A family discovers their youngest daughter has cancer. But the real struggle has yet to start.

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Ed Chandler
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Joanna Chandler
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Missy Chandler
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Melinda
Karl David-Djerf ...
Scott
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Robbie
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Himself
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Rick
Janine Cox ...
Karen
Aurelio DiNunzio ...
Hank (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
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Dr. Cross
Eva De Viveiros ...
Jenny
Freda Perry ...
Lucille
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Bailey
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Based loosely on the story of Melissa Weaver,who at age 10,contracted a rare form of cancer. Her father loses his job when he takes too much time away from work to care for his family during this difficult period.Enraged, both Melissa and her father decide to fight to change the law which allowed him to be fired in the first place. A primary role came in the form of the President Of USA, Bill Clinton, who signed the Family and Medical Leave Act thus ensuring no other family would have to go through what the Weavers did. Written by mahajanssen

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Cancer killed her. But not before she made a change.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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21 January 1997 (USA)  »

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A Fight for Justice  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film based on the story of Dixie Yandle, a young girl who died from cancer in Marietta, Ga. See more »

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I went to School with Melissa.
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended 6th grade with Melissa Weaver, and I remember the day I found out she had died. I think it may have been a Monday and the announcements came on saying that anyone wanting to attend Melissa's funeral would be excused from classes....it was over 10 years ago, so I may have forgotten details. But one thing I will never forget is the feeling I had when I found out someone so young...My age!!...had died. We had all known that she had cancer, she always had the cutest hats, but know one ever really thought she would die...Death was a word that really wasn't a part of our life. After Melissa passes away, her mother (a teacher) set up the gym with things from Melissa's life such as her hats and letters and pictures....she talked to the school as a whole and helped us understand what she had went through. It was an experience I shall never forget. Alougth I wasn't a friend of Melissa's (we never had classes together) it made me very sad that someone so young could leave us like that. ALWAYS IN MEMORY OF MELISSA WEAVER, YOUR FELLOW CLASSMATE....TIFFANY


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