Monday, August 20, 2007
In memory of Miles
Editor's note: Miles Levin, a young man profiled recently on "360", passed away yesterday. Over the course of his battle with cancer, Miles became know for blogging about his experience, even contributing a post to the "360 Blog" (Miles: Whatever life we get is bonus). What follows is a short tribute to Miles written by his mom, Nancy.

Miles Levin blogged about his experience with cancer; readers from around the world found him.
In a certain sense, Miles Levin's life had become "The Truman Show" in cyberspace. In that movie, Truman's life was chronicled for all the television world to follow. Miles' life, or more accurately, Miles' life and death infiltrated the hearts and minds of people all over the world, even though most never met him and relate to him only through the Internet.

Miles fell just short of his 19th birthday, which would've happened this week, after succumbing to the cancer that invaded and overtook his body. Diagnosed in June of '05, Miles waged a chemical war against these aggressive and relentless cancer cells, a type known as alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a pediatric cancer that attacks soft tissue muscle. Miles endured nearly 18 months of different chemotherapy drugs and two rounds of radiation, finally achieving a "clean scan" in December of '06.

Hoping to return to the normal life of a high school senior, Miles jumped into his life with both feet. His freedom was shortlived; the cancer returned in full force in March of '07. With additional treatment, Miles was able to push the cancer back once more, just long enough to attend his graduation, where he gave the student address alongside Bob Woodruff, and his prom, where he enjoyed the company of his delightful girlfriend, Robyn. The cancer, which had become resistant to any intervention, continued to proliferate, until it took over Miles' body, taking his spirit with it. Miles' physical presence departed yesterday, August 19.

Throughout Miles' 26-month fight, he maintained a blog describing his cancer experience, his thoughts, and showcasing his gift of writing. He attracted the media, with newspaper articles and a spot on "360", which increased his readership and popularity. (Teen cancer patient's blog celebrates life)

By the end of his life, Miles had become like a guru to many and loved by all who knew him. He carried and expressed gems of wisdom which he imparted in periodic updates on his site. His sweet and innocent disposition reflected more than simple platitudes of truth and wisdom; he carried and projected a wisdom well beyond his years. He seemed to be delivering a message that many in our time long to hear. It's difficult to state his message simply, though he did develop a motto, "Keep fighting, stop struggling."

"People like to construe that every day is a blessing and that's not true. There's nothing wrong with having a bad day; they do happen. But (what's important is) that there's enough good out there -- even if you have cancer or something terrible happens to you -- you can still find it," Miles said in his final interview.

What touched me, as his mother, was how fully human he was, and with such honesty and acceptance. Even with his desperate situation, he maintained a sense of balance, optimism, and spirit. When asked how he'd like to be remembered, he said: "Someone who maintained their light through their darkest journey."

That's exactly who Miles was, and precisely what he inspired in others; accepting his life on its own terms, yet retaining control of his outlook. He said many times, it's not dying he's afraid of, it's dying without impact. He clearly has had impact, the degree to which remains to be seen. At the end of his life, he felt a deep satisfaction of knowing that his life had purpose and that he fulfilled his mission. That's rare for anyone, but even more so for an 18-year-old.

-- By Nancy Levin, Miles Levin's mother
Posted By CNN: 10:52 AM ET
I'm so sorry to hear the world lost such a glowing light of hope, that was Miles. With so much sadness all around, he was such a breath of fresh air. He showed us how not to let hardship overtake our day to day life.
Miles, in my opinion, did not die without creating an impact. I believe his wish for making a difference was fulfilled. May he rest in the knowledge of that. Take Care
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 11:48 AM ET
We have followed his CarePage, and prayed for Miles daily since his story was first featured on in May. Miles' loss is heartbreaking, his life: inspiring, his impact: incalculable. Thanks, CNN, for showcasing the good as well as the bad out there in the world - Miles is/was truly a Hero... and one our family will never forget.

May Peace and Joy be yours, my young friend.
Posted By Sheri Smith, Annapolis Junction MD : 12:05 PM ET
I have kept up with Miles and had written to him on his carepage several times. I was very sad to receive the update yesterday informing us of his passing. Whether he knew it or not he touched countless lives with his writting. Hopefully with his passing his spirit will carry on and help even more people who have cancer and other incurable diseases. Atleast now there is no more pain for him and he is at peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very hard time!
Posted By Cindy : 12:06 PM ET
Dear Nancy,

I've followed Miles journey through his blog since I saw him on "360" for the first time.
I am one of the thousands he touched by his wisdom,the beauty of his soul.Like many others,I was dreading that "final" update. I have no idea how you had the strenght to write it and by doing so,allowing us to be part of Miles life to the end.
As a mother,I sadly know what it's like to lose a child,but it was fast. I have no idea what you went through day in,day out.
Miles was a teacher,even if he didn't like the term,he did make an impact that will last. The beauty of his soul transcanded the cyberspace because souls know no boundaries.
Like you said yesterday,it stinks and you also said "Dont forget,Miles did not just die,CANCER killed him". And we will help in your journey to continue Miles legacy.
To you,the mom,Jon,Nina,Robyn my thoughts and prayer.Last night,the sky was even brighter because the most brightest of soul had just arrived.
To Miles,thank you for your message. Got it loud and clear.
P.S. there is a site where you can go and lite a candle. on "light a candle")
Joanne R.
Laval Quebec
Posted By Joanne R.Laval Quebec : 12:16 PM ET
Dear Nancy: I am sorry for your loss. Five months ago, when I was first diagnozed with cancer, a friend sent me Miles story and he not only inspired me to Keep Fighting and Stop Struggling as I was able to begin my own blog and have an impact on others. So his impact is much grater that any of us know... a huge snowball effect. Be very proud of him as I know you must be!
Many blessings, Francesca Giessmann
Posted By Francesca Giessmann : 12:22 PM ET
As the mother of two young men ages 22 and 24, I cannot even imagine enduring such a thing as this. That being said, I know that there has to be tremendous comfort in knowing that in his short life, Miles has shown many, many other people how to live. That is quite a legacy.
Posted By Suzanne Robinson : 12:42 PM ET
Im very sorry for your loss, Mr. and Mrs. Levin and pray for comfort and peace to come to you.
Posted By Anonymous : 12:43 PM ET
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
Posted By Grace - New Orleans La. : 12:54 PM ET
Mrs. Levin:

