Friday, October 28, 2011

Thoughts from the heart!!

I always knew I wanted to have a family of my own, 2 kids would be great for me if we were able. When thinking about having children of my own by no means did I think having Jacob would change my like so drastically. I never thought of myself having a void in my life, until I had Jacob. He filled that void, the void I did not realize I had, he became my everything. Li...fe was so good, we were enjoying the family life, Jacob was 3 and acting like such a big boy, we were enjoying every part of being parents. In July 2006, 3 ½ months before his 4th birthday life came to a crashing halt when our one and only son was diagnosed with cancer. We knew we had a long and sometimes difficult road ahead of us, but there was no other option but to FIGHT!! Fight is what we did for 3 ½ years until it came down to the point when you look at your child laying there and you just know it is time to say good bye, Jacob was done fighting so as a parent I had to accept that and let him know it is ok to let go and that I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. That transition was the hardest, we have fought for so long, I just couldn’t give up, but I see now I was not giving up, it was time. In the back of my mind I always knew I wanted to have one more child, but with the life style we were living in and out of the hospital with Jacob, it was not a good time. After Jacob’s Passing I knew I did not want another child, (at least I thought I knew) I was so afraid of the loss of a child, the pain SCARED ME FOR LIFE, I did not want to go through that again. Who was I Kidding!!!! About 9 months had past and the desire of wanting to be a Mom, a Mom with so many meanings, a mom was who I was, I could not deny those feelings. So it was time to start tiring, we can give Jacob a little Brother or Sister he can watch over. We got pregnant first try and I miscarried; now it has been over 7 months and we are having no luck. I keep thinking its our age or maybe it is not in our cards to be parents again. But sorry I am not so willing to accept that yet, I don’t feel my age and I want to have another little one, so continue to try is all we can do. Your Prayers would be so appreciated. For all of you that did not know we were even trying, we are :o)

Monday, October 17, 2011

*This Sunday, Blood Drive and/or Farmer Boys Fundraiser in Memory of Jacob Honoring his Birthday Oct 23rd, 10am - 4pm!/event.php?eid=223565147688367
Please bring the flyer for Farmer Boys :o) *Light the night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Oct 22nd 2011 Are you able to walk with us or make a donation, that would be great Thank You for your prayers & support! Melisa

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


^i^ My Angel Jacob – 1 year in Heaven ^i^ Remembering what would have been Jacob’s 9th Birthday on Oct 7th, it is really hard to think how things would be. It is always really hard as we approach Fall and into the New Year. Jacob Always In Our Hearts! *Quilt for CANCER Help support CHILDHOOD CANCER!!! We are collecting 7 inch squares of fabric that we will make into a quilt. **MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ½ inch blank border around you fabric square** You can make it In Memory of or In Honor of or just show your support, you can use iron on’s, embroidery or fabric paint, you can write a message or just put your name, anything you want you can do! Please send to: Melisa Ogaz Samaniego 1225 S. Bon View Ave, Ontario, CA 91761 Deadline will be January 11th, 2012 We will be auctioning off the Quilt with 100% of the proceeds going to support our children with CANCER!!! Feel free to pass this along, WE NEED YOUR HELP & YOUR SUPPORT, THANK YOU!!!/event.php?eid=291016880910599 *Right around the corner we have an Blood Drive and/or Farmer Boys Fundraiser in Memory of Jacob Honoring his Birthday Oct 23rd, 10am - 4pm!/event.php?eid=223565147688367 *Light the night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Oct 22nd 2011 Are you able to walk with us or make a donation, that would be great Thank You for your prayers & support! Melisa

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Here is to Birthday Wishes

Come down and join us: *Blood Drive in Memory of Jacob Honoring his Birthday & Farmer Boys Fundraiser with 15% going to my cause. Oct 23rd, 10am - 4pm / Farmer Boys 1190 E. Francis Street, Ontario, CA **Be the Match will also be there *Light the night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Oct 22nd @ Cal Baptist in Riverside CA I had only one BIRTHDAY WISH, it was to take the place of my Son Jacob, let it be me suffering from CANCER. It was a wish I wished over & over again, a wish and a prayer that was never answered. I have not & will never have the answer why Jacob?!?!?! So for my Birthday this year, this is my wish, PLEASE ANY AMOUNT, just $1.00 from each one of you will bring in over $500.00 plus. For every donation I will post a paper balloon in the office for you. Thank You for your prayers & support! Melisa

Monday, July 18, 2011

Your support keeps me going!

