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Slow Dance. A Poem and Request from a Dying Girl. HOAX.

Slow Dance Dying Girl Hoax

Thank you to reader Laurie for informing me that this chain email is a HOAX. The link to prove this is here. So, there is no need to send this around via email and there are no matching donations being made. Still, it’s a good poem and a good message even though it now feels wrong.

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This poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital. It was sent by a medical doctor – Make sure to read what is in the closing statement AFTER THE POEM. My neighbor sent it to me.

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever
watched
kids

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to
the
rain

Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a

butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the
fading
night?

You better slow down.

Don’t
dance so
fast.

Time is short.

The music
won’t
last.

Do you run through each day

On
the
fly?

When you ask How are you?

Do you hear
the
reply?

When the day is done

Do you lie
in your
bed

With the next hundred chores

Running through
your head?

You’d better
slow down

Don’t dance so
fast.

Time is
short.

The music won’t
last.

Ever told your
child,

We’ll do it
tomorrow?

And in your
haste,

Not see
his

sorrow?

Ever lost
touch,

Let a good
friendship die

Cause you
never had time

To call
and say,’Hi’

You’d
better slow down.

Don’t dance
so fast.

Time
is short.

The music won’t
last..

When you run
so fast to get somewhere

You
miss half the fun of getting
there.

When you worry and hurry
through your
day,

It is like an unopened
gift….

Thrown
away.

Life is not a
race.

Do take it
slower

Hear the
music

Before the song is
over.

 

Dear All:
PLEASE pass this mail on to everyone you know – even to those you don’t know! It is the request of a special girl who will soon leave this world due to cancer.

This young girl has 6 months left to live, and as her dying wish, she wanted to send a letter telling everyone to live their life to the fullest, since she never will.

She’ll never make it to prom, graduate from high school, or get married and have a family of her own.

By you sending this to as many people as possible, you can give her and her family a little hope, because with every name that this is sent to, The American Cancer Society will donate 3 cents per name to her treatment and recovery plan.. One guy sent this to 500 people! So I know that we can at least send it to 5 or 6. It’s not even your money, just your time!

PLEASE PASS ON AS A LAST REQUEST.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

10 Comments

  1. vanita

    Absolutely broke my heart. Sad that it takes the sickness of child to remind us to live.
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    • Hi Vanita,
      I know. Me too. I got this email from my neighbor a few days ago and then I thought that I better post it quickly because there isn’t much time left. So wise, so young and so sad.

  2. Unfortunately, this is a hoax: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/slowdance.asp

    Those who are moved by this story to make a donation could give directly to the American Cancer Society or a a more local charity that provides support to young people with cancer.
    I’m sorry you and so many others were taken in by this – people who want to do a good thing.
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  3. Ann

    Sort of a strange hoax since it still has you donating to The American Cancer Society. I like the poem : )
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    • Hi Ann,
      The hoax just asks for the email to be forwarded and then the American Cancer Society will donate back to her so no actual donation from reader, just time and forwarding. I guess someone is just trying to get this to go viral.

  4. You’re right – it’s still a really good message! 🙂
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  5. This poem has been posted in my pediatrician’s office for over 15 years – I agree, nice message. I read it every time we go.
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