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Uncle Rob

10:57 AM on March 1, 2009 by

Happy Birthday Mike!! Knowing you, there's probably one BIG party going on up there and all are invited!!!

The McKay's

3:45 PM on March 1, 2009 by

Happy 13th Birthday Mike. we miss you lots

Strong Together Forever

Cathy Vandermaas

3:58 PM on March 1, 2009 by

Thinking of you Brian, Terri and Brandon as we all remember Mike's 13th birthday today. Devin really misses him.

marlene langendoen

5:20 PM on March 1, 2009 by

Thinking of you all today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steph Vanderwal

9:02 PM on March 1, 2009 by

Much strength to your family today. Thinking of you always. Happy 13th Birthday Mike.

Shirley Van Egmond

2:16 PM on March 3, 2009 by

Hi guys, just wanted to say hello and see how you are doing. My business is just finally getting our website going and wanted to put in that we had a team at the Rankin Run. Since Mike touched so many lives and will continue to do so with his foundation, we wanted to make a reference to it and add a link from our website to this one, hopefully drawing more attention to the cause that he felt so dearly about. I hope you are okay with it. If you would prefer that I not include it, please let me know. Thanks, and many thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Shirley

rachel, ashley, and debbie

11:47 AM on March 18, 2009 by

we are praying for you today...:)

Connie Sgouromitis

12:22 PM on March 25, 2009 by

Hey guys I wanted to let you know that Mike's story has truly tuched me. I with peace and love to all of your family.

michelle & lafonda

12:10 AM on March 26, 2009 by

To Mike's family, I came across your sons story and i am truly sorry for your loss. he must have been a strong kid who much strength, hope, belief and a wonderful support system. i admire you for what you are continuing on with your son. the fact you can create something so positive and inspiring is truly amazing to be able to have the courage to do that. what is even more amazing is that you can continue on with his memory out of something so special. my prayers are with you.


12:14 PM on April 12, 2009 by

hi i am so sorry your son had lost the battle against cancer,i had to go to the hospital about 3 weeks ago becuase i had a pain in my chest and couldnt breath properly so bye!


11:09 PM on April 25, 2009

Missing you Mike!

Strong together, forever and ever!

Love, Dad, Mom and Brandon

Uncle Rob

11:43 PM on April 25, 2009 by

365 days have passed and i've thought about you each and every day! miss you so much Mike!! We are....Strong together, forever and ever! Love Uncle Rob


12:23 AM on April 26, 2009 by

Hey Brian, Terri, Brandon,

I'm thinking about you in these extremely hard few days. I'm so greatful for the life Mike led and how he was an angel to so many of us on this earth. Anybody who hears of his story knows that he was such an awesome guy and there's no doubt in my mind that he got that from his family.

Mike: I miss you, and I know you're having a blast up there with all the other angels, just know that we are doing everything we can to help other kids (and anybody) going through what you did. You were a hero to us, and we are giving everything we can to help your dreams come true. I'm so glad for everything you've done for Mike's Miracles, and there truly is a reason for all this happening to you, your family, and your community. We have all gathered to unite as one to fight this looming disease that has affected each and every one of us. Please continue to keep an eye on your family and all of us as we continue to deal with this extreme loss.


I hope things go ok this week and that you have the strength to keep on going as you are fighting this extreme sadness. Just know that I, and everybody else part of this site, are here for you and although we don't understand the exact pain you're going through, we are here to lend a shoulder to cry on.

I love you guys,



12:49 AM on April 26, 2009 by

This is a wonderful website with such positive heartfelt thoughts. On this day, my thoughts are with you Brian, Terri, Brandon and all your family and friends. Mike's life has touched so many and my life has become richer through our friendship. Corey & family.

The McKay's

McKay's11:04 AM on April 26, 2009 by

Mikey, we miss your bounce, yet know your doing a special job for God in Heaven. Every day we think of you and your parents and brother, they sure love and miss you too. Strong Together Forever.

Mike's Angels

10:11 PM on April 26, 2009 by

Thank you for coming to visit us tonight. We gave out the Tiggers to all the kids and they loved them. What a special thing to do. We reminisced over the pictures and shared many laughs. You are all so wonderful and we are grateful and blessed to have shared all these memories with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all tonight.

