... your pictures are awesome... just wanted to say hello, and best wishes to you and your family. :)

    Tuesday, January 29, 2002 -- 19:11:14 (EST)
    Name: Ellen Gibran-Hesse -- Email:
    Location: Belmont, California
  • Hi Simon,
    My friend, Debbie Orlowski, works at the University of Michigan and told me you have been sick. I have two sons, one who is 15 and one who is 13. I will send you our picture. We live in California near San Francisco. I will send you post cards so you can see what San Francisco looks like. Get better and one day come and visit us!! We would love that.
    Ellen, David, and Eric

    Tuesday, January 29, 2002 -- 17:27:06 (EST)
    Name: Anne Adams -- Email:
    Location: Northfield, MN USA
  • Hi Simon! I'm so glad to hear that you are still at home today--it sounds like the yucky drugs weren't as bad this time as they were last time. Tom and I are thinking about you all the time, and hoping you are feeling better and better and better. I wish we were there!!!

    lots of hugs,

    Tuesday, January 29, 2002 -- 13:53:09 (EST)
    Name: amy sheon -- Email:
    Location: ann arbor, MI
  • Simon: I'm so glad that your parents have put together this fantastic web site so that everyone who is thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way has a way to be in touch! I met your mom at work. And what do you think moms talk about at work? Their kids! Your sister was born about the same time as my youngest child, and you are the same age as my middle child, so your mom and I have alot in common.

    Anyway, I thought you might enjoy visiting this web site that has stories and jokes for children. I wish you and your family all the best. And keep saying those funny things. I'll tell you something funny my oldest son said when he was your age. He kept asking me to get him presents for his birthday and I got really tired of his asking all the time. So, after awhile, every time he'd ask for a toy, I'd say, "I'll take your request under advisement." One time, he replied back to me, "Mom--instead of taking my request under advisement, do you think you could take it to the store?"

    Tuesday, January 29, 2002 -- 08:02:10 (EST)
    Name: Sid Sharma -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Mi
  • Hi Simon,
    This is Sid from Ann Arbor. I am a grown-up, but about 2 years back, I too was sick and had "balls" inside my head. But the doctors at the U-M Hospital gave me the same kind of medicine you are taking now, and I am much better now. You are a brave and strong guy, so, dont worry, you will get better soon.
    Also, I asked some of my friends to write letters to you, so, you will soon be getting cool cards,letters from all over the USA, Europe and Asia!!!!
    Stay strong!!!!!

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 20:36:17 (EST)
    Name: Joana Young -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon!
    You have a beautiful place here. Your dad tells me that you like to get mail so I've sent you a letter today. It's a puzzle so you have to put it together to read it. I know a smart guy like you would figure that out, but if you should need help I'm sure that your parents will give you a hand. I hope that you like the puzzle letter and that it makes you smile. I want you to know that a lot of people are hoping, wishing, and praying for you to get better soon.
    All the best to you and your family,

    P.S. If you're in the hospital again, there are lots of yummy things that you can get to eat that aren't on the menu. I used to get cheeseburgers and pizza and tatertots when I didn't want what was on the menu. And if you want extra food, tell the person who delivers the meals. There are always meals leftover because of people who got discharged.

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 19:12:52 (EST)
    Name: Gilbert -- Email:
    Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Dear Simon,

    Your friend Sid told me about you and I wanted to say hi and wish you the best.

    Portes-toi bien mon petit Simon de la part de tes amis du Canada (French).

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 17:22:46 (EST)
    Name: Maryal -- Email:
    Location: Annapolis, MD USA
  • Dear Simon & Miriam--What a lovely website you have. I really enjoyed the photographs of both of you painting. I'm another Pentracer that Sid told about your problem. I think you are a very brave boy with a lovely family. I'll send you a card soon, maybe with a bright pink INK.

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 13:43:46 (EST)
    Name: Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Hi Simon and Miriam,
    We are hoping your stomach isn't feeling so yuky any more. Your time at the Wild Swan Theater sounded pretty neat. We hear their next performance will be Frog and Toad. "Did you know what?" Frog and Toad is one of our FAVORITE books --we got it for Christmas and we read it over and over and over again.

    We love you and we carry you all with us in our thoughts and prayers each day.

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 12:30:45 (EST)
    Name: Joseph Zammit -- Email:
    Location: Valletta, Malta
  • Hi Simon, just heard from Sid that you are ill. We are all ill some time or other, and I guess with medicine and treatment, we are all eventually better. Good luck, and my letter is in the mail. By the way, your web site is great. Zep

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 11:49:26 (EST)
    Name: Annemarie Toebosch -- Email:
    Location: Chicago, IL USA
  • Hi Simon! You don't know me, I'm an old friend of Melissa and Akram's and your parents'. But I know you a little bit now because I read your whole webpage. It's awesome! I will send warm strong sunshine animal-play happy thoughts to you EVERY DAY, so that we will fight those bad balls together!!! And did you know that north of Chicago in Wisconsin there is an animal rescue where they take care of a lot of sick and old large animals? Their website is: I think you will like looking at the pictures! And maybe you can even go there sometime! Love, Annemarie Toebosch

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 10:42:50 (EST)
    Name: Tom Schnauber -- Email:
    Location: Northfield, MN USA
  • Hey Simon--Wie geht's? Just thought I'd check in on my favorite playmate. It sounds like you're being treated well by all the people taking care of you. I just wish that Anne and I could come down there to play with you (and your Mom and Dad, and Miriam, too!). But Anne has a belly full of baby right now. Maybe when the baby comes out, we can bring him down there, and you guys can become feste Freunde! Love, Tom

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 08:33:17 (EST)
    Name: Francis DeRespinis -- Email:
    Location: Raleigh, North Carolina USA
  • Hello Simon,

    I am a friend of Sid who told a lot of his friends about you. I am thinking about you and want you to know that I will be thinking about you every day. I hope you get better real soon. I will write you a card to say hello.

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 08:07:06 (EST)
    Name: Miles Q. Turner -- Email:
    Location: Manteno, IL USA
  • Hi Simon!
    A good friend of yours, Sid, told us Pentracers (that's a bunch of people that collect fountain pens) about you and how brave you are being. You Go Guy! You can do it! There are a lot of people thinking about you and praying for you. There are not many of us adults who would be as brave as you are being. Hang in there! And get well soon.
    Best wishes!

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 01:25:59 (EST)
    Name: Len Provisor -- Email:
    Location: Long Grove, IL USA
  • Hello Simon, Did you know you are famous? Many people all over the country can see you on your special website and we are all sending you our best wishes so you get better. We hope you feel better real soon. I am going to send you a funny card, look for it to arrive soon.
    Love from my family to you and your family. The Provisors

    Monday, January 28, 2002 -- 00:08:40 (EST)
    Name: Maryann -- Email:
    Location: Brooklyn, New York USA
  • Hi Simon:

    Your friend Sid told me about your website and it is cool. I really enjoy looking around. The photo gallery is great fun too. Hope you are enjoying the site and all of the great messages you are receiving. You have a lot of friends who are thinking about you all the time and praying for you and your family. I wish I could get my face painted too. Maybe one day we will meet and do it together.

    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 22:55:55 (EST)
    Name: Deonna -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi, Simon. I met you today in the toy store and promised your mom I would come to your webpage. It is very nice! I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Come visit me at White Rabbit again, okay?

    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 22:29:47 (EST)
    Name: Robert -- Email:
    Location: Montreal, Quebec Canada
  • Hello Simon...
    Greetings from Canada. My prayers are with you. Get well soon.


    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 22:16:15 (EST)
    Name: Alan -- Email: Sans
    Location: Delray Beach, Florida
  • Keep smiling, lots of folks are thinking of you. God bless you :)

    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 18:07:30 (EST)
    Name: Sally Hennessy -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon, Mary, Marcus, and Miriam!!
    Sending lots of love and good wishes to you ALL! We're the around the corner from Linda friends of Mary's ... Now do you remember? Hope you have good and strong days this week Simon! Love, Sally, Alan, Nathan and Hannah

    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 17:16:15 (EST)
    Name: Jane Bishop -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon, Miriam, Mary, Marcus, Gran and that everyone???
    You have the coolest website, Simon, and I loved reading all the love notes you"ve gotten. (I went to college with Gran and Grandad, and loved seeing all the Oberlin connections as I read.)I had
    a good game of Matching on Play Mobil, too! Miriam, you must be a wonderful little sister to help Simon when he is not feeling his best. He should be proud to have you as his sister! I saw your Mom at church today and told her I was having trouble with the website, but I have decided it was just so busy with all the people trying to talk to you that I couldn't get through...hurrah, I made it this afternoon. I'm delighted to hear you like birds, as birdwatching is one of my favorites. You could join the Cornell FeederWatchProject and be a reporting scientist....also you can see photos of nesting birds taken by cameras right in the nests. Website is for nests, and for "project feederwatch". Do you have a feeder at your house or school...I would be happy to help you get started. Also, I have a "bird" for you which I will try and get to you sometime later this week. I think you will get a kick out of "Preston"!
    Simon, you are quite a model for all of us...keep up the good work!
    Love to all of you, Jane

    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 16:29:03 (EST)
    Name: Amber Dimkoff -- Email:
    Location: Baltimore, MD USA
  • Hi, Simon! I loved looking at your pictures on the web site just now. Thank you for sharing them with me. I laughed at the story about shooting the medicine onto the ceiling. It reminded me of when I ate dinner at your house once. Your mom fixed a great meal with shrimp, and one of my shrimp decided to fly across the table and land in your dad's plate!!! I was pretty embarrassed then but can laugh at it now. =) I can't wait to see you again!


    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 16:11:16 (EST)
    Name: Hilary Cohen -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI US
  • Hi Simon, All of us at Wild Swan Theater are so happy that you came to see Rainbow Crow yesterday. All of the characters in the play, Rainbow Crow, Bear, Fox, Raccoon, Squirrel, Deer, and Fox, say a big hello! Will you please say a big hello to Miriam as well. We can't wait to see you both at Frog and Toad. From your friends at Wild Swan Theater

    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 13:59:19 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, I am so glad that your mom and dad update how you are doing. I am glad the electricians did not bother your fries. I will call your mom this week and see when I can come visit you. Maybe you will want to come to music class with Miriam on Tuesday. I had a dream about you last night. It was fun to see you in my dreams. Much love, Gari

    Sunday, January 27, 2002 -- 09:52:04 (EST)
    Name: Gisela Flynn -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Mi USA
  • You have a wonderful website. Thanks for sharing and best wishes. I'll look for you on February 4th, or in the neighborhood. From your friends Gisela and Adaulton.

