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June 14, 2012
July 16, 2010
When tragedy strikes and takes the life of someone so young, we cry out due to the pain within our hearts. Our tears are not unnotice by our Heavenly Father. Although, our deep pain will not easily disappear, it is always comforting to know that Almighty God is near to those who are broken in heart and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
June 01, 2010
The bravest kid I ever read about. What a speaker I heard him at a press confrence at Yankee stadium. For someone so young to speak about dying they way he did.. Like I read in a Pittsburgh paper this kid taught us all how to live while dying.
September 25, 2009
The legacy you have left your wonderful family is a gift that never ends. May God hold them close as they continue the journey you began. You are an icon of strength to those of us struggling with this disease. The bar you have set reaches into the heavens.
September 15, 2009
John Challis, #11: God bless you and keep you.
August 25, 2009
thoughts our with your family, a wonderful young man,

god bless
August 19, 2009
Challis family, your son is truly an inspiration I think of him often. He had so much insight for such a young man, I feel truly blessed to have been able to "know" him if even only through the media.

God Bless
August 06, 2009
Viewing John's passions in life touched our hearts!
He was inspired by a wonderfully loving family to take life by the horns and live the few days that he had on earth to the fullest!

Our thoughts go out to the John Challis family.

‘There is going to be a resurrection of the righteous’ - Acts 24:15
Isaiah 33:24 - "And no resident will say: “I am sick.”
February 05, 2009
GO STEELERS! You did it.... for John Challis!
January 31, 2009
It was an honor to edit the story on John for ESPN. I have done many over the years, but few have touched me the way his did.
January 13, 2009
We hope that as time has passed, your pain has eased a little, but probably not. Please know that all of you are in our prayers, that God will wrap you in His comfort. John was a light that shone but briefly, but that light reached so many people! That he was such an inspiration is God's miracle, & we hope it brings you peace. We send you our love!
December 26, 2008
to the Challis family,What a beutiful and inspiring story on tv.My heart goes out to you all.I know what you are going through as I lost my 14 yr old kind of the same way.I see my son Dan in your son John. They were two great kids living life to the fullest.They are in a far better place and will always be around,trust me.Just remember you had him for 18 yrs and nobody else did.I wouldnt trade that for anything.God gave them to us for a reason and them touching everyone around them has changed us all.We will see them again because time on earth is so short.God bless all of you and I hope the best for all of you. Joe D
December 09, 2008
WOW! What an incredible young man! There is no doubt he is heaven right now looking down upon us.
October 27, 2008
To the Challis family, I would like to thank you for bringing such a wonderful individual into this world. For a boy to only live on this earth for 18 years, he sure did live a fulfilling life. I would like to let you know that John Challis' story has had an impact on my life and I will never forget this courageous young man.
September 24, 2008
Rest in Peace John. The first time i heard of your story, i heard what was said, but i wasnt really listening. A learned of your death a few weeks after you had already passed, and instantly i was in shock. I wanted so much to learn more about you, who you were, what you had gone through, and how in the world you accomplished all you accomplished. I cried each and every time i read an article of your struggles, and felt sorrow in my heart for all who had the amazing opportunity to meet you, for you we will never again have the change to stand before your grace. I was inspired to write an article in your memory for my school's newspaper and continue to learn more about you each and every day. You have truly changed me, and i no longer will grumble and complain over the smallest trials that live may hand me, for you have handle the greatest test of all, and you handled with with such strength. Thank you for everything you have given me, and thank you for your courage. You have truly changed this world forever...
<3
September 16, 2008
to the john challis family, your family was fortunate to have a great son like john his legacy will live on he helped a lot of people.
my prayers and heart goes out to you all. may god bless you all.
September 16, 2008
God Bless You and Rest In Piece John Challis. I never had the opportunity to meet you, however I cried a river of tears watching how brave and inspirational you were to not only myself, but everyone who has known you and seen you. Thank you for letting us witness your inspirational attitute.
September 12, 2008
To the Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. What an INSPIRATION he was to all. God Bless!
September 09, 2008
Help From God

“God is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirt he saves.”
“Throw your burden upon God himself, and he himself will sustain you.” If talking out your feelings with a sympathetic friend can help, how much more will pouring out your heart to “the God of all comfort” help you!—2 Corinthians 1:3.

God can equip you with “power beyond what is normal” to go from one day to the next. (2 Corinthians 4:7) God can help you to endure any and every problem you may face.
September 07, 2008
What a brave and beautiful young man your John was! I agree with the Barnes family below. The Scriptures promise,"Blessed are the meek,for they shall inherit the Earth."

The Prayer that is recited SO often says,"let Thy Kingdom Come..." Yes! Then in Paradise we will be reunited with the dear ones who died so unfairly,and who we miss so much!
My deepest sympathies!
September 05, 2008
To The Challis Family,
We continue to keep you in our prayers and think that the Courage For Life Foundation is a tremendous legacy for John's message and continuing outreach. Our sincerest condolences and may you find strength from above and from those whom John has inspired.
September 05, 2008
I SEND MY BLESSING. I lost my grandaughter almost three years ago, even through you have your memories. It is somthing you will never get over. Alainnah Stock passed at the age of five.
September 02, 2008
To the Challis Family
I first saw your son when the Pens were in the playoffs. When he was interviewed I cried so hard, because here was a young man who wanted nothing more than to live his life to its fullest, as he was. What an inspiration to everyone, young and old. He touched many people I'm sure. May God Bless you.
September 02, 2008
My deepest condolences.

He has inspired me to grasp every second I have.
September 01, 2008
What an awe inspiring role model your child was for all of us! May he find his peace in heaven until one day when you are all reuninted again. God bless you John, job well done, now rest in peace!
September 01, 2008
May the angels hold your beloved son in their arms. May God bless and give you peace.
September 01, 2008
August 30, 2008
May God bless and keep you always. Give you strength and comfort through your sorrow.
August 30, 2008
Although in these perilous times in which we live my bad things happen to us all God gives us comfort from his word your son had to fight for so long and because of this disease he was held back but Isiah35:6 says The lame one will climb up just as the stag does.God promises beautiful things for the future of mankind one where we will no longer be enslaved to sin and death.
I'm sure you can look to this future with the hope of seeing your son raised up and healthier then ever.
August 29, 2008
I did't know John,but looking at his picture and reading all the pages in this guest book Iam guessing he is truly the Angel in left field,he is just adorable.To the Challis family,You have my deepest sympathy
August 29, 2008
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that your son has blessed us all.
Click here: In Memory Of John Challis

http://gabbiash.com/InMemoryOfJohnChallis.html

My Sister was so touched by your Johnny, as was I. She made a web page for you, his family.
God be with you. We will never forget your boy!
Sincerely, Lisa Alonso
August 29, 2008
i've heard about john and i watched all the videos about job and he has inspired me....i'm a mother of 3 and i'm going to pass down Courage+Believe=Life.... John is my hero and i plan on gettin a tattoo that says C+B=L in memory of John

2004 graduate of FREEDOM
August 28, 2008
We wish there were words to make you feel a little better........except we are so, so sorry.
August 28, 2008
I didn't know John or see any of the previous articles about him. I happened to be online today and came across the article. Reading it brought tears to my eyes. We all should be more like him and think positive. May he rest in peace.
August 28, 2008
Your an inspiration to everyone. May you rest peacefully.
August 28, 2008
Do not stand at my grave and weep,?I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,?I am the softly falling snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,?I am the fields of ripening grain.

I am the morning hush,?I am the graceful rush?
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,?I am the star-shine of the night.

I am the flowers that bloom,?I am a quiet room.?
I am the birds that sing,?I am each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,?I am not there. I do not sleep.

--Native American prayer
August 28, 2008
What a kid!!!!!
If we could live as he, the world would be magnificent. I did not know John personally but what an impact he made! God has him right by his side and he is eternally at peace. God bless your family and thank you for sharing Johns amazing insight with us!
August 28, 2008
REST LIL ANGEL NO MORE TEARS NO MORE PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!
August 27, 2008
God sent part of Himself, an angel in John, to earth to teach all of us and he did his job well.Love to all of Johns loved ones; the world cries with you. Lord, we thank You but he was taken from us too soon. What a magnificent adult he would have been. Lets all take what we learned from John and spread it around; he would have wanted us to do that.
Thank you John.To Johns family-be proud now of your wonderful daughter who is also showing the world how wonderful she is.
August 27, 2008
Dear Challis Family,
I've been following your son's story and I'm deeply saddened to hear of your loss. He was an inspiration to so many and will be remembered by all the lives he touched. God bless you and your family. Thank you John for sharing your life with all of us. You are an angel sent from heaven!
August 27, 2008
dear Challis family ~ though i do not know your family personally, the death of yours has touched many people lives. We are all in mourning of a wonderful soul that we will all remember for the lives he touched and the struggles he overcame. he truly was and still is an inspiration to many young and old ! thank you for sharing your gift with the world. We truly are a better city , state and country for sharing the limited time with a person like your son!
August 26, 2008
Gina Tiberio: That is how I remember you from band at Western Beaver HS. When I read your son's obit. and realized that you were his mother my heart was grieved even more. You were truly blessed to have such a FINE young man who could teach some adults what life was all about.

May his legacy live on in the lives of those who knew him whether personally or who adopted him as their own because of his courageous and awesome spirit!

May God bless you and your family richly and I will keep you in my prayers.
August 26, 2008
Dear Challis Family, I would like to offer my most sincere sympathy. John's story was inspiring and heart breaking at the same time. He makes me proud to be a graduate of Freedom High School. My father, John Genova, coached community baseball in Freedom for many years. He passed away in 1982. I'm sure John is now on his Freedom All Star team in Heaven. God Bless you all.
August 26, 2008
Your son was a true inspiration to so many. His positive attitude really touched me. I'm sorry you have had to lose him much too soon but know he did make quite a difference in such a short time. Please accept my deepest sympathies,
August 26, 2008
To the Challis Family:
You all are in my prayers. I didn't know him but to see and here how this young man James live the life God gave him to live has made me want to live my life in Jesus more. May God bless and keep you all. Also please know that I will keep his story in my heart.
August 26, 2008
Dearest Challis Family,
We send our deepest condolences in the loss of John. He will be missed by so many and what a Blessing it has been for all of us to have known such a great person. We pray for your family.
In Christian Love,
August 26, 2008
To the Challis Family...thank you for sharing you wonderful son with the world. What a gift that God lent us all with that marvelous young man. You must be so proud of the brief but powerful life that John lived. I know he is resting in peace and you will all be together again one day. My deepest sympathy and gratitude to you all, John made the world a better place and his inspiration and courage will never be forgotten....God Bless you
August 26, 2008
To the Family of John Challis: My thoughts and prayers are with you. John showed so much courage during his illness. He is now in God's care. He is an angel watching over all of us.
August 25, 2008
God be with your wole family at this difficult time. Your son was an inspiration!
August 25, 2008
1 Timothy 6:12: "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called,"

John's fight is over. My prayer for you is that God grant you the strength to continue your fight.
August 25, 2008
To the Family of John Challis,

John's will and inner strength has given so many of us who suffer from similar fates a chance to understand that life here is what we make of it, rather than what it makes of us.

You raised a special boy/man, who is right now with all the angels in heaven. God Blessed us all when you allowed John to lead us with his humor, wit and strength. May God Bless you now in your moments of sadness. May that sadness soon turn again to joy, knowing that John lived and died on his own terms and in doing so, touched us all.
August 25, 2008
May God's comfort be with you at this time.
August 25, 2008
To the family of John Challis ~ I just want you to know that even in death, your son is still helping people who are still doing battle with cancer. Just today, my brother made a choice to have cancer-related surgery that he didn't want to have or was hoping to bypass. He has found renewed strength, thanx to your Johnny. By the way, my brother's name is also John ~ gift from God. Bless you and your dear son.
August 25, 2008
"Your loss leaves us with a heartache no one can heal,
Yet your love leaves us with memories no one can steal."

My Deepest Sympathies
You are in our hearts and prayers.
August 25, 2008
May God bless you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your courageous son with the world.
August 25, 2008
May God bless John, his family, and all the lives he touched.
August 25, 2008
To the Family and Friends of John Challis- This son that God has given you has been such an inspiration to all of us here not only in the state of
Penna. but around the world. I do
believe that he was sent as a messenger to us to let us know it is not how much we have, or how much time we have but how we live with the time we have. For having such a short life he as made lasting impressions on so many of the young and old alike with his wisdom, caring and zest for life. To accept the cross he was given and to bear it so nobly as he did, reflects on how you
raised your son to care for others and to live his faith. I know that the Lord has received His faithful servant with open arms and he now is free of pain and suffering. May his spirit of life, love and faith continue to live in all of us. I know I will remember him always and strive to accept whatever the Lord has deemed for me. Thank you for sharing you son with us and may all of your memories bring you joy and happiness.
August 25, 2008
Thank you for showing a passion for and understanding of life that those of us with more time here on Earth need to appreciate.
You have been such an inspiration to people of so many generations in so many ways.
Rest peacefully.
August 25, 2008
To live in hearts we leave behind, Is not to die.
August 25, 2008
May God Bless your family. Now the Pirates and you have an angel in heaven watching over you.
August 25, 2008
Why cant we have world leaders, with thoughts like this young man,what an inspriation my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends Joe Alercia Bethlehem Pa
August 25, 2008
what a wonderful young man, I have fillowed gis story triughout, as a father who lost his daughter to cancer and a kidney transplant I know your pain . Just remember Johnnie will always be with you.
God Bless.
David Jenkins
girlsx4@aol.com
August 25, 2008
To John's family:
I hope you find peace and comfort. John's story touched me on so many levels. He will always serve as an inspiration to so many. You should be so proud to have rasied such a great young man. He was so wise beyond his years. John was a true gift from God!
August 25, 2008
you were an amazing boy with so much life in you and im glad you got to share it with the world.i lost my 16 year old brother to cancer in 06.u remind me of him in so many ways,your courage and your huge heart and your passion to live life.may you rest in peace always and you will never be forgotten.im just sorry i never got the chance to meet you.
August 24, 2008
John Challis is such an inspiration to many people.He has touched so many lives.Ready the story in the post-gazette really stole my heart and got some tears from me.But i know when im feeling down that ill think about the angel up above.John you will be forever missed.
August 24, 2008
What an honor to have had a small glimps of such a wonderful young man, and yet to know how many unknown lives he touch during his life and during his death. Our family was deeply touched and want to express our deepest sorrow
to all of you "The Challis Family". God Bless,
The Cal Dixon Family,
Stow,Ohio
August 24, 2008
What a terrific young man who will always be an inspiration to everyone. God Bless the Challis family.
August 24, 2008
I have been following John's story
from the beginning. I am so sorry
for your loss. What a wonderful young man. It makes all the little troubles in life seem not so important . God bless you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
August 24, 2008
John has inspired so many people and his story lives on. God's Blessings to you, his family, at this sad time in your life. RIP John.
August 24, 2008
And thou art dead, as young and fair
As aught of mortal birth;
And form so soft, and charms so rare,
Too soon return'd to Earth!
Though Earth receiv'd them in her bed,
And o'er the spot the crowd may tread
In carelessness or mirth,
There is an eye which could not brook
A moment on that grave to look.


I will not ask where thou liest low,
Nor gaze upon the spot;
There flowers or weeds at will may grow,
So I behold them not:
It is enough for me to prove
That what I lov'd, and long must love,
Like common earth can rot;
To me there needs no stone to tell,
'T is Nothing that I lov'd so well.


Yet did I love thee to the last
As fervently as thou,
Who didst not change through all the past,
And canst not alter now.
The love where Death has set his seal,
Nor age can chill, nor rival steal,
Nor falsehood disavow:
And, what were worse, thou canst not see
Or wrong, or change, or fault in me.


The better days of life were ours;
The worst can be but mine:
The sun that cheers, the storm that lowers,
Shall never more be thine.
The silence of that dreamless sleep
I envy now too much to weep;
Nor need I to repine
That all those charms have pass'd away,
I might have watch'd through long decay.


The flower in ripen'd bloom unmatch'd
Must fall the earliest prey;
Though by no hand untimely snatch'd,
The leaves must drop away:
And yet it were a greater grief
To watch it withering, leaf by leaf,
Than see it pluck'd to-day;
Since earthly eye but ill can bear
To trace the change to foul from fair.


I know not if I could have borne
To see thy beauties fade;
The night that follow'd such a morn
Had worn a deeper shade:
Thy day without a cloud hath pass'd,
And thou wert lovely to the last,
Extinguish'd, not decay'd;
As stars that shoot along the sky
Shine brightest as they fall from high.


As once I wept, if I could weep,
My tears might well be shed,
To think I was not near to keep
One vigil o'er thy bed;
To gaze, how fondly! on thy face,
To fold thee in a faint embrace,
Uphold thy drooping head;
And show that love, however vain,
Nor thou nor I can feel again.


Yet how much less it were to gain,
Though thou hast left me free,
The loveliest things that still remain,
Than thus remember thee!
The all of thine that cannot die
Through dark and dread Eternity
Returns again to me,
And more thy buried love endears
Than aught except its living years.
August 24, 2008
Challis Family
I have been following the stories about your brave son/brother in the papers and on the TV. I am so very sorry for your loss. In his short life, what a blessing he must to been to all of you. He is a younger version of Randy Pausch, and has made the same impact. God bless you and get you through this most difficult time. You now have a true angel on your shoulders.
August 24, 2008
And thou art dead, as young and fair
As aught of mortal birth;
And form so soft, and charms so rare,
Too soon return'd to Earth!
Though Earth receiv'd them in her bed,
And o'er the spot the crowd may tread
In carelessness or mirth,
There is an eye which could not brook
A moment on that grave to look.


I will not ask where thou liest low,
Nor gaze upon the spot;
There flowers or weeds at will may grow,
So I behold them not:
It is enough for me to prove
That what I lov'd, and long must love,
Like common earth can rot;
To me there needs no stone to tell,
'T is Nothing that I lov'd so well.


Yet did I love thee to the last
As fervently as thou,
Who didst not change through all the past,
And canst not alter now.
The love where Death has set his seal,
Nor age can chill, nor rival steal,
Nor falsehood disavow:
And, what were worse, thou canst not see
Or wrong, or change, or fault in me.


The better days of life were ours;
The worst can be but mine:
The sun that cheers, the storm that lowers,
Shall never more be thine.
The silence of that dreamless sleep
I envy now too much to weep;
Nor need I to repine
That all those charms have pass'd away,
I might have watch'd through long decay.


The flower in ripen'd bloom unmatch'd
Must fall the earliest prey;
Though by no hand untimely snatch'd,
The leaves must drop away:
And yet it were a greater grief
To watch it withering, leaf by leaf,
Than see it pluck'd to-day;
Since earthly eye but ill can bear
To trace the change to foul from fair.


I know not if I could have borne
To see thy beauties fade;
The night that follow'd such a morn
Had worn a deeper shade:
Thy day without a cloud hath pass'd,
And thou wert lovely to the last,
Extinguish'd, not decay'd;
As stars that shoot along the sky
Shine brightest as they fall from high.


