Felton 11-year-old gives extra thanks today for being alive

When 11-year-old Marissa Shaffer sits down to her vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner today, she'll take a few moments to say thanks for the chance to wake up each day and play soccer or perfect her piano skills. Read more
mad max

Gillette, WY

#1 Nov 25, 2010
you go sweetheart...what a great example for other young folk...
Wood

United States

#2 Nov 25, 2010
What a wonderful Thanksgiving story of hope and inspiration!
the Duke

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Nov 25, 2010
My heart goes out to you!
...fellow survivor
Orchard

Pacifica, CA

#4 Nov 25, 2010
Great story! you go girl!
Diane Rejman

Menlo Park, CA

#5 Nov 25, 2010
Wow - what a GREAT and INSPIRATIONAL story! It's a lot to go through at any age, but as a child, it must have seemed as if your entire life was pretty miserable. You must have had a great, dedicated medical team, and wonderfully loving parents. Your story helps remind others going through difficult times that it can pay off to hang in there!
Normal Eccentric

San Jose, CA

#7 Nov 25, 2010
I am so happy for this young lady. And her attitude is inspiring! What a role model for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving to her and her wonderful family.
mee

Hollister, CA

#8 Nov 25, 2010
My 4-year-old neighbor girl was recently diagnosed and is currently undergoing treatment. This is a very inspirational story.
ABCD

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Nov 25, 2010
mee wrote:
My 4-year-old neighbor girl was recently diagnosed and is currently undergoing treatment. This is a very inspirational story.
Hang in there, ask for and accept help, and take care of yourself as well.
Sweet

San Bruno, CA

#10 Nov 25, 2010
What a sweet girl! I wish you a long and healthy life, Marissa!
scout

Albany, CA

#11 Nov 26, 2010
You go, girl!
Jim

Waterford, WI

#12 Nov 26, 2010
A Holiday Thought...

Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."

~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

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Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: veganvideo.org & tryveg.com

"Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege."
Lucretia Coffin Mott, 1793-1880, minister, women's rights leader, abolitionist, peace activist, humanitarian
Pastor Mary Blessing

Boulder Creek, CA

#13 Nov 26, 2010
Marissa--the joy of watching you thrive and share your joy of life makes Thanksgiving more meaningful for all of us! Thank you for your courage to share!

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