AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“She loved going to school despite her illness,” Romeo Manahan said of his daughter. “She always looked forward to it. It gave her a break.” Melissa’s medical problems began before she was born, when doctors detected a tumor growing inside of her. When she was 3 days old, it was removed. The surgery was the first of 11. She was 2 when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer called germ cell tumor, which spreads to other parts of the body. About 900 children each year are diagnosed with the cancer. The small-framed girl with brown eyes and hair underwent chemotherapy, radiation, bone-marrow transplants and other life-saving techniques until there weren’t any more treatments left. “She made us appreciate life,” said her mother, Elaine Manahan. “She made us strong. She made me strong.” CASTAIC – The school was her sanctuary. It was a haven from the hospital beds, doctors’ appointments and surgeries that dominated little Melissa Manahan’s life. The girl died last year after battling cancer nearly all her life. She was 9. On Saturday, her parents, sister and friends gathered at Castaic Elementary School for a memorial created in her memory. The bench and tree will serve as a reading area on campus and will also represent other children from the school who will die young. The family has donated $3,000 to the school to buy books for its library, where a section will be dedicated in Melissa’s name. The Manahans plan to donate more books to the school over time. Reading was one of the girl’s passions. She became an avid reader in the hospital and completed stacks of books. Her favorites were “The Little Mermaid” and the Harry Potter series. On a Web site created in her memory, Melissa smiles from a picture posted at the top of the page. Hundreds of photos that follow include Melissa with her parents and sister Madeleine, 7, at events connected to her survival and her death. Visitors to the page have written their condolences, and some shared stories about their own losses. It seems that even in her death, the girl is still touching people’s lives – including Andrew McGrory. The 14-year-old worked on her memorial for an Eagle Scout project and found an inspiration for its design after meeting with the Manahans. The family hopes their daughter’s remembrance at the school will be an inspiration for others. “She taught me to never give up,” her father said. “To never accept no for an answer.” Melissa’s Web site is www.melissa-manahan.memory-of.com. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online… Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future stalemate Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:27Loaded: 6.71%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error PEP TALK Sam Allardyce explains why Everton must appoint Duncan Ferguson as manager until the end of the seasonManuel Pellegrini is expected to take charge of West Ham for their next game against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day following their 1-0 defeat of Southampton. Pellegrini was coming under increasing pressure before Saturday’s victory stabilised his position slightly. The Hammers are not in action until Boxing Day as their match this weekend has been postponed with opponents Liverpool on Club World Cup duty. (Guardian)Chelsea are considering a bid for Bordeaux forward Josh Maja, who used to play for Sunderland. Nigeria international Maja, 20, joined Bordeaux in January after scoring 17 goals for the Black Cats, and he’s so far netted seven times in France. He was highly-rated as a youngster and was linked with moves to the Premier League before Bordeaux secured his signature. (90min.com)The Blues have also put Brighton centre-back Ben White on their wanted list, with a £25m move mooted when the transfer window opens. White, also wanted by Liverpool, has caught the eye since joining Leeds on loan during the summer. His performances have played a key role in the Whites’ excellent campaign which sees them as one of the favourites for promotion to the Premier League. (Sun) AFP or licensors statement Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti on target targets appointed Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson is set for talks with Moise Kean after introducing him as a substitute against Manchester United – before taking him off just 18 minutes later. Kean only joined Everton during the summer but speculation suggests he may leave Goodison Park next month having failed to establish himself with the Toffees. (Telegraph)Swansea are the frontrunners to sign Liverpool wonderkid Rhian Brewster on loan in January. The Welsh club’s manager, Steve Cooper, has a good relationship with Brewster having coached him with England’s Under-17s. Brewster has also been linked with Leeds United as he seeks for more game time. (Telegraph)France boss Didier Deschamps has urged his striker Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea amid the striker’s links with a move to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. Giroud has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge this season with Frank Lampard favouring Tammy Abraham as first-choice and Michy Batshuayi as his backup striker. (Mirror) Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ update Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST Coutinho is flourishing at Bayern Munich – could he join them on a permanent basis? Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The Arsenal hierarchy are putting off candidates to become the next manager of the club due to their reluctance to back them in the transfer market. The Gunners continue to hunt for a new head coach after sacking Unai Emery last month. Freddie Ljungberg has been in charge on an interim basis since the Spaniard’s departure. (Mirror)Despite numerous reports, Arsenal have not approached Wolves for permission to speak to Nuno about becoming their new manager. The Portuguese was said to be one of the club’s top targets, but it appears Arsenal no longer want him. (Express and Star)Instead, Arsenal have allegedly made Mikel Arteta their prime candidate for the job and club chiefs were spotted leaving his Manchester mansion on Sunday night. Arteta used to play for the Gunners and currently works as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Man City. – FULL STORYBayern Munich players have urged the club to sign on-loan Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis following his match-winning display against Werder Bremen on Saturday. Coutinho joined Bayern on a season-long loan during the summer after failing to establish himself in Catalonia. (Mirror)