    Saturday, January 26, 2002 -- 22:30:25 (EST)
    Name: Sara and Agustina -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan U.S
  • Hey Simon!
    I hope you liked the video, sorry i had to leave i really wanted to watch it with you. Love ya lots

    Saturday, January 26, 2002 -- 14:39:32 (EST)
    Name: Lisa Fedel
  • Hi Simon,
    We met at the going away picnic for Noah Kaczor. They e-mailed you were sick and in the hospital. I'm happy you are getting better and I hope you have a good time and don't need to go to the hospital again. It sounds like you are doing way better than anyone expected and I know miracles do happen more than people think, and I think you are a miracle and will get stronger each day and be out playing in the sunshine soon. We will remember you in our prayers every night because is very strong and does amazing things, especially for kids. Tell your mom and dad we will remember them too. And your sister too. I liked the pictures of you face painting. I did that a lot myself when I was your age, only I bit the heads off markers and drew on my legs. Don't try it though, because grown-ups get pretty upset when you do. Lot of love and good strong wishes are being sent to you Simon, and you will heal soon.

    Saturday, January 26, 2002 -- 09:08:05 (EST)
    Name: Granger -- Email:
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Hi Simon,
    Its me, Granger, again. Since my mommy won't let me wake up my brother and paint his face (its still too early in the morning), I thought I'd send you another posting. I told mommy to send a photo of me to you so you can see what I look like - maybe we'll send a photo with our faces all painted (shhhh... don't tell my mommy!). We are going to the symphony today to see all the instruments and the condutor. My favorite instrument is the saxophone.

    Oh, I hear my little brother. Time to go paint some faces.

    Saturday, January 26, 2002 -- 08:48:35 (EST)
    Name: Granger -- Email:
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Hi Simon,
    You don't know me, but my mommy met your daddy when he came out to visit here in Salt Lake City. I also am 4 years old and really like Thomas the Tank Engine too. What is your favorite story? I like the one about Thomas, Mr. Conductor (or "twinkle toes") and Diesel 10. Do you like Bob the Builder? I really like Bob the Builder - I was him for Halloween last year.

    I just looked at all your photos and really like the ones where you painted your and your sister's faces. I want to wake up my little brother right now and do that with him, though Mommy says that its too early. I have a joke for you. What is a mouse's favorite game?

    Hide and go squeak!

    We are all thinking about you and hope you get better.

    Saturday, January 26, 2002 -- 04:42:22 (EST)
    Name: Julia & co. -- Email:
    Location: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Good morning, Simon! I am sitting at my desk, looking out into the yard and watching a cat sniff around the barbecue. What do you think she smells? We haven't grilled anything since Halloween. Do you think she can still smell the sausages and drumsticks? Or do you think she is smelling another animal that was sniffing around there? Love and smiles!

    Friday, January 25, 2002 -- 23:00:26 (EST)
    Name: Joan &Tommy Ellsworth -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
    By Joan Curran-Ellsworth and Tommy Ellsworth

    Once upon a time there was a boy who lived in the country on a farm with many animals. He loved the animals and they loved him. Every day after school he would hurry home to play with them. They were good friends.

    One day when the animals where waiting for the boy to play with them, he did not come. They came to the dooryard of the house and called to him and made quite a racket with their mooing and quacking and clucking and baaing and maaing and neighing and oinking.

    Finally, the boy's mother came outside to tell the animals the boy was sick. She seemed very worried and told the animals she didn't know what else to do to make the boy feel better. The animals thought about what the mother had said and each one had advice to share about how to make the boy feel better.

    The horse spoke first. "Whenever my tummy hurts, I always eat a nice bag of oats. You must give the boy oats in his feedbag. " "What about milk," said the cow. "It makes young calves grow big and strong. If you would give him a cup of my nice milk I'm sure he would feel better." Not to be outdone, the hen added, "It's my nice fresh eggs the boy enjoys most, I'm sure they would make him feel better."

    The mother thanked them all for their ideas. "I can give him all of the things you suggest. I'm sure a nice warm breakfast of oatmeal with milk and a plate of eggs will help his body to feel stronger. Thank you, horse, thank you, cow, and you too hen for your good advice.

    Next the pig came forward. "Whenever I feel down, a nice mudbath always makes me feel better. Give the boy a mudbath,” pig said seriously. This notion made Mother smile. "A bath is a very good idea, but I wonder... Human children may not be as robust as young pigs, perhaps a tub of warm water and soap would be a better choice." The pig thought about this and agreed that perhaps humans were not strong enough for a good mud bath.

    Duck liked the idea of getting all wet. "Why when I want to feel better, " duck quacked, "I just dunk my head right into a pool of cold water. Yup, I splash and I duck and it makes me feel good all over. " Mother thought a moment and then said that this too was good advice. "I will take a bowl of cool water and a cloth," she said, “and bathe his face and forehead to cool his fever. " She thanked the duck and patted him on the head.

    Goat saw the attention the other animals were getting and did not want to be left out. He searched his goat brain for something that he could tell the mother that would help the boy. "Old shoes!" he finally bleated. "Old shoes! Nothing make makes me feel as good as chewing on old shoes." All the animals looked at mother to see how she would reply to this suggestion. Mother did not want to hurt goat's feelings and so she thought and thought about how to answer. Then she had an idea, "Oh, I see. You use the shoes as your medicine! You are quite right Mr. Goat, I should give our boy some medicine to help him fell better." Goat was very pleased with her response.

    Mother stood up. "Thank you, all of you for your help. I'm sure if I use your ideas our boy will be feeling better very soon." As mother turned to go back into the house, a voice that had not yet spoken said, "Excuse me." Mother looked back to see who it was. The little mama sheep had come to the edge of the yard. "I have something I do for my young lambs that maybe you would like to hear. That is, if you want to." Sheep was very shy and mother encouraged her to speak. " When little lambs are sick or afraid they need their mothers to curl up around them and snuggle them. I think that maybe human children might like that too. " Mother knelt down and hugged the sheep and then went into the house.

    Mother went upstairs to the room where the boy was sleeping. Most of the things the animals had told her to do could wait until morning. All except one. The mother pulled the boy’s head onto her lap and snuggled with him and stroked his hair and thought about how much she loved him. Soon the boy began to breathe easier, and the mother did too. As they snuggled, they fell into a cozy sleep and didn’t wake up until morning.

    This is a story Tommy and I made up together one day when he was 4 and had bad cold. We had a hot-water-bottle with a fleece sheep for a cover and decided to make a story about her. Tommy supplied all the animals that came to speak to the mother. He is now 9 years old and in the 3rd grade. JC, January 2002

    Friday, January 25, 2002 -- 21:03:13 (EST)
    Name: Schuyler & Emma Coleman -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OHIO USA
  • Dear Simon,
    Yours are the best pictures, because you are the best boy ever. I liked the pictures where you were face-painting, and I LOVED your funny face! You're my best friend, and I hope you feel better, Simon.
    love, Schuyler

    Dear Simon,
    I hope you feel better soon and my favorite picture was the one with your face painted. Are you reading any good books lately? If I could read you my favorite books, they would be the "Minnie and Moo" books by Denise Cazet, Rosemary Wells' Bunny Planet books, and Cynthia Rylant's "Everyday" books. You're my best friend, too, and I miss you.
    Simon, say "hi" to Miriam for me and give her a hug.

    I send you big hugs, too, and so do my mom & dad.

    Emma Rose

    Friday, January 25, 2002 -- 16:08:44 (EST)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • Hi, Simon! Hello to Mom, Dad, and Miriam, too!

    Just wanted to let you know that I've passed your name along to a bunch of other people -- you may be hearing from some of them sometime. Everyone I talk with is so impressed that you've got your own website and that you're generously sharing it with your family and friends!

    I sent you a joke in the mail, and here's another one (one of my children came up with this at about age 3 -- I hope I get it right!): Q: Why did the elephant cross the road? A: Because he wanted to swim in APPLESAUCE!! :-) (When I picture that in my mind, I come up with a *really* silly image -- how 'bout you??)

    My family and I say prayers for you every night, asking God to help you and your family and doctors all do your big jobs, so you can become stronger and healthier every day. Already it's *very* impressive what you've accomplished -- keep up the good work!

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

    Friday, January 25, 2002 -- 13:23:32 (EST)
    Name: Noah Bezar -- Email:
    Location: Vence, France
  • Hi Simon!
    You haven't met me yet but my mom went to Oberlin with your mom Mary and your mom's friend Julia (I think Serena and Alma are my big sisters, but my mom isn't so sure....) I am also 4 years old and I would love to show you my Playmobil pirate ship some time when you come back to Europe to visit. I hope you have a great day today Simon and get to eat some bunny Macaroni like me!

    your friend Noah

    Friday, January 25, 2002 -- 12:49:06 (EST)
    Name: Agustina de Majo -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan U.S
  • Hey Simon!!
    I had lots of fun when we went to get some ice cream across the street, and it was great watching that video and reading books together. I cant wait until you get better so we can have more fun. I hope your feeling okay. Love you lots.

    Take care, and get well soon.


    Friday, January 25, 2002 -- 10:41:03 (EST)
    Name: Mabelle Kirk -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon,
    I was your Mom's cubicle neighbor at the Davidson Institute when you were almost here and it was fun having you visit us as a little baby. Now you are so grown up! Looks like you and Miriam are having a great time painting eachother's faces. Can I come and visit and get my face painted too? See you soon.
    Love, Mabelle

    Thursday, January 24, 2002 -- 19:42:57 (EST)
    Name: Liza Burger -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi Simon,
    You probably don't remember me, but I sure remember YOU! Your mommy and I were pregnant at the same time, and after you were born you played with my daughters Jenna and Jolan. Your daddy says that you still really like birds, and we have some fun web sites to send to you soon so you can look at some nesting birds if you want to.
    I hope you are feeling well today. Jenna, Jolan, Mike and I send big hugs to you, Miriam, and your mommy and daddy!