As once I wept, if I could weep,
My tears might well be shed,
To think I was not near to keep
One vigil o'er thy bed;
To gaze, how fondly! on thy face,
To fold thee in a faint embrace,
Uphold thy drooping head;
And show that love, however vain,
Nor thou nor I can feel again.


Yet how much less it were to gain,
Though thou hast left me free,
The loveliest things that still remain,
Than thus remember thee!
The all of thine that cannot die
Through dark and dread Eternity
Returns again to me,
And more thy buried love endears
Than aught except its living years.
August 24, 2008
What an unbelievable, amazing, and incredible young man you have raised! I have never been so touched by another person in all of my life. His courage, inspiration and message will be carried with me forever. God bless you.
August 24, 2008
My condolences to the Challis family. You raised an awesome young man. If wealth were measured by how many lives you affect in a positive manner then John would have to be considered wealthier than Warren Buffet and Bill Gates combined. What an inspiring individual. I will never forget his message. God bless you John.
August 24, 2008
God bless you and may John's courage give you comfort in your time of grief.
August 24, 2008
what a brave,strong young man,my thoughts and prayers are with his family.may you find peace knowing he is healthy and happy in the arms of god.he will always be with you. god bless.
August 24, 2008
I never knew John but was always excited when he was on the Dan Patrick radio show.I always made sure to listen to him speak,he was so eliquent.He will be missed by so many,but you should be proud that he has touched so many people.God Bless The Challis Family.
August 24, 2008
What an amazing young man he is..I followed the story from the beginning...and I cried throughout all the articles like he was my own son...my thoughts and prayers go out to all your family..I didn't know anyone of you..but I wish you all well..
August 24, 2008
What an inspiration John is to me along with my family. What a smart and strong individual that at a young age taught many and opened the eyes of others. He is a very special person. I know I will remember his message for a long time.
August 24, 2008
I have been following the stories about your courageous son in the papers recently. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have a son who was a baseball player, and I work in the health care field which is why I probably started to be interested in your son. What a wonderful child. You were all blessed to have him. What a strong level headed child,who's seemed so inspirational. I'm sure he was exactly as he was raised. God Bless You All. Find peace in knowing that John is now caudled in the hands of Our Lord.
August 24, 2008
I haven't lived in Pittsburgh for 17 years, but I have the Pittsburgh PG bookmarked on my computer and I read it every day. On my birthday (May 4), I read John's story...and I cried like I haven't since burying my mother 4 years ago.

Obviously, I never met John. But after reading the article and seeing subsequent interviews with him, I'm reminded how strong people can become when faced with adversity.

To the Challis family, I am deeply saddened by your loss. You have my most sincere condolences. John is and always will be an inspiration to all of us who were touched by his story.

Courage + Believe = Life
August 24, 2008
John, I wish we could have met. Your courage and optimism is incredible. I have and will continue to pass your c+b+l message along to my three kids. God bless you and your family.
August 24, 2008
I want to send my condolences to the Challis family. I know you are going through a tough time right now (I lost my mother 17 years ago to cancer), but your son/brother John was truly a special person. His fight against cancer was not lost ... his message was to stay positive in the face of an unspeakable adversity, and it will never be forgotten.
August 24, 2008
My condolences to the family and friends of John Challis. As an alum of Freedom High, I am proud of this young man, his heart and his message for life. Thank you John and thank you to his family for sharing him with us. May God Bless all of you!
August 24, 2008
Courage+Belief= Life RIP John what an inspiration for all of us thanks for everything you did.
August 24, 2008
In his last game, John drove a single to right. But in the game of life, John smashed a 475 foot grand slam homer into the Allegheny. Thank you John for teaching us all how to live life the right way. R.I.P. friend.
August 24, 2008
I want to offer my deepest sympathy to John's family and many friends. I have a son, Jeff, now age 37, who played baseball from age 5 to age 15. Boys and baseball are dear to my heart. I know John will be among the "angels" in the outfield doing what he loved while here on earth. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow and pain.
August 24, 2008
John's courage and faith has touched our entire family. He has inspired us to believe that everyday is truely a blessing. From the D'angelo family to the Challis family, a message of heartfelt sympathy and prayer that your special memories of John will bring you peace and comfort. God Bless.
August 24, 2008
My prayers are with John's family. His message, and courage, will leave a lasting impression on the lives of many. God Bless You.
August 24, 2008
My condolences to the Challis family. What an inspiration John was to many people. I'm sorry for your loss.
August 24, 2008
I was fortunate enough to be working at PNC Park the day he was made manager for the day.

When the family thanked me for just doing my job, I was so humbled. I thank them for giving us the gift of John and his courage and wisdom.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you and John.
August 24, 2008
To the Challis family: It is extremely unfortunate for you that your great personal loss becomes an inspirational gain to so many of us. He was quite an extraordinary young man with a lot of heart. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
August 24, 2008
My sympathy to John's family and friends. John has been led from death to life and along the way he taught us all to hope, trust, love and live everyday. What a message to all people and what a beautiful young man.
August 24, 2008
God Bless the family of this brave man. Let's hope there is a baseball team in Heaven so his dreams will live on.
August 24, 2008
Please be so proud of John. And please be so proud of the job you did raising him. That is one special kid.
August 24, 2008
Special Prayers for a Special child of God.
August 24, 2008
John was an inspiration to all of us. I attended the Pirates-Yankees game in which he was honored and it brought tears to my eyes. I'm 41 yrs. old and have never seen an 18 yr old who had that good an outlook on life. I'm glad he got to enjoy a sport that he loved in the last few months of his life. My sympathies are with his family....Courage+Believe=Life. Rest in peace John
August 24, 2008
What a great, inspirational kid, may he rest in the peace of Christ. God Bless Him and his family.
August 24, 2008
To the Challis Family...

Your son was a remarkable human being. Everyone's life has been blessed even if only reading about his journey.

You will be blessed by his memories as everyone will. May God give you the strength to carry on. Your family will be in my heart & prayers. God Bless!
August 24, 2008
Challis family, my deepest sympathy to your family. I did not know John or your family, but I have followed John's story and feel like I know him. My heart breaks at such a sad loss, but John has made smile so many times today as I read or watched a video of him. John had such an infectious smile, you couldn't help but smile with him. He put a message out that we should all try to live by. He had such courage and heart. You will always have a special angel watching over you, we all will. God only has the best at his side, and he has the best with him now.
August 24, 2008
With Deepest Sympathy.
August 23, 2008
What a blessing and inspiration John's story has been to so many. May you feel the courage that John radiated and be comforted through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
August 23, 2008
Rest in peace no more pain
August 23, 2008
Dear Scott, Gina & Lexie,
So many people have said they didn't know or ever meet John. I am so fortunate to have been introduced to him by my Dad, Harvey Lantz. While all of the many extraordinary things said about John are true, what I got to find out by knowing him is what I'll always remember-he's funny, quick-witted, honest and has a great sense of humor. I'm proud to be from our small town, thankful to have my own personal memories of your son and daughter -a couple of kids from Freedom, like me. God bless you.
August 23, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
August 23, 2008
John is a truly amazing young man. I will forever live my life with the words he spoke: "Don't over-think things in life. Do whatever you think is right and best for yourself". Simple and to the point. The world should take note of just how wonderful and courageous this young man was and learn what he already knew
August 23, 2008
You showed us how to live even while you were dying. Thank you.
August 23, 2008
Even though I never met your son,his story has touched many people.He was a true warrior of christ.He always faced his illness head on and always with a smile.How many of us adults could ever be that strong ?He is with his heavenly father now and playing the game that he dearly loved,no more pain and suffering.May god bless his family until they are reunited with him again one day.
August 23, 2008
To The Challis Family,
I would like to say I pray for your family and all families that has lost family member to cancer. I recently lost my mother to cancer and it is a battle. We became closer than ever during the battle. Please find comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain.

May God Give Your Family Comfort
August 23, 2008
God Bless you John
August 23, 2008
What an extraordinary young man to have touched so many in such a profound and selfless way. Please accept my deepest sympathies at his passing. God Bless!
August 23, 2008
Challis Family.
May God give you the courage and strength to journey on toward the promise that we shall meet again and there will be no more sickness, pain or tears.
God bless you,
D. Carr
August 23, 2008
Rest in peace!!!
August 23, 2008
i didnt know you but you truely inspired alot....why do the good gotta die young?? anyways you made me actually think about my life and i'm going to live it one day at a time.......your sayin is always gonna be with me COURAGE + BELIEVE= LIFE

Rest in peace! even though i didnt know you...i loved you as a person..LOOK OVER EVERYONE
August 23, 2008
God Bless this brave young man. I saw him on ESPN, and hope he is at peace.
August 23, 2008
Challis Family;
My Deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your Family at this very sad and trying time.I had not heard of your son's fight with cancer before reading about it online from the local newspaper where I had lived for many years.
Your son will be an Inspiration to many who are experiencing the Battle with Cancer.with his Courageous Spirit.
I have a son who rec'd a very severe Brain Injury from a fall off a bed when he was 5 months and I have been Blessed with his presences so far. John will be 47 soon. I hear and or read stories often and count my Blessings and Cry for the Families that are Grieving. Although we do not know each other Please embrace my presence of Deep Sorrow and how much I care about you and your Family at this time. The pain and suffering is over for John now.
He can Live on with his Higher Power. His courage will live on in many Hearts today and in the days ahead. God Bless you and your Family
Profound Sympathy
Dottie McGar-Kardys
August 23, 2008
What an amazing little guy! I'm so sorry for your loss but Thank you for sharing John's story with the world. He left a legacy of encouragement and hope for so many people. Your family is in our Prayers. God Bless you all!
August 23, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 23, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

I am so sorry to hear about the death of your dear loved one. It breakes my heart. I would like to share this scripture with you from the Bible that brought me comfort and I thought it would also bring you comfort in your time of deep sorrow. "And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
August 23, 2008
I did not know your son personally.....however, I was very much inspired and greatly encouraged by the strength and fortitude John exhibited....I watched a feature on ESPN and was touched mightily...God bless Your soul John Challis....you fought a good fight ....rest from your employ and enter your master's joy.....condolences to the Challis family
August 23, 2008
What a terrible loss. We know so little of God's will, but in our heart of hearts we know that with you, God hit a home run. Rest in eternal peace.
August 23, 2008
To The Challis Family & Friends:

John was an inspiration to many -- not only in his immediate community, but to those far away.

May your memories of him be cherished in your heart.

How fortunate we are that God has promised through His Kingdom that there will be a resurrection of our loved ones to a paradise earth where sickness, pain, sorrow and death will be things of the past.

It is our sincere hope that you find comfort from this and many other promises that are mentioned in the holy bible.

Take Care,
August 23, 2008
My prayers are with you and I trust that during this time, the Lord Jesus Christ will confort you as well as in the days to come.
Atlanta Braves Fan,
Gail
August 23, 2008
May the Lord Bless and Strengthen your family from today and a little bit more with each day to come!

I am so moved by John's life . . . it makes me have to reflect on my own and to STOP COMPLAINING! Nothing is too great or too small for God.

May the Lord Comfort and Keep you in your time of trial.
August 23, 2008
the challis family, I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. He is out of pain and at rest in Gods arms now. He was and is such an inspiriation to all of us. I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless you
August 23, 2008
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
August 23, 2008
August 22, 2008
God has special ones that he sends to us to give us strenghth that we would not get to know if it were not for your son. He has touched us all.
August 22, 2008
To the family of John Challis

We would like to say how sorry we are for the loss of john.
We were very fortunate to meet john on May 10th 2008 at Yokoso resturaunt at the waterfront the day after his Prom.
He and his friends sat at our table. He touched our lives for the hour that we talked to him.
He was a a very bright and courageous person with a lot of hope and faith.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and may God bless john and your family.

~the Hakims~
August 22, 2008
Every now and than, God put's a young hero in your life to teach you important life lessons. My first little hero was Mattie Stepanek who suffered from a very terminal form of muscular dystrophie and was a national ambasador for the MSD Assoc. He started writing poems at the tender age of three and by the time of his death on June 22, 2003. he had published six books, including one he co=wrote with former President James Carter. He taught this 66 year old mother and grandmother of ten so many amazing things and inspired me in so very many ways. He remains in my heart and prayers forever. Now along comes another young hero in the person of John Challis. He embraced his illness and decided it would not get the best of him. He used it to inspire so many others instead of feeling bad for himself. How proud his family and friends must be of him!!! He was wise beyond his years. I believe God gives those afflicted of a terminal illness a special dose of courage and wisdom and lets them teach the rest of us a life-time lesson. I'm saddened to see him pass but know he and Mattie are in good company in a beautiful place where there is no pain and suffering and we will all meet again. My sincere sympathy to the Challis family and a huge thank you for sharing you amazing son with us. God bless you all.
August 22, 2008
Challis Family: You have my family's sympathy and prayers for John. Even in such a sad time....you must be so very proud of John. What a wonderful young man! God bless.
August 22, 2008
I know that your son John is in Heaven right now, full of peace and contentment in his new body. I can't understand the grief you are experiencing. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family
August 22, 2008
To the Challis family,
I congratulate you, with deep sorrow, for raising such a fine, young man. A man who has touched so many lives in such a short time. Like many others, John's message challenged myself to live every day to the fullest, no matter the situation. Your son's soul will live for a very, very long time in the Beaver County area. I'm sorry for your loss, and I thank you for helping spread John's message to the world.
August 22, 2008
The world should be filled with John Challis'. He was an angel sent from GOD with a message; love,smile,be kind. To his family; the world is feeling your pain; God be with you all; John has done the job that he was put on earth to do; as hard as it was and how hard it is for us on earth to understand; now he has gone home to his lasting reward--but I am sorry Lord, you took him too soon.
August 22, 2008
John's Family
John will live forever in the hearts of
those who he touched . You must be so very proud of your son, as he was the most courageous young man.
Alice Betz,(McMurray,Pa)
August 22, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 22, 2008
To the Challis Family,

I first saw your son on ESPN. A few weeks later he was at yankee stadium as a guest of AROD.
I was truly inspired by how strong he was, even in the face of death. When the Ny Daily News reported his death, I started to cry right at my desk.

May God rest his soul.
And may you find solice in the fact that he touched so many people's lives, although he was suffering.

May God bless you and I hope John is up there playing baseball on an endless diamond.
August 22, 2008
Hi my name is joel pollock and i am here writing this because even though i didnt know john challis i believe that he was a very good at inspiring kids and in baseball. I have been watching his updates on sportcenter and watched him swing at his last pitch. i was so excited for him. I am only 13 but i know what cancer can do to people because my granny passed away in 2005 of cancer and i prayed for him ever since i saw him swing his last swing of his life. i just want you all to know that i am very sorry for your loss and hope that everyone that loved him will be okay. I will begin baseball in febuary of 2009 and will be putting his motto: Courage Believe=live!
on my baseball cap in memory of him
Joel Pollock August 22, 2008
August 22, 2008
I was touch by the article of your son I don't know you all, but I do know you where bless to have a child with so much wisdom. I am so sorry for your lost and my God comfort you in your time of need.
August 22, 2008
Challis Family,

When I first saw John on TV I was inspired. This young man was so brave and courageous as he kept fitting. We never want to out live any of our children, but God has a plan for all of us. Being a pioneer of Pittsburgh my prayers go out to all of the Challis Family.
August 22, 2008
At this very moment we are feeling your pain. We just lost our nephew Scott Goldman to Cancer July 25th he was 16. It is a very bitter sweet feeling. The Bitter is to know that he is gone and the Sweet is as my children say "Mommy he is in Gods house now. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
August 22, 2008
John makes me want to be a better person. What an amazing individual! God Bless John and his family!!
August 22, 2008
To The Family of John Challis:
I am so sorry to read of your loss. I thank God that inspite of your loved ones' death, God granted him two years to see and do some of the things he desired most.

I pray that God comfort and heal your broken hearts more and more each day and also that you find strength in knowing that John's suffering is over.

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Psalm 30:5
August 22, 2008
This notable young man I did not know I am sorry to say. But his courage & spirit for life will live not only in his families heart & memories but in those who knew him & those who heard his inspiring story. The Lord manifest's himself in many ways, John was one of the ways he did so and then...He took John unto Him. Blessings be upon his family.
August 22, 2008
God bless this young man. Strength and conviction comes from a person
like this. He is a hero to many and to me also for his courage. God bless and rest in peace.
August 22, 2008
Many years all together
So many friends made forever
Classes drug on
Weekends were gone.

Everything was normal
All of a sudden it was horrible
We were all scared at our own will
All because you fell ill.

Two years quickly past
That chance at prom,who would have thought
It would be your last
You were so strong
You're a Bulldog for life
Even now that your gone.