With love,

Mike's Angels

p.s. In the meantime, we will be getting ourselves in shape for the Rankin Run!!!!

The Vandermaas'

9:46 AM on April 27, 2009 by

Eventhough yesterday wasn't an easy day, it was great to all be together. The sun came out at just the right time to make it a beautiful afternoon. Thanks so much for including us and letting us share the day with you.

Thinking of you,

Jack, Cathy, Jesse and Devin


11:00 PM on May 22, 2009 by

Mike, I'm walking for you tomorrow!!!!

Stu McKay

11:51 PM on May 22, 2009 by

your there tomorrow looking over us at Grantham Lions

Strong Together is on the field in memory of you Mikey and your family gets a personal location

The Vandermaas'

3:50 PM on May 24, 2009 by

still in awe over the rainbow that suddenly appeared yesterday, just before your family went up to hand out the hero trophies....God opened a window to heaven and was showing us that Mike is there with Him, and that he was watching over us all yesterday...WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an amazing day!

Jack, Cathy, Jesse and Devin

The Deprez Family Paul, Vicky, Meghan, and Kiara....

8:09 PM on May 26, 2009 by

We as a family feel honoured to be able to participate in this event every year. When the rainbow appeared that was a true message from Mikey thanking us all to keep the fight going!!!!! We love you Mikey!!!!!!

Nicole Elgersma

8:43 PM on June 1, 2009 by

Hello! My name is Nicole Elgersma. I am part of a group in my class called the ''cancer club.'' I go to Calvin Christian School and I want to let you know that you did a good presentation for grade 5 and 6. I liked it when you brought along Joey and Brandon. I think the tigger and the plaque were very nice of you. I know that you love questions so I have some I would like to ask:

1. What kind of cancer did Mike have?

2.What was Mike's favourite colour?

3.What was it like at your house after Mike was gone?

4. What was Mike's favourite sport?

5. What was Mike's favourite subject in school?

6. What was Mike's hobby?

7. Did Mike like animals?

8. What was his personality like?

9. What was Mike's favourite movie?

10. What holiday did Mike like best?

I hope you can answer these questions. I am a very curious girl. Around 3 years ago my Opa had cancer. He got some treatment and got better. Then after a while he got it again. This time it was in his whole body. My siblings and I made cards for him. We couldn't go to the hospital to visit him because we were to young. Only my parents went to visit him. Soon after the Lord went to take him to Heaven. I miss him alot. But every time I think of him I remember he is in Heaven. I am happy that you continued Mike's Miracles.


Nicole Ally Elgersma

p.s. please email back soon.

Brian, Terri and Brando

11:13 PM on June 7, 2009 by

Hi Nicole,

Thank you for your message. We really enjoyed coming to your school to talk about Mike and about "Mike's Miracles". Your class had many good questions for us which we were happy to answer. We will send you an email soon and answer all the questions that you asked...they are very good questions too!

Please say hi to your classmates from us!


Brian, Terri and Brandon VandenDool and Joey (Mike's friend)


10:24 AM on July 31, 2009 by

This is an amazing website, I heard about Mike's Miracles through a friend that attends Beacon and I just wanted to say that you are extremely amazing people for carrying on with what Mike started. He sounds like he was a remarkable boy, and was a fighter. My thoughts are with you and I hope that all goes well with your fundraising.. I will pitch in and run for cancer and help make more people aware of you and your cause.

Good luck!


9:42 AM on August 12, 2009 by


sorry me again I was just wondering if i could use your "Who We Are" page , put it all in my own words and dedicate a song I am singing for my talent show to Mike and his journey and use that as a speech thing, to make everyone more aware? Is not, it's okay I can find something else to use, I just wanted to know, by the way great job with the website :)


9:27 PM on August 26, 2009 by


Im and 12 year old girl, and im selling lemonaid for you chairty. i have been saving up, and so far im at 50$, and im only about half way done selling things. I love your website, and i feel so bad, knowing if i died, i know everone would feel horrible, so i want to make a differince. -Jordyn :)

Brian, Terri and Brandon

11:41 PM on August 26, 2009 by

Hi Aurora,

Sorry for the slow response. You are welcome to use the "Who we are" page information, or any other page on the website. We hope this answer didn't come too late. We appreciate you wanting to do good things for others. Thank you for making a difference!