I was so upset to hear about Miles. You know, he was such a rarity among people. You don't need me to tell you this, but his soul was genuinely good and pure. I'll never be half the person he was and I am much older. What struck me the most about Miles was his honest faith and belief that it's okay to question things. Like you said in your blog, he believed it was okay to have bad days. I've always been somewhat annoyed at people who have the superficial belief that you should look for something spectacular from everyday life, and that's delusional. Miles knew the truth and yet his overall outlook on life remained incredible despite all that he endured. The first blog that he contributed to 360 affected me in a way that I didn't expect. It was so refreshing to hear from this young man who was going through so much and who was still so rational. Later that day, I had a very heated debate with a friend of mine who had the audacity to question my faith. And I just kept thinking about Miles and his beautiful soul and I felt so much better-because I share alot of his beliefs about life and faith. He truly was an inspiration to me and that will continue.
I don't know if you believe in angels, but I do and I think Miles is an angel now, along with my mother who passed away 11 years ago. They will be watching over us and I love them for it.
Thank you for bringing such a wonderful person into the world.
Posted By Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 12:57 PM ET
We have all seen Miles handle challenges in the past. May you find strength in his example to make it through this difficult period.
Posted By David - Lake Barrington, IL : 1:00 PM ET
These are only words, and words are all we have to help you through this time.

Deepest sympathy on Miles' passing. God Bless.
Posted By Shane - Denver, Co. : 1:02 PM ET
We know what Miles was trying to say to us. We each need to seize the day. His bravery will live forever.
Posted By Samuel, Lincoln,NE : 1:05 PM ET
Words alone can't express how sad I am to hear this news. Miles must have been a wonderful boy and son. He deserves a great tribute to his memory.
Posted By Ann C. - Princeton, NJ : 1:09 PM ET
Dear Nancy,

I'm so sorry to hear of Miles passing. He made such an impact on the world during his time here, far more than most of us will probably realize. How proud you must be as his mother to have him for a son! Here in Seattle, we are following the story of Gloria Strauss, an 11 year old who has been fighting neuroblastoma for 4 years. She's currently in the hospital in a coma, but she also continues her fight. The similarities between Miles and Gloria's stories are amazing. Both of these young people are far more wise than their years, and have truly learned how to live life despite their illnesses. We can learn a lot from people like Miles and Gloria. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.
Posted By Anonymous : 1:13 PM ET
I am so sad that Miles was unable to be relieved of this disease. His diary the past months is one of the most touching things I've known of. You couldn't do much to cure Miles, but please remember that he helped so many of us. I share your loss and thank you for giving Miles to the world.
Posted By Albert Williams - Little Rock Arkansas : 1:13 PM ET
I was very saddened to hear Miles lost his battle. He was such an old soul and gave so much to complete strangers by his example and his words. It took great courage for you all to share your story with the world. Language is so inadequate in moments like these. Last week my nineteen year old cousin killed himself after a battle with depression, and there are no answers. Deaths of the young just don't make sense no matter how they die. My hope is that one day they will, and their survivors will find peace somehow. You are in my prayers. Take care.
Posted By Tammy C., Berwick, LA : 1:17 PM ET
God did a great job with Miles in this existence and I feel confident that what comes next must be perfect - free of disease and pain and separation.

My deepest sympathy on your loss.
Posted By Gerry - Wilmington, NC : 1:18 PM ET
My condolences to the family and friends of Miles Levin.

Few people get a glimpse of their impact on others - thanks to CNN for telling us about this amazing young man. He has been a source of tremendous strength and a gift to everyone who read his words.
Posted By Laura Ling - Los Angeles, Ca. : 1:21 PM ET
Miles came to deliver the good news, that, "God helps us handle what we are given". His work on earth is done. His message and his bravery will not be forgotten.
Posted By Anonymous : 1:24 PM ET
We mourn with you and your family. Miles' pages are a great memory for you, but it would be far better to have him with us.
Posted By Rob Malkin -New York NY : 1:26 PM ET
Miles came to deliver the good news, that, "God helps us handle what we are given". His message and his bravery will not be forgotten.
Posted By PattyShoop, Grove city, PA : 1:28 PM ET
Thank you for sharing Miles with us, even though it was for far too short a time. He touched many lives with his gentleness and positive mindset. You'll never know how many families he has helped.
Posted By Missy - Fairfield, CT : 1:30 PM ET
My deepest sympathy to the family of Miles Levin.

Please remember that Miles has been an inspiration to us all. He was kind, adorable and brave. He's a great example of turning a negative into a positive.
Posted By John - Downers Grove, IL : 1:33 PM ET
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Mrs. Levin on the passing of Miles.

I hope he knew how much his online page helped people.
Posted By Miller Avery - Green Bay, WI : 1:36 PM ET
Condolences to the Levin family and Miles' friends.

God's plan for Miles is done here. He will rest now, without pain. I would like to pray for the ones left behind because they have the pain now. I have never met Miles or his family, but I cry along with you.
Posted By Shawn R. , San Diego, Ca. : 1:40 PM ET
In his young life, Miles has achieved his goal by making a lasting impact on all the lives he's touched through his writing. The shining light from his soul has not only lit the path through his dark journey, but he's shown the way to so many other people who are also on a dark journey.

May you and the other loved ones in Miles' life find peace on your journey.
Posted By Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA : 1:43 PM ET
I only met Miles once, at a Labor Day gathering last year, but from all I heard and read about him, I can begin to sense not only his uniqueness but also your sense of utter loss.

Twenty-nine years ago on August 15th, my nine-year-old daughter was killed. Our lives have shifted so often since then, and distance--you should know--does bring some true relief. Still, the bruise is always there on a parent's heart, a bruise that bears witness to sorrow, to endurance, to limitless love, to the unbreakable and, ultimately, inexplicable bond between blood and blood.