Rest easy, we'll miss you.
Holly R. Altenburg
Class of 2008 loves you.
August 22, 2008
Although I never met John, his courage has challenged me to live by a new set of philosophies. Imagine, if you can, the number of people that he has touched by his story. Thank you so much for allowing his story to be told. We need more people like John in the world because he never felt sorry for himself, he lived everyday and didn't try to blame anyone. God Bless your family.
August 22, 2008
The John Challis Family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. The example that your son gave us all in the way he lived his life. The story of his kindness, wisdom, and courage has touched many lives and has touched my heart. May Gods grace be with you. Godspeed John and God bless
August 22, 2008
I did not know John, but after reading his obit about the life that he was able to enjoy he certainly was one of God's children. You must be so proud! My sympathies to all and know that he will be with you ALWAYS.
August 22, 2008
WHAT A TRULY AMAZING CHILD. HE WAS SO WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS. A TURE INSPIRATION TO EVERY ONE.
August 22, 2008
Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

By Christina Rossetti
The Poetry Foundation

August 22, 2008
Its impossible not to be proud of a young man like John. I am a father and I feel your grief but also share your joy of having the chance to love a soul like his! TK
August 22, 2008
What an amazing man! His story touched so many and how lucky you were to have him for the amount of time you did. God bless you and your family in the days to come. He will be with you always.
August 22, 2008
I traveled through Pittsburgh while on business trips or just to travel, and never knew a "Star" was among me while I was in the area. This Brave young man who I did not know spread a message of hope for all of God's children. My prayers goes out to John, his family members and friends. St. John as I will call him, is now resting in the Arms of our Lord and Savor Jesus The Christ....
August 22, 2008
To the Challis Family,

Our deepest sympathies. We lost our son, Patrick, two years ago to Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was 24 years old and also an athelete who remained positive throughout his 3-year battle. We empathize and keep you and John in our thoughts and prayers. You raised a wonderful son and should be very proud of his accomplishments. May the good memories keep you in the comfort of God and the newest angel.
August 22, 2008
I watched a news piece about your son and I cried, such a brave young man, seemed to be so full of life even though he was fighting this disease. Now, his battle is no more. May be forever rest in peace.
August 22, 2008
Earth has no sorrow Heaven can't Heal. And thats just where your son is ( in heaven). May the God I know give you peace. Love & Prayers From a loving Mom
August 22, 2008
I wish I could have met John. He is such an insperation. May your memories bring you peace.
August 22, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
August 22, 2008
Dear Family,
Our deepest sympathy to each member of the family. We have followed John's story since seeing him speak on the TV news from Pittsburgh, PA. Thinking of you all. May God grant you comfort, peace, and strength now and in the days ahead.
August 22, 2008
we do not understand why these things happen, and I guess we never will, but this young man was and is a very brave young man. I know he is not suffering anymore. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. God blessed you for a short time with this young man.
August 22, 2008
what can one say about a boy such as john. Remarkable, amazing, come to me when i think of his strength and courage. life is short and john reminded us of this, and so we must cherish our moments live life to the fullest as john did. your family will be in our prayers as well as john.
August 22, 2008
To the Challis Family: John's story touched my heart the first day I heard it so many months ago. He shared God's message of hope to a very troubled world. Be assured he is now enfolded in the Healing Hearts of Jesus and His Holy Mother Mary. Please accept my heartfelt prayers for your whole family as you celebrate and remember John's life of living God's will in trust, love and mercy for others. Your son's legacy to humanity is a golden treasure that extends to eternity. I would have been humbled to know him personally. Peace be with you all!
August 22, 2008
Being the mother of 4 children, I cannot imagine how difficult this has been for you but you can be proud of a boy who showed the world how to die. May the God of grace and glory be with you through this difficult time in your life. Hold fast to John's inspiration. Look forward to the next time you see him.
August 22, 2008
To All that Knew and Loved Him

The world has lost a special young man. May his message continue to travel. And his foundation to soar.
August 22, 2008
To The Challis Family, Your son has made a lasting memory in all our lives. I understand so well when you loose a son for a lost a son too. He died in an automobile accident young also. I know how you feel but always remember there are so many prayers for you & your family. John's words of Courage + Believe = Life is so true to so many hearts & believe me, those words will always be heard from everyone. My prayers are with you & time will heal for I know your pain. God Bless You Always and Forever. Always
August 22, 2008
From the time I heard John's story I felt "something" I dunno what to call or describe it but it was just there.
He is a inspration to me and I will ALWAYS remember him and I am getting his number 11 tattoed on me so someone will ask and I can tell them John's story and his insparation to myself and as also as a reminder to myself John's message of live your life by the day and have FUN!! He will be in my heart FOREVER god bless and take care of each other
R.I.P. John Challis
August 22, 2008
God has now given us an angel we all know.
August 22, 2008
God has now given us a angel we all know and love.
August 22, 2008
To John's Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. John was an inspiration to all.
August 22, 2008
Challis Family,

You all have my deepest sympathy. May knowing that there are others who really do care give you a measure of comfort.
May the God of all comfort, who hears our prayers and sees our tears, comfort you and give you the needed strength to endure in this time of such deep sorrow.
August 22, 2008
JOHN WAS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO SO MANY PEOPLE. HE HAS CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE. DO NOT THINK THAT HIS JOURNEY HAS ENDED...BECAUSE IT HAS JUST BEGUN! HE WILL BE WITH HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS FOREVER, GUIDING YOU AND WATCHING OVER YOU.
August 22, 2008
To the Challis family my deepest sympathies. John has touched me deeply and has in my mind challenged me to be a better father to my children and enjoy their lives. To John Godspeed may the memory of you live on for ever you have touch more people then you could have ever imagined. THANK YOU!
August 22, 2008
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this very brave young man. May God bless you with peace and comfort in the days ahead.
August 22, 2008
Your Son is a Angle now, He will Look over You Forever!
Pittsburgh, Pa.
August 22, 2008
To the Challis family. You are so fortunate to have been given an "angel" on earth as your son. What an inspiration to so many that take for granted the things that they are given in life. I wish all people could have been like John. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Teresa, Newburgh, IN
August 22, 2008
To the Challis family,I read and heard about John from the news and the newspaper.John was a very brave young man.I am very sorry to hear of his death,my prayers and thoughts are with you.May God bless you and keep you.
August 22, 2008
Your Son must have been a great young man I just read about his death and his words were so wise for such a young man. I pray that you continue to lean on God. And those that mourn shall be conforted.
August 21, 2008
The courage John displayed during his ordeal was truly inspirational. He was an amazing young man. I thank you for your willingness to share his story. May the Lord be with you during your time of grief.
August 21, 2008
Dear Challis Family,
My heart goes out to your family. I have an 18 year old son who also graduated this year. He has an easy going personality just as your son did. He too enjoys sports.
I have followed John's story and all I can say is what an incredible young man he was. His illness was unfortunate and I can not even imagine the enormous loss for your family. I do know that as long as he is within your hearts, he will always be near. For as hard as it is for your family to let him go, just imagine how hard it was for him to leave you all behind. One day, all of you will be reunited again and I am sure he will tell you of how incredible his life in Heaven has been. He lived a dream the last few months of his life. All of the folks he has met where a reality for John. One that most people can only dream of. John's time on Earth was short , but in that time he became a legend. He was and will always be a true inspiration . His message was short and to the point , but the words will forever be engraved in my heart. God Bless your family
August 21, 2008
My sympathies and prayers go out to John's family and friends. He was a very brave and courageous person who showed me how precious life is. I know his message went out to many others and will resonate for a long, long time. Peace be with you John, and thank you.
August 21, 2008
To the Challis Family and John's Many Friends,
Deepest Sympathy to all of you in the loss of this incredible young man. Nothing can prepare you for such a loss when it comes--may it comfort you to know that John's courage, strength, spirit and wisdom have touched so many. He was truly an amazing young man, wise beyond his years with the soul of an angel!
August 21, 2008
To John's Family, Heaven now has a new hero that will live on forever. God bless John and God bless his family at this time.
August 21, 2008
May the Lord comfort you and your family.
August 21, 2008
John is a real inspiration me being the father of three children myself. Mr. and Mrs. Challis can be very proud of the courageous young man they have raised. I will share John's story with my own kids and let them see what life is all about. God Bless you John and God Bless your family.
August 21, 2008
Dear Family and friends. Thank you for sharing John with us. If only we all behaved and believed like John the world would be a much better place. He was an inspiration and will be greatly missed.
August 21, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Challis, and Alexis,

John, you were, and still are, an inspiration to many ... God Bless you and your family, for giving other cancer victims the will to fight on ... You were truly a fine young man, mature well beyond your years ...

Enjoy your never ending baseball game in Heaven, John ...
August 21, 2008
Dear family - thank you for sharing John with us - he has touched more lives than one could ever imagine.
August 21, 2008
Dear Mr & Mrs Challis, and Alexis,

Books could never teach and inspire me as much as your son has. His strength and wisdom will carry others and keep his spirit alive. Thank you for such a special gift to this world.
August 21, 2008
May John rest in peace forever.He was a true inspiration to all.
August 21, 2008
John was a wonderful young man.
May he rest in peace.
Much prayers and sympathy to his family and friends.
August 21, 2008
I have been fighting the "good" fight for 3 yrs now.Your son inspires me to keep it going.May God keep you in this time.
August 21, 2008
God Bless you John Challis. Your time here was short, but your inspiration will live on forever.
August 21, 2008
IN THIS WORLD OF SWIFT,TWIST AND TURNS, COMING AND , EVENTUALLY GOING. I COME TO BELIEVE THAT God sends us young champions like John who have embraced his fate without complaint, yet his focus is on others and there well being. He asked a friend if he believed in angels as if he knows something that none of us do so he smiles and because of what he knows his smile is so infectious, Because we are too busy complaining about things, things that are really unimportant because they don't add real value to life we have no genuine smile, These things only cause mankind to think more of themselves than they really are. Johns smile was genuine Through his eyes you could see John's depth his courage spoke life into many human beings and even though i do not know this young man personally, he added more to my 49years of living, Oh how i Thank God for this young man and i pray that the family is comforted by our Gracious and Loving God and has embraced his Champion spirit ( John Challis)so when people talk about heros talk about John Challis, when you talk about selfless talk about (John Challis) When you talk about Living and never Dying Talk about John Challis, who looked at death with a smile. Oh Death Where is thy sting?Where is thy sting? Where is thy sting? Thank you John I love You
August 21, 2008
Even though the time was short, the world is a better place for having had John Challis in it. What a brave and inspiring young man! I extend my sympathy to his family and friends. May your memories of him bring you comfort.
August 21, 2008
My Thoughts and Prayers are with all of John's Family at this time. He is the true meaning of the Word HERO! May your John rest in peace and may all of you find happiness your Hero would want you to have!
August 21, 2008
My husband and I have followed the story of your son. He was a remarkable boy. His smile will always be remember. Our prayers and thoughts are with you now and he is an angel in heaven. He will always be remembered.
August 21, 2008
John how blessed the world is to have a new star in the heavens lighting our way to a wonderful understanding of life the you were able to portray. I truly am feeling the sorrow of your passing, however your job in heaven is waiting. God be with your family and friends until they come home to you.
August 21, 2008
What a wonderful boy your son was. His attitude towards his illness was far beyond his years. He touched so many in such a short time.
August 21, 2008
May you forever rest in the arms of the angels.
August 21, 2008
Helen Steiner Rice wrote a poem beginning with "You may not always realize that everything you do, effects not only your life, but touches others too". John touched many lives in many ways and I am so sorry to here of his passing. My sympathy to the Challis and although it is a very difficult time for all of you. Feel blessed to have had a son who had such a beautiful, courageous spirit come into your lives and to remain in your hearts and memories forever.
August 21, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Challis family. We have followed John's story over the past few months and have wept many tears. Your son was truly a special young man and an inspiration to all that knew his story. Thanks so much for sharing him with the everyone.
August 21, 2008
To the family of john, i am so sorry for your loss, your son made an impact on everyone and will always be remembered.
Dom Marasco
August 21, 2008
Soul so calm and gentle wind
float to God for he has called
you will be missed by all the earth
your presence no longer here
heaven surley so rejoicing
son of the Father now returned
You will now be so longed for here
but, now your Angel wings will
secure you. Rest in peace little one
You were wise beyond your years.
August 21, 2008
My deepest condolences to the Challis family. My heart sank when I read of Johns passing. It is hard to believe that such a young person could inspire this 53 year old man as much as he did. God bless you. Codladh sámh John.
August 21, 2008
Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

By Christina Rossetti
The Poetry Foundation

August 21, 2008
To all of the many beautiful tributes that have been posted for you, I will add but 1 more sentence -..........
John, SOAR WITH THE ANGELS!
August 21, 2008
i pray for john scott challis jr
god is with him and he was a
insipiration to others. i wish the
my prayers.
August 21, 2008
To The Challis Family,

Thank you for sharing John with the rest of the world. God did indeed bless him with insight that was far beyond his years. He left a legacy for all of us and is now with The Lord forever.

You will see him again.
God Bless and Take Care.
He will never be forgotten.

Best regards,
Dorothy
Bethel Park
August 21, 2008
I was so touched by John's quiet grace and good humor. You have my deepest sympathies and my assurance that John and his family and friends are in my prayers.
August 21, 2008
God blesses us with special angels like John to give us strength and show us spirit. Please know that he will always be with you. He has been a true inspiration to us all.
Susan S (FL)
August 21, 2008
My condolences to John and his family. I've had the opportunity to work with young people most of my career. John's courage and inspiration and appreciation for life is encouraging to see, especially in a time that appears so many young people take life for granted. I'm glad to see how he approached this situation with such courage. I hope other youth will read his story and try to do better and take advantage of the time the Lord has given them on this earth. God has blessed John to be with them.
August 21, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I came across his story on legacy.com while I was looking for someone else and it really touched me. What a shame his life was cut so short, although it sounds like he definitely made the most of the time he had. I feel he is an inspiration to us all whether we are sick or not. I am certain he is now looking down on you and watching over you as your guardian angel. God Bless.
August 21, 2008
To the Family/Friends of John Challis,
You are all in my prayers. May God lead through you time of sorrow and wrap his arms around each and everyone of you and Guide you through the coming weeks ahead. John was a true inspritation to everyone he touched through his story. I so admired his courage and strenght. He was and still is one special young man. May God be with.
Love and Prayers
The Armstrong Family
August 21, 2008
You must be so proud to call John Challis your son - what a marvelous young man. He was such an inspiration to so many! Our loss is Heaven's gain. He will be missed by many. God Bless John and the Challis family.
August 21, 2008
What a brave young man you raised...and what a beautiful job you did. Peace be yours now, John.
August 21, 2008
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
August 21, 2008
You truly are an inspiration to everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Courage + Beleive = Life
August 21, 2008
he was wind beneth our wings.
August 21, 2008
It's heartbreaking to see a child suffer so much. GOD has a special angel in HEAVEN. Your family is in my prayers. May God give you the strength you need daily.
August 21, 2008
After seeing John's story on ESPN, it was sad but at the same time you could feel good about what a special boy John was in how he was handling such a tough situation. Mr. & Mrs. Challis' pain will never subside but they can certainly take solace in how their parenting & time with John helped him be such a remarkable boy.
August 21, 2008
my thoughts and prayers are with the family.I didn't know John person
ally but followed his story. He was a
special person.
August 21, 2008
What a beautiful boy. It is amazing how much a young mind knows and can keep it all together during such a hard time. He truly was an inspiration to all. Take comfort in knowing he is watching over you.
August 21, 2008
To the Challis Family we are saddened about the passing of John. Our family saw his interview on ESPN about a month ago and it touched us dearly. May God give all of your extended family and friends the courage to keep John in your hearts and God has accepted John with open arms and believe me John is going to be a big hit with God.
August 21, 2008
John you were truly an angel sent here from God. I am sure that you have touched many lives good and bad. Thank you Challis family for sharing John with us.

COURAGE + BELIEVE = LIFE

IT'S NOT HOW MANY BREATHS YOU TAKE, BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE BREATHS. (those words will be my motto the rest of my life)
August 21, 2008
To the Family/Friends of John: My deepest sympathy on your loss. What a brave young man to have the courage he had up until the end. Our family truly understands your courageous attitude. God Bless you all during this time of grief. John's battle is over now and he is at peace now.
August 21, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

I have been following your son's story and was very saddened to hear of his passing Tuesday. He will always have a dear spot in my heart as a fighter and a believer and has been a big inspiration to me. When I felt times were rough I always remember John and how he lived one day at a time and to the fullest.I wish the world had more individuals like your son! God Bless!
August 21, 2008
John,
I have never met you but I was so inspired by your courage and faith in God. What an inspiration you were to family, friends and school mates. You will never be forgotten. Jeanie from Shaler
August 21, 2008
So much wisdom for such a young man. He was truly a gift from God.
August 21, 2008
Don't think that just because John died, that he lost the fight. Far from it. He won in every important sense of the word, and he inspired others to follow in his footsteps.
August 21, 2008
Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

By Christina Rossetti
The Poetry Foundation
August 21, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
August 21, 2008
challis family,

deepest sympathies to your family from ours. your son will live on as an inspiration to both the young and old. such a wonderful young man.
August 21, 2008
May God give you strength during this difficult time. Know that your son is watching over you every minute of the day. John was a true inspiration to so many people, and he touched so many lives. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
August 21, 2008
Dear Challis Family
My deepest sympathy in your loss. John's story was sent to my family
from a friend of John's coach at Freedom H.S. months ago. He was a brave young man who I am certain you have been very proud of.

With sympathy,
Verlie (Kersey, PA)
.
August 21, 2008
Don't Cry for me

I have lived my life with no regrets
Please remember me with the best of intents
If you want to talk to me just look up high and there I'll be
I'm not gone, just in a different place
I am always around you surrounding with grace
Remember to laugh and keep my memory alive
I know that it will be hard, but I know you will survive
My love is always with you, in your heart and soul.
Please don't cry for me, as I am alive in your heart always.


Your son is a true inspiration. May God give you strength through this difficult time.
August 21, 2008
God Bless You and Your Family. You will never be forgotten. Through your actions, you give hope to others.
August 21, 2008
god bless u john
August 21, 2008
Challis Family;
John has inspired many people in his short lifetime and given strength to cancer patients throughout the world. I know John's journey has ended but he is watching all of us here as well as his family. May you find comfort that he is in a better place and will see you all again! My deepest sympathy for the lost of such a wonderful son!
August 21, 2008
I just read about your loved one in our local newspaper. Sounds to me like he was an angel in disguise. It's never easy losing anyone that special. May God give you peace & comfort.
August 21, 2008
Bye sweet boy, I shall never forget you.
August 21, 2008
To the Challis family my deepest sympathies. To John thank you for reminding us how to open our hearts.
August 21, 2008
Dear Mr. Challis and Family,
I just read about you in our local newspaper. You courage and streagnth was an insperation to us all. Most of all the people you leave behind. May God Bless you and your family. I don't belive in saying good-by.So I will say see you later
August 21, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
August 21, 2008
My entire family was inspired by John's courage. We are also deeply saddened by his loss. My favorite memory of John was the football game vs. Hickory last season. He ran down the field, tripped, got back up & joined the play! I'll never forget that as long as I live. Go, Dawgs!

John is in a better place now with peace & no pain & suffering.

Bill, Elaine, Chelsea & Colton Costello
August 21, 2008
What a remarkable young man! May God bless Johns family and friends.
August 21, 2008
Mr and Mrs Challis:

Please accept my deepest sympathy at this most difficult time.

May the Holy Spirit give you grace and may God bless you in the days ahead.

I know God has a guardian angel looking after you and this angel left this world a better place.
August 21, 2008
God Bless the Challis family. I saw John's story on ESPN when the Pirates played the Yankees. He touched my heart. May he rest in peace and keep getting hits in Heaven. Thank You John.
August 21, 2008
May God Bless you all with his peace and love, and may you know that John is always with you.
August 21, 2008
May God be with the entire Challis family.
August 21, 2008
Challis Family, John sure was an inspiration on how to live our lives to the fullest and share our talents with others. May God hold him gently in the palm of His hand and grant you peace in the days ahead. You surely have an angel looking over you now.
August 21, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

My heart goes out to your family. God Bless you during this time of sadness.
August 21, 2008
John inspired many people in his short life. His deep faith impressed me and he is now reaping the rewards of everlasting life. May Our Lord comfort all of you and hold you close to His Sacred Heart.
August 21, 2008
To the Challis family,
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember watching him speak on television and thinking how he was wise beyond his years. You raised a fine young man and it showed! Thank you for sharing a little part of him with us. Rest in peace John.
August 21, 2008
Dear Family,

Thinking and praying for you all. Your son was a special gift to you all and many other lives he touched. God Bless.
August 21, 2008
What a great guy. Sorry for your loss.
August 21, 2008
To John's Family my heart goes out to you. John lived more life in 18 years than a lot of people who live 80 years. God has a special place in Heaven for your son.
August 21, 2008
My prayers go out to you. You have a very special guardian angel watching over you now. I hope knowing he is at peace will comfort you in the days ahead till you meet him again in Heaven. I lost someone who I thought of as my own son at the age of 16 but I know that can't compare to the lose of losing one of your own.
May God bless you.
August 21, 2008
Jesus Loves Me!!!
August 21, 2008
Dear Challis Family
Having lost a son to cancer, I have an idea of what you're going through. John will always be a true hero and inspiration. Deepest sympathies to your family.
August 21, 2008
We are so sorry to hear about John's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad and difficult time. Although we have never met John personally, he has made us look at life as a blessing and not to sweat the small things in life, but to just enjoy every minute that we have. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful human being with us, we are all better people because of him.
August 21, 2008
My deepest sympathies to the parents of John. My heart breaks for you today but I know that you have wonderful memories to carry you through this sorrowful time. How PROUD you must be to have called him your son. His words of widom and courage should be an inspiration to all. He definetly hit a homerun with all that he said during his lifetime. May your special guardian angel always be with you.

