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November 24, 2013

'Meghan's Journey'

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In advance of the book release, Meghan’s loved ones met with members of the media last week to talk about the book and the girl who inspired it.

The Redenbachs attended their daughter’s Class of 2013 graduation ceremony this past June. Mrs. Redenbach recalls the stirring tribute to Meghan that was arranged by her classmates.

From the back row of seats at the outdoor ceremony, she said, the family watched as the graduates filtered in, “everyone ... showing up in teal (the color of ovarian cancer awareness), and there was a teal tassel, along with the one with Roy-Hart colors.

“The last pair of students, who were good friends of Meghan’s, as they approached the stage they split up. One went behind the bushes on one side and one went the other way. They grabbed a chair painted teal and white, and a bouquet of flowers for the chair, and set it up in honor of Meghan.”

Mike Redenbach said the tribute probably helped bring “closure” to Meghan’s classmates.

“She touched so many people, it’s incredible,” he said.

According to Debbie Holahan, Meghan’s interest in writing a book was sparked by her reading of S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders.” Hinton was 17 years old when his work was published, making Meghan think, why not her, too?

Ultimately, Nancy Redenbach thinks, writing was her daughter’s way of giving something back.

“Psychologists she knew at Roswell asked her to talk to other kids because she was so positive,” Mrs. Redenbach said. Meghan deferred the invitations, however, because she didn’t want to talk with others while she was sick, she wanted to talk with them when she beat the disease.

Then when Meghan saw the writing on the wall, the book became a way for her to help people, Mrs. Redenbach said.

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