Brian, Terri and Brandon VandenDool

Brian, Terri and Brandon

11:44 PM on August 26, 2009 by

Hi Jordyn,

Thank you for the good work you are doing! You are making a difference and that is very special!

Brian, Terri and Brandon VandenDool


10:28 AM on August 28, 2009 by

Hi Brian, Terri, and Brandon

It's okay about the slow response... I am using it around the new school year so this time was great!! I'm excited to be helping make a difference in yours and other lives!

Best wishes,

Aurora :D

Brian, Terri and Brandon

9:01 PM on September 20, 2009 by

Good evening Nicole,

Thank you for being so patient waiting for our reply. We hope your school year is off to a good start. Here are some answers to the questions you had.

1) The type of cancer Mike had was called rhabdomyosarcoma which is a soft tissue cancer.

2) Mike's favourite colour was red. He also liked orange. Most of his clothing was red or orange.

3) Our house felt very lonely and quiet after Mike was gone. He was so full of energy and was always on the go doing something.

4) Mike loved soccer. He played soccer for most of his life since he was 3 years old.

5) Mike's favourite subject in school was gym. He loved to play sports, run around and have fun.

6) Mike didn't really have a favourite hobby. It seems that Mike was too busy having fun with his brother or his friends to do hobbies. Mike did enjoy playing Lego with his brother.

7) Mike liked animals! He had a pet dog named Snickers who we still have today.

8) Mike was a happy, fun boy who loved to keep busy. He was always on the go, having fun. He was a good boy who really cared about others. Mike's nickname was "Tigger" because he was always on the go!

9) Mike's favourite movie was Transformers. This movie came out while Mike was battling cancer. We went to see it 5 times in the theatre with Mike. We would take him out of McMaster Hospital for a quick trip to the movies. When it came out on DVD, we watched it many more times in the hospital.

10) Mike enjoyed all the holidays because it meant he could spend time with his family. (Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins and friends) He enjoyed having fun with others.

Nicole, thank you for your questions...they were very good ones!

We miss Mike very much but know that he is now in Heaven with Jesus. We wouldn't be surprised if he was playing soccer with your Opa. We know you miss your Opa very much too. Hopefully we will see you again soon. If you have any more questions, please send them to us. Please let us know when you have received this email.


Brian, Terri and Brandon VandenDool

Stu McKay

11:42 PM on October 8, 2009 by

Today was Mike's Miracles Soccer Tournament, The colours of T-Shirts, Laughter and Fun from the youth players was great. To all the Ref's, Volunteers, Vice Principal Ralph Potts a job well done to make this gathering a success. To top if off, another Rainbow on a Sunny Day over Beacon Christian School, Mikey we know it a sign from you that Your Foundation is touching and making a difference in other people lives, Strong Together..

Julia Schanbacher

9:03 PM on November 9, 2009 by

Hey Guys! It's Julia :)

I was just looking through all the pictures, and I couldn't help but, laugh, smile, tear up, etc.

Mike was an incredible little boy! He was so blessed to have you guys as his family while he was on earth. Brandon, you are definately the best guy ever! You are funny, loving, awesome, and I'm sure you and Mike had a ball all the time :)

Brian, you are by far the most loving father I have ever met! You are a gentle wonderful guy, and I'm sure you were Mike's hero :) (not to mention a really cool dad!)

Terri, You are the best! I can't even describe you. You are just OUT OF THIS WORLD! The most incredible momma ever! You have such love, and being a mom, that's just totally your thing, and everyone knows it. The way you took care of Mike at the hospital all the time, and juggled everything like a mom does, just takes my breath away. I don't know how you do it Terri. Every time someone says, "Supermom!!!" the only definition I can think of is... Terri VandenDool! Mike couldn't have had a better mom. You are a rock Terri, and I just admire you so much!

You guys are the best, and I can't imagine what you have gone through. I still always think of you guys, and pray for you often. If you ever need anything call me :)

Love you all! God Bless You Guys!

- Julia Schanbacher :)

diego gomez

1:02 PM on November 16, 2009 by

hey Brian, Terri and Brandon.

