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terminally ill teen, wants you to real her poem

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biondi
biondi Member Posts: 6
edited June 2014 in May Their Memory Live On

 

 

 

Slow Dance


This is a poem
written by a teenager with cancer.

She wants to see how many
people get her poem.

It is quite the poem. Please pass it
on.

This
poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a
New York
Hospital .



It was sent
by
a medical doctor - Make sure to read what is in the closing statement
AFTER THE POEM.




SLOW DANCE



Have you ever
watched kids
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to
the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a
butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading
night?

You better slow down.

Don't dance so
fast.

Time is short.

The music won't
last.


Do you run through each day on the
fly?


When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the
reply?



When the day is done
Do you lie in your
bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through
your head?

You'd better slow down

Don't dance so
fast.

Time is short.

The music won't
last.


Ever told your child,
We'll do it
tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see
his
sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good
friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call
and say,'Hi'

You'd better slow down.

Don't dance
so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't
last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You
miss half the fun of getting there.



When you worry and hurry
through your day,
It is like an unopened
gift....

Thrown away.

Life is not a
race.
Do take it slower
Hear the
music
Before the song is over.



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FORWARDED E-MAILS ARE TRACKED TO OBTAIN THE TOTAL
COUNT.



Dear All: PLEASE pass this mail on to everyone you know -
even to those you don't know! It is the request of a special girl who will soon
leave this world due to cancer.



This young girl has 6 months left
to live, and as her dying wish, she wanted to send a letter telling everyone to
live their life to the fullest, since she never will.



She'll
never make it to prom, graduate from high school, or get married and have a
family of her own.



By you sending this to as many people as
possible, you can give her and her family a little hope, because with every name
that this is sent to, The American Cancer Society will donate 3 cents per name
to her treatment and recovery plan. One guy sent this to 500 people! So I know
that we can at least send it to 5 or 6. It's
not even your money, just
your time!



PLEASE PASS ON AS A LAST REQUEST.



Dr.
Dennis Shields, Professor
Depa rtment of Developmental and Molecular
Biology
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx , New York
10461

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  • biondi
    biondi Member Posts: 6
    edited March 2008
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    sorry, it should say, "read her poem"

  • danix5
    danix5 Member Posts: 141
    edited March 2008
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    That is a beautiful poem.  That we all can relate to and should listen to her!  Thank you for sharing it with us.  I copied and sent to friends. Hope it counts.

    Daniella

  • AnnNYC
    AnnNYC Member Posts: 236
    edited March 2008
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    Biondi,

    the poem is beautiful. 

    But the part about the ACS donating money for passing it along is false.

    Also, the name of Dennis Shields, Ph.D., a research scientist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, somehow got attached to this chain letter as far back as 1999, and he has been trying to "break the chain" since then: http://legalminds.lp.findlaw.com/list/evid-l/msg01132.html

    According to http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/slowdance.html

    "The poem was written by David L. Weatherford and published in 1991 by the Russ Berrie Company. It was added to the chain letter in early 2001. Weatherford is uncertain how the poem came to be associated with the dying child hoax and does not endorse its inclusion."

    And there are many more discussions of this hoax available online: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22dennis+shields%22+cancer+patient 

    Biondi, maybe you could edit your post so that it only includes the poem?

    Best,

    Ann

  • lewisfamily503
    lewisfamily503 Member Posts: 101
    edited March 2008
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    Well, hoax or not, it IS a great poem, huh? It really captures the "essence" of slowing down and enjoying life. Whatever its origin, I love the message!



    Anne



  • Ivylane
    Ivylane Member Posts: 14
    edited May 2008
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    you can also go to snopes.com  this hoax has been around for years.