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September 6, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

We would like to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of support for our family over the past few months. We will never forget the kindness, compassion, generosity and love offered to our family during this tragic time. Michael was a brave and beautiful child, who I think would ask all of us to find our own bravery now. We have found strength in these difficult times by knowing we are not alone in our loss, and that Michael’s memory will be strong among the hundreds, perhaps thousands of people he touched in his seven short years. Michael was our God given gift that we had the honor and privilege to share for those seven years, and we miss him every second of every day.

We have had many requests for the remembrances from Michael’s service, so I have attached my remarks for those of you who did not attend.

We also wanted to let you know about a couple of upcoming events where we plan to honor Michael.

This Sunday, September 9th, one of Michael’s kindergarten classmates, Cade Roseman, is hosting a tennis carnival for children and adults at the JCC from 3pm – 5pm. There will be kids and adult tennis games with prizes, food, music and more. If you would like to join us, you can go to www.wokc.org and click on the Kobe Roseman Tennis Carnival link on the right side of the home page. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Michael Malone Fund at Wipe Out Kids Cancer.

On Saturday, September 22nd, Wipe Out Kids Cancer is having their annual 5K/1K Run, and we have started a Team Michael group. As many of you may recall, Michael ran the entire 1K last year without stopping. That was an incredible day for him, and he talked about it often. If you would like to sign up to run/walk with us, or if you would like to donate, you can go to www.wokc.org and click on the Oktoberfest Run link on the right side of the home page. Be sure to register with “Team Michael Malone,” and if you would like a Team Michael t-shirt, just let us know.

WOKC Team Michael Garage SaleAlso, for those of you in our neighborhood, we are having a long overdue garage sale at our house on Saturday, September 29th, and we are donating all proceeds to the Michael Malone Fund at Wipe Out Kids Cancer. If you have anything you would like to donate to the sale, feel free to contact Alison. Or feel free to stop by that day. I will attach the information sheet in case you want to pass it along to your friends, schools, churches, etc.

The day that we found out Michael’s cancer had relapsed beyond being able to treat him, Alison scheduled a family portrait. Alana McIntyre has been photographing our family since Alison was pregnant with Michael, and she came to our home in May and chronicled what was to be our last family photo session. She sent us a slideshow of those photos, and I thought some of you might enjoy it. The link is below.
www.1000-words.com/ss/am-pics-052012

Again, we are eternally grateful to all of you for your support, your prayers and your love.
-Mike and Alison

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