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Thursday, May 30, 2002 -- 12:28:51 (EDT)
Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • Hey, guys, it was *really* good to meet/see all of you this past weekend in Oberlin -- even got to see Grann and Grandad briefly! Also met some other folks in town who, as we do, enjoy visiting this wonderful web site. You're really bringing a lot of people together from all over the place, and that's pretty cool!

    Take care, and we'll hope we don't have to wait for another 20th reunion to see you all again! ;-) Love,

    Kris, Rob, Emily, Danny, and Laura Hopkins

    Tuesday, May 28, 2002 -- 12:01:05 (EDT)
    Name: Jane Stepnitz
  • Simon, Happy (belated) 5th Birthday! I just read about your party and it sounds like it was a blast!! We are so bummed to have missed it. With this topsy turvy weather, we've all had yucky colds (even missed Gari's last week!) and thus couldn't make it. Glad to hear that you all had such a great time!! Hope to see you at Gari's soon (missed you and Miriam this morn) take care! Much Love, Jane, Abbey, Kate and Eric

    Monday, May 27, 2002 -- 15:19:26 (EDT)
    Name: Jean Watson -- Email:
    Location: Zoar, OH USA
  • Hi Simon,
    I've read your website frequently, but for some unknown reason I just decided that today was the day to send a note. Your Mom and I grew up together in Oberlin, and it seems like we've been friends forever.

    Right now Alex, my 7yr old son, and his dad are floating around in a paddleboat on our pond - Alex likes to try and catch the many frogs that live there. So far he's only caught the tiny ones (not much bigger than your thumb!), but he's just as much a fighter as you seem to be, and I'm sure he'll catch one of the big guys soon.

    I love reading all the notes here - some from people I know but haven't talked to in years, and some from people I've never met, but know they must be special since they're friends of yours.

    Keep up the great work with your treatments, and we'll keep sending our prayers and positive thoughts to you.

    Love, Jean

    Sunday, May 26, 2002 -- 18:48:37 (EDT)
    Name: Ruth Ann Church
    Location: Ratingen, Germany
  • Hi Simon:
    Hearing about your Gallup Park B-day party almost makes us homesick! Weather is just as strange here in Germany sometimes, though. That is so cool that Gemini was there! I think they've become Simon groupies!
    Glad to hear the good news of smaller tumors. We'll keep praying!
    -Ruth Ann, John, Noah & Isaac

    Thursday, May 23, 2002 -- 21:30:52 (EDT)
    Name: tracey metry -- Email:
    Location: ann arbor, mi
  • Hi Simon, Your birthday party sounds like it was tons of fun- yippee for you! We were out of town so we could only send birthday wishes from afar, but we are looking forward to seeing you at Linda's child care picnic in a couple of weeks. Bye Bye-
    Tracey, Paul, Jori and Kyin

    Thursday, May 23, 2002 -- 18:52:31 (EDT)
    Name: Jane Bishop -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon and all the rest of the family...what a great birthday party that was! I thought of all of us freezing when I drove by Gallup Park today and it was over 70 degrees. I loved hearing San and Laz, and thank you for the great cake, too...and the boiling HOT coffee! Being 5 is really VERY SPECIAL and I'm sure you'll always remember this birthday...keep up the good work you're doing in chemo, and enjoy this better weather at last.
    Love to all, Jane P.S. I haven't forgotten the cupcakes I put in the freezer...someday soon I'll bring them.

    Wednesday, May 22, 2002 -- 14:39:10 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Dear Simon, what a birthday party! I haven't had that much fun since I was 5. Your cake was the biggest that I have ever seen and I loved eating it. I know it was a cold day, but I felt so warm listening to Gemini sing and watching all of your friends playing and running in the wind. Thank you for having me. I can't wait to see the quilt when it is all done. And those dinosaurs, WOW, with such cool tails. I hope you continue coming to music class. Much love always, Gari

    Wednesday, May 22, 2002 -- 09:06:52 (EDT)
    Name: Erik from Maryland -- Email:
    Location: Davidsonville , MD
  • Hi Simon -

    It's great to read that your medicine is helping and you're doing so well. If I'm lucky, you'll take a break from your medicine and come to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Oberlin this weekend. Grandpa is getting a big award from the place where he worked. I hope you can come see it. If you are there, maybe we can visit. I would like to meet you.