    Thursday, January 24, 2002 -- 19:17:50 (EST)
    Name: Andre Gross-Fasheun (& his mom) -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hello Simon!
    Andre has a message for you. . .Simon, I miss you. I played with you right at the beginning of the year. I hope what you are doing in your hospital is going to the playroom sometimes. Is that your best thing in the hospital? I have books to share. The ones about flying frogs and George and Martha. Cov dove dover (laughing). I think I have too much to say and that's the end. Bye. Love Andre

    From Andre's Mom. . .even though we haven't seen you recently we've been thinking about you everyday Simon and checking in on your wonderful website. Andre's had a cough and he did not want to pass it along to you or your family, but now he's feeling better so maybe you two can play together soon. Andre has some books in a pile waiting that he wants you to borrow and enjoy. We also have some pictures from the ArtTrain and some of you two playing with play-doh together that we will share with you very soon. You know what, I saw your Mom driving the other day and she was making some nice and fun faces, does she do that with you and Miriam sometimes too? Much Love - Lindsay

    Thursday, January 24, 2002 -- 18:53:38 (EST)
    Name: Gracie Davis & family -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Dear Simon and Miriam

    Thanks so much for coming to my birthday party and for posting pictures of it on your website! And thanks for the neat Madeline present and the special card set for Ben. He is a great big brother (just like Simon).

    Please come visit us again soon
    Gracie and her brother Ben and her parents Christie Brown & Jerry Davis

    Thursday, January 24, 2002 -- 14:53:44 (EST)
    Name: Deborah Orlowski -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
  • Dear Simon,
    Hi there! You don't know me but I know your mother from work. She is really awesome! I can tell you are too.

    I have three sons so you know I think boys are really cool. We also have 4 cats -- two boys and two girls. Some people think that animals don't understand what humans say but we don't think that is true because our cats always understand us.

    Here is one of our family's favorite stories about our cats. One day my son Andrew wanted to tease our oldest cat whose name is Whiskers. Andrew said, in a very sweet, nice voice, "Whiskers you're pretty but I think Puck is much prettier and smarter than you." Well, you know what happened? Whiskers got off the chair and walked into the middle of the room and sat down with his back to Andrew. He wouldn't let Andrew pick him up and wouldn't let him touch him until Andrew got down on the floor and told him, "Oh Whiskers, I was only kidding. YOU'RE the prettiest,smartest kitty we have." When Andrew said that, then Whiskers came over to him and cuddled up to him!

    I hope this silly cat story made you smile. Your webpage is way cool. It made me smile. : )

    I will keep you in my prayers everyday until you're well. Then maybe I can meet you in person because I can tell you are a really fun guy.

    Until next time,
    Lots of hugs,

    Wednesday, January 23, 2002 -- 22:50:59 (EST)
    Name: The Baker Family -- Email:
    Location: Columbia, MD USA
  • Mary, Marcus, Simon & Miriam,
    I have only just heard the news (talked to Liza Burger today) and I just wanted you to know that you will all be in my prayers every day. We have missed you so much since we moved and now even more that I know how much you could use our help there. This is a truly beautiful website and a wonderful tribute to that beautiful little boy of yours. My love and huge hugs go out to all of you. We will be in touch again soon. Love,
    Priscilla, Jo, Tyler and Jack Baker

    Wednesday, January 23, 2002 -- 14:03:47 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, I came to visit you yesterday, but you were taking a very long nap, so I waited and waited, but you were still taking a very long nap, so I waited some more, but you were still taking a very long nap. You must have been very tired. I came in to peek at you and blow you a kiss of love while you were sleeping. I will come back again to visit and hopefully you will not be taking another very long nap. Hugs and Kisses, Gari

    Wednesday, January 23, 2002 -- 11:36:14 (EST)
    Name: Sherrie Loveman -- Email:
    Location: Newbury, Ohio USA
  • Dear Simon,
    I met you and Miriam and your Mom at Linda's school last fall. The pleasure was all mine. I feel like I know your family well. I am Marley's Gammy. Courtney and Marley love you all and speak of you often. Marley tells me about the fun she has playing with you at school. When you returned to school after your treatments she was so happy you were back. I got a special call that day to tell me the good news. When Marley came to visit me, we said prayers for you and your family and those moments were very special. Marc (Pappa) and I will continue to pray for you and your family and Marley and Courtney and all those that love you. Thank you for Simon's Place. When I visit Ann Arbor next, I hope to see you again.
    With Love,
    Sherrie Loveman (a.k.a., Gammy)

    Wednesday, January 23, 2002 -- 11:35:22 (EST)
    Name: Yves -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hallo Simon.
    Du kennst mich nicht. Ich bin ein Student in Ann Arbor, und komme aus Luxemburg, diesem kleinen Land in der Mitte Europas. Du wunderst dich bestimmt über alle diese Nachrichten, von Leuten die du nicht kennst. Aber, ist es nicht toll, dass so viele nette Leute an dich und an deine Familie denken? Du freust dich bestimmt darüber, auch wenn es dir manchmal nicht so gut geht. Alles Gute lieber Simon, ich drücke dir die Daumen!

    Wednesday, January 23, 2002 -- 10:57:09 (EST)
    Name: Courtney Loveman -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • This site is a wonderful place to visit. I was so glad to get an e-mail this morning to inform me of it. I will visit often. Marley and I love you, Simon.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2002 -- 00:51:00 (EST)
    Name: Sunil Mithas -- Email:
    Location: Ann arbor, MI USA
  • Dear Simon
    I saw your lovely picture on the web and came to know what a fighter you are. My son Aditya will be 6 years soon and he too was in hospital last year for some time- he watched TV and cartoons most of the time and he misses the freedom he had at that time from the books and studies. Hope you are having fun fighting with all your energy and I can tell you that you will be fine soon to make a snowman and for going down on a sledge near the community center. Dont worry, it is not much of snow right now outside so you are not missing much if you are not coming home these days. Aditya, Priti and I wish you well and hope to see you soon.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2002 -- 00:31:33 (EST)
    Name: Rachel and Noah Obstfeld -- Email:
    Location: Irvine, CA USA
  • Hi Simon and Miriam! We sent you a bunch of fun gifts - they should have arrived today. When Noah or I get sick my Mom or Dad sometimes gets us some little presents to help keep us we picked out a bunch of fun things for you (and Miriam too) to play with while you are getting better. We hope you like them. We are jealous that you have all that fun snow to play with in Michigan. Love, Rachel and Noah

    Tuesday, January 22, 2002 -- 22:07:13 (EST)
    Name: Courtney Gross -- Email:
    Location: MIDLAND, MI usa
  • HI SIMON!!!
    I am Andre's Aunt Courtney! I don't think that I have met you yet but I am sure that I will get to meet you sometime while I am visiting Andre and Lindsay. Well I wanted to write and tell you that I know Andre loves you very much because he talks about you all the time! Also I wanted to tell you that I sent your story and web address to some of my friends because I know that it is an inspiration to all of us! I see that some of them have already posted and I hope you enjoyed what they had to say. Well, stay strong and if you see Andre soon give him big hugs for me cause I haven't seen him in a while. :) My thoughts are with you.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2002 -- 20:01:43 (EST)
    Name: Sally, Sarah and Amy -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
  • Hi! Just wanted to tell you about one of Amy's and Sarah's favorite websites. We think you might like it too. It is . Hope you're getting through this week ok. Love you, Sally

    Tuesday, January 22, 2002 -- 19:08:00 (EST)
    Name: Kyla Boyse and Victor (Mookie) Boyse-Peacor -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hello, Simon!

    Do you remember us? I am one of your Sunday school teachers, and Victor is in your class. We were so glad to see you at church on Sunday! We had been wondering where you and your family were, because we hadn't seen you in a while. Now we know that you have been very busy working on getting better from your sickness. I was really glad you were feeling good enough to play duck, duck, goose with us! Thank you for talking to us about your hair and your medicine, and your central line. It was very interesting. You are very brave and very strong. Now you just started some more chemotherapy in the hospital yesterday, so maybe we will not see you in Sunday school for a little while. But we will sure be thinking about you and holding you and Miriam and your mom and dad in our hearts.

    Here is Victor's favorite knock knock joke:

    Knock, knock!
    Who's there?
    Banana who?

    Knock, knock!
    Who's there?
    Banana who?

    Knock, knock!
    Who's there?
    Banana who?

    Knock, knock!
    Who's there?
    Orange who?
    Orange ya glad I didn't say 'banana' again?!!

    Take care! We are rooting for you. (Go, Simon!)

    Love, Kyla and Mookie

    Tuesday, January 22, 2002 -- 14:52:09 (EST)
    Name: The Kennedys -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon! Lucas wanted to share one of his favorite jokes with you:
    Q: how do you put an elephant in the refrigerator?
    A: Just put him in!
    Q: How do you put a giraffe in the refrigerator?
    A: First, you have to take out the elephant, then you put in the giraffe!

    We heard you got more medicine in the hospital, so we keep cheering for you!
    Love, Liz, Mike, Emma, and Lucas

    Tuesday, January 22, 2002 -- 11:07:12 (EST)
    Name: Tatiana Pocsatko -- Email:
    Location: Saline, MI USA
  • Dear Simon,
    You started your second treatment yesterday, in a very special day: Martin Luther King's day! Do you know what is so special about Jan 21st? It celebrates a person who dared to dream wonderful dreams, and who run after them. I have been praying to God that you may have many, many wonderful dreams, and that you are strong enough and filled with faith to make all of them come true.
    Miriam, this is for you too!
    May God bless you all.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2002 -- 11:03:32 (EST)
    Name: James Steward -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon,

    Jay and Percy and I were talking about you last night, and hoping your day was okay. Percy was wagging his tail at the thought of a visit with you soon! I know your mom and dad will let us know when I good time will be. Meanwhile, we'll keep Percy entertained for you. You know he wants to give you a good swipe with his tail!



