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Monday, July 29, 2002 -- 15:47:02 (EDT)
Name: Lawrie
Location: Seattle, WA
  • Hi guys,
    Boy was it good to see and touch you all in person. We only wish we could have had more time together. I too want to thank you for writing out in detail your experience of Simon's surgery. Wow, what a day.

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


    Thursday, July 25, 2002 -- 04:25:40 (EDT)
    Name: Gerda u. Kurt Faulhammer -- Email:
    Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Hi Simon, we are happy that your operation is ready and we wish you good recovery! Have you got the "Koalas" we have sent? We hope so. Now a new word from Vienna: Auf Wiedersehen! It's like your "till we meet again".
    Wir haben uns so lange nicht gemeldet, weil unsere E-Mail-Adresse nicht o.k. war und wir nun aber wieder eine neue haben. Außerdem haben wir im Garten keinen Internet-Anschluß.
    Bis zum Nächstenmal liebe Grüße an Dich und Deine Familie!
    Herzlichst Gerda und Kurti

    Wednesday, July 24, 2002 -- 21:26:25 (EDT)
    Name: Edie and Anthony Robbins -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon, you are the bravest, most remarkable boy I have ever known. Your Mommy and Daddy are also very brave and show how strong parents can become when faced with such tremendous challenge.

    Simon, your remarks in Simon Says are terrific. What wonderful insight you have.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2002 -- 21:26:23 (EDT)
    Name: Edie and Anthony Robbins -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon, you are the bravest, most remarkable boy I have ever known. Your Mommy and Daddy are also very brave and show how strong parents can become when faced with such tremendous challenge.

    Simon, your remarks in Simon Says are terrific. What wonderful insight you have.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2002 -- 10:19:29 (EDT)
    Name: The Warzocha Family -- Email:
    Location: Belleville, Mi U.S
  • Hi Simon :o)We are so glad that you're feeling better!Brian and Matt and I are really going to miss seeing you and your mom, Brian has just finished with his treatments :o) I'm sure we will see you guys from time to time. Your family is in our daily prayers!! Kepp in touch!! The Warzocha's

    Wednesday, July 24, 2002 -- 02:00:33 (EDT)
    Name: annette again
  • Mary,

    THANKS so much for the chronicle of the surgery it helped me a lot I appeciate the detail WHAT A DAY!!!


    Wednesday, July 24, 2002 -- 01:42:42 (EDT)
    Name: Annette, Steve & Rowan
    Location: Oakland,
  • simon,

    Sure was wonderful to see you!!! and Miriam and your Mom and Dad. It's a lot better than cyberspace the real thing. Was fun to roast mashmellows, and play in the water. Hope you had a good trip back home. Well send a CD of all the pictures to you soon so you'll have more to add to the web site. Love you tons,

    Tuesday, July 23, 2002 -- 13:50:09 (EDT)
    Name: sally
    Location: seattle,
  • Hi Guys! I'm glad you were able to go see everyone up at Crystal Lake! We are heading to the Upper Pennisula of Michigan tomorrow to see all our relatives on Jim's side of the family. Unfortunetely we won't be close enough to visit you, but we hope to see you at the end of August. You may be in the hospital then, but I hope we can visit you there.
    Sending lots of love,
    Sally and all

    Tuesday, July 23, 2002 -- 08:40:55 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, I am so glad you got to go to Crystal Lake, even though I know it was hard not to go into the water. Lake Michigan is such a special place. In a way, taking away all one's worries, if only temporarily.Hurray to Miriam, way to go. I am back home after spending several days with my grandaughter who has been sick. It was fun to hear the rain last night, and I even think that I heard the grass go "ahhh". Sending you my love always. Gari

    Monday, July 22, 2002 -- 07:55:37 (EDT)
    Name: Jenni McIntosh -- Email:
    Location: Standish, Maine USA
  • Hello Simon,

    I am Maddie and Lexie's Aunt. I hope your recovery from surgery goes well. I loved seeing the pictures from Utah. It looks like it was a fun trip. I am looking forward to seeing Maddie, Lexie, Curt, and Lawrie, who is my sister, in August. My son Ryan is 8 and my daughter is 4. How old are you now and how old is Miriam? We have a new addition to our family. We have a 12 week old black lab puppy. His name is Gus! He likes to give kisses, snuggle, and especially likes kids. Simon, I love visiting your website and will keep doing so. I send our love to you and your family.