Mom in CT
August 21, 2008
Challis Family,
How blessed you were to have a son who touched so many lives while he was alive and now continues to touch the lives of so many more through his inspiration. May God look over all of you and keep you in the palm of his hands.
August 21, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

Unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting your son, but I am truly touched by his courage, his humor, and his increditable love of life. When I heard of his passing, I felt that our world became a little darker, but then quickly realized that heaven will be that much brighter and that your own angel will be watching over you.

May the memories and the love you shared will bring some comfort to you during this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
August 21, 2008
REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW MUCH HAPPINESS YOU HAD ON THE MOTORCYCLE RIDE. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE CLUB. GOD BLESS AND GOD'S SPEED. SPARKY , WARDOGS MOTORCYCLE CLUB
August 21, 2008
We personally did not know John but we knew him through his sister Lexie and friends Kim and Mike Hildman. John was a courageous young man and touched a lot of hearts. He is now at peace and may God rest his soul.
August 21, 2008
To the Challis family: I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies and prayers to all of you at this very difficult time. John was truly a wonderful young man who touched all of us with his courage and wisdom.
August 21, 2008
TO THE CHALLIS FAMILY, WHAT A VERY BRAVE YOUNG MAN JOHN WAS AND A HERO TO US ALL. MY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
August 21, 2008
Reading John's story was like reading my own son's story, Justin . He too, was diagnosed with a terminal cancer in Sept. 2005 at the age of 16 and passed away Nov. 15, 2006.
I find it truly amazing on how these young kids can go through what they do and ALWAYS keep a positive attitude and never complain. They are my heros!
My heart is with your family as you grieve. Just remember that he is not gone but has just moved on to a better place and is waiting for you to join him.

God Bless,
Lori Anderson
August 21, 2008
To the Challis family: It is my prayer that you will find strength in the Lord. For John to have lived for such a short time, he touched so many lives in a very positive way. He blessed the world with his wonderful spirit. He is an inspiration to all. So full of wisdom. For sure his living was not in vain. Thank you for allowing us to share your joy of knowing such an extrodinary human being.

Peace and blessings,
August 21, 2008
the john challis story really makes me stop and reevaluate my life and the way i live it. i didnt have the pleasure of knowing the amazing young man personally, but i really wish i had. he is truely a gift and im glad he is now in a better place. rest in peace and god bless.
August 21, 2008
To The Challis Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your son. You and your family are in our thoughts & prayers.
August 21, 2008
What a wonderful young man. May he rest in peace. God bless the family.
August 21, 2008
Such a brave guy !!!!!
August 21, 2008
It sounds as those you raised a remakable son,& charished member of your family. His influence on others will continue for life times. He was very handsome. I know that you must be proud of him for so many reasons. I hope that the wonderful memories that you have of him will comfort you in the days ahead.
August 21, 2008
May this young man be an inspiration to us all. He was truly an exceptional person. God bless you and your grieving family. The Challis family should be very proud of this very special guy!
August 21, 2008
On behalf of my wife and I, I want to let the Challis's & daughter know how special they are for being there for John like they have, with much certainty he knew he was LOVED. We just heard the story last night on ESPN, it touched us so much the courage of this young man. I wish for more innings for John as well, selfishly so that I could meet him personally. But I know despite the smiles and opitmism he had to be in immense pain and though death is never easy and even more ellusive to accept, You must know that it only ends the pain, for wonderful memories of John will always live on in the three of you and now in millions more who have come to know and know of John's storied battle with cancer.Our prayers will continue to pour out in behalf of your family. With Love from Tommy & Kim
August 21, 2008
God bless you and your family John..
Paul -Nevada
August 21, 2008
Rest peacefully John. Thank you for being you.
August 21, 2008
The Challis Family,May God Bless you and provide you strength during this difficult time. John may have left us with only eighteen years in this world, but provided everyone with many years of love, hope, and inspiration. His words, wisdom, and insight will be something that people will never forget. We all know he is in a wonderful and remarkable place now. Upon entering Heaven the other day, God said to him,"welcome home my son, and thank you for sharing my word with the people on earth" May God Bless him.
August 21, 2008
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
August 20, 2008
Challis family, I only know John through ESPN, Dan Patrick Show, etc... what an amazing young man. I could not help but be inspired with his attitude toward life. I heard his last interview on Dan Patrick and was beside myself with his presence and courage. His message and spirit will live with me and millions forever. My deepest sympathies to your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
August 20, 2008
Our deepest sympathy to the Challis family. We were touched by John's story and followed it closely over the past few months. John's spirit and grace was uplifting and should be a lesson for many. Although his time was cut short he touched the hearts of many in that time.
August 20, 2008
What an angel looking over you. John is out of pain and at peace.. you will find peace sooner than you think
August 20, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
August 20, 2008
I was saddened to hear of this passing of the remarkable,courageous young man, I can not stop crying ...So sad indeed. i have tears running down my keyboard. May his legacy always be remembered. Deepest prayers to his family and friend. Bless John!!!
August 20, 2008
I'm sorry for your loss. I learned listening to John that he understood what life is all about. In turn, I have already shared his message with others and learned personally from it. God will take care of John and help you during this tough time.
August 20, 2008
Let's all be grateful that God sends angels like John to remind us how precious each day is and how thankful we all need to be for the time we have. Rest in peace John, I will never forget your message.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family: what an incredible human being! I hope in the coming days you can all remember the good times John had with you and not dwell on his passing. I could only imagine the pain you must all feel....may you find comfort in knowing that John is in a better place! May he rest in peace! God Bless You All!
August 20, 2008
WHAT A TEAMATE!!! GOD JUST RECEIVED A HELL OF A CAPTAIN....
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family,
sorry to hear the sad news about john. my god bless your family.
August 20, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
August 20, 2008
As a parent of 4 children,I greive with you on your loss of such a great young man. May the good memories you have bring you comfort. May his memory live on in all of the people whose lives were touched by this angel.
August 20, 2008
Challis
family, I wish to thank you for sharing the incredible love that your
son gave to so many. Mt 15 year old son has some "things" that tend to
hold him back but, after hearing John's story, he has begun to try, to
work harder and to really live. Your John is an inspiration even now.
We are honored that, although we never met you and John, we feel as
though, through his words, we were able to learn and know what made
this young man's life really living. So, thank you to John, and to
John's family and God Bless you all!
August 20, 2008
life is a gift, what a beautiful one your son gave you. cherish that always. what an amazing young man.
August 20, 2008
My Deepest Sympathy To The Challis Family. May God Grant You Peace To Know That John Will Always Be With You In Spirit. What A Brave Amazing Young Man Who Has Taught Us All A Very Valuable Lesson. Life Can Be Long Or It Can Be Short. Make The Most Of Life And To Know What Our Purpose For Being Here is. May God Bless You.
August 20, 2008
Your son was very special and his story will stay in our hearts forever.We are very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you from many miles away. With Deepest Sympathy.
August 20, 2008
My condolenses go out to the entire Challis family and Freedom community. I never personally met John, but his strength and courage will never be forgotten. I am very sad that he is gone, because he inspired so many people in so many places.
August 20, 2008
Family and Freinds
If I can right a human wrong,
If I can help to make one strong,
If I can cheer with smile or song,
Lord show me how.~To love Christ is to have a heart for others.
August 20, 2008
The stars in heaven will all shine a little brighter now. John was truly an inspiration to all those whose lives he touched.
Rest in peace.
August 20, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
August 20, 2008
Real people deliver real dreams. Thank you John.
August 20, 2008
I read with great sadness today that your special little man had left this life for an eternity in the Kingdom where he now has a new strong body and is smiling that big beautiful smile. I mourn for your loss, yet he brought us all so much hope. And it is that hope that will carry you on knowing that some day you will be reunited with him in God's glory. I'll be praying for you.
August 20, 2008
To John:
I've never had the oppurtunity to meet you, but from what I've seen and heard, you truly were a blessed and intelligent individual.
There's no doubt about it.
You have educated the lives of so many people around the country...your "breaths" of life were lived to the fullest.
It's awesome to see that in the past couple months you were able to meet some Pirates & meet Mario.
The lessons and words of wisdom you have shared with so many will live on forever.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Challis family.
August 20, 2008
To The Challis Family,
I was touched by your sons amazing story of inspiration through times of adversity. I can only hope to raise my children to be as kind as John. His memory will live on forever.
August 20, 2008
My sincerest condolences to John's parents on his passing. You raised a courageous and awe-inspiring yoing man, which is a supreme credit to YOU! May he reach out to you both, from the arms of God, to assure you that he is safe home. Safe home.
August 20, 2008
As difficult as this my be, know that John is watching over you & will always be with you. Heaven just received a beautiful Angel. May God Bless you & yours.
August 20, 2008
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family,
I am sorry to hear about John. John was a very nice kid and he always had a smile on his face all the time. He was the pleasant person to meet. He helped alot of people in the world and the one thing I will remeber about John is his personalilty.
August 20, 2008
The Challis family, I am so saddened for your loss. John was truly an amazing young man, who was so courageous in his battle. He taught me alot by reading the Post Gazette article and listening to his interviews in the media. His message was heard ! God bless you John. Rest in peace.
August 20, 2008
I know heaven is a little brighter tonite, it added another star, John Challis. May God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow, and always uplift your spirit.
August 20, 2008
I am so sorry about hearing of the passing of young John.I,too, know all about losing a family member to Cancer.I lost my Mother almost two years ago.I still feel the pain from my loss.Now,I feel the pain from your loss.May John always look over you and protect you.He has now found peace and within time you will to.

XOXOXO,
Vanessa,Piper, and Chris Selig
August 20, 2008
I may not have known John personally, but I was very touched by his story. What an AMAZING human being. He has shown us all how to live life. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of his family. I too lost a child at a young age. May God grant all of John's family and friends the peace that I know he now has.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family- God only entrusts the care of his earthly angels to special people. You were truly blessed to have the privilege of raising such a fine young man. John-God called you home early, but I'm sure He was proud of you and glad to see you. Thank you for being the person you are. Enjoy your heavenly reward. God's peace and comfort to the family.
August 20, 2008
His attitude will help many people in these hard days of life...
August 20, 2008
I am truly sorry for your loss. Your son's story made me realize life can be alot of fun,no matter the situations. May God bless you all.
August 20, 2008
what an amazing young man that touched so many people, including myself...i extend my thoughts and prayers to the challis family
August 20, 2008
A young man with a beautiful family to care for him. So courageous and I am so very sorry. I only wish that the hope from the inspired Word of God- the Bible can bring you peace and comfort as it does for me. I hope it helps you to wrap John's warm love and zeal for life around as it does with God's.

God's son Jesus was the first of many to be resurrected and they both give us all that same opportunity. At John 5:25,28,29 Jesus tells us he will call us, we will answer..John will answer and as he raises I hope I am one of the ones to greet him back.

I'd like to reassure you, these conditions that we experience today, will not exist because of Jesus' reign. This in Psalms chapter 72 tells us that in being surrounded by our loved ones he will provide us with plenty of food, shelter and an abundance of peace......

I'm sorry my words are so limited and can't fully express my sympathy. But I hope that you know with all your life and vital energy that ran thru John and continues to run thru you- it was not in vein. We will see him again.

My friends, family and I send our love. And by God's grace and powerful spirit we will keep all of you in our prayers in hopes that you will find your solace. I am deeply sorry.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family,
I was sorry to hear about your son. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but he was a very brave young man. Pray to God He will help you through your tough times. May God Bless all of you, Take care of each other.

Stacy L. Smith
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You must be an incredible loving family to have raised such a strong, spiritual son. I have the utmost admiration for you. I first learned of John thru the P/G article on him regarding "The Hit" back in April. That was beautiful, and it shows a part of what he was made of. He was wise beyond his years more than anyone I can think of. God bless John & you folks.
August 20, 2008
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
August 20, 2008
I first saw John during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. John's faith and courage inspired me so much. I am so happy John was able to experience some really neat things before going home to God. I hope my husband, who died young from brain cancer, is one of the angels greeting John in heaven. John's family has many hard days ahead of them. I pray that his faith in God will give them comfort in the days to come.
August 20, 2008
To one of the most brave young men I never had the opportunity nor pleasure to meet....God bless you, son, you have truly left your mark.
August 20, 2008
John has inspired us all to remember that each day is precious and that we should all live life to the fullest. I just hope that my two boys, ages 11 and 9, as as good people as John was. He is truly an inspiration and it is wonderful that he was able to enjoy so many wonderful things in his last few months.
August 20, 2008
John Challis was brave man who had hopes just like every other young person. I could never be as strong as he was.
May he always remain as a handsome man in your memory.
August 20, 2008
My heart and prayers go out to the Challis family! Your son will continue to be an inspiration to all who hear and learn of him!!! A bright star has dimmed in the sky...
August 20, 2008
I'd like to start by saying i am deeply sorry for your loss.I can not watch or read one bit of this story without crying.It was very touching to see an 18 yr old with cancer be so strong.He truly was someone speacial,although i have never met john challis i will never forget his story and his inspiration.courage+beleive+life=john challis
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family,

Johns uplifting spirit will live on forever. He was a true inspiration to me & my family.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family,
John's tremendous spirit and zest for life is a direct reflection of the love that you showered upon him. John's positive attitude reminded me that even on bad days, ALL of us can find something to smile about.

I know God has something very special in store for your son.
August 20, 2008
God Bless you all.

It is every parents worst nightmare to lose a child. My heart aches for your family.

John has touched so many lives in the short time he was here.

May you find peace in knowing that his life certainly made a difference.

I think he carried on so much longer than most would even have had courage to attempt. He was a very strong young man.

I know how proud you must be. God Bless you and give you strength in the hard days ahead.
August 20, 2008
An inspiration every time a read an article about him. Prayers and peace for the Challis family.
August 20, 2008
I just read about the death of your son and want to offer my condolences to you and your extended family. I work for a hospice and am so touched by the life of this extraordinary young man. You are in my prayers.
August 20, 2008
your story inspired me johnny. its also taught me to live life. you will forever be remembered and never forgotten.
rest in peace johnny
August 20, 2008
To The Challis Family
I am so sorry for the loss of John he was an outgoing kid and full of life but i will help spread the word COURAGE+BELIEVE=LIFE. I will never forget John as i was inspired by him.
August 20, 2008
sorry for your loss of your son. hes touched so many lives. i was saddened to hear about his loss on tv. you are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 20, 2008
I am so sorry you lost your child:

May these scriptures bring you much needed comfort and hope:

There will come a time when no resident will say I'm sick. (Isaiah 33:24)

All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. (John 5:28)

We can see our loved ones that passed away again. (Acts 24:15)

These are just some of the things that Jehovah God has promised!

Your Neighbor
August 20, 2008
All I can say is C+B=L. I am a youth league coach that just found out of your sons fight had come to an end. I have followed his story and I am deeply hurt yet uplifted by your son. Your son is a very couragous man. I am praying for your family. May #11 live on in all our lives.
August 20, 2008
I'm sending my deepest sympathy for Callis families. I was watching Little League on TV on August 19, 2008. I saw the picture of John Callis 1989 - 2008. I don't know John but he really took my heart, 18 years really long and very brave man. I have the tears on my eyes. By the way, my husband is a cancer survivor twice (lung cancer). I'm supporting the cancer patients and suvivors. My prayers are with you (Callis family).
August 20, 2008
R.I.P. John
The courage you displayed was incredible. You are an inspiration to us all.
August 20, 2008
Your son lives forever becuase his message has inspired me.
August 20, 2008
john was truly amazing messenger of God that will touch the lives of everyone. may God bless you in this difficult time. We all need to apprieciate what God has given to us. My thoughts and prayers will be with you always!
August 20, 2008
A wonderful young man. A terrible loss.
August 20, 2008
"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."
August 20, 2008
While I never met John, his zest and energy has been described for me by another Freedom Area staff member. I placed his Courage+Believe=Life upon my desk to remind me of the endless life he has expressed to the world. Yes, truly, GodSpeed John, and Bless you for letting the world know your son in whatever way he has touched each and every person who has had the chance to know John in person or in spirit!
August 20, 2008
I can imagine your pain because I have walked in your shoes. I lost my son at age of 21 with terminal cancer just 2 years ago. He too was an inspiration to us all. The strength he carried was more than I could bare. He was at peace and stated he had no anger nor fear towards death. He also stated that his only regret was that he would not know what it is like to be a husband and a father. His memory lives with us forever. He had such a hudge heart. The only thing I can suggest to you is to keep your faith, and look forward to the day you will be with him again. One of the hardest things for me is trying to learn how to live without him. I have not accomplished that mile stone.
August 20, 2008
Our prays go out to the family at this time.
August 20, 2008
The amazing attitude and perspective of your son helped me through my father's death from cancer last month. I hope one day you will be comforted by this outpouring of support. For now, I pray for you as you grieve.
August 20, 2008
To the family of John,
I was so sorry to hear about John's battle against cancer. One day soon, as Revelation 21:4 says, there will no more outcry, pain, death, or sorrow. The former things would have passed away. May the comfort and tender mercies of our heavenly Father be with you all.
With deep sympathy,
August 20, 2008
with love
August 20, 2008
I am so sorry. I can not even imagine your pain.
August 20, 2008
John was truly an inspiration for everybody may God Bless him and his family my condolences to you all.
August 20, 2008
I don't need to say God bless you because I know through John, he already has.
Today I saw the Sportscenter special for a second time. This time at the end of it they said that he had passed yesterday. I cried both times I saw it.
God puts us all here for a reason and doesn't let us move on until that reason has been met. I am sure that he achieved that reason as an inspiration to others... A message for each of us to use each day that God has given us to make the most out of... Don't ever take a day off of making the most out of it or you have waisted that day that the Lord has given us.
Those tears were both of sadness when seeing his adoring sister mentioning of the things that he will miss, but also tears of pride that such a young man who knows the road ahead and still gets it...
Even at my age of 47, I have learned something from this incredible young man.
I thought that I was doing well w/ not wasting a day of my life, but I know that every now and then I don't make the most of a day... No more!
I have to make sure that his message doesn't go ignored as John looks down on us. I don't want to disappoint him.
Thank your entire family for bringing this fantastic human into the world and raising him the way that you did which resulted in unforseen impact for countless people who will benefit from his inspiration.
August 20, 2008
My Thoughts and Prayers are with your family. Your son has truly touched my outlook on life.
God Bless.
August 20, 2008
Thanks for making me open my eyes. We have to realize we are truly blessed in one way or another. God be with you John Challis!
August 20, 2008
God chose John Challis to spread the message of life because he believed and had courage. Thank you John Challis for speaking to all of us.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of such a remarkable young man. I will always think of that wonderful smile! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
August 20, 2008
A true inspiration. I'll never forget you. A boy that put my life in perspective while facing the greatest battle...thank you John! You won!
August 20, 2008
You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
August 20, 2008
We have heard many awesome things about your son through kids in our youth group. I know that he has made an impact on everyone he has known and even those who have never met him before. We pray that God will continually comfort you in your time of sadness and help you to lean on him for everything. God bless you!
August 20, 2008
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your son, but may Jesus have His arms around your son and may he be at peace.
I will pray for you and his whole family going through this time of grieving and in the future.
August 20, 2008
My family was touched by John's
message and bravery. Please accept
our sympathy. Two of my grandsons
are close to John in age and love of
all sports. On their behalf I am sending a check to the Courage for
Life Foundation. Sleep in heavenly
peace, John.