I want to say THANK YOU to every one that made the Blood Drive & Farmer Boys Fundraiser such a great Success. We acatually did more than I thought we would, we had forty blood bags and actually ran out and had to turn people away. I dont like turning people away but was so great that we had so many people!! Please make note that my next blood drive will be Oct To honor Jacobs Birthday, Thank You!

My next event:
*3rd Annual CHARITY CROP ~In Jacobs Memory
Collective Journey-Scrapbook Store,
1755 Orangetree Lane, Redlands, California
Sunday, September 11 · 12:00pm - 5:00pm
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Pediatric cancer Kids - Gone Too Soon
Great video with Jacob & other kids that lost their battles with cancer :0(

Friday, July 1, 2011

Time to help for great reasons!

Please come join us for a great cause, save a life & enjoy good food!!!

Blood Drive & Be the Match.
PLEASE schedule your appointment or for more information, contact Melisa Samaniego at (909) 292-6010 or make your own appointment online at
and use sponsor code: INJACOBSMEMORY
**You don't need to do the blood drive to do Farmer Boys.**
Farmer Boys will be donating 15% to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for my cause.
Each blood drive participant will recieve a Shark wk T Shirt, Tickets to Chivas USA soccer game, Skillet Queso appetizer to Chilis and two tickets to the Laugh Factory.


Pediatric cancer Kids - Gone Too Soon
Great video with Jacob & other kids that lost their battles with cancer :0(

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Breakthrough

Could this really be true,can it be a great break through for Leukemia!?!? I know this was something I had prayed for when they told us Jacob had become resistant to chemo. This would be a prayer answered for so many families. This news comes as great news and at the same time heart break. I saw this air on the news,they were talking to a boy named Jacob and how this is their prayer that had been answered. Needless to say my tears started. I cant help to ask why, I know I am not alone. Why couldn't this be found 2 years ago, I am just glad some kind of breaktrhough has been found. A blessing for so many families.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

One good deed, one BIG smile

Easter is already here, how the last 14 months have come so fast.
So many parents know as I know when you have a child with Cancer there is a lot of time spent in the hospital. The staff becomes your second family; you can walk down the hallways and start to recognize the faces. Soon it’s a smile and hello from so many people in so many areas of the hospital. Even though Jacob is no longer with us I just can’t forget that part of my life and all the people along the Journey. So it is nice that I can do something in return and make other kids smile, it makes me feel good. I can look at as part of my healing process, helps me move forward.
Patty a friend of mine went down with me yesterday to go deliver baskets to the pediatrics floor at the hospital. Everyone got such a kick out of the baskets I made. I am just glad they hit, they did have a lot of chocolate :o)
Thank you to all that helped!!
Everyone have a Blessed Easter!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I pray that someday it would all end

^i^ My Angel Jacob – 11 months in Heaven ^i^

Emotions run crazy, some even run your life, and how can they not when you have a child with cancer. A child that you are afraid for, a child that is in the toughest battle of their life. As parents we are the ones that have to keep it together, it is the toughest thing to do, not to let your child see the fear and the tears in your eyes. No matter how many times I here it, no matter how close to home it hits I WILL NEVER GET USE TO THE WORD CANCER.

I have some friends that have a good friend that has his family being tormented by cancer, this cancer is DIPG and it is their 4 year old son Noah that is battling this ugly beast. I ask, please keep Noah and his family in your thoughts and prayers to help them get through this. Noah is going in for a very dangerous biopsy surgery in the morning please remember him in your prayers. Thank You!

I am also asking you to please keep Willie in your prayers, it is a friend of mine, he was in San Diego riding with some friends and had a terrible accident on his motorcycle and is currently in ICU.

Thank You for you prayers and support!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Look forward, there is always something

^i^ My Angel Jacob – 11 months in Heaven ^i^

I pray and hope everyone had a blessed and joyous Christmas and New Year! The Holiday's for us this year were just better spent not at home, just wanted them to pass us by. Sounds bad, but if I just held my breath closed my eyes and counted we would just get through them all. But now that we are through the Holidays we are now looking at the new year, what will it bring? It brings the 1 year anniversary of Jacob going to Heaven on Feb 1st, a hard thought to coup with.
Praying that the New Year will bring us that much closer to that cure to cancer!

Please remember to keep little Avery in your prayers who was recently diagnosed with a Brainstem Glioma a cancerous brain tumor. She is currently being treated in Maryland on a clinical trial and this family needs your help. If you are in the area of Rancho Cucamonga, CA on Jan 10th between 4 & 9pm they are having a fundraiser to help this family out at Vince's Spaghetti. Flyers are needed so if you are interested please just e mail me and I will send over a flyer. Thank You!

Thank you for everyones prayers and support!