    Love, Jenni McIntosh

    Friday, July 19, 2002 -- 02:05:54 (EDT)
    Name: erik andrews
    Location: Cape Vincent , Ny
  • Hey Simon,

    The big question I have for you is, When you were in the hospital on July 4th, where did they have the fireworks?? Was it in the hallway? In your room? On TV?

    After being away from the computer for a couple weeks, it was good news to read your momma's account on how the surgery went.

    Know that your are in our prayers!
    God bless -

    Friday, July 19, 2002 -- 00:38:47 (EDT)
    Name: Mary Craig -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • A number of people have let us know recently that they have lost track of Simon's Web site URL. If you haven't already changed your bookmark, you can use the simpler version: (Some of you may have a different address that we sent out back in January. They all work, but it's harder to remember the "real" address.)

    Also, if you're away from home and can't remember how to reach us, try this. Go to Google and type in "Simon Vodosek". You can even hit "I'm feeling lucky." It takes you straight to this site.

    If you're the curious sort, you might want to look at the full list of what comes up on Google when you search on Simon's name. Lots of references to his dad, Markus Vodosek, and his Opa, Peter Vodosek (both are active academics). Interestingly, both senior Vodoseks have done a number of things that involve people named Simon (usually as a last name). A little bit of trivia. But perhaps it will help you remember how to keep in touch with us!

    Thursday, July 18, 2002 -- 15:29:58 (EDT)
    Name: Bonnie -- Email:
    Location: Traverse City, MI
  • Hey Simon!
    So glad to hear how well you are doing! I think of you ALL the time and am so happy to have your website to check out! I LOVE the pictures of you and the chocolate covered strawberries :) You and your whole family are truely an inspiration! I check on you often so even if you don't hear from me please know you're in my prayers! Lots of Love, Your Bonnie

    Wednesday, July 17, 2002 -- 18:28:14 (EDT)
    Name: Jane Bishop -- Email:
    Location: AA,
  • Way to go Simon!!! I have had a hard time finding your website as I am away from AA and didn't have my addresses. I use the library computers, and today had the thrill of reading about your susrgery and recovery. Keep up the good progress, and I'll keep you in my thoughts even if I am not close by. Hope Miriam is doing better..give her my love, but don't get TOO close until she is better. And tell your Mom she should be a reporter...what a great chronicle!!! Love, Jane

    Wednesday, July 17, 2002 -- 10:59:13 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, I am so glad to hear you are up and around on your bicycle. I was at a music festival this weekend and thought about you a lot. I am off tomorrow to visit my neice in cleveland, then home for a bit. I am busy getting ready for the fall and ordering lots of new art materials. I hope I get to see you soon. If not, please know I am thinking of you everyday and your family too. You are all in my prayers and I send all my love. Gari

    Wednesday, July 17, 2002 -- 08:27:23 (EDT)
    Name: Liza Burger
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi guys,
    Just wanted to touch base and let you know that you all continue to be in our prayers! Thanks for being so diligent in keeping up the web site. We're so glad to hear the surgery progressed well-- what a long day that must have been for all of you.
    Simon, the nesting birds in our chimney finally fledged last week, and we're wondering if the nest will be used again before the chimney sweep arrives in August! Hope your day is filled with sunshine.
    Liza, Mike, Jolan & Jenna

    Tuesday, July 16, 2002 -- 08:34:07 (EDT)
    Name: Sid Sharma -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon,
    Sid here. I have been sick myself, so I was unable to come and see you at the hospital. But, I am glad you are recovering well, and doing fine. You are a brave and strong guy, and I bet you will be up and running at full throttle in a matter of days.
    Best of luck.

    Monday, July 15, 2002 -- 21:23:30 (EDT)
    Name: Martin Garcia-Bunuel -- Email:
    Location: Cambridge, MD USA
  • Dear Simon,

    I just finished reading "the chronicle" of your surgery. Way to go and Bravo! What a beautiful, strong and inspiring child you are. I send you and your family all my love and strength, and thank you for continually sending all of us such love and strength through your recovery. Liddy, Justin and Jacob are up at Crystal Lake with your Great Aunt Lee, and many of your cousins. I hope you get to see them. We think of you every day.