You, your family, and the memory of your man-boy are in my heart
Posted By Tom, West Bloomfield, Michigan : 1:45 PM ET
God looked around his garden,
And found an empty place.
Then he looked down upon the earth, And saw your weary face.
He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest;
God's garden must be beautiful - He alyways takes the best.
He knew you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain;
He knew you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough,
And hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your tired eyelids,
and whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone,
for a part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
Posted By Ellen Graver - Enid, Oklahoma : 1:48 PM ET
I am so sorry for your loss. May your 19 years with your son bring you comfort and at some point I hope you can smile at those memories. Your son was an amazing person who brought so much joy, comfort, and hope to so many. He made so many live their lives fully and with joy and happiness. What a great legacey!!!!!!!!! He did so much more in his short years than alot of people do in a long lifetime. May God bless you and yours and get you through this saddness.
Posted By Anonymous : 1:50 PM ET
Dear Nancy,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Parents aren't supposed to outlive their children, that's what we all have been taught growing up. The sad reality is that it happens way too much. The money which is put towards the war, and the military could more than advance the research for a cure for cancer.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted By Jessica, Los Altos, CA : 2:14 PM ET
Because Miles seemed to belong to us all...

Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba (Cong: Amein).
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified (`Cong: Amen.)

b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei
in the world that He created as He willed.

v'yam'likh mal'khutei b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,

uv'chayei d'khol beit yis'ra'eil
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,

ba'agala uviz'man kariv v'im'ru:
swiftly and soon. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)

Amein. Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varakh l'alam ul'al'mei al'maya
(Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.)

Yit'barakh v'yish'tabach v'yit'pa'ar v'yit'romam v'yit'nasei
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,

v'yit'hadar v'yit'aleh v'yit'halal sh'mei d'kud'sha
mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One
(Mourners and Congregation:)

B'rikh hu.
Blessed is He.

l'eila min kol bir'khata v'shirara
beyond any blessing and song,

toosh'b'chatah v'nechematah, da'ameeran b'al'mah, v'eemru:
praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)


Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya
May there be abundant peace from Heaven

v'chayim aleinu v'al kol yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
and life upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)


Oseh shalom bim'romav hu ya'aseh shalom
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,

aleinu v'al kol Yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:
(Mourners and Congregation:)

Posted By Chaiah : 2:14 PM ET
I can’t imagine anyone who is willingly to write the blog to the strangers from all over the world. Like strangers, I have learned so much from Mile’s experience. We are truly touched from his wisdom and courageousness.

My heartfelt sympathy to your family.
Posted By Michele, Dougalston New York : 2:17 PM ET

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son Miles. I have followed his story and blog during his illness.

I too know the grief of losing a loved one to cancer, my wife succumbed to a soft tissue sarcoma at the age of 42 leaving me with a 12 y/o and a 10 y/o.

I feel your son showed tremendous courage in facing and writing about the illness that eventually took his life. I regret that my wife and I never were able to talk freely, during her illness, about the elephant in room.
Posted By Anonymous : 2:18 PM ET
I'm reminded of a quote from a German theologian, whose name I sadly cannot recall now: "I do not fear death. I fear dying without ever having lived." Bless you Miles.
John D.Smith
Spartanburg, SC
Posted By Anonymous : 2:20 PM ET
My comment is for CNN--when someone dies from cancer they have not "lost" a battle.We all are going to die at some point; and to label a cancer death a "lost battle" diminishes an ill person's life with their disease.
Thank you for your time.
Posted By Anonymous : 2:22 PM ET
Like everyone else who has read any of Mile's blogs or read or seen interviews with him, I am truly sorry about the loss of a good person to the world. Like many families, cancer has touched ours, but we are lucky. Everything is in remission.

I also want to add thanks to CNN for presenting this sort of coverage. Too much of current news is about the war in Iraq or the latest personal problems of some Hollywood personality. News about Miles is relevant, and though most of CNN's readership probably has no awareness of Miles, it is still important news. Thanks, CNN.
Posted By Gary Van Haren, West Bloomfield, MI : 2:27 PM ET
Hi Nancy,

I want to tell you my prayers are with you.

I'm sorry to hear that about Miles, I feel like his in a better place.

Jennifer - From Anderson, South Caorlina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 2:27 PM ET

Though today is the first that I have heard of your son's story, it does not discount the fact that it has touched me intensely. Miles' soul is very rare and special and I'm glad to see that it has touched thousands. Without people as gracious as him, the world would forget how precious life is. He is an angel among many that has been placed here for that very reason. That is a very special title, indeed. I hope you and your family remember to celebrate, not just mourn his life, as it is well deserved.
Posted By Emily : 2:32 PM ET
Miles was a gift given to us all. I believe that he was put on this earth for a very special purpose. I have followed along on his Carepage since his story first aired on 360. I have laughed and cried along with you. Though his physical presence will no longer touch us, his strength, humor and wisdom will always remain. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, his family, who have endured so much pain but who where also given the great blessing of sharing in Miles’ life.
Posted By Carrie, Ames, IA : 2:32 PM ET
"Dying is not what scares me; it's dying having had no impact."

Truer words have never been spoken. Rest in peace, Miles. Strength and love to your family.
Posted By Kelly - Cygnet, OH : 2:41 PM ET
Well done Miles welcome home
I am sorry to see you go and wish your family strength and serenity. You are an example of what men should be and what women should be looking for. I have read through hundreds of others comments and I am taken back by the responses from all over the world. It gives me hope in my fellow men and women as I read the out-pooring of love and unity shown. I am standing a little taller today because of you Miles. Also I have hope, love and compassion at the front of my mind today to see me through. Goodbye Miles and Nancy if you are wonding what God will have to say go back up and read my first words
Posted By Guy Stumm; Indianapolis IN : 2:46 PM ET
First, I am sorry for the loss of your son, Miles, to cancer. He was an extraordinary young man who touched so many lives.

What touched me was how he wanted to be remembered, "Someone who maintained their light through their darkest journey."