    Tuesday, January 22, 2002 -- 10:49:09 (EST)
    Name: karen goldbaum -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon,
    I work at the Art Museum and I have seen you here with your mom and sister. We hope that we will see you here again soon. Your website is so cool. I especially want to thank you for sharing your own favorite websites. That was really generous of you. I really enjoyed them. Take care of your yourself. I am thinking good thoughts of you and your family.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2002 -- 09:47:20 (EST)
    Name: Katherine Lawrence -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon,

    I'm pretty sure that you started more treatment yesterday, but I hear you got to play, too. I'm so happy to hear that the doctors think you are doing well. I think it is because you are so strong and funny and of course everyone is cheering for you, too. You sure do have a lot of friends!!

    Here's a joke:

    What do you call a crazy spaceman?

    An astronut!

    Love, Katherine

    Monday, January 21, 2002 -- 22:03:35 (EST)
    Name: Zubin -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Hello Simon,

    I work with your mom at the Arts at Michigan. Actually, I'm the person who does the most work on the Arts at Michigan website. Take it from somebody who knows--you're website is really cool! I especially like the butterfly at the beginning. You're website is really fun to explore when I don't want to do some of my other work! (Don't tell your mom.)

    I know you're probably in the hospital today, which is most likely no fun. I had to go to the hospital a couple times when I was about your age, too. Just have fun letting everybody serve you. You'll only have to put up with the grown-ups for a few days before you go home :-) I hope you're feeling okay, and say "hi" to your mom from the Arts at Michigan gang.


    Monday, January 21, 2002 -- 21:14:28 (EST)
    Name: Amy -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Today I looked at some of your favorite websites.My favorite was the Beanie Babies! I love you.
    We are all thinking of you as you start your second treatment.
    Love, Amy (and Sally, Sarah, and Jim, too)

    Monday, January 21, 2002 -- 18:32:20 (EST)
    Name: Rowan and Annette -- Email:
  • Simon,

    We are thinking about you a lot today because we know you have your second treatment. Hope there are fun things to do in the hospital. Rowan says he wished he could play in the snow with you. We'll send you some pictures on the computer of your 2nd cousins so you can see them when you get home. Thanks for sending us your picture and your sisters over the computer. Happy Martin Luther King day. Love you!!

    Monday, January 21, 2002 -- 11:30:03 (EST)
    Name: marina
    Location: ann arbor, michigan usa
  • dear simon
    i am sending you a picture of sleeping
    love marina

    Monday, January 21, 2002 -- 02:42:44 (EST)
    Name: Lawrie, Curt, Madi and Lexi -- Email:
    Location: Seatlle, WA
  • Hi Simon,
    Madi and Lexi's Nana is visiting us for a while. She kind of like your Gran. We are really glad she is here. Yesterday morning we all did some Yoga together and thought of you the whole time because you are who first taught Madi and Lexi about Yoga (this summer) with your video tape. We love seeing the new pictures of you and Miriam. We hold you all in our prayers as you begin your second round of chemo treatment. We love you all very much.

    Lawrie, Curt, Madi and Lexi

    Sunday, January 20, 2002 -- 22:41:24 (EST)
    Name: Julie Lautens -- Email:
    Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Hi Simon - I have some messages for you to give to your family. I sent your mom an email today with some web sites to help her learn more about your medicine. I also want you to tell your sister and your mom and dad that we are thinking of them and know they miss you when you are in the hospital. Good luck with this next treatment and I hope my medicine keeps helping your stomach aches. Love and hugs - Aunt Julie

    Sunday, January 20, 2002 -- 16:40:19 (EST)
    Name: diane logan -- Email:
    Location: ann arbor, mi
  • Hello to all from the Logan household. I just wanted to say Mary I am working but my cell phone number is 248-240-9507 to call me to help in any way. Ann is more than welcome to stay here, I will give her a garage door opener so she can come and go as she pleases. Just give me a call.

    Also Simon and Miriam, a warm and sunny hello to both of you and hope your day is full of fun and laughter.
    Diane Logan

    Saturday, January 19, 2002 -- 22:27:55 (EST)
    Name: Jenni McIntosh -- Email:
    Location: Standish, Maine USA
  • Dear Simon,
    Iam Madison's and Lexi's Aunt from Maine. Their mother Lawrie is my sister. I wanted to say hello from Maine and let you know how much I love your website. I met your Mom and Dad when Lawrie and Curt got married. I have a son Ryan and a girl Megan who is just about your age. From everything my sister has told me it sounds like you are a wonderful boy who has a very loving family.
    Much love from Maine
    Jenni McIntosh

    Saturday, January 19, 2002 -- 15:32:10 (EST)
    Name: diane logan -- Email:
    Location: ann arbor, mi
  • Hi Simon, Austin and I just wanted to say hello and we love your pitcures and your trip to the zoo looked like alot of fun.

    Saturday, January 19, 2002 -- 13:26:59 (EST)
    Name: Gari Stein -- Email: Garistein@aol
    Location: Ann Arbor , MI
  • Hi Simon, It is so fun so see your very own website. I wanted to send you a great big hug and kiss and tell you that I miss you at music class and hope you will come visit with Miriam very soon. I also plan to come and sing with you and the other children at Mott very soon. When I think about you I look at the picture of you and your mom blowing whistles together when you were a very little boy.It always makes me smile. See you soon. Much, much love from Gari

    Saturday, January 19, 2002 -- 12:05:48 (EST)
    Name: Sally Blodgett Olson -- Email:
    Location: seattle, WA usa
  • Hi Simon! I had a chance to talk with your Mom last night. It was good to hear her voice and hear about how you are all doing. Amy and Sarah love to look at your website. Amy had a friend over the other day and showed her your pictures! I love reading the message board and seeing how many people all over the world are thinking of you and praying for you. Some are people I know and some I don't. Just close your eyes and feel all that love!! I send you a big hug.
    Love, Sally

    Saturday, January 19, 2002 -- 10:15:16 (EST)
    Name: Claudia and Eliza -- Email:
    Location: Indianapolis, IN USA
  • Simon,

    Today it is snowing. We can still see the grass poking through, but the roads are all covered. When you go running fast and slide, your feet go skidding along. But you have to keep your balance or you'll land on your butt. Wish you and Miriam were here running in the snow with us.

    Flowers to all of you. We hope you keep feeling better, and feel all the way better soon.

    Love, Eliza and Claudie (the new nickname Claudia has chosen for herself)

    Saturday, January 19, 2002 -- 08:01:55 (EST)
    Name: chrisisisisi -- Email:
    Location: berlin, germany
  • hi s+m+m+m,

    schön, dass ihr diese seite eingerichtet habt. es ist eine wunderbarer weg wenigstens ein wenig von eurer momentanen situation mitzubekommen. ich drücke euch und uns und mir und allen alle daumen, finger und zehen, die in welcher situation auch immer abkömmlich sind. das stell man sich mal vor: an der tastatur ist das ziemlich schwierig, in der u-bahn einfacher - bis auf die komischen blicke, denn die anderen wissen ja nicht was ich denke. fahrradfahrn ist mir grade zu kalt. in der badewanne gehts auch ganz gut, während des schlafens fängts gut an, aber ob ich wirklich die ganze nacht durchhalte ? dafür träume ich schon von fingern und zehen und dazwischen mischen sich ne menge locken, mal blond mal braun.


    ich muss euch hoffentlich nicht sagen, dass ich oft an euch denke und drücke euch ganz herzlich. liebe grüsse christina

    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 20:10:45 (EST)
    Name: Tatiana Pocsatko -- Email:
    Location: Saline, MI USA
  • Dear Mary,
    The load you and your husband are carrying is very heavy, but heavy loads are not given to weak people. God is in comand of our lives, and He will give you the faith,the strength, the determination, and the courage to do whatever you have to deal with Simon's cancer.
    I will be praying for you and for Simon.

    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 19:58:29 (EST)
    Name: Joanna Krauss -- Email:
    Location: Brewster, Massachussetts
  • Simon, It looks like you have lots of people that are thinking about you! Jeff and I are thinking about you as well. Your may or may not remember us. You came to our wedding last year on Cape Cod. We have fond memories of Your whole family on that weekend.I know that the time that you spend in the Hospital is not always enjoyable, but I hope that there is some time for you to have some fun. I would love to hear from you about what goes on in the Hospital. I have a very good friend that is a Child Life Specialist in Connecticut. Do they have Child Life Specialists at your Hospital? Well I hope that everything goes smoothly on Monday for you. Jeff and I will be thinking about you. remember to think about good things. Do you know Maria's song about a few of her favorate things? That is a good song to sing. Take Care Joanna

    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 19:43:21 (EST)
    Name: Tatiana -- Email:
    Location: Saline, MI USA
  • Dear Simon,
    What a beautiful picture of you! You look very determined, intelligent...and very handsome!
    I heard that you like animals, and so do I.
    Did you know that thw baby zebras can recognize their mothers by their black and white body pattern? Each zebra has its unique pattern, and it is very important for the babyzebra to look only at its mother after it is born so the right pattern can be memorized. it will take some minutes, but after that the baby zebras will never forget how their mothers look like. Isn't that something?
    Simon, when I look at your picture I see a healthy boy, a winner in front of me. Rest a lot, eat well, and keep your focus on getting well soon. You can do it, specially because you are not alone. God is taking care of you,never forget it!
    With love,
    Your friend Tatiana

    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 17:18:59 (EST)
    Name: Anna -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Dear Simon-

    I used to work with your Mom at the Davidson Institute, and I also know your Dad. I have two kids: Katie, who is 11 and Alexander, who is 8. I wanted to tell you a story that they loved when they were about your age. It's about kids and their Moms (and Dads) and how wonderful it is to have a family that loves you. Here it is:

    Once upon a time, in Russia, there was a little boy who went to the market with his mother. He got lost, and was taken to the tsar's palace. The tsar sat the little boy on his lap and said, "What can you tell me about your mother, so that we can find her for you?" And the little boy said, "My mother is the most beautful woman in the whole world."

    So the tsar sent out his messengers to find all the most beautiful women in the city, and in the nearby areas. These beautiful women came dressed in fine silk dresses and fancy hats and paraded before the boy and the tsar. Andthe boy said "That's not my mother." "That's not my mother." "THAT's not my mother." "That's NOT my mother."