    Peace and Love, Martin

    Monday, July 15, 2002 -- 00:26:22 (EDT)
    Name: Tatiana -- Email:
  • Dear Simon.
    I am really, really happy to hear the good news about you and your surgery! I have been praying to God to help you to get rid of the tumors, and the doctors removed them. This is fantastic! I also pray that these tumors are gone forever, and will never return!!!
    You are a fabulous boy! Keep eating well, keep riding your bike, and keep in mind that you have lots and lots of people thinking about you and praying for you.
    God bless you!

    Sunday, July 14, 2002 -- 19:28:39 (EDT)
    Name: Jennifer Sharpe -- Email:
    Location: Lyndhurst, Ohio USA
  • Dear Simon,
    I have read so much about what's going on if your life and how you're doing. I look up to you because of how much strength you must have, you're like an angel sent from heaven. You've dealt with so much, at such a young age and that's amazing. You're a great boy and i hope everything continues to go well for you! You've made an impact on my life and i thank you for that! :0)
    love always,
    Jennifer Sharpe

    Friday, July 12, 2002 -- 15:07:42 (EDT)
    Name: Liddy, Martin, Justin and Jacob Garcia-Bunuel -- Email:
    Location: Cambridge, MD USA
  • All of us on the Williams side were delighted how well Simon's surgery went. A conversation doesn't pass without mentioning the Craig/Vodesek family and Simon's progress. Simon, you are one strong little boy! We love and think of you often.

    Friday, July 12, 2002 -- 01:28:11 (EDT)
    Name: Rachel and Noah O. -- Email:
    Location: Irvine, CA USA
  • Dear Simon: It was great to see and the family when we were in Ann Arbor and it is wonderful to hear that the surgery is all over and it was a big success. We went shopping for you and Miriam will and you will get a packgage from us (in Anteater Country on Monday)Love, Rachel and Noah

    Thursday, July 11, 2002 -- 09:47:12 (EDT)
    Name: Nana Dina
  • Hey Simon! Good work! It is so good to hear that you are getting stronger and more active. Keep up the good work. All of your friends here in Oberlin are rooting for you.
    Love from "Nana'" Dina and "Goodie" Dick. (Nana and Goodie is what our seven grandchildren call us. Isn't Goodie a funny name?)

    Wednesday, July 10, 2002 -- 22:42:31 (EDT)
    Name: Tracey Metry -- Email:
    Location: ann arbor, mi
  • Welcome Home Simon!!! I was thinking of you and Miriam from the shores of Lake Michigan last night. Jori and Kyin were having so much fun digging in the sand together, I was thinking about how much you and Miriam would love the beach, too. Cheers to all of you as you welcome Simon home. Tracey

    Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 18:09:39 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hurrah for everyone in the Vodosek/Craig household. Hurrah to have Simon back home. Hugs to all and an extra one to Miriam. I am off to the Bliss music festival in northern michigan tomorrow and will think of all of you as I listen to the beautiful waltzes and watch the sun go down and maybe come up too! Much love, Gari

    Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 16:12:56 (EDT)
    Name: Marion Robertson -- Email:
  • Hi Simon et al: So glad to read all the good news. We have kept up through Jane Blodgett. Simon, did you know that we have a baby elephant at the Zoo here? I am going to try to forward some pictures of him to you since I know you really like animals. His name is Kandula and he weighs about 680 pounds!(almost 7 months old).

    He has taught himself how to swim which is great because it's very hot here. Hope you are feeling better each day. If forwarding the pictures to this web site doesn't work I will find another way to do it. Love to all your family from the Robertsons.

    Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 15:29:44 (EDT)
    Name: Anne -- Email:
    Location: northfield, MN USA
  • Simon I'm so glad you're ok! Johannes ist auch gluecklich, und schickt dir viele Umarmungen! Keep up those great walks with mom, and keep working your magic!

    and poor Miriam is sick! Feel better soon sweetie!

    love, Anne, Tom, and Johannes

    Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 13:50:23 (EDT)
    Name: Katherine Lawrence -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon,

    I'm so glad that you're safely home after an eventful and uncomfortable week. Hooray! I've been sending you many positive vibes, and I look forward to reading about your ongoing improvement. Here's to you!