    Our prayers continue to come your way!
    Have a great day!

    Tuesday, May 21, 2002 -- 16:20:25 (EDT)
    Name: Sally Olson
    Location: Seattle,
  • Glad to read about your terrific (if cold) birthday bash! We wish we could have been there. Amy didn't understand why we couldn't just hop on a plane to join the fun. Oh well. At least I got to visit you earlier in the week. That was fun. Thanks for playing with me!
    Love, Sally

    Tuesday, May 21, 2002 -- 13:21:12 (EDT)
    Name: Liana Norton -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hi Simon and family!
    I just want to say hang in there, all of you. You are in our thoughts daily. We hope to see you out in your garden soon!
    Your neighbors, the Nortons
    John, Liana, Benjamin, and Gillian

    Monday, May 20, 2002 -- 12:39:27 (EDT)
    Name: Sharon Zapolnik -- Email:
    Location: Saline, Michigan USA
  • Dear Simon,
    I met your mom on 5-10-02 while in the
    Mott OR waiting room. I have had you and your wonderful family in my prayers.
    I was very excited that the CT Scan you
    endured on May 10th showed great signs of improvement.

    I have also written a prayer intention in our book at St. Andrew's Church in
    Saline on May 19th.

    You and your family will continue to be in my prayers and I will visit your website again.

    God Bless!

    Sharon Zapolnik

    Sunday, May 19, 2002 -- 22:34:40 (EDT)
    Name: madi, lexi, lawrie and curt -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Simon,
    "I LOVE YOU! says Madi with a very loud and powerful voice.
    "You are my special cousin."
    "Our birthday's are almost the same. My birthday is this week."
    "I want to see you". love, Madi

    "I have my thoughts in my head to give you a hug to make you better" says Lexi after telling me "Mom,mom, I know just what I want to tell Simon".

    Simon, we were away camping (way up north-very close to the Canadian border) on the actual day of your birthday but, you were certainly in our thoughts. We hope you had a fun weekend. 5 years old WOW!

    We love you all and hold you all closely in our thoughts and prayers.

    Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt

    Sunday, May 19, 2002 -- 15:14:55 (EDT)
    Name: Family PAMMER -- Email:
    Location: bad leonfelden, austria
  • alles gute zum geburtstag! wir denken viel an dich, es grüssen dich heide erhard w o l f i und d i e t e r

    Saturday, May 18, 2002 -- 20:09:05 (EDT)
    Name: Joanna and Jeff Krauss -- Email:
    Location: Brewster, Massachusetts USA
  • Simon, Happy Birthday (a little late). I have not visited your website lately and love your pictures from the zoo. I would love to go to your zoo with sometime. We live a little far away, but maybe if we get out that way you could take me to the zoo? I am wondering if you know about a very animal called the Capybarra ( I think that is the right spelling). The Capybarra is a cross between a hippo and a Guinea Pig. I know that sounds kinda funny, but they are pretty cute. I am wondering if you have one at your zoo? Well continue on the right track and we are always thinkd about you and your family. Take Care.
    Joanna and Jeff

    Friday, May 17, 2002 -- 19:14:32 (EDT)
    Name: Betty and Fred
    Location: Olympia , WA
  • WOW, a great big five year BIRTHDAY!! And good news from the docs on your progress. Way to go! Have a wonderful celebration. Don't eat TOO much cake and ice cream! Love to you and all your family. Aunt Betty and Uncle Fred

