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Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
“When God gave you to me he never said that you were mine that I could keep you always--only borrowed for a time. Now He's called you home I'm sad and I shed tears. Yet I'm glad He loaned you to me and we had these (2) years.” (unknown)


Lovin the smile...Miss you baby. Love MOM 9/28/2011 Close
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
"If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . . how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.”

William Allen White


“I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, So we're really not that different, me and you.”

Colin Raye

I Love You! Love, MOM 9/22/2011
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Meningitis Research Foundation Video  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Meningitis Research Foundation Video  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
MRF is up for charity of the year and they used Dylan.....

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Lyrics to "for Good"  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Lyrics to "for Good"  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you

I have been changed for good
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Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
Here we are again another first day of school.  As i walked away leaving Ryan in the hands of others I felt as if I was handing over my heart asking please protect him keep him safe. Driving home was a new and familiar experience. This year looking in the rear view mirror seeing a big beautiful smile. A different smile. I put on the same music we used to sing and dance to in the car. Teaching your sister the songs you and I shared. Our tradition when we would drop off brother. My heart is scared. Will we get through this year? Will we celebrate a 2nd birthday in the spring? Daddy and I are so hesitant to even say "next summer lets..."

Change is truly difficult. I have fought kicking and screaming. Still am. But I can say out of this painful change came a beautiful new blessing. When I ask her "Where's Dylan? " She points up. And I love you all with all my heart. Love MOM 8/29/2011

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Thank You  / Gramma Rose (Ma-Maa)  Read >>
Thank You  / Gramma Rose (Ma-Maa)

My little monkey  everyone misses you so much.   Last night i heard your giggle in Sissy's laugh.   I thank God for sharing you with us always.  I love you   Ma-Maa

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Lost and don't know what to think or do to help?!?  / Chanel Groom (Friend)  Read >>
Lost and don't know what to think or do to help?!?  / Chanel Groom (Friend)
Dylan I haven't stopped thinking about u since ethan passed away I have been thinking about u and your mom and dad and brother Ryan! Things just don't make sence some times but I guess this is what god planed I don't know and will never know but I wish that I could know this. Why terrible things happen to great people I don't know but why does this happen?!? Close
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
My heart is hurting for Ethans mom. I have been following her blogs and the pain she is experiencing right now is so familiar and still so fresh. I dont understand this world. I don't understand why we have to continue suffering when there is One who can make all the pain go away. I want to scream "What are You waiting for????" I look at sissy and wonder how long do I get to keep her. Will I watch her grow up? I watched a home video of myself before you left. So happy. So carefree. I feel now I am just always on edge waiting for the next punch. I love you Dylan. My heart is really missing you. Love MOM 8/6/2011 Close
RESEARCH SHOWS NEED FOR TEENAGE VACCINATION  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
RESEARCH SHOWS NEED FOR TEENAGE VACCINATION  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
01 June 2011
Meningitis Research Foundation has funded research to be released on 1st Juni which demonstrates the need for a Meningitis C (MenC) vaccine booster in early adolescence to maintain long term protection against meningitis and septicaemia caused by MenC.

Since the introduction of the MenC vaccine in 1999 MenC disease has fallen rapidly with only 20 cases of the disease recorded in 2010. Over 10000 cases have been prevented in the last 11 years and more than 1000 lives saved.

However children vaccinated in the original campaign are up to 12 years of age now and although covered during their infancy they are unlikely to be protected against MenC in their teens and into adulthood.

Previous studies by the Oxford Vaccine Group and the Health Protection Agency have shown that immunity levels fall rapidly after vaccination. This latest MRF-funded study led by Professor Robert Read at the University of Sheffield investigated the complex immune mechanisms behind this loss of protection.

The study published today in Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases looked at a group of 18 to 39 year olds and measured their immunity levels after vaccination with the MenC conjugate vaccine. Results showed that although all were fully protected one month after vaccination up to a third of them had unprotective or low antibody responses one year later. Further investigation showed that these people had developed an immune memory response but that this was too slow to protect against MenC infection.

The results are important since they contribute to the growing body of evidence for introducing a teenage MenC booster. Currently children get 3 doses of MenC vaccine at 3 4 and 12 months. The second most at risk age group for MenC disease is teenagers and young adults who are also the main carriers and distributors of MenC bacteria between each other and the rest of the population. It is therefore very important that this age group is protected in their teenage years and a teenage booster may also maintain protection up to the age when they are likely to become parents. This will prevent transmission of the disease to young children who are particularly vulnerable.

