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

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Waris Hussein

Writer:

Susan Nanus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Ed Chandler
Tess Harper ... Joanna Chandler
Anna Chlumsky ... Missy Chandler
Sarah Chalke ... Melinda
Karl David-Djerf Karl David-Djerf ... Scott
Bob Morrisey
Kevin McNulty ... Robbie
Bill Clinton ... Himself
David Lewis ... Rick
Janine Cox Janine Cox ... Karen
Aurelio DiNunzio Aurelio DiNunzio ... Hank (as Aurelio Dinunzio)
Merrilyn Gann ... Dr. Cross
Eva De Viveiros Eva De Viveiros ... Jenny
Freda Perry Freda Perry ... Lucille
Michael St. John Smith ... 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 the United States of America, 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fight for Justice See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Tearjerker
1 August 2003 | by IndianaHighwaySee all my reviews

This movie was beautiful. I remember the first time I saw this movie I was 12 and I cried so much. It's a great movie, but because it's so thematic, I really wouldn't recommend it for children.A young girl Cancer-battling her way through life shows how much you should value life in case you lose it completely.


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