    Friday, May 17, 2002 -- 17:00:07 (EDT)
    Name: Williams in Oak-town
  • Simon,

    Happy birthday. Hope you are having a wonderful time. We hear you might get to see Aunt Lee soon. Wish we were coming with her. Hope you can catch the three big birthday hugs we are sending your way. Love, Rowan Steve and Annette

    Friday, May 17, 2002 -- 15:32:52 (EDT)
    Name: Sheryl Smith -- Email:
    Location: Livonia, MI
  • Happy Birthday Simon!!! I can't believe you are already 5 years old. I remember my 5th birthday like it was yesterday. I told my mom that since I was now 5 I was going to like peanut butter and jelly. So I made her make me a pbj for lunch that day. I ate 1/2 of the sandwich and have not eaten pbj since then. That was oooh sooo many years ago! My advice to you...if there is some food out there you don't like, you probably won't like it once you turn 5. Have a great day! I'm sorry we are unable to come to your party. Even though we are not there, we will send you our positive energy and prayers.
    Warm Wishes, Sheryl, Todd, Hunter & Lexi Smith

    Friday, May 17, 2002 -- 15:32:10 (EDT)
    Name: Sheryl Smith -- Email:
    Location: Livonia, MI
  • Happy Birthday Simon!!! I can't believe you are already 5 years old. I remember my 5th birthday like it was yesterday. I told my mom that since I was now 5 I was going to like peanut butter and jelly. So I made her make me a pbj for lunch that day. I ate 1/2 of the sandwich and have not eaten pbj since then. That was oooh sooo many years ago! My advice to you...if there is some food out there you don't like, you probably won't like it once you turn 5. Have a great day! I'm sorry we are unable to come to your party. Even though we are not there, we will send you our positive energy and prayers.
    Warm Wishes, Sheryl, Todd, Hunter & Lexi Smith

    Friday, May 17, 2002 -- 13:12:49 (EDT)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • Wow! Simon, I was just popping onto your site to send some birthday greetings (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!), when I saw the good news about those test results. Awesome! Terrific! Phenomenal! Way to go! You, your family, and your doctors have been doing such wonderful work together. What fantastic news to have in time for your 5th birthday! Keep it up, buddy -- you're doing a great job.

    And this time, instead of a joke to share, I've brought you a link to an interesting web site ( that's all about another celebration happening today: Shavuot, which is a Jewish holiday surrounding the first harvest of the spring. While I'm not Jewish myself, I like the idea of celebrating a first harvest, because a harvest makes me think of "life" and "hope." And that makes me think of you, too, because you're so very full of both of them! :-) So enjoy your special day, and know that a lot of people around the world are celebrating the day with you!

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

    P.S. I'm so excited: my family and I are going to Oberlin next weekend for my reunion! Maybe we'll see some of your Oberlin family members or First Church friends while we're there. Bye!

    Friday, May 17, 2002 -- 09:59:46 (EDT)
    Name: Liza Burger -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Happy birthday to you....Happy birthday to you.... Happy birthday dear Simon...Happy birthday to you!! We hope you have a wonderful 5th birthday today, Simon! Sending you a big hug from all of us.
    Liza, Mike, Jolan and Jenna

    Wednesday, May 15, 2002 -- 19:47:48 (EDT)
    Name: Lee Williams
  • Simon - glad your tumors are smaller - am so looking forward to seeing you next week - Wednesday or Thursday - I will call your folks from Oberlin or Ann Arbor. Love, Lee

    Wednesday, May 15, 2002 -- 10:20:39 (EDT)
    Name: Irene -- Email:
    Location: Linz, Austria Upperaustria
    Ich freue mich soooooo, dass euch ein erster Schritt gelungen ist!
    Wunderbar, phänomenal, großartig!