Facing adversity throughout our lives is the building blocks of our personal character. Your son, Miles, had monumental building blocks to reach people, celebrate life and write so beautifully. What a wonderful gift he has left to the world to embrace.

Miles did make an impact. He taught the readers on how precious life is and to look forward to every minute and every day to the fullest.

His wisdom will be missed.
Posted By Sharon D., Indianapolis, Indiana : 2:50 PM ET
Dear Nancy,
Miles has been the sunshine and ray of light for many who share his struggle against an incurable disease. His courage, strength and soul will live on forever.

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
-Christopher Reeve
Posted By Renee - New Jersey : 2:53 PM ET
Dear Nancy,
You and your family are in my prayers. I am 17, a senior in high school and also writer. I saw the piece on Miles and his blog on 360 a few months ago, I was so happy to see how successful his blog was already. I hope more people keep writing because of Miles, I know I will. God bless.
Posted By liz toledo,oh : 3:28 PM ET
Dear Nancy,

My 24 year old son also suffers from the same disease that claimed your son. My heart goes out to you and family for your loss. My son reminds me so much of yours, what a quiet strength he had and what a blessing he must have brought to your life! As one who struggles with the "why" of this terrible disease that my baby and yours struggled with, I also truly believe that the will of God will never take us where the grace of God will not protect us. I pray that God will bless you with nothing but happy and loving memories in the coming days.

Bernadette Carmen
Posted By Anonymous : 3:37 PM ET
So sorry to hear about Miles passing. He was a talented and inspirational young man and accomplished a lot in a life too brief.
Posted By Carol B., Frederick, MD : 3:54 PM ET
To the Levin Family,

My prayers and thoughts are with you. Miles will be missed but he will be remembered as a brave young man who taught us how to live, even in the face of adversity. May God be with you during this time of grief.

Dawn Stewart
Indianapolis, Indiana
Posted By Anonymous : 3:54 PM ET
I don't even know what to say.

Your son has made such a strong impact on my life and in many people's lives. He has made me really look at my life and realize just how lucky I am.

I will never forget him, his courage, and his words.
Posted By Daisy : 3:59 PM ET
Miles was a gift sent from god my heart goes out to his family and friends. And may his influence continue to have such a positive impact of peoples lifes. Glad to see there is still so much good in this world we live in today.
Michael Jones
Fort Knox Ky
Posted By Anonymous : 4:07 PM ET
My deep sympathy to Miles' family.

"Let not your heart be troubled;

In my father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go there to prepare a place for you." You know the way where I am going."

John 14:1-4
Posted By H. Jansen - OKC, OK. : 4:16 PM ET
Im very sorry to hear the bad news today.I have felt Miles' loving kindness expressed through his words. And I am thankful. He helped more people than he knew.
Posted By Mary Killeen - Chicago , Ill. : 4:19 PM ET
What can anyone say at a time like this? Those of us who live under the shadow of this terrible disease know how fragile life can be. But when this monstrous disease takes one of our beloved that fact is brought home with painful force. My heart aches for you and all of Miles Levin's family - especially for that new star in the sky tonight.
Posted By Lakisha Watson - Los Angeles Ca. : 4:25 PM ET
I cry for the loss of such a wonderful boy. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends on this great loss. His presence in this world was a blessing. I will always be thankful for what he has brought to my life through his words. Thank you Miles. God Bless.
Posted By Dorothy, Springfield, MA : 4:29 PM ET
I am so sorry for you loss! I have been following the blog for much of the 26 months and I have seen a boy turn into a man, a man turn into a teacher, and a teacher turn into angel. His inspiration, courage and dedication to those he loved and that he believed in was and still is truly amazing. As I wrote in the message are of the blog he was an Angel that was give all too short of time with us here on earth. But in that short time he taught more than almost all other. May the peace and serenity that Miles tries to pass your way find you and keep you warm during the next months and even years.

All my love to you and your family. And tell Nina pancakes for breakfast are even sweeter when shared with an Angel!
Posted By Kimberly Ann Arbor, MI : 4:30 PM ET
I was captivated by Miles' chronicles this past year. I regret his passing, but he has left behind a legacy of hope, and he was more brave than most people. It is as fine a legacy as anyone could wish to leave behind.
Posted By Ron Meyers - Anderson, IN. : 4:32 PM ET
My sincerest condolences go out to the Miles Levin's friends and family. The life that this young man lived was short but it touched so many lives just by his sheer honesty and courage as he battled this terrible diseases. So many people read what Miles had to say and had life changing experiences because of it. It reminds me of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" and the scene where Clarence tells George Baily that "it is strange how one person's life can touch so many". Thank you Miles for all you contributed to the world. And to friends and family, I want you to know that I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted By Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois : 4:37 PM ET
Dear Levin Family, Your son's stories helped me to pull myself out of the depression 9-11 left in my life. Ever since reading his story, I felt that I could also help people instead of being full of gloom myself. As I ride the subway each day into the City, I think of what uplifting words will I read today written by Miles. He was a little part of my life, but now I realize he was a big part. The news of his passing fills me with a vacuum that I can't put into words. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Posted By Anatasia Dunton., Bethpage, N.Y. : 4:38 PM ET
Miles Levin's light was so bright during his darkest journey that it now continues on for us to endure ours! He has also given us the ability to make each swing the swing at each ball deliberate and memorable!!!

You've made your impact, Miles and we are honored to have learned, through you, how precious each second of life is! The world was blessed to have you part of the journey! Although, too short, the impact will be long felt!

My heart goes out to you Nancy, Jon, Nina and Robyn and all Miles' friends and family.