    Tuesday, July 09, 2002 -- 09:32:05 (EDT)
    Name: Ellen Roussey -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon,
    I was so happy to hear that your operation went well! I told Cully on the way home from church, and he told me that his class had made something for you. Let's hope that this is the beginning of the end of all of this, and that now you can work on healing your body. I look forward to the day when I can see you running around at church and feeling well again. I hope that you feel better each day, and that you get your appetite back so your strength will come back too.
    Love, Ellen

    Monday, July 08, 2002 -- 23:26:06 (EDT)
    Name: Sally
    Location: Seattle,
  • I was so glad last Wednesday night when my mom called me to report on your successful surgery. We were thinking about you a lot!! After I told jim and Sarah and Amy that the surgery went well, Amy started planning a party for you with 100 cupcakes!!
    We continue to think good thoughts for your recovery. I marvel at you ALL for your strength and bravery.
    much love,

    Monday, July 08, 2002 -- 17:55:45 (EDT)
    Name: Trish Beckjord -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Simon,
    I checked in on your web site today and was glad to hear that your operation went okay. I know things will start to go even better once you are home and starting to walk around more! This past weekend, while you were in the hospital, I was out rescuing some plants in the woods that were going to be lost because of a new housing development. So while I could hear the bulldozers working away in the background, I was digging up plants to save and bring home. It was a beautiful woods with many wonderful straight, tall tulip trees. When I got home I also planted a tulip tree of my very own. Since your operation was about the same time, I think I will name it and care for it in your honor. May both it and you grow straight and tall for many years to come!

    Monday, July 08, 2002 -- 09:30:18 (EDT)
    Name: irene -- Email:
    Location: Linz, Europe Austria
  • We keep you in our prayers and hopes. All the best from Austria.
    Irene & Co

    Sunday, July 07, 2002 -- 17:50:39 (EDT)
    Name: Rick and Donna Gross
    Location: Midland, Michigan
  • WOW!!! We are all very excited about this surgery and the happy results. Lindsay keeps us posted, and our thoughts continue to be with each of you. But, we wanted to send you big smiles and telepathic hugs upon hearing this latest news.
    The Grosses

    Sunday, July 07, 2002 -- 17:20:33 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, glad to hear you are almost ready to come home. Hopefully you will be able to get around a bit more, to help keep those lungs clear. I had my grandaughter here for a few days, and I sure was running around after her. Hope to see you soon. Much love, Gari

    Saturday, July 06, 2002 -- 19:58:30 (EDT)
    Name: the kennedys -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor,
  • Dear Simon, Miriam, Mary, and Markus,
    We got back from Walloon Lake this evening, and we're thrilled to hear how successful the operation was! We hope the medicines continue to keep you from feeling too ouchy, Simon.
    Love, Liz, Mike, Emma, and Lucas

    Saturday, July 06, 2002 -- 09:49:38 (EDT)
    Name: Mary Craig -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Thanks everyone for all the supportive messages and your caring thoughts for Simon during his operation. I felt a lot of strength of purpose and confidence that day. I believe there was cushion of love and commitment to Simon from all of you that carried us through that day.

    We couldn't do this without you all, and we'll need you in the days and months ahead as Simon's journey continues.

    With love, gratitude, and unyielding devotion to Simon,


    Friday, July 05, 2002 -- 14:16:16 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hurrah for good news. So glad the surgery is over. I hope to see you soon.Hugs and kisses to everyone. Much love, Gari

    Friday, July 05, 2002 -- 08:54:23 (EDT)
    Name: marina -- Email:
  • Dear Simon,

    I miss you. I hope you're better tomorrow.
    I hope you are having fun at the hospital.
    The water parks are great in San Antonio.
    When you're a little better you
    should come here and see them.

