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November 25, 2013

Family helps young cancer victim's journey continue

Niagara Gazette — Some people spend a lifetime trying to cement their legacy for future generations. Missed opportunities pile up and, too often, the end comes with regrets.

When Meghan Redenbach learned, at age 13, that she had a rare form of cancer, she was determined not to miss any opportunities.

By the time she was 15, she had written several chapters of a book detailing her cancer journey.

Nearly three years after her death on Dec. 24, 2010, the book is finished and has been published. “Meghan’s Journey: The Story of Meghan Redenbach, the Teenage Girl Who Showed A Community How To ‘Man Up’ in the Face of Cancer” will be released Tuesday at Terry’s Corners Fire Hall in Gasport.

Meghan’s Journey is written mostly by Meghan’s mom, who kept a journal while Meghan was ill, with sections contributed by community members who are still affected by the feisty teen’s story.

According to Archway Publishing, contributors together tell the story of Meghan’s life and the strength and courage she showed in the face of terminal illness.

Meghan “wanted people to keep going and not feel sorry for themselves,” her mom, Nancy Redenbach, said.

That she had started a book came as a surprise to Meghan’s parents. Nancy and Bill Redenbach didn’t know anything about it until after she died. When she made the decision to start writing her story, she turned to her English teacher and home tutor, Debbie Holahan, for support.

“At first I was like any teacher, encouraging her,” Holahan said, “but then when she started giving me stuff she had written I thought, ‘Wow! She can write a book.’”

Meghan was a member of the Roy-Hart volleyball team. Her coach, Bill Holahan, remembers her as the girl everyone would gravitate toward socially.

“She was quick witted, very positive, and she loved to laugh,” he said.

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