DeeDee From VA
Posted By Anonymous : 4:44 PM ET
I discovered Miles through the ac360 blog. He had an incredible talent and wonderful outlook despite his pain. I hope his journey was a peaceful one.
Posted By Soria Gouletas, Hartford, Ct. : 4:49 PM ET
I owe Miles Levin a debt of gratitude for his inspiration that I can never pay back- not only because he is no longer with us, but because you can't pay back that sort of gift. Hopefully someone else will be helped when I try to be as giving and optimistic as Miles was. I grieve for the loss, but I rejoice for the fact that the world was privileged to hold him, although for much too short a time.
Posted By Elle New Orleans, La. : 4:55 PM ET
Dear Nancy,

I cried when I read your story about your son. It is amazing and awakening to the world that cancer is one of the deadliest diseases. Levy died with honor and compassion because he fought the cancer until the end of his breath. Me and the rest of the Filipino people condole for the loss of your beloved son. I know that he is now in the paradise which he already seen before more than just in his dream.
Robert Bacasong, Manila, Philippines
Posted By Robert : 4:57 PM ET
Ever since he was profiled on 360, Miles and his story were closely followed by my family. We've had our own struggles and losses, and watching such a young man facing such large obstacles bravely was inspirational to say the least. Even in his death he shone as brightly as humanly possible. Our family will keep him in our prayers so God will continue to use him and his gifts.

Our deepest condolences to your family,
Posted By Michelle Kang, Edison, NJ : 4:58 PM ET
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Miles' family and close friends. I want them to know that their grief is shared by people, like me, who didn't know Miles, except in the most casual of ways. He's one of those people who sends a little spark of bright light into the world.

Godspeed, Miles.
Posted By Dorsey, in Arkansas : 5:00 PM ET
Special wishes to you all at this sad time. Thank you for sharing Miles with us. He will be sorely missed.
I was deeply saddened when I heard that Miles had boarded his "space ship" and left his earthly pain. But his legacy of strength and love has had an impact on me and thousands of others--and in the end that is what he wanted.
Posted By Anonymous : 5:09 PM ET
I felt personally bereaved on learning about Miles Levin's death even though I have never met him. By chance I discovered Anderson's book and began reading his blog, and that led me to Miles' own on line page. Please extend my sympathy to the Levin family.
Posted By Gil Hall, Massachusetts : 5:16 PM ET
"I'm not going down with this thing. My physical body may be subject to biological forces beyond my control, but my mentality is not. What happens to my body is insignificant anyway because it is temporal, even if it breaks, that's not me breaking. The infinite and enduring me is the me as I am remembered. I am not so much the pebble dropping in the pond as I am the ripples that follow."
"If I had to pick one thing I would hope to accomplish in this life, it would be to show people how to rekindle the human fire from cinder and fading embers until the flames burn so bright that it hurts to look."
Miles Levin March 19, 2007
Posted By Frederick : 5:23 PM ET
Sympathy to Miles Levin's family. I read his journal, and through it I felt his love for the world and for all of us, thank you.
Posted By Roma A., Kentucky : 5:34 PM ET
Those who read about Miles and listened to him have been changed by his words and we will never forget him. We join his family in mourning his death, but with them, we give thanks for his life.
Posted By Faith Westerly, Seattle, Wa. : 5:39 PM ET
Goodbye to a lovely person; I can only imagine the sadness of the those who knew and loved Miles.
Posted By DeeDunnett, Chester, Pa. : 5:42 PM ET
Dear Nancy,

My mother passed away last month.
She was an avid reader of Miles' blog.

I know of several people, neighbors, friends, etc.. who also were fulltime readers of his blog.

Please know that we are thinking of you and your family today.

Beverly Hills California
Posted By Anonymous : 5:48 PM ET
Thank you Miles for lifting us up , Thank you Anderson for introducing us viewers to Miles and letting him tell his story , and most of all thank you Mrs. Levin for giving the world your son.
Posted By T. Boracchi , Western Springs, IL : 6:03 PM ET
Our lives have been enriched just by reading his words. Thank you, Miles.
Posted By Bobbi : 6:06 PM ET
I read Miles' words with heartfelt sympathy for this brave young man. My deepest regret now is that I never wrote the letter I'd planned to write to let him know just how much his writing meant to me.
Posted By Sarah, Newport, R.I. : 6:15 PM ET
I have always believed that God places angels on this earth to teach us compassion. I also believe that we encounter these individuals in our everyday life, but sometimes are too preoccupied to take notice. This is where we thank God for your son and for Miles taking the time to share with us what life is really about, compasion and appreciation. We can all agree that we knew an angel named Miles Levin.
Thank you Miles
Posted By Mimi W. Ontario Canada : 6:17 PM ET
My condolences to you, your family and friends, Nancy. The world lost a truly incredible human being. It's always sad when the good ones get taken too early. However, it is often the ones that are taken from us too early that teach us the most in life. He was given one of the short candles, but he burned it right down to the end. I am so glad I stopped to read his blog now and again because it will always stick with me. I will remember Miles...and I will especially remember that no matter how bad he felt, he still did not feel sorry for himself and kept his sense of humor. That in and of itself is a valuable lesson for us all. Thank you for allowing us to get to know's not fair that his life was cut short..but I am so glad he decided to share it with the rest of us. Good luck to you and yours, and my condolences for your loss. We all lost something, but we gained a lot thru his life so though we mourn his loss, we can use the lessons he taught us about living life to the fullest and not taking life for granted. He was a light....and if everyone preserves the memory of the light he was, then he will never be forgotten.
Posted By Heidi, Anchorage AK : 6:20 PM ET
Dear Levin Family,
I was so saddened today when I got the update. I have been following Miles' story for only a 3 weeks, but faithfully read every log. Miles is such an inspiration to me. Nancy, you are an inspiration to me as I have two young boys. Believe me, I have hugged them tighter and told them I love them a million times more since I read this story. Even my 4 year old told me "I love you mommy, I want to say it all the time so you know I do." I told him it's good to always let people know how you feel about them.
Everything little is just that now - little. I look at life differently now. I thank Miles for that.

My sincere sympathy to all of you.
Posted By Amy from Iowa : 6:20 PM ET
As I read your blog tears roll down my cheek. Although the tears are of sadness, they are also of joy. Miles touched so many lives through his divine writing. He made me look at life as a miracle and not sweat the little stuff. Miles will never be forgotten by the millions of people around the world. God rest his soul.
Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX : 6:24 PM ET
Dear Levin Family,
I followed Miles' story for months and was very sad to hear he passed away yesterday. He was one of the most inspiring individuals I have ever had the opportunity to read about. What an incredible gift he left to our world. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Miles was a hero.