    Once again the tsar sent out his messengers, this time to the far reaches of his empire, and even to neighboring countries, trying to find the most beautiful woman in the whole world. And again, as they paraded front of the boy and the tsar, the boy didn't see his mother.

    Finally, a simple woman from the country, with hands that washed dishes and picked potatoes, and hair tied back from her face, knocked at the palace door. "I hear that you have a little boy here, who is looking for his mother." The guards didn't want to let her in at first. She was too plain and tired-looking. But the tsar said she could come and see the boy. When she walked into the throne room, the little boy leaped off the tsar's lap and raced towards his mother, crying "Mama, Mama, where have you been? We've been looking for you, the tsar and I!"
    And he turned to the tsar and said, "See, didn't I tell you that she was the most beautiful woman in the whole world?"

    The End

    Please give my love to your parents.Katie and Alexander and I will be saying prayers for your family every night, and waiting for you to get better.


    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 16:55:28 (EST)
    Name: Don Lautenbach -- Email:
    Location: Long Beach, California Los Angeles
  • I just heard about you from my daughter, Nancy Lautenbach. She says you are a good little boy. I wish you well and my prayers are with you.

    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 15:59:31 (EST)
    Name: Faith -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon, I first got to meet you when you were just a tiny baby. I hope the medicine you are taking will help you feel better soon. It sounds like you are doing a great job of helping your parents and the nurses and doctors! We hope to see you back in our offices soon.

    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 11:51:08 (EST)
    Name: Sara Holmes -- Email:
    Location: Washington, DC USA
  • Dear Simon,
    My name is Sara and I live in Washington, DC. I just wanted to tell you that I am thinking of you and your family. You are being very strong and brave, and I will be thinking of you next week while the medicine is working in your body to make you feel better.
    I hope you had a great time playing with face paint yesterday and I hope that you have lots more fun this weekend!


    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 11:43:42 (EST)
    Name: Martha Johnson
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon,
    You already know what a great Mom you have, and now a lot of people know about her great and your sister. We wish you the best. If you get a little down, remember the fun days with face paint, trips to the zoo, and special ice cream treats. Those days will come back that much quicker. Have a good weekend.

    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 11:27:38 (EST)
    Name: Ethan Steinberg -- Email:
    Location: San Francisco, California USA
  • Hey Simon!

    It was GREAT to see you and the rest of your family over Thanksgiving. Your mother and I have known each other our entire lives -- well, almost: I'm younger by 6 weeks!

    I'm sending you a big hug and warm wishes from California!

    With love,


    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 11:16:52 (EST)
    Name: Linda Slocum -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OH
  • Hi Simon,
    You may not know me, but I see you sometimes when you visit First Church in Oberlin. I sing in the choir with your grandmother. Your visit to the zoo sounds like great fun! Last year I went to Africa and saw some animals like giraffes, elephants, lions, monkeys and crocidiles, but they weren't in cages. It wasn't too scarry because we stayed in our land rover to watch them. I hope you're having a great day! We're sending lot of good thoughts your way.

    Friday, January 18, 2002 -- 09:05:09 (EST)
    Name: Peter Harvan -- Email:
    Location: Valley View, Ohio U.S.A.
  • Hi, Simon. You don't know me, but I heard about you from your Mom's friend - Geoff Andrews. I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling so good, but I know that your doctors and your family and friends are working very hard to make you feel better. Say "Hi" to your family for me, and please let your Mommy and Daddy know that if they want to call or email me, I would be happy to hear from them.

    (Mary -- Geoff informed me about your situation. Our family went through the same sort of experience last year. If there is anything we can do to provide support, please let us know. If all we can do is lend an empathetic ear, we would be happy to do so. Please feel free to call us (216-524-7549) or email at any time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Peter Harvan

    Thursday, January 17, 2002 -- 23:41:57 (EST)
    Name: Mary Craig -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • It has been a delight to catch up on all of Simon's messages today! It's fun to hear from old friends, meet new ones, and learn from all your different ways of talking to us about the big job we're doing.

    Some of you have offered help (we will call when we need you!). Some have wondered about how to make a difference by donating blood. Since Simon (and many others) will rely on the general blood supply, it's important for all of us to donate regularly, wherever we are. You can learn more about donating through the Red Cross or call 1 800 GIVE LIFE (1 800 448-3543) to make an appointment.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Simon received his first blood transfusions during a period of low immunity and fever after his first cycle of chemotherapy. It made such a difference! He went from pale and listless to feeling much better after receiving one unit of blood. It was amazing to me!

    Thursday, January 17, 2002 -- 23:14:14 (EST)
    Name: Eduardo and Carla Silva -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon,
    We are your neighbors and Community Aides in Family Housing. You probably don't remember us, but we remember you very well. We did a yummy Ice Cream Party last summer and you had a lot of fun! We remember you very well with one colorful popsicle in each hand : )
    We have just learned about your web page today. We loved the colors and to hear the bird sounds.
    We are from Brazil (hot place! we don't have snow!) and we need a friend to teach us how to play with the snow. We would love to play some time with you in the snow. We will keep in touch.
    Eduardo and Carla.

    Thursday, January 17, 2002 -- 19:57:21 (EST)
    Name: Jill, Laurie, and Rick Sharpe -- Email:
    Location: Lyndhurst, Ohio USA
  • Hey Simon!
    We just looked at your website, it's great! The rainbow colors are very pretty. We enjoyed reading the "Simon Says" page. I hope you're doing well these next few days, we'll be thinking of you! :-)

    your mom's friend Laurie, Rick, and their daughter Jill

    Thursday, January 17, 2002 -- 17:39:05 (EST)
    Name: Allyson Devenish -- Email:
    Location: London, England
  • Dear Simon,
    I have not had a chance to meet you yet but have heard wonderful things about you and your sister Miriam. My name is Allyson and I became friends with your Mum when I was a student at Oberlin College. Mum has very kindly let me know what's been going on with you and sent the address for your rather AMAZING website. It's fantastic! My son Martin (he's three years old) thinks the rainbow colours are beautiful. (So do I!) Simon - I and my whole family are thinking of you very much and send you bags and bags of love. Keep strong, healthy and smiling. You have a fantastic smile! Please give my love to Mum, Dad and Miriam and of course, save some for yourself. I will keep checking the website so I can keep up with all that you're doing. 'Bye!

    Thursday, January 17, 2002 -- 13:55:47 (EST)
    Name: Pam Matousek -- Email:
    Location: Davidsonville, Md
  • Dear Simon,
    You don't know me, but a friend of mine from my Church told me about your website. His name is Erik Andrews and I understand he is also a friend of yours. He's a good friend to have because he's asking so many people to pray for you. Wow, what a wonderful web site you have. It will be so much fun to see how many different new friends from all over the country you will make. Our church will be praying for you and your family. Try and remember to talk with God every night. Jesus tells us he especially loves children and even though WE may not understand why sometimes we hurt and are sick God knows and he will help you. I know you are sooo special to HIM. YOU've already been a blessing to people you don't even know by having this website and sharing information about those bad cells with other children and their families. THANK YOU, SIMON....Maybe we will talk again soon. "Miss Pam"

    Thursday, January 17, 2002 -- 13:38:44 (EST)
    Name: Shannon Ryan -- Email:
    Location: Rockport, MA
  • Hi Simon,
    I am a friend of Madi and Lexi's Mom.
    I just wanted to say hi and tell you what a great job you are doing with your visits to your doctor!
    Is is snowing where you live? We got some snow today, but I don't think it will stick around because it is supposed to rain later! I hope you are feeling good enough to play with your sister! Take care of yourself and your family! Lots of love!
    Shannon,Tom,Cory and Keenan

    Thursday, January 17, 2002 -- 00:34:16 (EST)
    Name: Erik Andrews -- Email:
    Location: Davidsonville, MD
  • Hi Simon -

    I know your Mom may not be much of a sports fan, but you'll be able to teach her soon enough...

    As a start, you've done some good planning! If your medicine plan goes according to schedule, you should be ready to watch the local baseball team, the Detroit Tigers, open their home season on April 5th against Grandma and Grandpa Craig's team the Cleveland Indians!
    You'll also probably be in fine shape to watch the Final Four on April 1st, (but don't plan on your teams from Michigan being in it this year)! That's if Mom and Dad let you stay up pretty late for a night (:^)

    And finally, and this is the one I'm most rooting for - if you are visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Ohio in May during Commencement weekend (5/25-5/26), we'll hopefully get to see you there!
    Whether under the Illumination Night lanterns or at First Church or somewhere else.

    Many prayers are headed to you from Maryland. Strong Simon - I like the sound of it!

    God Bless -
    Erik (and family) Andrews

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 22:56:08 (EST)
    Name: Madi and Lexi -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • After supper Madi was looking at Simon and Miriam's picture. Lexi approaches, "Maybe we could talk to the Simon's computor before bed". Down stairs by the computor Lexi says,"Let's say something silly" "How bout, how bout,how bout. . .Why did the elephant cross the street? because he wanted to see his other elephant friends who were silly". Madi bellows, "BuuBahh! BuuBahh!" I imagine some of the humor is lost via email but, I'll tell you they certainly are crakin' themselves up. Lexi adds,"I care about him. . .he is my big cousin friend" Madi says "me too!". "Let's look at their pictures again"

    You all are in our ongoing thoughts and prayers.

    Madi and Lexi (and Lawrie and Curt)

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 22:14:17 (EST)
    Name: Rowan -- Email: tikakofi
    Location: Oakland, CA USA
  • Simon,

    I liked your games. I really want to play them again. I really miss you. I like to be with you. I really hope you feel better. I want you. I will give you all my toys.


    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 18:45:01 (EST)
    Name: Lindsey Ferris -- Email:
    Location: Washington, DC USA
  • Hi Simon!
    I learned about your web site from a friend of mine named Jamie, who goes to Ferris State. I just wanted to write to tell you that you and your family are such an inspiration -- what a great web site!

    It's obvious you've got so many wonderful people around you who love you very much, and I can just tell you're great kid and such a fighter! Maybe one day you could visit us in Washington, DC -- we're doing our best to be strong down here, and I think your example would help us stay that way.