I was remembering my stay in Canada, everything I lived with the VandenDools, and how fun it was for me. So I saw necklace (which I really wanted to have since the first time I saw it, and I never stop wearing it, thanks) that uncle Brian gave me the day I left, and I decided to take a look to Mike's miracles webpage. I never got to know Mike, but I know now that he was a great person and he wanted to make a difference. I'm glad I could help you for the Mike's Miracles soccer tournament, and be the supervisor. :) .

It was the best knowing you all, you're a great family.

I wish I had stayed for longer, but I'm sure we'll meet someday and hope we don't lose contact.

I'll never forget you and take care.


Terri, Brian and Brandon

12:21 AM on March 1, 2010 by

Happy 14th birthday Mike!!

We love you so much, we miss you so much!

All our love,

Mom, Dad and Brandon

Sammi B

3:09 PM on March 1, 2010 by

Happy birthday Mike! I miss you so much my friend! I will always remember how very brave and courageous you were! I can't eat chili or ribs now without thinking of you! lol

Love your friend,


Janelle Szumowski

1:32 AM on August 6, 2010 by

I have never met Mike, but I am close friends with the Vanderkuips.

Mike is missed a lot, and this site, and everything everyone has ever done for him and a lot of other people, is touching.

My father, is a cancer patient also, and the big C, is never easy.

It affects a lot of people.

I support Mike.

I wish i knew him.


5:20 PM on January 1, 2011 by

Happy new year, and i miss you all.



2:56 PM on January 7, 2011

Thank you Mike for sending us your rainbows of hope.


8:07 PM on January 18, 2011 by

thanks mike for caring about others we will all miss u

Uncle Rob

1:02 PM on March 1, 2011 by

Happy Birthday Mike!! Missing you buddy!! :(

Terri, Brian and Brandon

2:46 PM on March 1, 2011 by

Happy 15th birthday Mike!

Love you and miss you!

"Strong Together"

Love from Mom, Dad and Brandon

Devin Vandermaas

7:20 PM on March 1, 2011 by

Happy 15th Birthday Mike :) You are missed and loved very much down here. Id give anything to see you again and hangout like we used too but i know one day i will see you again and im looking forward to that. I miss you alot Mike

Ross Gibson

10:34 PM on April 24, 2011 by

Thank you for the wonderful Easter gift. Our son in currently in 3B with an infection in between chemo's.

He is 20 months old and was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma 3 months ago. I believe the same as your son had. I was looking at some of the pics with the nurses on the site tonight.

We have started a website as well at

Thank you so much for the wonderful easter gift,

Ross Gibson 416-574-3213

Bowman Family

10:03 PM on April 26, 2011 by

We thought about you all day today Mike! We miss you but just know that your spirit lives on in the lives of so many have made such a difference and you are so missed! We love you!

Ingrid raakman

6:52 PM on June 3, 2011 by

Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking about you and miss you each day.

We love you Mike.

Aunt Ingrid, Uncle Pete and our puppy Kona


11:19 PM on September 28, 2011 by

Hi there!

My 4 year old daughter has microcephaly, epilepsy, chromosomal abnormalities, hypotonia, obstructive sleep apnea, among other things. Her website is, if you're interested. We spent three nights in 3B this weekend and just wanted to say Thank You for the light and the pen. It DID brighten our weekend.


8:33 AM on March 1, 2012 by




Cathy vandermaas

6:56 PM on March 2, 2012 by

Dear Brian, Terri, and Brandon

Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you especially today, as it would have been Mike's 16th birthday...sharing your memories and your heartaches...

Cathy, Jack, Jesse and Devin


Pete and Ingrid Raakman

7:06 PM on April 6, 2012 by

Dear Mike,

Tomorrow is your dad's 50th birthday. Although we are celebrating this special day we know that he, your mom and Brandon will miss someone very special. Mike, you will not be forgotten and we know that you are watching over your family from above.

We love you

Uncle Pete and Aunt Ingrid

Cathy and Jack Vandermaas

6:55 PM on April 26, 2012 by

Dear Brian, Terri and Brandon,

Thinking of you in an extra special way today...can't believe it was 4 years ago today that you came to our house, picked up Brandon and broke the news to us....Mike will never be forgotten....big hugs xoxo

Love, Jack, Cathy, Jesse and mostly Devin : )

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