Josh - Oakland, CA
Posted By Josh : 6:47 PM ET
My Heart goes out to you at this most painful of times. My 5 year old son is a Rhabdomyosarcoma survivor, and I prayed so many nights that the lesson he had to teach was not how to accept death with dignity. Reading about Miles passing brings back so many feelings that I thought were long burried.
What a joy to have been touched by Miles life even at a distance through his blog, I can only hope that my boy grows up to do justice in honoring the memory of our warriors like Miles.
Posted By Lu Sipos : 6:51 PM ET
Dear Nancy,
Though your son's darkest journey may have ended, his light will not be diminished.

Miles' words and spirit have touched the hearts and souls of many, and they will continue to be an inspiration to me and to many others.

Even though your hearts are heavy with grief, remember and rejoice in the way your son chose to live his life. He was truly a gifted and remarkable young man.

You, your family, and those who Miles held closest in his heart will be remembered in my prayers.
Posted By Jan from Wood Dale, IL : 7:01 PM ET
Quality of life cannot be measured in years but rather in the footprints that we leave behind. One of the greatest gifts from god is the examples that we leave behind. The story and experiences of Miles show how each day is a new beginning and a new opportunity to help shape the world for the better. My sympathies go out to his family and also sincere thanks for reminding us of what a wonderful gift life is.

South Carolina
Posted By Dusten : 7:09 PM ET
My thoughts and prayers are with you and all Miles' family members and friends . Please know that he did much more good than can ever be known, because he had online "friends" that never met him, who got to glimpse into his courageous life. Thank you.
Posted By Ann- Galesburg, IL : 7:14 PM ET
This is a very sad blog entry. The news of Miles' death has left me speechless. How could a boy of such gifts, such personality, and charm, go away? He could see things about life that only a wise, old soul can see. I hope to re-visit his blog entries to read once again how brave and insightful he was.
Posted By K Burmingame- Kansas City, Mo. : 7:22 PM ET
Although no words could possibly offer up any type of solace, after having read a few of Miles blogs and your own I will say that you should be as proud as a parent can be. The courage it must have taken to face such a mind numbing experience with grace can not be understated. In todays world of fake heroes I would Say Miles shines brightly above the rest. You have my sincere best wishes.
Posted By Jeff , San Anselmo, CA : 7:24 PM ET
You will not soon be forgotten, Miles. Your kindness, humor and humanity have touched a lot of people. Now we have lost you, and we must rely on each other to ease the pain of life. But if we listen closely enough, maybe we'll hear your voice telling us, "be not afraid, I go before you always."
Posted By JoAnn, New Jersey : 7:31 PM ET
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

proverbs 3:5,6
Posted By Sandrine - Indiana : 7:38 PM ET
To the Levin Family:

I am completely heartbroken to hear of Miles' passing. His courage, wisdom and selflessness will never be forgotten. We're all blessed to have had him and now his words will live on forever to impact more lives.

Thank you to Miles and you Mrs. Levin for sharing your lives with us during the most trying of times.
Posted By Missy, Los Angeles, CA : 7:40 PM ET
My sincerest condolences to everyone in Miles' family. There is never a good time to say goodbye, but we can be thankful for the good he did in his short time here with us. Thank you. Rest in peace.
Posted By Edith - Kansas City, Mo. : 7:53 PM ET
Dear Nancy,

I was so sorry to hear about Miles’ passing on Sunday. I know that no matter how prepared one thinks they are for an event such as this it is still difficult to deal with.

I am glad that you at least have his beautiful writings to look back on. I only hope that you can draw strength from the cherished words he left for you and I hope that you will continue his journey in some way.

I would like to leave you with a small quote from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery which has brought me comfort in the past:

In one of the stars
I shall be living
In one of them
I shall be laughing
And so it will be
as if all the stars
were laughing
when you look
at the sky at night

...and there is sweetness in the laughter of all the stars...and in the memories of those you love

My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 7:53 PM ET
Dearest Nancy,
Your sorrow is all of our sorrow of Miles. He touched my life in such a way, that I'm never going to be the same person as before. You have certaintly raised him well, for that I say my deepest thank you, and my deepest sorrow for your family. Know that he will be always have a special place in my heart forever. Godspeed.
With Love,

"And in the end,
the love that you take,
is equal to the love you make."
-Beatles "The End"
Posted By Ruth : 7:55 PM ET
What a sad day it is. Im trying to comfort my grief with thoughts of what Miles gave the world - words and wisdom, so I'll read his online entries yet again. My deepest sympathy is with his family and friends, and the loss they bear with his departure.
Posted By Alan - Manchester, N.H. : 8:06 PM ET
I first found out about Miles through the 360 blog. I am just sorry I never expressed my appreciation to this gifted young man directly. My condolences to Miles Levin's family and to fellow 360 viewers.
Posted By Barbara J. - Chicago Heights IL : 8:10 PM ET
Sorry to hear about Miles - God Bless...
Posted By Elaine from Connecticut : 8:12 PM ET
Nancy and family:

My deepest heartfelt condolences to you. We have not heard much from you since our heart to heart talk so long ago at Circle Pines Michigan. Yet I felt so close to you, as I do now.