    Keep smiling!

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 17:49:21 (EST)
    Name: Markus Vodosek -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon,

    It's wonderful how many people are participating in your message board. It was great to hear your cheerful voice on the phone today!


    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 16:41:26 (EST)
    Name: George and Pete Andrews -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, Ohio
  • Hi Simon,
    We have enjoyed visiting with your folks and watching you and Miriam play with several of our grandchildren when you have come to church in Oberlin. Have your mom tell you about seeing snakes in South Dakota during a work camp experience way back when she was in high school!
    We hold you and your family close in our thoughts and prayers.

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 16:23:43 (EST)
    Name: Caroline Lucas -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon- My Mom works with your Mom and we have been thinking about you and what a brave little boy you are. Even though I haven't met you, I am very proud of you! I have a little dog named Dixie who is black, white and brown. She has some balls in her tummy, too. Every day, she grows stronger and stronger, just like you. Her favorite thing to do is eat cheese and she always loves to play- even in the middle of the night! She would like to send you some giant doggie-kisses so I'm sending those to you xxxxx mmmmmuh!!! Oh no, she has a big tongue-!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful website and beautiful smile with me, Simon.
    Your friend,
    Caroline Lucas (Shelda's daughter)

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 14:49:04 (EST)
    Name: Patrick Dougherty -- Email:
    Location: Chapel Hill, NC
  • Dear Simon: Sam and I are thinking about you and hope a dog licks your face today. best pat and sam

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 13:45:59 (EST)
    Name: Sheryl Smith -- Email:
    Location: Livonia, MI
  • Simon,
    Your mommy was one of the many people who prayed for our us when we went to Russia to adopt our children. Now we are praying for you. You are a very special little boy.
    Sheryl Smith

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 11:13:49 (EST)
    Name: Geoff Andrews -- Email:
    Location: Valley View, OH USA
  • Simon,

    Two days before Christmas Michael and Rachael were playing with you at the church in Oberlin, where your Mom grew up. They know that you are trying to get rid of those balls inside of you, and they are saying prayers for you each day.
    When your daddy was in town this fall we went for a little trip in an airplane. He really enjoyed that and I hope that you and I get a chance to do that whenever your parents think it is okay for you to go.

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 09:30:53 (EST)
    Name: carol and bob longsworth -- Email:
  • Good morning, Simon.
    We really like your web-site. We always like to see you when you come to church in Oberlin (we're up in the choir loft with your grandmother), and now we like to see you on our computer.
    We're cheering for you in your battle. And we wonder if we could help a little by donating some blood here in Oberlin. Do you know whether that is possible, and if so, how we should do it?

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002 -- 02:20:14 (EST)
    Name: Gina, Andy and Jordan -- Email:
    Location: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA
  • Hi Simon,

    You mom is lucky to have a friend named Kim Yaged here in California. We really like Kim, too. We also want you to know you have friends whom you haven't even met who are wishing you happiness every day. My son, Jordan, is a scuba diver and he said a prayer for you today as the Olympic torch was carried by the beach where he was diving. . .you are in many peoples' hearts and minds, Simon. :)


    Gina, Andy and Jordan

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 21:06:34 (EST)
    Name: Amy and Sarah -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
  • Hi Simon,
    How are you? Glad you feel better this week! Your pictures are cute! Amy says "I love you".
    Love,Sarah and Amy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 20:46:19 (EST)
    Name: Beth Sapp -- Email:
    Location: Oceanport, NJ
  • Hi Simon, Miriam, Mom and Dad, I received word of your web site from my cousin Carol who works at the University of Michigan. I hope you don't mind but I just found you and your sister to be soooo cute I had to forward your site onto some friends. I can see my friend Canda has already written to you. I love those curls you have Simon!! Could you believe that there are grownups who spend lots of money to get big beautiful curls like that?? Silly aren't we??? Please tell Mom and Dad that there are many people far, far away praying for you each and every day.I teach Sunday School to boys and girls in kindergarten and we say our prayers to God every week for our friends and family and I will include you in mine as my friend, ok?? I hope you are feeling better real soon.... Love,Beth

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 20:19:29 (EST)
    Name: Linda Wieser -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon, It's been a while since I've seen you, your mom or Miriam at La Leche League meetings. You must be a big boy now. You must also be a brave boy to go to the hospital many times for different treatments. You must know a lot of doctors and nurses.
    Say hello to your Mom.
    Linda Wieser

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 20:07:46 (EST)
    Name: Julia Welch -- Email:
    Location: Houston, TX
  • Hi Simon,
    I don’t know if you remember me, but I’m in school with your dad and I come to babysit you and Miriam sometimes. I miss seeing you two, and when I’m in town in a couple weeks, I will come visit you. I am so proud of you for being cheerful even though you aren’t feeling well. You set a great example for the rest of us! You are a very special boy, and I am praying that you will feel better soon.

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 19:56:46 (EST)
    Name: madeline -- Email:
    Location: , mi
  • Simon,

    My mom, Sue, told me about you and you being sick and all. I hope you feel better. Here's another joke:

    Q: Why did Tigger look in the toilet?

    A: Cause he was looking for Pooh!

    Ha! Ha!

    Keep your spirits up!


    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 18:41:14 (EST)
    Name: Canda Stewart -- Email:
    Location: Red Bank, NJ USA
  • Hello Dear Simon and his wonderful family: My name is Canda and I am a friend of Beth Sapp's. She sent me your website. I wanted to let you know that I just prayed that our faithful God sends a special blessing to you every day. I pray the Lord has his finest and most faithful angels walking with you and talking with you every day. May God's angels bring you comfort, peace, and tons of giggles of joy. You and your family are in my prayers. Your new friend, Canda. Good night.

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 13:22:26 (EST)
    Name: Liz Wierba -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon (and Mom, Dad and Miriam),
    Its been a long time since we saw you, so you might not remember us. Last time we met I think we went to the Hands On Museum. Do you still like to go to there? It is one of Jonah and Max's favorite places to hang out.
    We're all thinking of you,
    Jonah, Max and their Mommy (Liz) and Daddy (David).

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 10:39:48 (EST)
    Name: Anne Adams -- Email:
    Location: Northfield, MN USA
  • Hi Simon!! I see Tom has already written you, and playing in the sandbox sounds like a great idea! I also wanted to tell you that we are going to be a mommy and daddy soon, and we want you to teach our little boy everything you know about sandboxes and trains, and Pippi Langstrumpf. I hope medicine makes you feel better really really soon!!! tom and I both send HUUUUUUUUUGE hugs to you, and to Miriam, and your mom and dad.



    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 08:41:14 (EST)
    Name: Sue -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hey Simon:
    Here is a funny joke for you:

    Q: How do you catch a runaway dog?

    A: Hide behind a tree and make a noise like a bone !

    We're rooting for you!

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 08:09:05 (EST)
    Name: Jim Borton and Laura Sheffield -- Email:
    Location: Sparks, MD
  • Simon and Family:

    We are Madi and Lexi's uncle and aunt. We live in the country near lots of horses. We have three cats: Missy, Martha, and Tommy. Tommy is a tom cat. He lives in the woods and visits us from time-to-time. All of us send you and your family a big hug. We've never met you but we can tell you're a great kid. You've got the best smile!

    We're thinking of you,

    Jim, Laura, Missy, Martha, Tommy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002 -- 02:34:10 (EST)
    Name: Cynthia Hodges -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon -
    Hope you are feeling better soon. Tell your mom that her friends from La Leche League are thinking of her, and you too!

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 18:07:27 (EST)
    Name: Katherine Lawrence -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon,
    This is the best web site that I have seen in a long time. I'm so glad that you are able to share with us all your thoughts and ideas and progress because I try to send you my positive, happy thoughts every day, and this way I know how you are doing. I am looking forward to you getting well again so that you can make me laugh at the next party. (Every time I see you at a party, you are so funny!) Laughing is very good, and so are hugs. Please give your mom, dad, and sister extra hugs today!
    Love, Katherine

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 17:41:22 (EST)
    Name: Jamie Owen -- Email:
    Location: Big Rapids, MI USA
  • My name is Jamie Owen i received an e mail about Simon and his friend Andre. Lindsey Gross's younger sister is good friend of mine and forwarded the story on to me. I just wanted to say it touched me in an imense way. Your family will stay in my prayers. Good luck with all.. and God Bless

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 17:14:22 (EST)
    Name: Catherine -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hello Simon and family,

    I'm another LLL mom, and I think I've bumped into Mary before. I have a little boy named Glen. We want you to know we are very sorry that you're sick and will be visiting here often hoping that you are feeling all better. This is a beautiful web site!

    Catherine Shaffer

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 15:41:10 (EST)
    Name: Joan and Cam Borton
    Location: Portland,, ME
  • Dear Simon,
    We are Madi and Lexi's Nana and Papa. They told us about your web site because we have been praying for you every day just like they do at their home. We will keep it up and feel close to your family. You and your sister look like you are very good friends like Madi and Lexi are. They had so much fun with you both at Crystal Lake this summer. Please tell your Gramma Ann and Grampa Norm that we think of them and Miriam and your Mom and Dad.
    Madi and Lexi's Nana and Papa Borton

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 14:30:28 (EST)
    Name: Karen Zaruba -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon. I love your colorful cheerful website!!

    I know your mommy from La Leche League, and I sort of know your Daddy from when I used to attend lectures at the business school (you'd find them pretty boring). I have a son, Kirk who is about Miriam's age. He LOVES the zoo. Last time we were there we got to see the hippos underwater! It was probably too cold last time you went, though.

    I'll be thinking about you, and about your parents.