A Grandmother in Robinson Twp.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

What a special young man your son was. He touched my life through his story that I seen on TV. I seen him with the Penguins and then the Pirates. He made my life and my complaints seem so selfish. He had a right to be mad, or to complain but he didn't. What a wonderful young man you raised. I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish there was a way to ease the loss, but I will pray for you. God has called home his wonderful instrument of his peace. God Bless you all, and may God bring healing to you and your family.
August 20, 2008
John

A Champion. Now in the greatest Hall of Fame of them all. John is a hero that sets the standard. John, I wish I had the chance to meet you & ask you for an autograph. You are a hero who's work is not completed yet.
August 20, 2008
YOU CAN BE VERY PROUD OF THE
LITTLE BOY YOU RAISED WHO
BECAME SUCH A GIANT OF A MAN
YOUR FAMILY IS IN OUR PRAYERS.THANKS FOR SHARING HIM WITH US ALL.
August 20, 2008
May God hold John in His memory.
Psalms 83:18
August 20, 2008
YOU CAN BE VERY PROUD OF THE
LITTLE BOY YOU RAISED WHO
BECAME SUCH A GIANT OF A MAN
YOUR FAMILY IS IN OUR PRAYS.THANKS FOR SHARING HIM WITH US ALL.
August 20, 2008
I saw the piece on ESPN about your and I am truely sorry for your loss. May God bless your family.
August 20, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
August 20, 2008
To the family and friends of John:

My deepest sympathies to all of you. While you all knew John personally we as a City, State and Nation knew John as well and are too mourning his loss. His bright and courageous outlook on life is a true inspiration, one that I am sure will continue to live on in the lives of all of us he touched wether we knew him personally or not.

Thank you John for showing us the true meaning in life "Life aint about how many breaths you take, it's what you do with those breaths".

Courage + believe = life.
August 20, 2008
God Bless your family at this difficult time, your son was an inspiration to us all and will live on forever in your hearts.
August 20, 2008
What an amazing young man. May God hold him in the palm of His hand. Our sympathies to you and your family.
August 20, 2008
My heart and prayer go out to all of you.
August 20, 2008
Rest in peace. Your wonderful work on earth is done. God bless this family and give them comfort on days to come.
August 20, 2008
Dearest Challis Family,
From the day the first artlicle about John appeared in the Post-Gazette, I have had his picture and words, "it's not how many breaths you take, but what you do with those breaths" in front of me every day. Please know that your special son has left quite a legacy, and has made strangers like me, appreciate every day. What a phenominal young man, who touched so many in such a brief time. God bless and comfort you all in your time of grief.
August 20, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008
http://www.ruthann1.com

August 20, 2008
To The Entire Challis Family,
I've never had the honor of meeting your son but was so touched by his courageous brave heart. He touched so many lives in his 18 years. What an inspiration and how proud you all must be of John. Please accept my deepest sympathy at this very sad time.
Rita Fate
August 20, 2008
What a remarkable young man. I prayer for your peace in this time of great loss.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis family
I know it's hard, but how proud you must be of your son, and I know it's great to see how wonderfully he was raised.What a remarkable young man.
Gods Blessings to all of you, until you all meet again in our Lords house.
August 20, 2008
My condolences go out to the friends and Family of John Challis.Such a remarkable youngman with a message that was heard all over this world.U are a inspiration and touched so many people u will always be remembered.A very special Thank you to the Challis family for letting us have the privlage of knowing him. Lets all keep his words of wisdom , courage and determination going. We will never forget that smile. Thank you so much for all the inspiration......
August 20, 2008
What an inspiration he was to the world. He will always be one of my heroes!
August 20, 2008
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 20, 2008
My deepest sympathy to the Challis family. John was the epitomy of inspiration, courage, faith, and belief to many across the country. Thank you for sharing your son and brother with us. God Bless your family and God Bless John.
August 20, 2008
John is playing ball now, where the sun is always shining and there are no rainouts.

Please accept my deepest sympathy.
August 20, 2008
I work with kids every day that say they live to die. I used John as an example of what life is about, because he didn't live to die, he died to live.

It is said that if you can change one persons life throughout your life, you've done your job. John has chosen to do his job for who knows how many of us, me included.

John you are more than a hero, heroes are forgotton. You are a legend, a real life best selling autobiography, an inpiration, and true son of God. Your life and legacy will live on forever through others (legends never die).

Even though it is a difficult time his family should keeps there heads up and smile because Johns beautiful smile is from ear to ear in heaven knowing that he touched so many lives and that reflects his upbringing.

In closing its been an honor to have known John for the past five years and be able to participate in his fundraising events. Your wisdom and smile is in my heart forever, and you will help me reach others.
THANK YOU
August 20, 2008
What an honorable man! Rest in peace. Donald Kline family
August 20, 2008
I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of such an extraordinary young man. I first learned of John a couple months ago and immediately became an admirer. During his short journey he was able to impact more lives than most of us will do in a 100 years! I wish I had the oppurtunity to meet John and someday Im sure I will. Whenever I'm feeling down or need some motivation, John will be the first person I think of. I will live by his words and his Phrase: Courage + Believe= Life.

To John's family, your son is amazing to me and I hope that one day I am blessed with a child who is as amazing as yours. My heart goes out to you during this time! God Bless you all!
August 20, 2008
Words simply cannot express the impact your son John and his message have meant to me and my family.The courage and strength John displayed while fighting his illness, and the choice he made to live his life on his terms with the time he had left has forever changed my life.No moment passes unnoticed-nothing escapes importance-beauty is- not was, and your breath a gift- live. I hope with each day your pain will ease and you will be left with such beautiful memories of the wonderful young man you raised.
August 20, 2008
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Challis and Lexie,

All morning I have had the most difficult time reading the articles in the Tribune and Post Gazette about the loss of your son, John. Perhaps if I can keep the tears from my eyes long enough I will be able to pass on these few words of condolences that I would have preferred to say in person. However, you have enought to worry about at this time without seeing me becoming so emotional about the loss, of Gods'angel, John.

Over these last several months, my wife and I have admired, as so many others have as well, the remarkable courage and positive attitude John displayed. This morning my wife and I heard on the Stan and Guy radio show, a remark she said many times in describing John, while they were interviewing Mike White, and he called John, "a messenger." My wife and I believe he was an angel sent to awaken many and turn people towards God as John had alluded to on numerous occasions.

For someone who has never lost a child, we are left with only our imagination of your grief. We did not have the privilege of talking to John and getting to know him on a personal basis as others have and will be able to cling to for years to come. Nevertheless, we did get to know him somewhat through television, radio and the many articles in the papers. He touched us all, and we are better for it.

Our prayers are with you.
August 20, 2008
Another beautiful heart taken from this earth by cancer. It saddens me to the core.

God Bless the Challis family during this time.
August 20, 2008
I heard your story on ESPN and cried when they announced you left us. Your courage, strength, positive outlook on life to live it to it's fullest should be a billboard in every state. I lost my mother in June to a rare cancer. I cherish every moment I was able to spend with her and make her laugh. She had said she lived a good life, she was not in pain, and at one point told me she wanted a little more time with me before she left. She did have that time.

As she lay there in her apartment before passing, she opened her eyes wide, had this huge smile and passed. I knew she had started her new journey with my dad and from that smile I knew she was happy.

As your journey takes you to a new place, always remember, you John, touched so many lives and inspired so many. Your life made people stop just for a moment and think about life, themselves, family. What an accomplishment. You truly will missed by all fans of YOU.
August 20, 2008
MASTER CHALLIS IS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL, MAY THE FAMILY FIND COMFORT IN THE GOOD MEMORIES OF THIS YOUNG MAN'S LIFE/SPIRIT. IN ALL SINCERITY.
August 20, 2008
Mr. & Mrs. Challis I commend you both on raising such an OUTSTANDING child. What bravery from a young man. My mother was recently diagnois w/ lung cancer and I hope she takes your son's message to heart and doesn't give up during the long battle ahead of her.
John is at contentment now. God Bless to your family.
August 20, 2008
God Bless John and his family. He had such wisdom at such a tender age. May he truly rest in peace.
August 20, 2008
I have followed the story on John's courages fight with cancer, and after reading the article today that John has passed on, it brought tears to my eyes, and it brings everything into perspective...Because of John, I will cherish every breathe I take and try to be a better person...May GOD bless John and all of us....RIP
August 20, 2008
John is truly a hero in his 18 young years. He has given us all a lesson in life's journey and I thank him for what he has taught me and my family. God Bless his soul and his family for raising such a fine and outstanding youg man. God Speed John until we see you on the other side.
August 20, 2008
Scott, Gina, Lexie: My heart is hurting for you. You have been on my mind every day since I found out about John. How wonderful that John can now see God face to face and be in His presence.
John will be there just like he said beside you every day. I will continue to say the Chaplet of Mercy for you every day and I hope you feel God's mercy and love. In all my hours of despair I always knew God was there for me. I will always be there for you too morning, noon and night. I love you guys very much! Friends are forever!!! John was such an inspiration to me and my family. He will never be forgotten. He is etched on our hearts.

Love,

Rosanne, Mike and Taylor
August 20, 2008
August 20, 2008
My heart goes out to you all, and god Bless.
August 20, 2008
God’s Lent Child.

“I’ll lend you for a little while
A child of mine” God said –
For you to love the while he lives
and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years
or forty two or three
but will you, till I call him back,
take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
and, should his stay be brief,
you’ll have his nicest memories
as solace for his grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
since all from earth return
but, there are lessons taught below,
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over,
in my search for teachers true,
and from the things that crowd life’s lane
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love,
nor think the labour vain,
nor hate me when I come to take
this lent child back again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done”
for all the joys thy child will bring
the risk of grief will run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
we’ll love him while we may,
and for the happiness we’ve known
forever grateful stay.
But, should thy Angels call for him
much sooner than we planned,
we’ll brave the grief that comes
and try to understand.

God gave you a beautiful baby and you raised him to be a wonderful young man. His story touched so many of us, thank you for sharing him with us. His spirit will live on in all of us.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family:

You have my deepest sympathy. I watched the ESPN piece about John and it was very inspiring. God blessed you with John and he will always be with you in spirit. I encourage you to continue to keep your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and NEVER give up as John's message hammered home (Read Proverbs 3:5-6). I know you realize how special he was not just to you but to so many across the country. God was truely using John to do work for the kingdom of God.

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown
August 20, 2008
John is an inspiration! He won't be forgoten by those he touched!
August 20, 2008
John was a hero and an inspiration. he somehow crammed 100 years of wisdom into an 18 year old journey. he will be deeply missed, yet always remembered.
August 20, 2008
What an outstanding young man. God Bless you John.
August 20, 2008
HERO!
August 20, 2008
John has inspired many people, including myself. He has offered hope to many, shown us all how to have a love for life, and has encouraged us to never give up. He will always be remembered and cherished for his courage, words, and his endearing smile.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

May the comfort of the Lord give you peace during one of the most difficult times of your lives. You should be so proud of the wonderful young man you have raised and what he has accomplished in his short life. John's life will be kept alive with all the memories everyone will have to share.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
August 20, 2008
May your hearts forever be comforted knowing that your beautiful son is at peace with God in a better place.

God Bless,
A Loving Mother
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family-

I first heard about John's story a few months ago and was very touched and inspired. I'm a father of two (2 and 5) and times can be a little hectic so whenever I need a lift, I turn to John's story. Being a Pittsburgh fan from the other side of PA, I visit the post-gazette site daily and was very saddened to read about John's passing. I will always remember John as a strong person with a positive attitude not matter what life deals you and his phrase "Life ain't about how many breaths you take, It's what you do with those breaths." I believe hearing and reading about John will help inspire me to become a better person, father and husband. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless...
August 20, 2008
Scott, Gina, & Lexie,

Please accept our most sincere condolences -- John was an amzing young man and an inspiration to both young & old. Please know that you are in our thoguhts & prayers at this most difficult time.
August 20, 2008
God Bless John and the Challis Family and Dear Friends..
John is your angel now and he will never be forgotten..
With Deepest Sympathy, and Prayers
The Mitchell Family
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis family,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your son. I can't imagine what you're going through. I hope that favorite memories will help sustain you. John's story is very touching and inspiring, as evidenced by the support offered from around the country here, and I hope that brings you comfort as well.
August 20, 2008
I just read about the passing of your beautiful son today. I am a Pittsburgh native who saw John's story on ESPN. I was so touched by his courage. I have three beautiful children of my own and I cannot imagine my life without them. I will pray for your family. Just know that he is in heaven and will be your special angel. God Bless.
August 20, 2008
What a wonderful inspirational person.
He's in better hands now.
August 20, 2008
To the entire Challis Family:

Although I didn't know your family especially your son he will be in my thoughts and prayers. As the weeks and days pass may you find comfort in all he has done and acomplished in his 18 years of life.
August 20, 2008
John did so much while he was alive, I hope no one ever forgets that and keeps his message in their hearts
"Live life to the best you can every day and be positive."
August 20, 2008
Our hearts are broken. Many hearts are broken. This young man spoke honest words. We should all learn a great lesson from John. Be kind to others. May his family find solace in the fact that their John was respected by all and loved! God Bless you all!
August 20, 2008
His story brought tears to my eyes. I wish I had known this wonderful young man. May God bless him and his family.
August 20, 2008
God needs all of us to be His hands and feet ... John did his job. God does not force us but He loves us. Entries from all over the world ... just one day at a time - lets be like John and help God reach people for His glory.
John- you did good kid.
August 20, 2008
To Johns family: May God be with you in the days to come. John will always be with you in your hearts and mind. Always talk to him and he will answer you back in some way. Trust in the Lord.
August 20, 2008
R.I.P John, you'll not be forgotten
August 20, 2008
Our children, the greatest gift God gives us, are only here on loan, ultimately they are Gods'. Having lost a child to cancer I know your pain and mourn for your loss. Try to remember no one is ever gone so long as someone remembers them. His spirit will live on in all those whose lives he touched.
August 20, 2008
I have a little sticky note on my desk with a quote from John, "Life ain't about how many breaths you take. It's what you do with those breaths." The note fell down Tuesday afternoon...and I thought of John and somehow knew his battle was about over. I was saddened to hear later that he had indeed left us here. But, I will keep this quote and I hope to use the breaths I have left to make some sort of impact in this world. John was an extraordinary young man and an inspiration to me and others I know. May God bless and strengthen you at this time.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family,
The story of your courageous son really touched my life. I had a brother who passed away at 19 from cancer and reading the stories of John, it reminded me so much of my brother. I hope that God grants you peace, happy memories and quiet comforts knowing the impacts John had on many.
August 20, 2008
GOD BLESS THIS FINE YOUNG MAN AND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
August 20, 2008
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. And for a brief moment it's beauty and glory belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so blessed to have seen it.
"Have fun, John, it's the reason we play ball"
August 20, 2008
John you are in God's hands now and be assured that your message will never be forgotten. Your foundation will live on for generations to come. May your family find peace in knowing you are now home and will see them again.
August 20, 2008
We my have never met but your son's story touched me.
My prayers are with you and your family that God will lay his hands on you during this time.
He will be loved missed but not forgotten to to all that loved him
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family,
John has been a inspiration to so many people. He truly was a courageous young man, and lived his lfe to the fullest. I know that today John is with God in Heaven, as God had needed him on his team. My heart and prayers go out to the entire family and friends. May God comfort you and guide you through this sad time.
Michael Kovalchik (Harrrisville, Pa)
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family:

I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. He was such an inspiration to all. Such a mature fine young man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

What a blessing to have John as your son, my heart breaks for you at this time of loss, be rest asure John is with Jesus and his love is shinning down on you. John made me want to be a better person and to reach out and help others, thank you for sharing his story.
August 20, 2008
Please accept our deepest condolenses in the loss of your son, John. What an inspiring person he is, and a wonderful example for others who are fighting a terminal illness. Please find comfort in remembering God's promise in the Bible, that one day soon He will bring the dead back to life here on earth in paradise conditions. Soon God will bring an end to all things that cause us so much pain and suffering, like sickness (cancer), and death. God gave life to John once, He has the ability and the desire to do it again. I hope this brings some comfort today, and hope for tomorrow. Jehovah is the Provider of life.
Rev 21:3,4 Dan 2:44
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family today.
August 20, 2008
yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is yet a vision, but today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope
August 20, 2008
I saw Johns story on ESPN a few months ago and was so proud to see a young man with so much love for his family and so much courage. I watched my grandmother go through what John went through and I know how hard it was on her. Take pride in knowing that your son touched so many people before his body gave out. I am a Christian and I believe that he is no longer hurting and that his new body is complete. My prayers are with you and your family.
August 20, 2008
John,

I did not know you, but you touched my heart after reading your story. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. God Bless You!
August 20, 2008
He was a very brave kid. RIP
August 20, 2008
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
August 20, 2008
What an example of courage and faith.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family:
Our deepest sympathies are with you all. John has deeply touched our lives. Since we learned of his story, our prayers were with him and you all daily. You raised an extrodinary young man who will live forever in our lives. We have put John's quotes in our truck, on computer screens and at my office. John's foundation will be my charity of choice and Iwill donate yearly to it. May God Bless all of you. I know that our lives have been Blessed by our Lord and by John.
August 20, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
August 20, 2008
May god bless you and your family.
August 20, 2008
For the Challis Family,
I wish that I had known John. He touched so many lives and meant so much to so many. Thank you for sharing him with us. It was such an unselfish gesture. You have my deepest sympathy.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family,

We have been blessed to have known John even if only through T.V or newspaper articles. I truely feel that he will continue to inspired people all over the US.

For all those that were inspired, I hope you take the time to remember that there are others out there that John was trying to touch, go out to his foundation website and donate, lets continue John's dream to help others who are battling a serious illness.

www.courageforlifefoundation.org

May the Lord bless all those who are battling with cancer or any other life threatening disease.