    Love, Marina

    Thursday, July 04, 2002 -- 19:23:15 (EDT)
    Name: Annemarie Toebosch -- Email:
    Location: Chicago, IL USA
  • WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! Dear Simon, I thought about you all day yesterday, I'm so glad the operation was such a success. You're so brave. Though I haven't written in the past months, I've thought about you and checked your web-site often and read how incredibly brave you have been! I hope you got to drink something today and that you get to go home soon. A big hug for you, Mary, Markus, and Miriam. You're all in my thoughts. Love, Annemarie

    Thursday, July 04, 2002 -- 11:58:01 (EDT)
    Name: betsy -- Email:
    Location: ann arbor, MI USA
  • Yippee, Simon, what an excellent surgery report! I'm so happy you have such powerful magic. See you very soon. Love, Betsy

    Thursday, July 04, 2002 -- 10:42:16 (EDT)
    Name: Jeri Lea Lentini -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Simon, I am sooooo glad to hear that your surgery went so well. It was very nice to see you and your family in church on Sunday! I will be holding you in my thoughts and wishing you a speedy recovery.


    Thursday, July 04, 2002 -- 00:42:10 (EDT)
    Name: Julia -- Email:
    Location: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • We are so relieved to read that your surgery went well yesterday. Much love from Julia & co.

    Wednesday, July 03, 2002 -- 22:56:10 (EDT)
    Name: Lawrie, Curt, Madi and Lexi
    Location: Seattle,
  • Wow!!!!! Words like wonderful and fantastic just don't seem to come close to describing what great news it was for us to read about how well everything went during your surgery. We are smiling huge smiles and having some tears of gratitude all at the same time.

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

    Lawrie, Curt, Madi and Lexi

    Wednesday, July 03, 2002 -- 22:54:28 (EDT)
    Name: Julia -- Email:
    Location: Houston, TX
  • Hi Simon,
    I've been thinking about you all day, and I am so happy and grateful that your surgery went well. You are such a courageous boy. I hope that you have a speedy recovery and that you are outside and playing soon!
    :) Julia

    Wednesday, July 03, 2002 -- 09:35:43 (EDT)
    Name: irene judmayer -- Email:
    Location: Linz, Austria
  • Great, greater, Simon!
    Good vibes from Austria.

    Tuesday, July 02, 2002 -- 23:47:36 (EDT)
    Name: Lawrie
    Location: Seattle,
  • Simon and family,
    Your Aunt Lee wants you to know she is holding you all in her thoughts and prayers as you go for surgery tomarrow. She is at Crystal Lake and having trouble getting on the website. She sends her love.

    Tuesday, July 02, 2002 -- 23:47:36 (EDT)
    Name: Lawrie
    Location: Seattle,
  • Simon and family,
    Your Aunt Lee wants you to know she is holding you all in her thoughts and prayers as you go for surgery tomarrow. She is at Crystal Lake and having trouble getting on the website. She sends her love.

    Tuesday, July 02, 2002 -- 23:11:20 (EDT)
    Name: Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt
    Location: Seattle,
  • Hi Simon,
    Message from Lexi: "I'm sorry you have to have a surgery tomarrow but, I'm glad you are in my thoughts 'cause I like thinking about you." love, lexi

    Message from Madi, "I wish you were here with me. . .I miss you. . .I love you and Miriam."

    Message from Curt and Lawrie: "We will be thinking about you and your whole family all day tomarrow and sending you all our love and cancer fighting hope.

    love Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt

    Tuesday, July 02, 2002 -- 16:08:08 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Yeah for negative biopsies...I will be sending forth all my good energy and praying for Simon and all of you on Wednesday...Simon you are Miriam sure had a good time at the dove under the picnic table, right under my was delightful to see you having so much fun...I will hope to visit you next week. Much-much love, Gari

    Tuesday, July 02, 2002 -- 08:00:06 (EDT)
    Name: Bezar Family -- Email:
    Location: Vence, France
  • Good luck tomorrow Simon!! We will be thinking of you...and the best part will be the ice cream you'll probably get when you wake up!
    Emily, Eric and Noah

    Monday, July 01, 2002 -- 11:45:22 (EDT)
    Name: Glenn, Nancy, Andrew and Nicole Hoetker -- Email:
    Location: Champaign, IL USA
  • Great to hear about the bone marrow results. We will be thinking of all of you while Simon is in surgery. Love from all of us.

    Monday, July 01, 2002 -- 02:33:42 (EDT)
    Name: Julia -- Email:
    Location: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Dear Simon: Serena, Alma, Christoph and I wish you all the best for your surgery on Wednesday. We'll be thinking of you all day! Love, Julia & co.


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