    Tuesday, May 14, 2002 -- 08:32:53 (EDT)
    Name: Jane Stepnitz
  • Simon and Family, so happy to hear the wonderful news!! You sure are an amazing boy to be still for so long! Way to go! Love, Jane, Abbey, Eric and Katie

    Monday, May 13, 2002 -- 18:13:44 (EDT)
    Name: Anne Adams -- Email:
    Location: Northfield, MN 55057
  • YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! We're so psyched to hear that your tumors are getting smaller, that's fantabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    love anne, tom, and johannes

    Monday, May 13, 2002 -- 14:47:00 (EDT)
    Name: Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Way to go Simon! We are soooooooo psyched to hear the news about those tumor balls getting smaller. Congratualtions to the runners, Markus and Miriam and Happy Mother's Day to you Mary --a very special mom.

    We love you all so much!
    Madi, Lexi, Lawrie and Curt

    Sunday, May 12, 2002 -- 14:36:02 (EDT)
    Name: Trish Beckjord -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Dear Simon,
    I have just visited your website for the first time and think it is just a great place! How wonderful to have your very own web address where we can all get news of you and see pictures of your adventures and you can get messages from us!

    I particularly liked the pictures of the birds from your visit to the Toledo Zoo. I have heard it is a wonderful place and I think the pictures of your trip confirm this! I have a birdfeeder in my backyard that I watch while I sit in my kitchen and I see lots of birds and squirrels that come to visit. Sometimes they're pretty funny to watch, particularly when the little red squirrel chases the bigger fox squirrels away. He can just run lickety-split! There's a big black cat that stops by too, that makes everything run lickety-split.

    I am also excited to hear the good news that your cancer is getting smaller. (You must be very glad to hear this too...) So all of your hard work and the help of all of people helping you and thinking about you must be doing its job! Last week I went camping for the women's retreat at church and we all sent lots of love and positive thoughts to you and Miriam and your Mom and Dad while we were there. So when you go to the hospital this week remember all those good thoughts and prayers that everyone is thinking about you!


    Sunday, May 12, 2002 -- 10:09:40 (EDT)
    Name: The Hoetkers -- Email:
    Location: Champaign, IL USA
  • Yiippee!! Great to hear that progress is being made. Andrew, Nicole, Nancy and I send our love to all. We look forward to seeing you all next time we get to AA. Or maybe down here in Champaign.

    Keep up the good spirits. We're thinking of you.

    Sunday, May 12, 2002 -- 00:49:50 (EDT)
    Name: Oakland folks
  • So glad to hear the great news!!!!! I think there is a birthday boy this month isn't there. The big 5. We sure are enjoying it at our house.

    Love the Williams threesome

    Saturday, May 11, 2002 -- 08:47:03 (EDT)
    Name: Julia -- Email:
    Location: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Dear Simon, Way to Gooooooooo! We are so glad to hear about your progress! Love from Julia, Serena, Alma and Christoph

    Friday, May 10, 2002 -- 22:34:55 (EDT)
    Name: Jeri Lea -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • SIMON, I am so glad to hear that you got good news from the doctors this week. I have been keeping you and your family in my thoughts! I hope you get to enjoy the sunshine and spring flowers this weekend.

    Take care,

    Jeri Lea

    Friday, May 10, 2002 -- 22:12:21 (EDT)
    Name: Sally and Jane -- Email:
    Location: Oberlin, OH
  • Hello! I am here in Oberlin with Mom on Friday night and we decided to check the website before bed. Yippee! We are thrilled to know the great news that the tumors are shrinking. I really cannot describe my joy in words. We send you much love and happiness!! I'll try to talk with you in a day or so.
    Love, Sally and Jane

    Friday, May 10, 2002 -- 19:03:56 (EDT)
    Name: CALIF Williams clan
    Location: Oakland,
  • Simon, Thinking about you finishing up those tests today and hoping you are getting to enjoy some warm sunny weather. Sending healing thoughts from all of us to you. love, your cousins