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 14:24:50 (EST)
    Name: Aldas Kriauciunas -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon,
    I know your dad from school and we meet sometimes at Krogers. It sounds like you had a good trip to the Toledo zoo. I have a five year old and he likes the zoo also. Did you like the new wolves they have? We are all praying for you.
    Aldas, Irena, Gytis

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 14:16:44 (EST)
    Name: Liddy, Martin, Justin and Jacob Garcia-Bunuel -- Email:
    Location: Cambridge, MD USA
  • Dear Mary, Markus, Simon and Miriam,
    We have been thinking of all of you soooo much! While all together this past week, we sent good vibes your way. You have all our support and know your extended family will do just about anything for you. Justin has already composed one picture and we will keep drawing and sending them your way. I am sure you are getting tremendous support from your parents but if there is anything we (the other Williams family) can do, PLEASE let us know. We will continue to send positive thoughts and prayers your way. With MANY strong hugs, and kisses, Love Liddy, Martin, Justin and Jake

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 13:39:41 (EST)
    Name: Lucy , Ben, Grace and Logan -- Email:
    Location: Baltimore, MD USA
  • Dear Simon, Miriam, Mary and Marcus,
    We have been very far away this last week, but you have been close in our thoughts. Grace is planning to draw you some more pictures, and Logan likes looking at photos of you all playing together at Crystal Lake. Your web site is wonderful, and we are grateful to you for enabling us to keep up with your progress. Lucy especially loves the "Simon Says" section. We send you many warm fuzzies from Grace, Logan, Lucy and Ben, and we will send off a letter with drawings soon.
    Your strength and perseverance is inspiring to us all.
    Much love,
    Lucy, Ben, Grace and Logan

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 12:48:49 (EST)
    Name: Lawrie, Curt, Madi and Lexi -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Hi Simon and family,
    Boy, is it great to see your website! It is sooooooooooo neat-o-cool and really helpful too! Madi and Lexi say, let's sing them a song (thoughtful look). . . "but they can't hear us. . .we could sing it any way. . .they might hear it somehow") Lexi's song from school "Joy is like a fountain in my soul. . . love is like a river, love is like a river, love is like a river in my soul" (there are lots of great hand motions that go with this song) Madi's pick is A,B,Cs because Simon has an S and Miriam has an M "M is the same for Madi". Thank you so much for putting this wonderful website together. We love seeing your pictures and reading Simon's words and your conversations. What a gift you give us all in sharing this.
    We love you all so much -- we have been very far away this past week on vacation and now that we are back in Seattle we still feel very far away but, this website helps us feel a bit closer -thanks. We continue to hold you all gently but, firmly in our loving and healing thoughts and prayers.

    Lawrie, Curt, Madi, and Lexi

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 12:38:56 (EST)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • Hi, Simon! You don't know me, but I'm in a group with your mom at Oberlin. We met there in early December and got talking about the fact that we both have children who are 4 years old! My daughter Laura will have her next birthday on June 24 -- when's your birthday?

    I REALLY like your website -- you have all the colors of the rainbow in it, and lots of great things like "Simon Says" (that's one of Laura's favorite games, by the way!). And I was especially impressed that you've been getting messages from ALL over the country -- I even saw one message from Germany. Wow, are you popular!

    I'm glad you were feeling well enough to come home from the hospital recently, and my family and I will be sending you all kinds of healthy, healing thoughts from Upstate New York. Hugs to you and to your mom, dad, and sister, too!

    Kris, Rob, Emily, Danny, and Laura Hopkins

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 09:43:38 (EST)
    Name: Jackie Hickmon -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon,
    What a handsome boy you are! I love your smile. My family has been praying for you and your family and we will continue to do so. I am thankfu to you for sharing this wonderful website with all of us, but I am most thankful for the joy you bring to so many people. Keep smiling!

    Mary, thanks.

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 09:40:10 (EST)
    Name: Jacqui, George & Emily Shambaugh -- Email:
    Location: Oakton, VA
  • Hi, Simon! What a bright, wonderful web site you've got. We're thinking about you every day and sending all our best wishes to you. Our daughter Emily is almost 3 and she asked if she could play with you and Miriam sometime soon. We're looking forward to it!

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 09:36:51 (EST)
    Name: Kim Cameron -- Email:
  • Dear Simon: You are a handsome and brave young man, and you are teaching many lessons to people much older than you about how to cope with illness. We admire you a lot. We are also praying for you, and we send our best wishes to your parents and sister. We will be eager to keep in touch with you over the next few months until you're better.

    Warmest wishes,

    Kim and Melinda Cameron

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 09:10:12 (EST)
    Name: Michelle and John Stempien -- Email:
    Location: Gran, Michigan USA
  • Simon, Miriam, Mary and Markus-
    What a wonderful website-such a beautiful place with lots of colors, happiness and love. Simon-you probably won't remember me because we became friends when you were just a very little baby, but your mom and I used to work together and it is was so great to be part of your earliest months! I'm so proud that you are being so brave and my husband John and I will be thinking about you and your family a lot as you get better. We'll keep checking your website too-just keep being the wonderful kid that you are! Lots of Hugs and Smiles! Michelle and John

    Mary and Markus-Please let me know if there is anything John and I can do to help. You are in our thoughts.

    Michelle and John Stempien

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 03:31:31 (EST)
    Name: Annette Steve and Rowan Williams -- Email:
    Location: Oakland, CA
  • Simon Mary Markus and Mariam,
    We just got back from the Williams reunion and were so glad to see your web site. It's wonderful!!! I especially liked reading the Simon says section. The entire extended Williams family is thinking about you all the time. We love you so much and feel lucky to be a part of your family. Hope you got the drawing from Rowan last week. Loved seeing the pictures of you, your family and cousins. We send you tons of healing hugs with plenty left over for your Mom Dad and Sister. XXXXOOOO A, S and R

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 01:04:46 (EST)
    Name: Max Gupta -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor,
  • Dear Simon,
    My teacher Polly taught me a nice song last week and I wanted to sing it to you. It goes like this: " All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my tummy, and love in my family". My mom says that song and love also have a magic curing power and that if we sing together with all your friends and family, and send our love to you, those balls will soon pop up and be gone forever. Big loving hug from Max and his Mommy and Daddy

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 00:32:27 (EST)
    Name: Connie Cohn -- Email:
    Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan
  • Dear Simon, Miriam, Mary, and Markus,

    I LOVED your colorful website. It made me feel as good inside as I hope you're going to be feeling, Simon. I've missed seeing you since Noah and Rachel moved to California and Noah stopped going to Gari's music class. I just visited them in California and brought you something from Joshua Tree National Park. Can I drop by sometime this week (after 5:45 p.m.)? Should I call first? I'm also commissioned by Marcie and David to pick up and bring you anything any of you might need. Just tell me what -- and when. I'm also a good cook and would love to make you something when you're not enjoying that yummy hospital food. Call me at home (734-449-9394) or during the day on my cell phone (734-730-0894), or email me. I'm in Ann Arbor daily and often shop at various Kroger stores, Whole Foods, Arbor Farms, the Coop, K-Mart, Meijers, and Borders, should you want something picked up from any of those places.
    Love, Connie

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 00:14:59 (EST)
    Name: Monica Cochran -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon,
    We go to the UU church and I work in the nursery sometime with Mirium. I've met you when you drop off Mirium. We spent a lot of time at Mott a while back with one of my kids and there are lots of good people there to help you get better, and there are some fun people there too. We got to know some of them. My daughter said to be sure to have Adrienne come and paint some cool drawings on your arm or ask Shannon Scott to come and do some art with you--she's a super fun art therapist.
    Say hello to Mirium to for us and tell her we miss her at the church nursery.
    Lots of HUGS!!
    Monica, Terry, Chris, and Caroline Cochran

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 00:12:58 (EST)
    Name: Sally Olson -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
  • Hi Simon, Miriam, Mary and Markus! I love your website. It helps me a lot to know how you are doing. I think about you every day and Sarah and Amy and Jim and talk about you a lot. Amy still has her "Amy" and "Simon" dolls and thinks about you when she plays with them. We love you lots! Sally

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 00:10:57 (EST)
    Name: Bill Hilton -- Email:
    Location: Sunnyvale, CA USA
  • Hi Simon,
    Silly me! You have a sister, don't you, not a brother. Well, every one makes a mistake once in a while. Take good care. Bill

    Monday, January 14, 2002 -- 00:05:10 (EST)
    Name: Bill Hilton & Kristi Iverson -- Email:
    Location: Sunnyvale, CA USA
  • Hi Simon,
    I'm Bill and my wife Kristi is here too. I met your mom in Oberlin in early Dec. We both love your website with all it's wonderful colors and good information. We sad to hear that you're sick, but glad to learn that you're back home and feeling better. We wish you and your mom, dad and brother our very best wishes.
    Lots of love,
    Bill & Kristi

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 22:36:40 (EST)
    Name: Jodie and Olivia -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Simon, your website is so colorful and bright it makes me smile. I love the pictures of you with Miriam- glad to see you shared your yummy hospital tray with her! Olivia and I are thinking of you every day and know you are strong and smart and funny and we wish we could watch your red balloon video with you that you got for your birthday last summer! We'll keep checking your site for news of how you are. Say hello to your mommy and daddy and sister for us!

    Jodie, Olivia, and Brent

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 18:29:53 (EST)
    Name: Sandy, Scott and Julia -- Email:
    Location: Cleveland Heights, OH USA
  • hi Simon,

    We enjoyed exploring your website this morning. When Julia saw your picture, she started chattering and typed this message:
    xxdfvqllDFDV C
    Since she's only 1, her mommy often translates for her. The message means:
    "Hope you come through your treatment with flying colors! And can I have a play date with Miriam?"

    Best wishes for patience and faith to your parents.

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 18:00:37 (EST)
    Name: Paula Caproni
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon:

    Well, you have the most fantastic website! I'm a friend of your mom's and dad's and you may remember my daughters Julia and Leah -- they're the very smart and pretty girls you see at parties sometimes! You've probably seen them at the dessert table which is where they spend most of their time at parties. Anyway, I hear that you were in the hospital recently. I hope they gave you jello. When I was in the hospital many years ago to have my tonsils out, I got to eat jello. And when I was in the hospital having Julia and Leah, I got to eat popsicles, so see if you can get some popsicles whenever you are there! I also heard that ladybugs are good luck. Well, this year you may know that all of Ann Arbor has millions of lady bugs -- they are everywhere in our house trying to get out of the cold -- in the lights, in the ceilings, on the rugs. So, they must all be thinking of you and sending you good luck! Well, I have to go now, but you keep resting, cooking, playing. Say hi to your parents and wonderful sister for me. Love, Paula Caproni

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 17:48:54 (EST)
    Name: the Kennedys -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon! We go to the UU church, too, and Michael knows your mom at work. We heard you have been sick, and we want you to know that we are cheering for you and your family as you let the medicine and the doctors and nurses help you get better - Liz, Mike, Emma, and Lucas

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 16:01:22 (EST)
    Name: Jane Blodgett -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OH USA
  • Dear Simon, Miriam, Mary, Markus,
    How good it was to hear from you all and to know that Simon is feeling well enough to enjoy being home! Simon, I like the Gemini, too. I heard them play once about 20 years ago. (at High Scope camp) Then I listened to their records. What's your favorite song? I liked, "I'm goin' to the zoo,zoo,zoo". Love to you all, Jane (Amy's Gram) PS I LOVE your Web Site!