The Lord has blessed us all with John.

My heart goes out to Johns friends and family, his Mom and Dad and especially John's little sister. Lexie may you grow up knowing that John knew he had the best little sister ever.

I would like to Thank the Challis family for sharing John with all of us, and for letting us be a part of all of your lives.

God Bless!
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family,

I think God sends Angels down like your John to guide us for a short time so that we can truly remember what life is all about and to also remind us to make each second count. John sure did. God Bless You for giving birth to such a wonderful boy who has inspired multitudes of people in his short life. John needs no blessings, he was one.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family, I send my deepest thoughts to you. I have watched John on FSN and the way he touched people. I think he was honorable and a true real person. I hope the Pirates and any other team in all sports will honor what he said. It's all just fun. My prayers are with your family.
August 20, 2008
I prayed each and every day for a miracle to happen, but God had other plans.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis family,

I am deeply sorry about what happened to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. John was one of the nicest guys I've ever met. God bless you.

Chandler Klein
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis',
My heart sunk at the news yesterday of John's moving on. He touched so many in a short period of time that he must be an angel. May god bless you as you move forward and please know that we are thinking of you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.
August 20, 2008
Your son was an inspiration to all who have or are battling cancer. His positive outlook on life was amazing to someone so young. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing yesterday and quickly brought tears to my eyes for someone I don't even know. God is surely with him now and He will be with you all as you prepare for your own journey.
God Bless you John for all you have done and accomplished in your short life. A true Hero you are.
August 20, 2008
Gina, Scott and Lexie,

There are no words to express our sorrow at John's passing. Know that you are, as you have been since day one of this struggle, in our thoughts and prayers. May God, in time, give you a measure of comfort and peace. You, as a family, gave John the support and love he needed every day to continue his battle. God be with all of you.

Love, Chuck, Mary Beth, Meredith and Chandler
August 20, 2008
RIP John...your story is an inspiration to everyone.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family,

Although I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your son, I would also like to thank you and commend you for raising such an amazing person. John's courage, grace, and perspective are inspiring lessons for us all. I will make sure that my young children learn John Challis's story and live his message. God Bless You.
August 20, 2008
I am very sorry for the loss of John. I saw him on TV and admired his courage and attitude.
August 20, 2008
Mr. & Mrs. Chalis -
Thank you for allowing others to witness your son's courage. John was truly an inspiration to so many who now share in your sorrow. I cannot even imagine your pain but hope you find comfort in the fact that he is now at peace and will remain in the hearts of so many. Peace be with you and your family.
August 20, 2008
To the family of John Challis,
Although we don't know you, our thoughts and prayer are with you during such a difficult time. We were truly touched by John's strength, character, wisdom and courage for a young man. May he be a symbol to all that count their days in blessings not years. What a trooper. You should be so proud of him.
August 20, 2008
To John,
I thank God for you John, that he found it in his heart to share one of his Angels with us. The time may have seemed short, but just like Jesus, you spread the message the Lord had given you, and now he's taken you back home to once again be at his side. We were all blessed to have had you in our life.Rest in Peace John.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family, I am sorry for your loss. What an inspiration John was and will continue to be to us all. He taught us what is truly important in life. Jessica
August 20, 2008
To the Family and friends of John,
John's story touched many people around this area and throughout the country. His words and legacy will never be forgotten. He delivered a great message that everyone should follow. My sympathy goes to the family and friends of this wonderful and courageous young man.
August 20, 2008
What a remarkable young man we have lost. But the positive impact of the way he lived his life will go on an on. What a blessing he was to all.

My deepest sympathy to his family.

Eternal rest give to him, O Lord. And may perpetual light shine on him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
August 20, 2008
Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, but please take comfort in knowing how many lives John touched in just 18 years... and that list continues to grow by the day.
August 20, 2008
I never meet John but was inspired by his words and feel he is a true role model. I am sure he will now move on to do his work with God. May God watch over the family and many friends who he had to leave behind and use his strength to get through this difficult time.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family,
I shed tears when I heard the news of John's passing, his inspirational words touched my heart and made me realize life is too short to let the little things get to me. He is truly a messenger of God. We are blessed to have had him on this earth.God be with you today and always,may John's memory live forever.
August 20, 2008
ChallisFamilyYou're son was an inspiration to so many people all over the world.I Have been following his story through the media.You and your family have my deepest sympathy.May John rest in peace now.
August 20, 2008
To John's Family and Friends,

I saw John's story on ESPN and it moved me. He is an inspiration to all and his moto will live on within me. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that John's live has touched.
August 20, 2008
If mankind had your capacity for love, if we had your courage to smile, if we could appreciate the gift of life which you cherished; the world would be a better place. Rest little soldier before you start your new journey. "Courage + believe = life".
August 20, 2008
To the family and friends of John,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all, as well as with John. God Bless you all.
August 20, 2008
I was touched by this young man's attitude and courage. I am very sorry for your loss.
August 20, 2008
John, you were a "Real Trooper". Few people have the courage you had and you inspired so many of us. God be with you!
August 20, 2008
Challis Family,

Your son/brother took on a fight that was so tough and took it head on. He was an inspiration to everyone that heard about him. He was to my wife and I and we never met him before. He will forever be watching down on you.

RIP John
August 20, 2008
When God sends Angels such as John to remind us how precious and wonderful life really is when we seem to be losing sight of that, it is a true blessing. We mourn with you, we pray for you, we thank you for bringing such a wonder into this world. May God continue to bless your family as he holds you close.
August 20, 2008
I have been following John's story about his courage and outlook on life during his illness. Words cannot express what I learned from this young man. He was truly, truly an uplifting person who showed you how not to be selfish and to enjoy life to the upmost. God called John home and now he has another job in heaven ---- as an Angel.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family:

Our deepest sympathy and promise of prayers as you mourn John’s death. We pray that the richness of the memories you shared is now a source of comfort and strength. His courage inspired so many. Thanks for sharing John with all of us. May the stars shine brighter in the sky now that John is one of them. God bless all of you.
August 20, 2008
God Bless you all. What an inspirational young man. I am saddened, but find strength in his courage, and strong will. He will be missed.
August 20, 2008
John,

You were an inspiration for all people. May god bless you and your family.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family;

I'm having trouble writing this as I can't find the words to express what a truly special young man John was. Thank you for sharing your son with us. Through his faith and honesty, he has inspired me and this entire country. He has taught me to thank God for all of our blessings. Please know that John is still with you. Look for his signs. He'll let you know. I believe that God's love for us is so great that we are never truly seperated. But John is now pure and we are with sin - this is why we can not see him with us. But he is here.

To John - May God Bless your soul. You were an angel on earth and are now an angel in God's Heaven.
August 20, 2008
God bless you John. You were an inspriration to everyone who heard you. May you have a great seat in heaven for whatever game you wish to see, and a body that lets you play every inning and down.

To your parents, thank you for raising such a fine young man. I feel for your loss, as does everyone.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family:

John is an amazing young man. I purposely did not use past tense because he will live on in every persons life that he was able to touch. Many of those people neither he or your family have met. I know you will have moments of tears and sorrow, and that is okay. When that happens think of all the good things he has done and all the better things he has done for others. I recently lost my father but seeing John on TV when my father was lying in bed paralyzed from a stroke that a few days later took his life, gave me the COURAGE to get through it. I am sure John's courage and belief will help you all get through it as well. John may you rest in peace.
August 20, 2008
John lived a fuller life than many of us can imagine because he was braver than most of us will ever need to be.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

I did not know John, but I can remember the many stories on the news and John being featured with the Steelers. I could only hope to be as brave in the face of illness as he was. He was so well spoken...way beyond his years. He was truly an inspiration and you should be so proud. He did much more in his short life than most of us will ever do. May God bless you and help you through this tough time. John is now your angel.

Linda Malsch
August 20, 2008
May the Lord hold you, John, in the palm of His hands -- Rest in Peace
August 20, 2008
May god bless you and give you the strength to carry on in life.
August 20, 2008
This young man was amazing - even though he knew how the story was going to end, he courageously fought on, never looking for pity or sympathy. He positively influenced many people (this 40-year-old man included!) along the way with his words, his actions, and most importantly, his attitude. Godspeed, John, we'll see you again soon, young man.
August 20, 2008
I was very moved by the courage of
your son. He truly impacted ALL those he came in contact with.
August 20, 2008
Though I never met John, I am so sad today to hear of his death. He was a very brave young man and an inspiration to alot of people. I will remember John in my prayers and pray that God gives you the strength to move forward.
August 20, 2008
I was deeply saddened by the news of your sons passing and I offer these words of comfort.
O meriful Father, whose face the angels of thy little ones do always behold in heaven; Grant us stedfastly to believe that this thy child hath been taken into the safe keeping of thine eternal love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In sure and certain hope of the Ressurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commit the body of John to the ground. The Lord bless him and keep him. the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious unto him, the Lord lift up his countenance upon him and give him peace, both now and evermore.
August 20, 2008
What an inspirational young man. The world is a much greater place from having John here for even such a short time. Now he has bigger and more important things to accomplish.
God bless John and his family for sharing all of the good works.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis family,
What an awesome young man you had the privilege to share your life with. Although his time was short I know he has left so many happy memories with so many people. He will never be forgotten.

May all the words of comfort you receive ease the loss of this wonderful young man.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
August 20, 2008
Challis Family;

We miss your son and we only knew him through the news reports. What a strong young man. His courage will be remembered by all.

May god bless you all.
August 20, 2008
Godspeed to a young man who taught us much in such a short time.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

My heartfelt sympathy; God grant all of you much strength to bear the loss of your "amazing John", gracefully.

God Bless, and may your beloved John smile down upon you; granting you so many fond memories of him...until you meet again.

Blessings of Faith to carry you as it did your dear John.

A Mom/Grandmom
August 20, 2008
John inspired thousands of people with his message. As a teacher, I will continue to spread John's message to my students. Thank you John, and may God continue to bless the Challis family
August 20, 2008
Challis Family,

My prayers are with you during this time of struggle. Your son was wise beyond his years. Why can't we all see how simple it is as John did? He is at peace now. May you, too, find that peace in your lives.
August 20, 2008
I will remeber you all at the Mass I celebrate on Saturday.
May the God of all consolation bless you.
August 20, 2008
I am truly sorry for your loss. To have raised such a great young man you must be an amazing family.

His ability to show the positive aspects of sports, even in his toughest times, are an inspiration to all of us who love sports.

Hopefully remembering John's courage through his struggles will help you through yours.

His family and friends will be in my thoughts.
August 20, 2008
John's story will always be an inspiration to so many who struggle with cancer, especially children. His courage and strength will live on, and he is smiling on his family today.
God knew that the pain would be too much and called John to be home with Him. But he is still alive in the hearts of all who encountered his story and all who knew him. I never met your son, but I know he was an amazing young man.
He accomplished more in his very brief time than most do with multiple decades.
Hold on to the love that will surround you in the weeks and months ahead; it is John sending love and kisses to you all.
May God bless you.
August 20, 2008
I, as so many across this Country, have been touched by John's courage and his message. For a couple of months I have kept taped to my desk a copy of his picture that appeared in the paper. It was placed there for days I THOUGHT I was having a bad day. It will remain there as inspiration of a young man who passed way before he should have. He will always remain an inspiration to me; he was a special human being and a true Hero. As a parent of two young men, please accept my heart felt and deepest sympathy.
August 20, 2008
What a courgeous young man.
He has made me look at life differently.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
Rest in peace John
August 20, 2008
Challis Family,
Your son John has touched so many hearts and lives with his Courage + Believe = Life.
Thank you Challis Family for sharing your son John with the world. John will remain in our hearts always.
*Stay strong and allow GOD to guide you through this difficult time*.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family,

I never personally knew John but reading and watching the stories of his courageous battle over the last few months have shown what a truely remarkable young man he was. Take comfort in knowing the number of lives he affected in a positive way. The kid was a truely amazing young man.

God needed a special angel and called him from this earth but his memory will live on forever.

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 20, 2008
What a good young man God bless him and his family,
August 20, 2008
To John's family, That beautiful face, that unique presence, and awe inspiring spirit has now become such a special gift shared by all of us.
August 20, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
August 20, 2008
John was a pillar to all of us and showed us how we take for granted the little things in life like the joy that life can bring to us. John's message of living life every day one day at a time was an inspiration to us and we are all proud of him for that. Most importantly, I was touched by the way he lived. He lived each day to the fullest. I wish his family the very best in their time of healing and sorrow. I know that John is in heaven maybe catching ball with greats like Roberto Clemente or Willie Stargell, hey it is nice to dream..God Bless John
August 20, 2008
to the challis family,

your son has done great things for other people, and was very strong. His message has touched me and many others in this world. He lived a great life and im glad i was around to hear his message. He was a great man. Pittsburgh will miss John. Courage + believe = life.
August 20, 2008
Although I was never blessed with the opportunity to meet John, I followed his quest of living life to the fullest with admiration (and tears). I'll remember John and his faith and courage always. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
August 20, 2008
My sincerest sympathies and prayers go out to the family. Losing a child is every parents worst fear, I'm sure it will leave a hole in your heart that can only be filled with the memory of a wonderful son who wqs loved and loved you.
August 20, 2008
My deepest sympathy to all. What a special kid and how grateful we are to have John lead us and put us on the right path in life. God Bless.
August 20, 2008
John you gave me so much hope as I found out about you while I was deployed to Afghanistan. There is no doubt that you are now smiling in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are now with your family in Freedom. Thank you.
August 20, 2008
Remarkable. I am putting the PPG article up in my classroom as we speak. I hope it serves as an example for all on how to handle tragedy with courage and grace. John represents all that any human being should hope to be. May God shine upon him and his family.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis. What a fine young man you have raised. I recently lost my Father to lung,kidney and liver cancer. What an inspiration John was to listen to after the passing of my father. He surely lifted my spirit.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis family: I am very sorry and extend my deepest sympathies. I have no words of comfort...but want you to know your son's life has touched mine and I hope I am never the same. John has inspired me to live life to the fullest. I am praying that you will sense God's peace and comfort during this most difficult time.
August 20, 2008
Some stories will say that John lost his battle with cancer....but John is a winner in every sense of the word. I didn't get to meet John in this life, but I'm looking forward to playing ball with him in the life to come. All of his family and friends are in my prayers.
August 20, 2008
What a wonderful and inspiring young man your son was, you must be so proud! My prayers are with John and your family.
August 20, 2008
John Challis=An Angel sent from God!
We moved to NC two months ago and my 9 year old son just asked three days ago about John. Although we never met you John your courage and strength has touched our lives. May the Challis family find comfort in knowing they raised a wonderful human being.
August 20, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathy. Your son has been such an inspiration to me. I have been following him for the last few months. What an absolute hero he is. As a mother I can only imagine your pain. May God continue to bless your family.
August 20, 2008
Nothing said right now can comfort you more than the love of Christ. It is only Him that will get you through this very difficult time. Lean on Him, because He loves you. May God Bless You all!
August 20, 2008
Your courageous young man inspired the world. May God's grace be with you in your grief.
August 20, 2008
John was an amazing young man and will be greatly missed by those who knew him and even those of us who didn't. Prayers and blessing to John, his family, and all who loved him.
August 20, 2008
My sympathies to the family, didn't know the young man at all but what an inspiration he was and always will be to many people. I guess he can say during the past several months he was delivering "his last lecture". Thank you for sharing him with all of us
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family:

John developed more courage, and had a better perspective on life, in his 18 short years than many of us two and three times his age.

In the midst of your grief, please take time often to be proud that you raised such a fine young man. We are all better people for what John had to teach us.
August 20, 2008
I'm very sadden to hear about John and I wish the Challis family the very best. John was special.
August 20, 2008
John has touched our lives even here in Virginia. God has blessed you with an exceptional son and now he is with HIM to watch over your family as an angel . Thank you for allowing John to be a part of our lives, May God Bless you and keep you safe.
August 20, 2008
SORRY 2 HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF JOHN I WATCHED HIM ON TV HE WAS A GOOD INSPIRATION
August 20, 2008
What a great story John was. I didn't know but but only through what I saw in the media. Very touching.
August 20, 2008
TO THE ENTIRE CHALLIS FAMILY,
WE WERE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF JOHN'S PASSING, OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. THOUGH I'M SURE YOU ARE ALL EXTREMELY SAD, KEEP IN MIND JOHN IS NOW IN A BETTER PLACE. NO MORE PAIN OR SUFFERING, JUST SMILES, LOOKING DOWN UPON US. THOUGH WE DID NOT KNOW JOHN, TAKE SOLACE IN THE FACT THAT HIS LIFE EFFECTED MANY, EVEN COMPLETE STRANGERS!!! YOU ARE ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS & IN OUR PRAYERS.
August 20, 2008
Challis Family,

I have followed John's amazing story on-line,. it goes without saying that you must be extremely proud of John's courage through the hardest struggle in anyones short life. He has and will continue to inspire people to be better than they think they can be.
August 20, 2008
Never before has someones words touched my heart and soul so much. I am truly sorry for your loss. You must feel so blessed to have shared your life with such a beautiful young man. Thank you for sharing him with us.
August 20, 2008
God bless john. He is a hero to all ages. god bless the family.
August 20, 2008
TO THE CHALLIS FAMILY
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU - THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS WHAT AN INSPIRATION JOHN WAS TO OTHER PEOPLE - HE SHOWED MANY PEOPLE THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND NEVER TAKE LIFE OR PEOPLE FOR GRANTED -- APRRECIATE THE TIME YOU HAVE WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE
August 20, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
August 20, 2008
john has touched us out here in hawaii as well. mahalo for the inspiration you have given so many. i hope to instill the internal fortitude john had into my own children.
August 20, 2008
Can you imagine the strength it takes to confront your own mortality at such a young age. John faced his death with more strength and courage than anyone else would have. God bless you John. I will think about you often.
August 20, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Challis Family. John has been such an inspiration to me. His courage, strength, and remarkable outlook on life will always stick with me and push me along. We have lost a truly incredible young man, but his great message shall forever live on.
August 20, 2008
To the family:
How proud you must be what a jewel now a star in heaven

To the friends:
How blessed you are to have known him and be guided by his courage.

To all that heard his message of courage:

Don't forget his message. Live your life to the fullest, and love one another.
August 20, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008
http://www.ruthann1.com

August 20, 2008
This young man was an amazingly inspirational person.. I have followed this story since I came across the article in the Post Gazette. I am from Pittsburgh and have passed his story along to those I know here in Atlanta now.

His heart and inspiration should be taken as inspiration to those who don't realize how far tomorrow may be to many.