    Friday, May 10, 2002 -- 00:33:56 (EDT)
    Name: Kerianne -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hey Simon! I hear you're having a busy week with tests and stuff. You know, by the time all your tests are done, the sun will have finally decided to come out so you spend more time playing outside! I think of you and your family a lot and check your website daily to see how you're doing and hear your newest saying. I think you should consider writing a philiosophy book! Keep up all the good work with your tests and know my thoughts are holding still with you. :)

    Thursday, May 09, 2002 -- 08:57:01 (EDT)
    Name: Dinorah Curkendall -- Email:
    Location: Ann Arbor,
  • Dear Simon: I recently spoke to my father who lives in Mexico. He belongs to a Christian Church in Guadalajara, a big , beautiful city , and he has lots of friends there. We talked about you and your family. I believe in the power of praying, so my dad and his friends are praying for you and your family, and sending lots of good thoughts for you getting better and better every day. The special Simon's praying day will be this Sunday 12th, and guess what? it will be in spanish!!! but don't worry, God is multilingual, and He will understand all the prayers. Hey buddy, baby Ivan would love having you and Miriam over one of this rainy days to have lunch and play and read stories!! just let me know when, ok? love, Dino.

    Wednesday, May 08, 2002 -- 18:52:17 (EDT)
    Name: Sally Olson -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Hi! I'm thinking of you a lot this week as you do all this testing. Sending positive prayers, thoughts, wishes, vibes, etc.!! While Jim, Sarah, and Amy are camping this weekend, I will be in Oberlin visiting my mom for Mother's Day. We are going to call you to see if there's any chance of a visit with you while I'm in the region! (I'll be there Friday, May 10 - Tuesday, 14th) You've got a lot going on, so we'll just see....
    I do miss you and would love to give hugs to your whole family! Talk to you soon, ok?
    Love, Sally

    Wednesday, May 08, 2002 -- 13:48:49 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hello to the whole family. Wishing you all peace during this week of testing. Miriam and Simon are both getting so tall, I just can't believe it! Must be all that singing and dancing you both are doing. Sending much love your way. Gari

    Tuesday, May 07, 2002 -- 14:13:07 (EDT)
    Name: Anne Adams -- Email:
    Location: Northfield, MN USA
  • Hmmm, I think someone's birthday is coming up very very sooon. so Huge Birthday wishes from Tom and Johannes and Anne!!! We hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

    Tuesday, May 07, 2002 -- 10:51:56 (EDT)
    Name: Kris Hopkins -- Email:
    Location: Clinton, NY USA
  • Hi, Simon! It's been a reeeeeally long time since I've written, but don't let that fool you -- you're in our thoughts EVERY day! We've just been a little busy at our house lately. But the good news is, during all this time I've been asking Danny, our resident joke-man, to scrounge up some good jokes for you. I see you're getting ready for some scans and stuff this week, but if you promise not to get too giggly and wiggly while they're scanning you, I'll write here some of the new jokes Dan has found. (By the way, this batch all comes from one of our kids' favorite magazines, National Geographic World -- do you know that mag? It's very cool! One of Danny's favorite articles reminded me of you: it's all about a man who likes to take pictures of volcanos ... sometimes *while* they're erupting! Wow. Anyway, I thought about your volcano pose and that your volcano is filled with LIFE -- a very rich and wonderful thing to be filled with. Awesome.) So here are three new jokes -- Q: What goes up but never comes down? A: Your age! (You have a birthday coming up, so that one seemed appropriate!)
    Q: Why did the clockmaker enjoy his vacation? A: Because he learned how to unwind! (And here comes our personal favorite....) Q: Why do cows wear bells? A: Because their horns don't work!