Love and courage to you,
Michele Salinas
Sheldon Herman
Posted By michele : 8:13 PM ET
God bless your family and Miles. You all are truly exceptional people. My heart breaks for you, yet it also rejoices at the thought of what a wonderful young man he was. Good job, parents.
Posted By Anonymous : 8:20 PM ET
I'll miss this wonderful, strong young man and his brave words that have helped many readers see what's important in life . My sincere condolences to Miles Levin's family who suffers his loss on a different, personal level. Sleep well, Miles.
Posted By S. Delpiero- Knoxville TN : 8:21 PM ET
I feel really badly about this. Miles was and always will be my hero.
Posted By Barbara, Culver City, CA : 8:24 PM ET
Miles Levin did not "lose" the battle with cancer. Miles was victorious and conquered the war against nature's cruelty. He fought his cancer with courage and sheer strength. He deserves a medal of victory. He didn't give up. He faced his death and experienced something profound when most humans never touch upon what Miles learned in 18 months. I'd hate to know that I was remembered as a young man that lost the to cancer. Miles won and CNN should be the first to say so.
Posted By Kris Kirk : 8:55 PM ET
What a Special Guy.Thank You Miles.
Posted By Rick Bush : 9:27 PM ET
I had not been aware of your son's illness, but the news on CNN of his passing made me aware of his incredible journey. I am a mother of three and a soon-to-be-grandmother and I cannot even imagine the pain you are experiencing. I hope that you are soothed by the positive impact he made in his all too short life and of the influence that you had as a parent in helping him to grow into the strong and determined individual that he became.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted By Anonymous : 9:46 PM ET
My deepest sympathy to Miles' family and friends. Miles showed such maturity beyond his years that he was an inspiration to us all - to want to be remembered as "Someone who maintained their light through their darkest journey" - I'm sure he will b remembered not only for that but also for helping to relight the lights of others in their dark journeys.

Peace be with you all.
Posted By Annie Kate, Birmingham AL : 10:17 PM ET
Miles has touched so many lives in such a short period. He has so eloquently brought us into the his life and gave an insightful view on how cancer ravages a persons body and soul. His mother Nancy, has been such a support to Miles, to me and my family and to others who have a child also facing cancer. Their hearts and spirit have no boundaries. Our sympathies go out to the Levin family. They have lost not only a son but a person that touched thousands of lives with his compassion.
The Hendrickson Family - Chuck, Tami & Chase, Muscoda, WI
Posted By Tami Hendrickson : 10:40 PM ET
What a wonderfully inspirational life your son has lived...and he will continue to live in the hearts and minds of all of us who have learned so much from one so young....
Posted By Anonymous : 10:42 PM ET
Dear Nancy,
I am very sorry to learn that the world had lost a brave and inspiring young man. Miles had changed many people by his words, I am definitely one of them.
I think the below would be a very appropriate saying to describe Miles's attitude towards life :
"If you look at what you don't have, you have nothing. If you look at what you have, you have everything".
Thank you Miles, for making me realized "bad things do happen, but what's important is there's enough good out there and we can still find it".
Posted By Yen Li, Penang. Malaysia : 11:23 PM ET
To Nancy Levine,
I am heart broken and saddened to hear of the loss of your son. He was truely a great light in the lives of many and taught us all to live with peace, passion, hope and dignity. He will truely be missed. The legacy that he left us all will go on. My prayers are with you.
Carolyn Brandenburg
Posted By Carolyn Brandenburg Bakersfield, Ca : 11:25 PM ET
hi nancy

My deepest condolences. Miles will continue to live in all our hearts. God bless him.
Posted By Anonymous : 11:29 PM ET
I will be riding my bicycle 100 miles in the LiveStrong Challenge in Philadelphia this coming weekend in order to raise awareness about cancer. I will carry Miles memory along with those of other friends who I have lost to this dread disease. It's an honor to read his words and those of his brave mother. They will bring me strength in the hills of Pennsylvania. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope for healing and a cure.
Posted By CyclingRoberto : 12:10 AM ET
Dear Levin Family,

We will never forget Miles. You have our deepest sympathies for your loss.
Posted By Weber Family : 1:39 AM ET
You must be so proud of your son. I will reflect on his thoughts and wisdom. He brightness continues.
Posted By Anonymous : 3:27 AM ET
Dear Nancy,

As an aethist I will not tell you that I believe your son is in Heaven, but I will tell you that all he did while he was alive introduced millions to the pains, and anxieties of an every day cancer patient, and that is no small thing.

His blog helped many who have the disease gain a different perspective, and for those that don't and visited anyways, they certainly got an education and a lesson in empathy.

To me there's no such thing as no cure [except for death], and since I believe all life does truly end, it is even more important to someone like me that all life is given the fullest chance free of disease and sickness. Perhaps in the future this will be so.

My sincere condolences to you and your family and I hope this puts a fire under the butts of those with the power to do something about curing it.
Posted By James Foley Kamiah, Idaho : 3:28 AM ET
Miles farther on the road now than most will ever get.
Posted By Anonymous : 3:38 AM ET
Dear Levin Family, we are sorry hear about Miles Levin . he was inspiration to everyone who read his blog . I for one have read his blog and am impressed.. and his life cut short before he was able to start c ollege at kalamazoo college. and he educated us all by teaching us about the form of cancer he had.. there should be more information available to those families who need it .maybe a support network and do a walk run event in his memory at cranbrook school.. and our thoughts are with you and with God.. may god bless you and help you heal thru this process. remember miles and all the good times you had .. stay well .. from Ronald D. MacAskill &Wendy E.MacAskill, West Bloomfield,MI.
Posted By Wendy E MacAskill : 5:11 AM ET
I'm so sorry and so grateful at the same time. Thank you Miles.
Posted By Anonymous : 7:08 AM ET
Dear Levin family, surely there's nothing really that can be said which hasn't been said already, or that you don't already know.

However, as parents of a child with a brain tumour in remission, we understand how blessed you must feel to have had the time with Miles that you did. How wonderful it is to know what a positive influence Miles had, and continues to have, on anyone who comes in contact with him around the world.

There can be no greater goal for a parent than the desire that their children make a difference in the world. Even with his limited time, rest assured that Miles' legacy of positivity in the face of adversity has made a TREMENDOUS IMPACT - and it's the gift that keeps on giving, with limitless reach.