My deepest condolences to the Challis family. In a time when it is only bad you here about in the media, his story will stay with me for a long time with his undeniable spirit in a time of dispear.
August 20, 2008
I WAS TOUCHED BY JOHN'S
COURAGE,STRENGTH,POSITIVE
ATTITUDE, HIS GOODNESS, AND
HIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE. HE HAD TO
HAVE A WONDERFUL FAMILY TO BE
SO MATURE AND GROUNDED.
SO MANY COMPLAIN ABOUT NOTHING. HE HAD EVERYTHING TO
COMPLAIN ABOUT AND DID NOT.
HIS STAR SHINES IN HEAVEN TODAY,
TOMORROW, AND FOREVER. I AM
THANKFUL TO HAVE SHARED HIS
THOUGHTS. THE THOUGHT OF JOHN
WILL FOREVER WARM MY HEART THO
I DID NOT ACTUALLY MEET HIM.
August 20, 2008
Challis Family:
What a very courageous and determined young man. You can be very, very proud of him. He has inspired many.
August 20, 2008
Now there's a guy who knew how to live! My warmest sincerity is passed to the Challis Family.
August 20, 2008
May God comfort the John Challis family. I was so inspired by his story and how he lived his life through so much adversity, makes you realize that life is precious and no matter what obstacle lies in front of you there's still something to be thankful for and to live for. Your son touch so many lives in a positive way, and we thank him for that. My prayers are with you at this time, and may God grant you strength and peace.
August 20, 2008
John's message was wise beyond his years.My tears are for your loss and ours.What a wonderful young man he was, an inspiration to all.Truly amazing.
August 20, 2008
I never met John before, but he is an inspiration to us all.
August 20, 2008
Dear Challis Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathies. From what I read about your son, he had a beautiful heart. You must be so very proud of him knowing that he touched and inspired so many people, including your own. May you have the strength to get through these next few days and months ahead. You will be in my prayers.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis Family...
John was a true hero. For passing so young, he had wisdom for the ages.
His love and courage is a testament to life itself.
We know that he has gone to Heaven and has touched the face of God. Rest assured, we will all see him again someday. His spirit lives in you and with all of us forever.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL...
August 20, 2008
God bless you buddy. You were more than I'll ever be.
August 20, 2008
Though I never met your son i followed the story and to see him show such courage and strength in the midst of struggle was inspirational and I pray the Good Lord sprinkles us with just a little bit of what your son exuded so we all can be a light like your baby.
August 20, 2008
An incredible human being. You will be missed John.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family
John has completed his journey here on earth, now his Heavenly father is waiting with open arms. Welcome home thy good and faithful servant. You are now free from pain and suffering and will bask in the glory of the Lord. Mom, Dad, and family- tears are going to come as they have for the past 2 years, but rest assured that John is watching down and telling you that he is alright, he is accomplishing all the things that the cancer robbed him of doing. Remember him for the good and the bad won't be so bad. God Bless you all. John is and always will be a wonderful young man, an unselfish young man with a huge heart.
August 20, 2008
To the Challis family:

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort you and bring peace to your hearts.

The world is a better place because John was in it for 18 short years - and now heaven will be blessed by his company *forever*.
August 20, 2008
My condolences to the family and friends of John. May his soul rest in peace.
August 19, 2008
I was touched by John's story and never in my life witnessed someone so inspirational. I heard John speak at a baseball game once and in that short amount of time he gave me a whole different look on life. I believe that God puts angels on this earth and that he was truely one of them. To his family and friends- stay strong and know that he is in a better place. John inspired me greatly and I pray he rests peacefully.
August 19, 2008
Rest in Peace young man...life is not fair but that never influenced your attitude or your outlook. They say there is a reason for everything, I don't know but I do know that you inspired alot of people that you never met. Your strength was amazing, you touched so many.
August 19, 2008
John,you have done so much for so many in your life.As you sit with god and smile upon us and now fully realize what you accomplished I thank you.
August 19, 2008
May this young man's legacy inspire others to live life to the fullest during the most difficult of times. God's arms are embracing John now...may you each feel His comfort in the days ahead.
August 19, 2008
May your family and loved one's pain be eased by how much you were able to accomplish and how many lives you touched in too short a time. You are truly a hero and you will continue to be an inspiration for others.
August 19, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Challis:

We just wanted to thank you for raising such a wonderful son in John. You must be so very proud of him and everything he accomplished. We never got to meet John but we took great interest in his endeavors and spreading the word about his positive outlook on life. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
August 19, 2008
My sympathy to the Challis family, John's memories will live on forever and may he rest in peace. God Bless
August 19, 2008
I read the Post Gazette each day on line and have followed your son's story. He was a very courageous person who did live life to the fullest. Know that you raised a great son who influenced a lot of people. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
August 19, 2008
God Bless you and your family. You touched so many lives, more than you know. You and your family are in my prayers, now and forever.
August 19, 2008
Wise beyond his years, with a simple straightforward eloquence, John will be missed. May God bless you and keep you.
August 19, 2008
I first saw John's story during the Pens playoff game on television. His strength and attitude he portrayed was amazing. I am deeply sorry for your loss of a great young man.
August 19, 2008
This very special young man, John Challis has shown all of us how to live and keep our dreams alive, how to be brave, so brave, courageous and full of love!

John you touched us all and taught us so many lifes lessons. We wish you eternal peace!

To the Challis family, you have our heartfelt sympathies in your loss. God Bless you all.
August 19, 2008
Your son represented the best of what it means to be a human being.
August 19, 2008
he will always be remembered and loved by all.sorry he had to go so soon,but god needs him with him.my prayers go out to you and your family.he was and is a great young man. watching him on t.v and seeing him get to play baseball brought tears to my eyes a dream come true for a special boy.thanks john for opening alot of peoples eyes.
August 19, 2008
I only got to know about you through the media, but everything I learned made me a better person. I hope your parents can take solace in the fact that you are now in a better place. As someone 3 times your age, you have made me better understand what life is all about.
August 19, 2008
Pittsburgh has lost someone special. Thoughts and prayers go out to friends and family.
August 19, 2008
What an incredible impact you've made John! It is up to the rest of us to pass your inspiration on. Count me in!
August 19, 2008
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
August 19, 2008
I didnt know John but saw and heard alot about him he was truly an inspiration he had this never ending spirit His Parents and family and friends have lost someone special but he will always live in your hearts and be a hero to all those you knew of him and know him personally
August 19, 2008
I've kept up on John's story from the very first interview on TV. I check the Post-Gazette's website every day for a new story, or inspirational message from John, and was truly saddened to learn of his passing today. He is a role model for everyone, and someone to definitely look up to for being so young. His words of wisdom and inspiration will be with me forever. To his family -- I am deeply sorry for your loss. He truly is an angel sent here to guide people in the right direction. He will be forever missed by everyone.
August 19, 2008
What an exceptional young man. A credit to his parents and family, as well as an inspiration to us all.
August 19, 2008
I've seen many news stories and have read articles online about John. Even though I am older than him, he has the maturity of someone beyond his years. I am so sad to hear of his passing, because he lived life to the fullest, never wasting a chance to create a memory. What an astonishing person he is. We think we have a bad day for something so simple, and even through the pain he always had a smile and a positive attitude. To the Challis family-- May God be with you through this hard time. Your son is the most amazing person I have ever seen. God blessed you with such an amazing son. I know simple words don't do much during such a sad time, but he touched people he didn't even know, and that's the true meaning of a Hero.
August 19, 2008
Sorry for your loss one thing I think your son reminded me that probably a lot of us forgot is that life is still worth living no matter what the hurdle is in front of you. That's something I will carry with me forever.
August 19, 2008
Thank You, John. You are a true angel. You inspred me and many others. You reminded us to grasp every moment and live it to the fullest. Deepest Sympathies to the Challis family and Thank You for sharing John with us.
August 19, 2008
As I sit here and ponder what I to say to a Family that just lost a son, brother, grandson, cousin, and friend. I never had the chance to meet him but just hearing what he had to say made it seem like I have known him my whole life. So I weep for you and with you today as I know many other people who was touch by John are doing the same. You truly raised a fine young man and human being..John will be missed but his message will be carried with me and others, so John will live on through us. God Bless!!
August 19, 2008
john showed so much dignity in the way he handled his situation that i am sure his memory will last with everyone who was touched by his story and his courage
August 19, 2008
Over the past few months I followed John through the paper and TV stories and was amazed at the courage and wisdom of this young man. I can't begin to tell you how sorry I was to hear the news this afternoon. God Bless you John and your family!
August 19, 2008
John was so wise beyond his years and managed to teach and inspire so many people in his short life. I did not know John personally, but his courage and inspiration really touched me. My condolences to the family. My you find peace in your wonderful memories of your son/brother. He was a true hero.
August 19, 2008
Challis Family, I wish nothing but the best to all of you.
August 19, 2008
John
God Almighty is waiting for you in heaven.You will always hold a special place in my heart.
August 19, 2008
Yours is a touching story of courage. Your memory will live on, and in it you will always be young.
I pray for those who love you, and will miss you forever.
August 19, 2008
May God Bless John and the Challis Family.

He truly was an exceptional man who touched many lives forever. We can all learn from him.
August 19, 2008
rest in peace my brother
August 19, 2008
I grew up in Pittsburgh and follow the Penguins and Steelers. We were lucky enough to be watching the Pens playoff game on Versus when they interviewed John. What an inspiring young man! He will be missed by many whose lives were touched by his inspiration. My condolences to the Challis family.
August 19, 2008
Challis Family,
Your son John was truly a blessing from God. Getting to know John through his stories, he has helped my family to keep in perspective what is important in life. John taught us to live for the day and make it count. This community may have lost a remarkable young man, but heaven has gained one wonderful angel. May you have peace knowing that John has changed many lives for the better. Our prayers are with you in the loss of your son/brother.
August 19, 2008
I graduated from Freedom years ago and became a teacher. I have spent my life trying to instill in my students what John Challis managed to do for them in one interview. What he did for my students will live on for generations through them. Courage + Believe = Life is about to be painted on my classroom wall so that my students will always remember to face life with dignity, honesty and most importantly a smile. My prayers are with the Challis Family.
August 19, 2008
From the first time I saw John's story on the news, he touched my heart. His courage, bravery, and positivity are great lessons for those who are struggling. His wise soul will truly live on within all of the people lucky to have known him. He is an amazingly strong being, and a true role model for any age. My thoughts and prayers are with John's family and friends. He was truly an angel sent from heaven.
August 19, 2008
John's message will serve as inspiration to me for the years to come.
August 19, 2008
Challis Family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. He is not gone he is just away. You have all your memories and each other, take care of yourselves. I know your pain as I too had a son taken at 18. He is at peace now and you to will find peace but keep in mind he is not in pain anymore. Take care of each other.
August 19, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
August 19, 2008
What an authentic, truly remarkable person. We were all lucky to know him, even if we didn't know him.
August 19, 2008
Thank you so much for reminding us of the positive things in life, and the importance of each day we are alive. What a credit to your family you have been. Rest ,with God , in peace.
August 19, 2008
I shared John's story with my students and they were touched by his courage and faith. We have lost an angel sent from God.
August 19, 2008
To the family of John Challis

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of John. I have been following the story on him after reading about him in the newspaper a couple of months back. He was such an inspiration to others whom he touched with his courage to face this devastating disease and to never back down from the challenges he faced. I would look daily in the newspaper for updates on him and prayed that every day I would see a miracle that somehow the disease went into remission. I was so sad tonight when I read that cancer had finally won, but not without a great battle. I never met John but after listening to the video's and reading more on him, I feel like I have known him for a long time. I will keep your family in my prayers.

May John rest in peace.
August 19, 2008
I HAVE READ THE ARTICLES ABOUT JOHN IN THE PGH POST GAZETTE ONLINE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. I WAS TRULY TOUCHED BY HIS BRAVERY AND HOW HE EMBRACED HIS ILLNESS AS A WAY TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE. GOD BLESS YOU, JOHN CHALLIS FOR MAKING OUR WORLD A BRIGHTER PLACE - YOU TOUCHED A LOT OF PEOPLE ON YOUR JOURNEY - NOW YOU CAN REST IN JESUS' ARMS FOREVER WITH NO PAIN OR SADNESS. KEEPING YOU CLOSE IN THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ALWAYS. YOU DEFINATELY LEFT A FOOTPRINT IN MY HEART
August 19, 2008
The Rose family (Dad Andy is originally from Greensburg) wishes John eternal peace and the Challis family comfort in this difficult time. John may have been only 18, but he lived and inspired others a hundred years worth!
August 19, 2008
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. John was one of my heroes and I never met the kid. He always seemed to keep a positive perspective abput everything. This year I am going to pull for Freedom High School in Memory of John.
August 19, 2008
To John's family, Having relatives in Pittsburgh,I read the Post- Gazette on line so I have been following John's illness.I am an avid Pirate fan and listen to the games on XM radio and heard John on the radio when he visited the broadcasters for an interview..He is an inspiration to all..What a brave young man he was..Be proud of him and keep your memories alive.It will help ease the pain you are going through..My deepest sympathy to you all..
Sincerely,Karen Burroughs
August 19, 2008
Though I never met John, I read and saw his inspirational story in the news media. John was wise beyond his young years and he has touched so many. He will continue to touch others through his foundation.

I was truly inspired by his courage and strength in the face of his disease.

May he rest in peace.
August 19, 2008
I never met your wonderful son John, but reading his stories these past few months has made me realize that lifes little bumps are so small compared to what John went thru, and went thru with such grace and dignity and that the big picture is what we should look at. I thank John for helping me realize life is to be enjoyed. He has left such a legacy behind that will bring his friends and family such comfort and honor. To his parents, sister and all family and friends you have my greatest sympathy and also admiration. You should be so proud of what a great young man you raised. As a parent of a child with serious health issues I can only begin to understand what you have went thru, but take comfort in knowing John will always be looking out for you and his memories will always be with you to warm your hearts in your darkest hours.
God Bless you and keep you in his loving arms
Susan Kamppi
August 19, 2008
COURAGE + BELIEVE = LIFE
WORDS TO LIVE BY.....
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE CHALLIS FAMILY, TAKE COMFORT IN THE FACT THAT YOUR SON MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD HE WAS AN INSPIRATION AND A TRUE FIGHTER. HE IS NOW AT PEACE

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
August 19, 2008
John,

Thank you for being the Angel who touched our little corner of Beaver County, our homes, our workplaces and our lives. Although we never met in person, I prayed for you many times and your story brought a tear to the eyes of a grown man. You will be missed...please smile down upon us and this area as you sit next to God...
August 19, 2008
God Bless you , your family our in prayers,you truly are one of Gods angels
August 19, 2008
God bless your family. Know that Johns unwavering positive attitude through this unimaginable ordeal has inspired countless numbers of children as well as adults both suffering from cancer and not. John has earned his place in Heaven. You are all in my families prayers
August 19, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
August 19, 2008
May God Bless you. We admired John's courage.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family;
I've printed out various articles that have come out about John and his message since I heard about the news. I just leave the articles in various places in my house so that anyone, at anytime, can pick them up and be inspired about life.
Regardless of the struggles of any of our lives, John passed along the ultimate message.
RIP John, you are being fit for your wings.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family:
What a wonderful son you have raised. He like Randy Pausch, gave so much to others. May he rest in peace.
August 19, 2008
My sympathies to the Challis family and friends. Your son has given all of us a role model to follow in appreciating our given time on earth. God bless you all. And grant eternal rest to John.
August 19, 2008
If you looked up Courage up in a Thesarus you should see a picture of John Challis with the caption "Courage Exemplfied!". John's words of wisdom and his always ready smile has changed many people's views on life. I know he changed mine. John made me see that life isn't about waiting out the storms, but instead about learning to dance in the rain. Tomorrow isn't promised for any of us, we simply have to have the Courge + Believe to = LIFE Thanks John! I will never forget your message.

For John's family, I know he has truly made you proud -- my prayers are with you.
August 19, 2008
My deepest sympathies on the passing of John. Seeing and hearing his story and the brave battle he fought touched me very deeply. May he rest in eternal peace in heaven. Godspeed John.
August 19, 2008
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis Family
Please accept my deepest and sincere sympathy for the loss of an AMAZING young man. God put John on earth for a reason; the reason being so us adults could learn from him. I know I did.
When I got home from work tonight and heard the news on Sports Center, I broke down in tears. I am 47 years old and your son is still and will alway be my hero and my inspiration. I will always remember and never forget that COURAGE + BELIEVE = LIFE.
John, your work is done my friend and may you now rest in peace. God Bless.
August 19, 2008
We were so impressed by John's courage under such dire conditions as he lived. He was truly touched by God and given a blessing that few of us will ever feel. His brave reaction to his circumstances was extremely touching to our hearts. Our own grandson had cancer when he was 8-years old in 2001. He exhibited the same courage as John did. Our grandson survived and for this we are forever thankful to the good doctors and God. May God bless you all and grant you peace for John is with Him and comforted by the angels.
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I never met John, his courage and inspiration was amazing. He took what life handed him and instead of complaining about it, he learned from it and used it to teach and help others. It really makes me think twice about the things I complain about...it's not so bad after all. A true Angel. God Bless You.
August 19, 2008
My husband and I are so sorry for your loss.
John was an amazing person- so wise beyond only his 18 years.
Shepherd Me, O God beyond my wants, beyond my fears from death until life.
August 19, 2008
Lots of love radiated from that young soul.
August 19, 2008
I have never met this unique and brave young man, but i was inspired just by seeing him on tv and reading about him. He has helped other people in the same situation and even others that has not been in his situation. its also good to know he was able to experience some of things he was looking forward to. I give my heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. at this time this should be a celebration of life homegoing.
August 19, 2008
John, You truly deserve an Olympic Gold medal for the way that you lived your life and touched others.

Your parents should be very proud of
what a Great man they raised. I know I am a better person today for
following your inspirational life.
May you rest in piece. God bless your family and friends.
August 19, 2008
What a great kid. God bless.
August 19, 2008
God Bless you and your family. You are an inspiration to everyone.
August 19, 2008
To the family and friends of John-
You have my deepest sympathy during this difficult time. The tears are rolling down my face as I think about how this boy that I never met touched my life. His story WAS inspirational and IS inspirational. It will live on many years after his passing. His courage makes me want to be a better person.
August 19, 2008
May God bless your family and dry your tears as He holds your angel, John, in His arms. Plant forget-me-nots in your garden as he was truly your forget-me-not. Many blessings.
August 19, 2008
John, you are the most inspirational young man I have ever known. While I never met you you showed the rest of the world the meaning of life. You will be missed by all the people you have touched. Rest in peace.

