I am the proud mother of a beautiful daughter who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 5 months old. My daughter's name was Melanie Lauren Hatch. She lived courageously enduring 17 years of 7 different types of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, heart complications from one of the chemotherapy agents, blindness and liver deterioration until she died on Christmas Day 2013 at age 24.
Melanie was an integral part of the Ride for Kids all of her life. She never missed a Chicagoland Ride for Kids and attended many events across the country. She loved the Ride for Kids and all who supported this battle against childhood brain tumors. Each year at RFK events she sang songs, drew pictures, recited poems that she wrote, all in effort to thank those who were helping to fight this disease. She won the hearts of everyone who knew her.
We miss her desperately. Our lives are forever changed. There is a void that nothing or no one can fill. The pain of her loss is so intense we can barely breathe at times. Please help us to stop this disease. Help us to keep other families from this terrible loss.
Some dear friends who knew Melanie for many years through the Ride for Kids started a motorcycle group named for Melanie----Mel's Angles. She was so excited that even when she could barely talk she managed to express her joy with squeals of excitement and a gleam in her eyes. She managed to thank them in a way that only Melanie could.
Please help us keep Melanie's memory alive by joining the Mel's Angles team and make a donation to the Ride for Kids in her honor.
Last year Mel's Angles donated over $90,000 to fight this deadly disease.
Donate generously---it WILL make a difference to thousands of children and their families.
Your donations are tax deductible and I promise you the money will be used wisely.
Thank you for keeping her memory alive,