    More later. In the meantime, keep smiling, keep growing and getting stronger, and (because you're so good at it already!) keep that volcano filled with all sorts of wonderful things like life and love! Our very best to all of you,

    Kris, Rob, Emily, Danny, and Laura Hopkins

    Tuesday, May 07, 2002 -- 09:01:34 (EDT)
    Name: Liza Burger -- Email:
    Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Hi Simon,
    We thought of you today as we were watching a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks on our birdfeeder this morning! They were beautiful next to a bunch of goldfinches with their bright yellow jackets. Unfortunately, though, some bird decided to poop RIGHT THROUGH our screen and onto our front door this morning! Noone is volunteering to scrub it off, so I guess I'll have to do that today!
    We are keeping you in our prayers and sending lots of love and positive vibes your way this week as you get your tests done.
    Please give lots of hugs to your mom, dad, and Miriam...and a great big one to yourself!
    Liza, Mike, Jolan and Jenna

    Tuesday, May 07, 2002 -- 00:42:50 (EDT)
    Name: Jim Olson -- Email:
    Location: Seattle, WA
  • Hi Simon, Miriam, Marcus and Mary,

    I hope you feel all the prayers & hope that your friends are sending. Here comes a big email hug too!

    Sarah, Amy & I camped out in the front yard on Friday night. Getting ready for a camping trip to the Olympic Peninsula this weekend. We're going to look for star fish, anemones, sponges and fish in the tide pools and go for a hike in the rainforest. When we're done, we'll find the hot springs & take a nice warm bath.

    I think about you every day.



    Tuesday, May 07, 2002 -- 00:32:17 (EDT)
    Name: Marcie Obstfeld -- Email:
    Location: Irvine, CA USA
  • Hi Simon! We have read that you will have lots of tests this week. We will all be thinking of you and all your exams coming back showing how much you are healing and how strong you are! We are sending you lots of love and David will be bringing you some fun presents this weekend! Lots of Love from the Obstfeld Family - did you know that Obstfeld really means orchard or Fruit field in German!

    Sunday, May 05, 2002 -- 18:33:57 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hey Miriam and Markus, hope the run was fun today. I can't wait to hear about how Miriam liked it. Sorry to hear Simon isn't feeling too well. Hope to see you soon. Much love, Gari

    Sunday, May 05, 2002 -- 08:17:41 (EDT)
    Name: Gerda Faulhammer -- Email:
    Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Hi, Simon, I am a cousin from your grandma Irmgard and I live in Vienna, Austria, Europe. I have herard that you und some medicines from the doctors have to fight against something in your body. So I want to send you a picture from an australian animal, called "Koala". It is a little bear which every time is tired and want to sleep the whole day. Maybe sometimes you are feeling as such a Koala? O.K. than you know you are not allone and this Koala and his sisters and brothers and aunt Gerda and uncke Kurti from Vienna are thinging on you! Maybe you can send us an E-Mail-Number that we can send this picture to you?! Greetings, good whisches and kisses from us to you and your family! (You may lough about ma bed english, but normally ma language is german!)

    Saturday, May 04, 2002 -- 16:16:52 (EDT)
    Name: Lee Williams
  • Simon, I hope to see you in a couple of weeks - leaving Baltimore May 21, stay in Oberlin, then Ann Arbor at my brother John's May 22, 23 and will see you then. I hope this will be a good time for you to see me. It has been great to read about all your happenings, and I look forward to seeing you , Miriam and your Mom and Dad. Love, Lee

    Wednesday, May 01, 2002 -- 19:18:57 (EDT)
    Name: Tracey Metry
  • Hi Simon, It was fun to see you at my school the other night. Soemtimes I get nervous when I have to talk to a whole bunch of people that I don't know, But when i saw you and your mom and dad come in it made me feel better. Did you like the story of Mrs. Wishy Washy? I think the picture of the pig's bottom is really funny! It was great to see you running and jumping on the playground. Come back and play anytime. your friend, tracey

    Wednesday, May 01, 2002 -- 14:23:45 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein
  • Hi Simon, It sure was fun to have you visit music class this week. You and Miriam were having an especially good time together. When you walked in, I had to make sure it was you. You have gotten so tall, I wasn't sure. You must have been eating some special food to help you get so big. I hope you continue to come to music class whenever you feel like it. Much love, Gari


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