Chris Head Chief Executive of MRF said: “MenC vaccination has been a great success story. This was largely down to the targeted ‘catch-up’ campaign vaccinating all children and teenagers under the age of 19 and subsequently young adults up to 25 years of age – including the age group most likely to carry the MenC bacteria. It is very important to prevent carriage in this age group to keep this disease at bay. Indeed a teenage booster could be just the opportunity we need to provide wider protection against these deadly diseases. If the conjugate MenACWY vaccine was used instead of MenC we could save lives now forfeit to W Y and A strains of the bacteria currently rare in the UK and Ireland but widespread elsewhere in the world.”
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The Star Thrower  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
The Star Thrower  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
From The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)]

Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day as he was walking along the shore he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day and so he walked faster to catch up. As he got closer he noticed that the figure was that of a young man and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused looked up and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask then why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this the young man replied "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in they'll die."

Upon hearing this the wise man commented "But young man do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this the young man bent down picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water he said "It made a difference for that one." Close
Lifes Gems  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Lifes Gems  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
http://www.lifes-gems.com/my-poem.html

This website was created by a girl who had meningitis at 22 yrs old.  This link goes to her poem she wrote about the time she spent in the hospital. It hit me hard.

It is hard to read...but worth it. Close
Yogurt Hut-June 15  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Yogurt Hut-June 15  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
Mark your calendars for Wednesday June 15th. 10% of proceeds from all 3 Yogurt Hut locations (Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass) will go to The Dylan McNeil Foundation.
Great way to kick off summer!

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Walking with me.....  / Big Ryan (Friend)  Read >>
Walking with me.....  / Big Ryan (Friend)
Dylan... My Aunt passed away last week and we celebrated her life yesterday... During her service the pastor said many things that always hit home with me and bring me back to knowing I can't control what the Lord has planned for us. Why we meet the people we do the friends we have and the life we live. During the service I read this.. One night a man had a dream in it he was walking along a beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand one belonging to him and the other to the Lord. When the final scene of his life flashed before him he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints and realized that they came at the hardest and saddest times of his life. Bothered about this he questioned the Lord saying "Lord you said that once i decided to follow you you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most burdensome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you the most you would leave me." The Lord replied "My dear child I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you." I always get reminded that holes in our hearts never heal they are merely hidden... I know that I have you and other Angels that walk with me and my family... Happy Birthday the Bittle family Love's you and your family very much.... Missing you always...... Close
Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!  / Robertson Family (Friend)  Read >>
Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!  / Robertson Family (Friend)

What an amazing sight it must have been to see all these yellow balloons floating up to you today.  Happy Birthday sweet boy.  Sending you yellow ballons and lots of love on angel wings.

Sweet Birthday Dreams little man...

Lyrics to Godspeed by the Dixie Chicks...

Dragon tales and the "water is wide"
Pirate's sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed little man
Sweet dreams little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

The rocket racer's all tuckered out
Superman's in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon we'll find the mouse
And I love you

Godspeed little man
Sweet dreams little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears "amen" wherever we are
And I love you

Godspeed little man
Sweet dreams little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Godspeed
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

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Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
Watched your home video this morning. We laughed so hard it hurt...

we cried because it hurt.

But it was so great seeing you. Your little voice your belly laugh your big teeth. Your beautiful smile. Your goofiness. Your stinky D moments. Your surfer dude ways.

Happy Birthday my sweet boy. You have lots of balloons coming your way today. Lots of friends and family that care so much.
Love MOM 5/14/2011
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Happy Birthday Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Happy Birthday Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)

Happy Birthday Dylan!
Love Mom Dad Ryan and Madisyn
5/14/2011
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Missing you  / Gramma Rose   Read >>
Missing you  / Gramma Rose

Missing you everyday.   Your sweet life still touches so many.

I love you My Little Monkey

Ma-Maa

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Dylan / Nicole Groom (friend)  Read >>
Dylan / Nicole Groom (friend)
2 years ago you left the safety of your mommy and daddy's arms to go into the arms of Jesus. While it is hard for us to understand why you had to leave we are comforted in knowing that you are safe in heaven. I have prayed that God will heal the hole in your mommy & daddy's hearts. I'm sure that 2 years must feel like 2 lifetimes without you for them. I'm so thankful that I got to know you I will always remember your beautiful little face . Close
Dylan / Grandma Maralee (Grandma)  Read >>
Dylan / Grandma Maralee (Grandma)
I say I have 5 grandchildren only one has angel wings.  We all miss you terribly and we think of you every day but especially Mei 14th.  Happy Birthday my sweet smiling grandson.  Love hugs and pink kisses Grandma Maralee Close
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)  Read >>
Stinky D  / Sabrina McNeil (mom)
2 yrs...I have nothing new to say. Though I would like to scream. Yesterday it all came crashing down. Today I feel tired. Drained. No it hasnt gotten any easier. How could it. You arent here. The day I see you again is the day this ache will go away. Until then I have learned to live with it.




I love you baby. Always and forever...MOM 5/12/2011 Close
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