God, in whatever form you believe in, Be Praised!
Steve & Sue Stuck
Mt Airy, MD
Posted By Steve Stuck : 9:43 AM ET
Miles had more of an impact in his 18 years than most of us will have over the course of our long lives. My condolences to Miles family and friends -- please know how much Miles was loved by so many who never even met him. He was a light of hope in a dark world and his legacy will live on through each of us who learned from his wisdom and his love. Thank you so much for bringing Miles to us and sharing your pain so publicly -- the world is a better place for having "known" the entire Levin family.
Posted By Anonymous : 2:36 PM ET
“…God’s plan is evident in every little shifting of the breeze…” – Miles Levin
That quote is partial, and somewhat misleading, as it is taken out of context at a point where Miles was questioning whether there was some purpose to his journey, or if he was merely caught in the random circumstances of life.
It’s impossible for those on the ground to conclusively determine that what they’re in the middle of is a hurricane. Those of us watching the t.v. from the safety of our living rooms can see the Doppler image’s rotation and the eye of the storm. We can tell that what we’re looking at is a hurricane because we can see the overall situation from a safe vantage point.
From the safety of my living room, Miles, The Plan was indeed evident. You got everyone to stop thinking about themselves just long enough to realize that maybe we all think about ourselves too much, and that there’s a whole world out there, full of people that need to be connected.
IBNO – we are In, But Not Of, this world. We come here to do our work, and when our work is done, then we go Home.
Miles, you got your work done early. Enjoy the afternoon off.
Now, for the rest of us, it looks like a little overtime…we’ll catch up with you later, Miles.
Posted By Julie San Diego, CA : 4:02 PM ET
From another member of a levi family, I offer my condolences to your entire family.
please make sure to honor him with daily service of kadish for the departed in the synaogogue. It is said that his soul will be driven higher and with ease.

Shalom to you miles, may you rest in peace and bring blessings of health to your remaining family
Posted By Anonymous : 3:03 AM ET
I am 67 years old, and in all of my long life, I have rarely seen or heard such wisdom from such a young person in such a terrible situation...I ache for his loss, but I rejoice for the life he had, however short, because he obviously saw meaning in his being in this world... many live long lives and never find any meaning in it. May God rest his beautiful soul.
Posted By Connie : 3:10 AM ET
This is the frist I have heard of Miles blog and his fight with Cancer.I read his Mothers story and it brought tears to my eye's as I read it to my girl friend.She had to fight Breast Cancer.
Posted By Anonymous : 3:10 AM ET
My great regret is that I have just found out about Miles. I do hope that his remarkable journey in his own words can be published for the benefit of us all. As I read the amazing letters and his mother's letter, it is clear that Miles' wisdom is the stuff that this world needs so much right now--a calm, centered voice that is realistic in facing what life presents, yet optimistic and compassionate, truth-telling as he saw it, loving and forgiving of self and others, and embracing of the good of this life--in spite of the pain. Our images of the young are often full of such silly wasting away of the gift of life, the cheap and discounting uses of others for personal gain, the focus on self in a most vacuous way, and the sad anger and contempt for those who disagree --images we are bombarded with. As parents, we know that the images in the media and elsewhere really contain a large distortion or omisssion--so many of our youth are actively striving to seek that good of life, the pure pleasure of what can be accomplished and how good it can feel to 'have an impact for good'--to live a life that counts, perhaps without Miles' grace or degree of impact, but with his sense that it is a gift we should indeed treasure. You dear parents raised such a good soul for us all--and had the grace and wisdom yourself to provide him such loving support in the sharing of his story. Your courage takes my breath away.
Posted By Alice : 3:30 AM ET
Thank you CNN for dedicating the staff time, talent, and technology to help Miles reach so many people and thereby helping him fulfill his life's purpose. And thank you to everyone for reading and commenting here and on Carepages, thereby helping us move toward acceptance of our loss.

Jon, Nancy, and Nina Levin
Posted By Jon Levin, Bloomfield Hills, MI : 8:25 AM ET
My God Bless You,
My daughter was a cancer patient herself, and we have sat and cried, while she was on her treatments. I wish being a mother that I had stop, and taken prise on everyday, simple things, such as Miles. I have read many of his blogs, they bring me to tears. Nancy you raised him, well, he understood at 18 the full meaning of life. That is something most adults in todays society have forgotten. God Bless You are in my Prayers and know that Miles, has made a difference in someone elses life,

Posted By Anonymous : 10:53 AM ET
The beauty of a life well-lived lasts forever
Posted By Anonymous : 11:01 AM ET
To the Levin family, CNN

Thank you for sharing such a unique and remarkable young man with us, the beauty of his soul will live on for all eternity.

Posted By Maritza San Jose , Ca : 12:40 PM ET
I'm so glad that CNN wrote a feature on Miles a few months ago. Since then, I have been reading his CarePage daily and Miles and his family definitely impacted my life. I'm hoping to do as much as I can to help continue his legacy.

Thought I would post the online donation link to the UJF-Miles Alpern Levin Fund. The Levin Family requested contributions to this fund in lieu of flowers or other gifts.
Posted By Laura : 9:45 AM ET
Ms. Nancy,

i am so sorry for your loss. in many ways i know how you feel. i lost my mom to the same kind of cancer back in january of this year. it is really hard but you can get through it. trusting in God is all that has helped me these last few months.i have been and will kee praying for you and your family. i hope all else go good for you.

Tabatha Stokes
Posted By Anonymous : 9:58 AM ET
Over the past few days I have read so many wonderful comments that have helped me gather some strength and some words to offer in honor of Miles.
When a young person is taken perhaps the hardest thing to deal with is all of the “if only” feelings. We imagine all of the experiences we would have wished for Miles if only he had been given time. We say “what a pity” “what a waste”. We all know that Miles was an active, vibrant, talented young man who was on his way to becoming a remarkable man who could have offered the world so much - if only. I can see that one does not have to be fully old and grey to be remarkable. Miles did indeed give the world a great deal and today I want to say not what a waste, but what a remarkable contribution to this planet from one so young in a life so brief yet full.

There is nothing more precious that we can give or get than love. To honor Miles properly we have to thank him sincerely for the abundance of love he offered and the wealth of love that exists for him. The hearts of those most dear to Miles are breaking because they are filled to the brim with love he inspired. There are no trophies, medals or honor certificates to represent this love and yet it is without doubt Miles greatest achievement
Posted By Rob : 3:32 PM ET
Miles' commet about dying without making an impact touched me in ways I cannot say. He was and remains a remarkable Soul.
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