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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Chandler
Joanna Chandler
Missy Chandler
Karl David-Djerf ...
Janine Cox ...
Aurelio DiNunzio ...
Hank (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
Merrilyn Gann ...
Dr. Cross
Eva De Viveiros ...
Freda Perry ...


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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21 January 1997 (USA)  »

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A Fight for Justice  »

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Towards the end the main character get to meet the president of the United States. The scene was shot inside the real Oval Office of the White House and Bill Clinton appeared as himself. The first time in history a serving US president willingly appears as himself in a fictitious story. See more »

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28 August 2005 | by (mayville, new york) – See all my reviews

It was based on true story. The really events lead up to The Family And Medical Leave Act. I know the names of all but one of the characters were changed to protect their rights to privacy. Anyway, this law guarantees a person up to six weeks leave when a family member has a serious illness. By law the employer has to give it to the person. Now to what I saw thought of movie. I think John Ritter was wonderful in the role of Ed Chandler. When I saw the movie, I was very surprised to see President Clinton in it. I will have to look for it on video at my local library. I hope they run it on television again soon. Maybe Lifetime or Hallmark will have it. This is the kind of movie those two channels would show.

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