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Quotes on Michelle Carew’s Death

April 17, 1996

Comments on the death of Michelle Carew, teen-age daughter of baseball great and California Angels batting instructor Rod Carew, after a seven-month fight against leukemia:

``All we did was we told her that we love her, that we’re all here and I just told her to have a safe journey.″ _ Rod Carew.

``She displayed an immense amount of courage as did the rest of her family.″ _ Gene Autry, owner of the California Angels.

``That unprecedented response, no doubt, will save the lives of other cancer patients in the future.″ _ Orman Day, spokesman for Children’s Hospital of Orange County, on 70,000 calls to the national marrow donor program prompted by Michelle’s illness.

``This is a tragedy for all of us within the organization. Today a member of the Angels’ family passed away.″ _ Richard M. Brown, Angels president.

``For those of us who were not fortunate enough to know Michelle as well as her friends did it was certainly evident by her valiant fight what a special young person she was. On the other hand, knowing Rod and Marilynn as we do, we should not have been surprised by the great quality of Michelle’s personality and courage.″ _ Bill Bavasi, Angels vice president and general manager.

``We hope tonight, parents everywhere spend a moment with their own children, give them a hug for Michelle, and realize what a wonderful gift they have.″ _ Carew family statement.

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