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 15:49:11 (EST)
    Name: Dick and Dina -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OH USA
  • Last week I swam with a big sea turtle. I held its flipper and it let me scratch its back and tummy. It wasn't afraid of me at all.

    Some day you may get to swim with one, too. I sure hope you do.

    Love, Nana Dina and Goodie Dick

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 11:35:52 (EST)
    Name: Max and Michael (Dad) and Lisa (Mom) Koltnow -- Email:
    Location: Davis, CA USA
  • Hi Simon! I am 3 years old. My Dad met your Mom at Oberlin last month. I just learned about your website this morning. It has cool rainbow colors. I liked the pictures of you and your sister. I will send you a card with a picture of me. We live far apart, but I hope we get to play together some day.

    Love, Max Koltnow

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 10:49:38 (EST)
    Name: Rachel Obstfeld -- Email:
    Location: Irvine, CA USA
  • Dear Simon: Me and Noah are making you presents. We will send them out tomorrow. I hope we can visit you soon. We might come to Ann Arbor in the Spring for our Dad's graduation. Is there any special present that you want from California? How about I send you a Sea Lion!
    Love, Rachel and Noah

    Sunday, January 13, 2002 -- 09:07:25 (EST)
    Name: selcen onsan (sell-jin) -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hello Simon!
    hello Miriam!
    hello Mary
    hello Markus

    SIMON! you are an S like ME!!! when I was little I would think of all the good S words there are around like: SUPER, SMART, STRONG, SPECIAL, and of course: SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOTIOUS!
    aren't those great! can you think of more?
    I think SIMON is another word I should add to my list...all of those things, especially STRONG

    I'm not sure if you remeber me by name, but I have played with you when I have babysat for Emma and Andre. I remember a very fun Simon and Miriam who came over one time to help make MUFFINS! Thanks again for your help that day! I hope to play with you again soon.
    simon, could you tell everyone in your family I said hi? And give them a hug for me: Hugs are the best medicine ever!
    Lots of love and positive thoughts

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 22:38:51 (EST)
    Name: Seung-Yoon Rhee -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI U.S.A.
  • Hi Simon!
    I have known you since you were a baby boy and now you became a big boy!! I also know that you are a wonderful brother to Miriam and a wonderful son to your Mom and Dad. Because you are such a nice and brave boy, you will get better soon so that you can be a great doctor!

    With all the best wishes,

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 22:34:12 (EST)
    Name: Nancy Hoetker -- Email:
    Location: Champaign, IL USA
  • Hey there Simon!

    I love your web page, and will check back often to see what you're up to. Look in the mail soon for a package from Andrew & Nicole.

    Say "Hi!" to Miriam for us, too please.

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 22:27:24 (EST)
    Name: Tom Schnauber -- Email:
    Location: Northfield, Minnesota USA
  • Hey Simon!-I liked seeing you in all the photos on the computer. I haven't seen you in person for a LONG time :-( You look much bigger now. But, if I come visit someday, will you still play in the sandbox with me? Or maybe we could just have fun with the wooden train set. I hope all the balls go away soon. Alles Gute, mein kleiner Freund!


    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 20:57:26 (EST)
    Name: Andre & Lindsay -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Simon, Miriam, Mary & Markus -- We had a wonderful time with you today at the Art Train, we are both so glad that we got to go with your family . SIMON you are GREAT - a wonderful thinker and a lot of fun to be around (a good cookie maker too!). We love having you for a neighbor. Andre and I are thinking about you everyday Simon and always wishing you and your entire family the very best.
    -Sending you lots of positive vibes - Andre & Lindsay

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 20:10:46 (EST)
    Name: Ben and Grace Davis (and their staff) -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon!
    We were really happy to see you and Miriam today at the ArtTrain, which was fun! (Miriam is a really good swimmer, too.) We hope we can play with you both soon at our house. Do you have favorite books that you would like to see more of?
    Ben and Grace

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 18:59:30 (EST)
    Name: Jill Steinberg -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
  • Hi Simon,
    I haven't had the chance to meet you yet, but your mom and I grew up together in Oberlin. As kids, we used to play all sorts of fun games--Jailbreak, Capture the Flag, Sardines. Your mom can tell you fun stories about that! I now live in the same town as Sally and Jim Olson and their daughters Sarah and Amy, who like to come over to my house and play in the park across the street from me. I love your Web site and am glad I can send you a message! -- Jill

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 18:23:39 (EST)
    Name: Jane Dutton -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
  • Hi Simon!!!!!!We are the people that live in the barn in Ann Arbor. I work with your Dad at the university and I know your Mom and your sister. We love your cool and groovy website. We have lots of ladybugs in our crazy barn-house. One of them spoke to us today and said that they were good luck. THey said we could pass the good luck along. SO we are passing love and hugs and good luck from the ladybugs (and people) in our house to the people in your house (and any bugs there too!).
    See you soon we hope.
    Jane, Lance, Cara and Emily

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 17:21:57 (EST)
    Name: Ruth Ann, John, Noah and Isaac -- Email:
    Location: Ratingen, Germany
  • Dear Simon:
    What a great web-site! We all like Gemini, too. We wish we could come visit you and Miriam, but we are in Germany now. Do you remember when you came to Burns Park in July for a picnic with us? We blew bubbles and played games. Your Mommy and Daddy are pretty amazing people. Miriam's an amazing sister. No wonder you're so special, too! We love you and send you special knife-ball fighting power!
    ~Ruth Ann, John, Noah & Isaac

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 17:19:53 (EST)
    Name: Louise, Andrew, Emma and Matthew -- Email: changlou
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan United States
  • Dear Mary, Markus, Simon, and Miriam,
    We wish you well! Please let us know how and when we can help.
    your friends and neighbors,
    Louise, Andrew, Emma and Matthew

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 16:54:31 (EST)
    Name: Elizabeth Kent -- Email:
    Location: Oregon House, California USA
  • Hello Simon!

    I send you a big hug and a kiss even though I've never met you! And lots of invisible magical love glitter that floats around and heals your body from top to toenail.

    I have a picture of your Mommy holding my daughter Miranda when she was a tiny baby. I knew then that your Mommy would be a very very good Mommy.

    We have a large red-apricot poodle. His name is Truffle. We hardly ever have to give him a bath because he is exactly the same color as the dirt around here. It's true. Some people tell us we have a very nice white poodle (because they think he is that color because he's been rolling around in the dirt -- which he does anyway.)

    I send you and Mom and Dad and Miriam and all the angels that are helping you my warmest love.

    Until next time!


    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 16:38:50 (EST)
    Name: Rebecca, Randy, Emma & Schuyler -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OHIO USA
  • Dear Mary, Markus, Simon & Miriam,

    We all send you our love and hope! We think about you every day and have been getting regular updates about Simon''s progress from Ann and Norm. This website is great - all the colors that remind me of the sweaters Mary has made our little ones. The information and pictures are helpful, and this message board gives us - the international community who love you - a place to collect and send our support. Thank you for such a gift.
    It was pretty nifty to hear about (and see pictures of) the special visit by Gemini...Simon's favorite musicians! We hope you enjoyed playing with the modeling magic we sent you. Schuyler says hi and sends a big hug to his special buddy Simon. "I hope you feel better," he says. Emma sends kisses and hugs to both Simon and Miriam. We are on the ready - just a short drive away - to come and help as soon as you need us. With love and huge amounts of positive energy,
    the Cross-Colemans

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 14:27:02 (EST)
    Name: Lee Williams -- Email: loganlee
    Location: Baltimore, Md. 21210
  • Simon, the web page that your mom and Dad have set up for us to read is wonderful and I am so glad to see it and the wonderful pictures of you and your family. Ithink of you often and hope you will feel better. I know you are to go into the hospital again soon, but it's nice you have so many good people to help there. I am sending a package to you on Monday since the PO is closed today. Justin and Grace etc. will be home from their trip on Sunday and will be so happy to see your pictures and will be ready to make some more for you to get. Lots of Love, Lee

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 12:55:22 (EST)
    Name: Daune Mahy -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OH Lorain
  • Hi Simon! I'm thinking about you-I hope you received the package Rebecca and I sent with some things to do for fun. I also hope you like the monkey--when my grandson, Alex was here for Christmas, we visited the Cleveland Zoo Rain Forest. The orangatangs(a very funny and large monkey family) kept us entertained a lot! There was a brand new baby that his mother carried with her constantly. There were 3 older babies that were full of tricks with the burlap sack. They put it on and rolled around and played peek-a =boo! The father sat at the window and made faces at us(he also picked his nose and ate what he fund--YUK!) The rain forest also has a fabulous ant-eater with the most amazing long and fancy tail you have ever seen--his nose isn't too short either!

    We are all thinking about you and hope you are feeling better and getting stronger every day! Love, Daune

    Saturday, January 12, 2002 -- 07:53:47 (EST)
    Name: Julia, Chris, Serena, Alma -- Email:
    Location: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Mary, Markus, Simon and Miriam! We love you and think about you all the time. We wish we lived closer so that we could help you in a hands-on way. We are rooting for Simon like mad, and offer all our support and courage. We'll call soon.

    Friday, January 11, 2002 -- 20:20:38 (EST)
    Name: Monica and Jesse -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
  • Simon, from the look on your face in the pictures, we know you will beat this thing! Your mommy and daddy are really good at making the right decisions, and when you are all better again, we will introduce you to our little girl or boy and you can tell them all about it. (We also are looking forward to meeting Miriam...)

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