Faith, Family, Grief, Melanoma

Not only was she my daughter, she was my friend

In December 2016, DIFF Charitable Eyewear featured people whose lives have been impacted by ocular melanoma.  Here is the post about Meredith:

“Not only was she my daughter, she was my friend. Being Meredith’s mom was one of the greatest diff-postexperiences a mother could have. I watched her as she grew up and everyday she excelled in something. She was loving, funny, athletic, a scholar, and her love for the Lord was beyond anything I have ever seen. April 8, 2009, she lost her peripheral vision and immediately went to the school nurse. She was referred to a specialist who immediately dilated her eyes and found a 15mm tumor. We went to Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia where they did a radiation plaque for 7 days. She lost almost all her vision in her left eye. One year and one month later her PET scans showed 4 lesions on her liver. The cancer had spread… there was no cure. Meredith lived the next 4 years coaching and mentoring girls in basketball, married her high school sweetheart and on February 24, 2014, she died with family surrounding her. She would always say, “I am not afraid for we walk by faith not by sight” ll Corinthians 5:7. She was only 26 years old. I miss my baby everyday. One day I will see her again. She assured me, “Mom, this is only temporary”.

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Family, Melanoma, video

President Carter Compares his Melanoma Journey to Meredith’s

President Jimmy Carter was recently presented with a Courage Award at the 20th Anniversary Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala by the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF). President Carter is the great uncle to Meredith’s husband.  In this video for the MRF, President Carter discusses the advances that have been made in the treatment of melanoma since Meredith’s untimely passing.

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Friends, Melanoma

Never to be forgotten

It m20175_515416181518_3927406_neans so much when people continue to post and share pictures of Meredith.

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Our new friend and amazing warrior Kristi!

Recently, an incredible woman from California, a melanoma warrior herself, has been turning her personal Facebook page into a melanoma awareness tool.  With some 2,400 followers, the amazing Kristi has created albums for melanoma warriors and melanoma angels. Last night we were very touched to see her feature Meredith on her page https://www.facebook.com/kristi.nyhuis/posts/10205566746901551

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David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, Grief, Melanoma

1 Year

Post by the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund

February 24, 2014: Your mom calls with the terrible news. There are tears. There are no words.188745_969492901417_7582970_n

March 2014: We read and re-read the beautiful articles written about you and all of your accomplishments. We honour what would have been your 27th birthday.

April 2014: We obsessively read your old emails and Facebook messages and smile at your enthusiasm and zest for life. We think of all of the people you inspired with your bravery and willingness to share your melanoma journey.

10848019_10203784545110132_580936414258305905_nMay 2014: We honour you in a slideshow at our fundraiser event for melanoma awareness month. We all fall silent as your smiling face fills the screen knowing that no pictures can ever capture how beautiful you truly were.

June 2014: We re-watch your episode of Say Yes to the Dress. We smile listening to your Southern accent and seeing the sparkle in your eyes as you find your gown.

July 2014: We work on a website for you, trying to include all of the amazing tributes written about you – there are so many.1459801_10101888283601447_761839805_n

August 2014: We take the ALS ice bucket challenge and in addition to donating to ALS, we give money to the DCMF and other melanoma charities in your name.

September 2014: We create business cards to inform others about you and your website and to keep your legacy going. When they arrive, seeing your beaming smile when we open the package is like a gift.

Oc73214_10101143374091077_1917361068_ntober 2014: We think of you and Christopher on what should have been your anniversary. We remember your fantastic wedding and what a gorgeous bride you were.

November 2014: We are thrilled that your parents come to Toronto but know you should be here too – laughing as we peer down the depths of the glass floor of the CN tower. We brave the cold in Niagara Falls and think of you as we take in the magnificence of this world wonder.

December 2014 – We turn our thoughts to your family at Christmas and are thankful for your wonderful nieces and nephew that make your parents and siblings smile. 62349_10153753004335475_317979480_n (1)

January 2015 – We see in the new year. We whisper a toast to you and to the others who are no longer with us.

February 24, 2015 – We cannot believe the year has passed. We think of you with love. We think of your parents, siblings, family and friends and many admirers. The world remains a sadder place without you but your legacy is strong. You will never be forgotten.

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Basketball, Blog, Faith, Friends, Grief, Melanoma

So many people

419218_10100605678008337_688238754_nMeredith was an inspiration to so many people. Whether it was because of her brilliant smile, her amazing talents on the basketball court, her faith and devotion to God, her love of her family and friends, or how she handled and bravely battled a terrible disease, Meredith left an indelible impression on everyone she met (and even countless of people who never had the pleasure of being in her remarkable presence).

Having touched so many lives, it is not surprising that Meredith was a muse for bloggers and photographers and  many other creative folk.  How grateful we all are to have these lovely tributes to help us commemorate this wonderful young woman:

Points Pondered Blog

Emily Elrod Photography 

JJ Horton Photography

Hannah’s Hope

Black is the new Pink – Fight Melanoma

A Salute to Young Melanoma Warriors

The Cupcake v. Cancer

Keeping up with the Kolls

Strong Enough 

David Cornfield Melanoma Fund

 

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