Amy continues to make a difference!

7 05 2012

Our amazing Amy is still at it, even from the other side.  From Facebook postings, news articles, TV interviews and all the incredible comments from her blog readers, it’s a true testament to how many people love and support her and how she impacted so many lives.  Yesterday there were over 3200 hits to her website and today an astonishing 4900 and growing.  Yes, Amy…you made a difference!  We will keep your legacy going!

Detroit Free Press article today .

A story will also air on Fox 2 news tonight, May 7 at 5 or 5:30pm.

Amy Tina Rauch-Neilson Obituary 

Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home
23720 Farmington Road
Farmington, MI 48336

Amy Tina Rauch-Neilson

November 29, 1968 – May 6, 2012


Age 43, of Belleville, died at home following a valiant battle with cancer.

Amy is the beloved wife of 12 years to Donald; devoted mother to Theo; and loving sister of Julie (Jim) Peace and Lisa (David) Sybert. Amy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, additional relatives and friends.

The family will receive guests at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 9th, from 4-8 pm, and Thursday, May 10th, from 12 Noon-8 pm.

Funeral Services are planned for Friday, May 11th, 11:00 am (in state at 10 am) at Northridge Church, 49555 North Territorial Road, (at Ridge Road), Plymouth, (734-414-7777).

Cemetery prayers will take place Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia for immediate family only.

Memorial tributes are suggested to Beaumont Hospice or a fund to benefit Theo’s education.

Click link to make a donation to Theo’s College Fund via Paypal

Or Checks Payable to:

Amy Rauch Neilson Benefit

PO Box 580

Milford, MI 48381

Thank you for keeping Amy’s family in your thoughts and prayers.




13 responses

7 05 2012
Mary Pancione

I so sad to know that Amy is not with us any longer. Although I never met her, Amy’s bravery and positive attitude in the face of unimaginable suffering was truly inspiring. My condolences go out to her family and friends.

7 05 2012
Jennifer Oddo

I just saw the story on the news. I remember the first one about a year ago, and it’s so touching to me on a personal level because I have a family member with stage 4 breast cancer. I am also a new indie book publisher based in Michigan. (My first publication due out next month.) If anyone in the family reads this, I would like you to know that I’m interested in publishing Amy’s book. We could potentially donate proceeds to Karmanos or to her son’s education fund. Please contact me. Jennifer Oddo – ( My thoughts are with her family.

7 05 2012
Kristi Kahl

Thank you Jennifer. Someone will be in touch with you in the next few weeks. Your offer and kindness is greatly appreciated. Kristi Rugh Kahl

7 05 2012

She was an amazing example to so many and her bubbling personality and positive outlook put a smile on anyone’s face she came in contact with. Love you Amy.

7 05 2012
Linda Stanislawski

Praying for Amy’s family and loved ones. She was such an inspiration to me. Even though we never met I,have come to love and care for her and her family. May the Lord comfort and,help the dear ones that miss her so.,,

7 05 2012
Roxane Dikeman

I am so sad tonight. Although I only met Amy once, I have been following her heroic battle for the past year. My prayers are with you all through the sad days ahead as you learn how to live again with this terrible loss.

7 05 2012
kim S

I am so very sorry for your loss but please know that Amy’s story touched me as I was diagnosed in Nov 2011 when I saw that story in Jan I saw a beautiful strong woman who blogged to help whom she could and she helped me deal with my diagnosis just by showing how strong she was and how hard she fought for herself,Theo and her Husband…I want the family to know that she touched me and taught me to fight with style like a woman and not give up she inspired a lot of women including me for sure..

7 05 2012

My prayers with Amy husband and son, Theo , Amy was a blessing to me even though I never meet her, I love her writing , she will be greatly miss. Carolyn W.

7 05 2012
Debby Celia

Don & Theo, may you always find peace with the beautiful memories of your beloved Amy. I am Ed Dobbins sister; I am a breast cancer survivor of 2 1/2 years. I spoke with Amy shortly after my chemo began, she was such an inspiration and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and hope that she gave me. I pray that when you feel sad that you will feel Amy’s love and Gods warm embrace. My deepest condolences to you and Amy family.

7 05 2012
Debi Craig

My prayers go out to the family as you mourn and celebrate the wonderful woman of Amy!!! She was a volunteer with me many years ago before she was first diagnosed. I watched her strength as she traveled this journey. What a wonderful woman who touched many lives. She was always full of life and love especially for her family! The battle is over and you are with your Savior!!! Free from cancer….we will see you again one day! Until then we miss you.

7 05 2012
Barbara Bebout

Julie, I am addressing this to you because you are the sister I know. But my heart goes out to you and your entire family. We are praying for you and thankful that Amy is meeting Jesus face to face. When you get there it will be as if you were never apart. We prayed for you at Bible Study tonight and all our tears are kept in God’s bottle. He has welcomed Amy home. Miss you.

8 05 2012
Bob Adams

Don, Theo… I can’t put my sadness into words over your loss. While your loss is personal, there are so many who also feel a tremendous loss as well. Amy was blessed with so much talent, and life. Know she was a friend I feel blessed very to have known.

8 05 2012
Jon Green


I am so glad you are at peace now and you will never know pain again. I am also so sad that I will have to wait so long to see your smile or talk to you. I’m fortunate to have been able to say goodbye to you prior to your trip home. When I told you that I would always be there to make sure Don and Theo would be ok, and you opened your eyes wide and looked at me, I knew that you understood what I was saying.

Thank you for teaching me strength. Thank you for being that person that we all need in our lives. I will see you again some day, but until then you will be loved, honored, remembered, and NEVER forgotten.

Love always,


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