To John’s family, know that we are all thinking about you and praying for you. John is an unbelievable person. He touched so many just like Randy Pausch did. You are an incredible family and deserve nothing but the best. Take care and know how much John did for the world!
You have our deepest sympathies.
August 19, 2008
To those that loved Johnnie: I was touched by the courage and the compassion of so many great people of Pittsburgh over the story of this young fighter. The persons who stopped thier daily lives and took time for this young man. May you rest now John and as you have gone know that you have touched so many and we are better for having your story be told to so many persons, strangers, freinds and the community of Pittsburgh. I loved the story I have kept it and will continue to look over it well after you are at rest. John rest now you brought so amny people together and we are better for you and the story you gave us. May your family find the strenght to let you go and I know they will never forget and always remember you. Rest Johnnie Rest.
August 19, 2008
I have been praying for you. I believe he is in heaven. Such couraage he showed, just because he believe in Jesus Christ. God Bless you all.
August 19, 2008
Truly an inspiration. You are in our family's thoughts and prayers.
August 19, 2008
What can you say about a young man who accomplished so much, touched so many lives, and taught a lesson more important than anything a college professor ever could? It's hard to put it into words. Whoever thought an 18-year-old could not do those three things never met John. May his view of life continue with us all. John, you will be truly missed.
August 19, 2008
God Bless John and his family during this sad time. His story made me cry when I first heard it back in June and now I cry for the loss that our community will not have, a bright, courageous kid who loved life. Godspeed John, my heart goes out to your family
August 19, 2008
i never met this fine young man; but i have heard many great things about him. my condolences to all the family. he is an inspiration to us all. god bless you all
August 19, 2008
God bless the Challis family and friends during this difficult time.

I first read about John 3 months ago in connection with the Pirates. What a truly inspiring young man.

Many people dismiss the Catholic Church and teachings, but John Challis is a thoroughly wonderful example of the way we are all called to live. How many of us can understand how to bring meaning out of suffering? Probably not many. Yet this 18 year old boy lived the words of Jesus, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34) John bravely took up his cross and showed many people how to be courageous and caring even in the midst of great suffering.

I will keep John and his family in my prayers. God willing, John will continue his inspiring work from Heaven.

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:11-12)
August 19, 2008
John is and will always be the purest meaning of the word hero ... someone I want me children to know as the best a person can be.
And I want to thank John's parents for letting us share his amazing self.
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. John will continue to be a great inspiration to me and countless others. He made me even more proud to be a Pittsburgher. When my 4 and 2 year old baseball loving sons are old enough to understand, I will share John's story with them.
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis Family,
I was raised in Pittsburgh and read the KDKA and Pittsburgh Post Gazette websites daily. I have followed your son’s story and watched his posted videos. John was well beyond his years in both wisdom and maturity. He was a true inspiration to me and all that followed his story. As a parent, I know you are very proud of the man he became. Please accept my sympathy during this difficult time.
August 19, 2008
R.I.P. JC you will always been in my prayers
August 19, 2008
My thoughts and prayers to the Challis family. Your son was a true inspiration, blessing and gift. God bless...
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

The Pearls of Wisdom left by John will remain for eternity with all whom he touched.

With Deepest Sympathy,
August 19, 2008
I just heard the news on Sportscenter, and it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you John for being a huge inspiration to us all and may you rest in peace. Courage + Believe = Life
August 19, 2008
I NEVER GOT THE PLEASURE TO MEET JOHN, HOWEVER I FELT LIKE I KNEW HIM. HE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES AND THAT IS GREAT! WHEN EVER TIMES GET HARD FOR ME, I THINK OF JOHN AND WHAT HE STOOD FOR. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY, HE WILL BE MISSED BY THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH
August 19, 2008
Your son is an amazing inspiration for anyone who feels that life is overwhelming at times, my deepest condolences for your entire family and the entire community for losing such an inspiring young man.
August 19, 2008
Dear family , You brought into everyones life an angel . He will be in our hearts forever . Rest in peace John , and thank you .
August 19, 2008
Dear Family of John, What an inspiration John was and is! His courage in the face of battle served to teach us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless,
August 19, 2008
God bless him and all of you.
August 19, 2008
The world is a little less bright without John in it, but how lucky we all are for having heard his story. Today he met God.
God Bless the Challis family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
August 19, 2008
challis family:
john was an inspiration to everyone in the world.
even people who didn't know him. he taught everyone soo much.
and he'll continue to live on in our hearts forever.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family, My heart goes out to you for your loss of John..When I first heard of John's story I was instantly drawn to it and when I saw what a brave young he was at 18, it just pulled me closer to him...You must have done something right to have such a brave and couragest young man..Just know that a piece of John will live on with all of us now..I have faith that John is at piece and his pain and suffering are over...I know the whole world is suffering today too...May god give you the strenght to go on, and Know that John will be waiting to greet you someday in heaven
August 19, 2008
John,

You're an incredible kid, and the whole world owes you for the way that you led your life. We could all take a page out of your book. You'll be missed by so many, but you touched so many more. Goodbye, and good luck. Down here, you (and your life's work) will never be forgotten.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family:
I just lost my sister last Saturday (August 9th) due to cancer at the age of 40. I sympathize with you and hope you can get through this difficult time. Your son's/brother's strength and wisdow was amazing for someone his age. As a fellow family member who lost someone too young to cancer, you have my thoughts
August 19, 2008
You truly are an inspiration and will be greatly missed. Prayers to your wonderful family and friends.
August 19, 2008
They say that the key to Immortality is living a life worth remembering. If John Challis didn't do that through his thoughts, words, and challenges I don't know who has. I have been reading his story throughout the Post for a couple of months now and I know that his story will live on through me. He has left an unforgettable impression on me and I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person. If we all had 1% of the courage and wisdom that this young man possessed there would be no telling how great this world would be. A true inspiration to all of us. It was written in today's post that, "He had a smile that could light up a room"- well I like to believe that John Challis left an impression that lit up a city. He is a true Hero and his thoughts, words and spirit will live on forever through all of us who have been touched by his story. John has been taken from us today however we should never forget what he left behind for all of us!!!
August 19, 2008
RIP, your story touched my heart and inspired me to look at things differently. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
August 19, 2008
Dear family,
I could live to be 200 years old and never be full of the life that your son was. He gave us all the courage to keep going when it seems impossible to do so.
John will wear a GOLDEN CROWN.
Rest in peace.
August 19, 2008
Wisdom and courage far beyond his years. He inspires you to do anything, from the smallest task to the greatest challenge. God Bless John Challis and his family.
August 19, 2008
An inspiration for all ages. God Bless the Challis family for sharing their son. Joe/Moon
August 19, 2008
My sincere condolences to John's family. He was an inspiration to us all. His dignity and strength, shown on a national stage, was amazing.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family,

John was such an inspirational young man and to see him fight everyday of his life was a real life lesson to not take things for granted. I was so saddened to learn of John's passing this evening and I know he was so strong in his fight. He was a special guy that has a special place in heaven and will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
August 19, 2008
John
Rest in peace young man. No more pain, no more suffering. You have become such an inspiration to soo many that your legacy will live on.
August 19, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Challis
How proud you must have been of this young man who touched a nation with so much courage. The gates of heaven opened up for one of the strongest men ever to walk through. He was an inspiration for everyone that crossed his path.

Russell Lauf
Johnstown PA
August 19, 2008
John, you are a great inspiration to all who have come to know you through hearing your story. I can only imagine how special you are to all those you have shared your life with.
Your inspiration will live on forever.
August 19, 2008
John, I have been following your story since it became public. You have inspired many people and the courage you have shown against this illness has been unmatched. You are a true WINNER and I know that you are resting peacefully. May God bless the Challis family, our thoughts are with you.
August 19, 2008
Your son left such an impression on me. His courage and attitude toward this devastating disease was really incredible. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. What a great person!
August 19, 2008
Dear Lord, give me a tenth of the courage and strength this kid had...I'll be just fine.
August 19, 2008
What an amazing and inspiring life. I am in awe and humbled by his wisdom and courage. His life makes me Believe.
August 19, 2008
John you were and are such an inspiration to so many with a courage and maturity well beyond your 18 years. You will be missed deeply but never forgotten. Rest well John.

To the Family and Friends of this wonderful man, you are in everyone's thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful person with the rest of the world. We are grateful.

~*COURAGE+BELIEVE= LIFE*~
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family: May you know that Heaven has received a very special angel today. He will always be in your hearts and thoughts. He was a special gift in all ways. He achieved more in a few short years than many achieve in a lifetime.You have my deepest sympathies.
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

Prior to her passing, my Mom taught me that just when you think your life is hard and you want to give up, remember that a million people would kill to have what you have. After reading and following your family's story and sharing John's inspirational vision with students in my classroom, there is no doubt that his spirit and attitude will live on in everyone that he touched. God bless.
August 19, 2008
John was a very inspiring person. The world was lucky to have him for the time he was with us. May he rest in peace.
August 19, 2008
You've inspired us all, theres no other way to put it.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family,
My deepest sympathy for all of you. John has touched many lives and his message will live long. He has touched my life just to live everyday to the fullest. He was a very courageous man. May all of the memories of John be kept close in your hearts forever.
August 19, 2008
My deepest sympathy to the Chalis Family and Friends. John has touched each and every one of us who have met him, heard of him, seen him on television, read about him in the newspaper. It is obvious that John's work is not done as his name and foundation will always live on and I am certain that the higher power needs him and has some big plans for him. God Bless.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family,
Thank you for sharing John with us. May we gain strength from him as he would want us to. Our hearts go out to your family during this time. God Bless
August 19, 2008
John
Your outlook on life was very heart warming. You truely touched the whole world. You taught people not to take things for granted and that live each day to the fullest. I know you are still looking down on us all.
August 19, 2008
Thank you, John, for your inspiring example. God bless you, and God bless the Challis family.
August 19, 2008
I read an article about John two months ago. His story inspired me. My sympathy goes to his family. He is with God.
August 19, 2008
RIP John, your story is an inspiration to us all. May God be with you. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family,

God spoke through John during his illness and his time on this Earth. God wanted to let everyone know that this World was a better place because of John and if we all would live our lives the way John did that Peace would become us.......It is truly a sad day and our sympathies to the Challis family and John's "Many" friends. May John Rest in Peace with Our Lord!

Courage + Believe = Life! John will never be forgotten!
August 19, 2008
Dear Family of a Hero,

Thank God for people like your son. Because of him someone else will take courage and struggle to live. Thank you for raising such a lovely young person.

May the Lord comfort you with many loving memories of your boy.
August 19, 2008
Challis family,
Our deepest, heartfelt sypmathy to your family. Your John touched the lives of anyone who knew him, and those of us who never had the pleasure of meeting him. He was so young, yet wise beyond his years. What a beautiful heart he had, which made him a beautiful person. May the love and suppport of the millions of people across the country who's lives were affected by John give you the strength to help you through this difficult time. God Bless You!
Mochan Family
August 19, 2008
My deepest sympathy to the Challis family. I've seen John on TV the last few months and have been really inspired and touched by his courage. I know you must be very proud of him. My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
August 19, 2008
John will always live on as inspiration to us all!
God bless him!
August 19, 2008
To the family of John Challis,
My sincere wishes, thoughts, and prayers go out to you during this time. Your son inspired many..including me and everyone that works around me. We are Health Coaches at our Company and try to inspire and motivate members to want to live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives...your son lived it! I will truly miss him...and I never had the extreme pleasure to meet him face to face, but I feel like I've known him for years. We have all been blessed with your son and his continuing story that will live on forever.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family, your son's story of courage and hope is an inspiration to all. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved John. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Take comfort in knowing that he is whole again and no longer in pain. His spirit will live on. God Bless you all.
August 19, 2008
John was such an amazing young man who taught us all so much. He was so wise and inspirational. We were so lucky to get to hear his words. Thank you for sharing him with us. God bless you, and rest in peace John.
August 19, 2008
As I followed your story I realized that you were such a inspiration to young and old...My thoughts and prayers are with your family...May God bless everyone...p.s.I am originally from Rochester.....
August 19, 2008
We are deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. He was truly an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with John's parents and family. How truly heart broken they must be. We'll never forget how he touched so many people.
August 19, 2008
John's story really touched me. I admired his passion and desire to overcome the disease. He is a true inspiration to everyone. Heaven will now be a brighter place with John. God bless John and his entire family.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family: may you find peace in this difficult time by taking comfort in the many lives your son touched throughout his battle with his disease, he was an inspiration to us all. God bless you
August 19, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008
http://www.ruthann1.com

August 19, 2008
Our deepest condolences to the Challis family. Thank you for sharing John's tremendous courage, wisdom and innocence with us during such a trying time for your family. Not only was John an inspiration but the reflection on you as parents is equally inspiring.

May God comfort you in your time of healing.
August 19, 2008
I did not have the privilege to know John or his family but I would like to send my deepest sympathy to everyone who knew and cared for John. I would also like to thank his parents and sister for sharing this young man with all the world. With the message John spread believe the world did get a little better. To the Challis's remember you all now have one of the best guardian angels. Keep your memories close to your heart and his legacy will live on.

"Only the good die young"
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis family, thank you for sharing your son with the rest of us.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family,
May GOD comfort you in these times of sorrow. You son taught us all so much in such a short time. Definately an angel sent from above!
August 19, 2008
I have never been so touched by the death of a complete stranger before. I read his story a few months back and must say that he was a courageous, inspirational young man. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of John.
August 19, 2008
Challis Family,

John's ability to remain positive and optimistic during the most trying of times has left an indelible impression on me. The strength of character he demonstrated is truly inspirational. His impact on those who knew him and of his story will far surpass the short time God blessed this earth with his presence. As John said, “Life ain't about how many breaths you take. It's what you do with those breaths," and John certainly made the most of his…
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

It’s times like this when I’m reminded how words utterly fail to do for us the most important things we most want, and need, them to do. We're so sorry to hear about John. We want so much to say something that will comfort, lift and encourage you, but words fail us, and sending them electronically seems to make them all the more ineffectual. We know, though, that Our Redeemer lives, and because He lives, John lives too, and is enjoying the very best that God has had in store for him since the beginning of time. Based on what we came to know about John through the media, I'm sure God missed him very much over the past 18 years. What a hug He must have given him this afternoon! Have faith in God’s promise that one day you’ll be with John again and that the next time you see him you’ll be together, this time forever. Much peace.
August 19, 2008
May God bless John and his family. He taught people what true strength really is. One person really can make a difference.
August 19, 2008
To John's Family,
I did not have the honor of meeting John in person, but I was so touched by his courage and zest for life. He was a wonderful role model for cancer victims everywhere. You are in my thoughts and prayers and always remember you have a very special angel watching over you.
August 19, 2008
We're sorry we never personally got to know or meet John. He was such a great motivator. He truly was an amazing young man who touched many people through their hearts, mind and spirit. He will be missed and remembered always. God Bless you Challis Family.
August 19, 2008
John, hopefully your youthful wisdom will last for those who watched, met and listened to you. God bless you and your family.
August 19, 2008
John Challis's story touched me like no other news story I can remember. I have thought of him often over the past few months, and thinking of this special young man's unbelievable courage and postitive outlook helped me cut back on complaining when I was down, or not feeling well, or moving toward a bout of self-pity. The work "inspirational" might be overused at times, but John Challis is a true inspiration. I will not forget him. My sympathies to all who knew and loved him, and my gratitude goes out to his family for sharing John's story.
August 19, 2008
To John's Family and Friends,
What an inspiration and loving spirit you have in John. There's no doubt he will be greeted in Heaven with a "well done, faithful servant."
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family, my sympathy and prayers go out to you. You raised a amazing young man who should be a role model and hero to us all. John is now at peace and will be with you always. The world needs more like John Challis.
August 19, 2008
What a wonderful spirit and inspiration John was for us all. We should live every day to the fullest we can as he did. May he rest in peace.
August 19, 2008
I cut out the article that ran in the PG back in may about John. When things aren't going so well for me, I read the article. Things then seem so much better. John's courage and inspiration will live on for many, many years.

God Bless John.
August 19, 2008
Thank you John for allowing me to take a new view on life through your words and enthusiam. You never let anything come in your way of living life to the fullest. I know you are looking over all of us now in Heaven. Your message and courage will live with me forever and in essence through my family.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Challis Family.
August 19, 2008
John,

Thank you for being a role model for my boys of 9 and 7. God bless you son and may He give your family strength during this time.
August 19, 2008
John's outlook on his life should be how we all act in ours. Thank you John we will miss you.
August 19, 2008
To the Family of John Challis: Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your son John. He had a loving spirit in him. May God comfort you during this difficult and sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 19, 2008
John's ability to be positive in light of his circumstances are an inspiration to all!
August 19, 2008
It is sad that someone so young, so strong, so courageous could be taken from this world so soon. What ever the purpose of life is...I think he accomplished it....
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family,
Your son was an inspiration to so many people. He taught us how to make each day count, he taught us what the power of faith could accomplish, and reminded us how precious life is. For me, this proves your son was an Angel sent from Heaven to spread the message of the Lord. For him, the journey has now ended with the reward of rest and health in Heaven had begun. For you your journey to heal and understand this tragedy has just begun. Please know that while it may not be okay for you today or tomorrow, there will come a time when thinking of John will bring tears of joy and not sorrow. It is at that time you will truly know the impact your son had on this world in the short time that God rented him out to us. God Bless your family and keep you strong through this rough time.
August 19, 2008
John: You have proven to be a pillar of strength. God will take care of you. You just hit a game ending grand slam.
August 19, 2008
What an inspiration, I really can't find the words to say, but felt I needed to sign. R.I.P. John. You touched more lives than you will ever know.
August 19, 2008
It was an honor just to read of Johns story. He is the true definition of a hero, the definition of courage, and the definition of greatness.
August 19, 2008
I was touched by John in allot of ways, never knowing him. His strength and inspiration touched many lives.May his loving soul find eternal rest.May the Lord give his family ever lasting peace.
August 19, 2008
John was an inspiration to everyone. You have my deepest and heartfelt symphies on the loss of your son. God bless you and your family.
August 19, 2008
Challis family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. What courage he had. His story touched countless milions. Its a lesson we can all learn. You must be extremly proud what a light in this world he is. As a parent I take this as inspiration. What a job you did.
August 19, 2008
I was so sad to hear of John's passing. His story has touched so many peoples lives. He truely has been an inspiration to us all, such a strong and brave young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family. Thank you for sharring your son's story with us. I will remember him and his lessons for the rest of my life. When my two boys are old enough to understand some of life lessons, I will share this with them. God bless you.
August 19, 2008
You were truly an inspiration to us all. I followed this story since I first hear about it and you showed that no matter young or old how courageous a person could be. and This is something and someone I'll never forget. Thank you.
August 19, 2008
To The Challis Family - Our deepest condolences and sympathy. Words cannot express the respect we have for the class each of you have shown throughout. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always. To Johnny - We love ya buddy! You will be missed but never forgotten! You have been an inspiration to all of us. God bless!
August 19, 2008
Courage + Believe = Life.

Probably the most inspirational story of my short life. Thank you for all the positive messages this sadly shorted story has given all.
August 19, 2008
To John,

Your life and your words have inspired us to live life to the fullest and make the most of "every breath." May you rest in peace dear friend, you will not be forgotten.

To the Challis family,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful son and brother with all of us. His strength and courage has shown us more than you will ever know. We will never forget Johns words.
August 19, 2008
Rest in peace John. You showed thousands of people through out the country how to live even in a persons darkest days and because of that you are truly a beautiful person.
August 19, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 19, 2008
Thank you John, heaven just got a very, very special angel to look after his family, god bless you and your family.
August 19, 2008
John's courage has inspired so many. May he rest in peace.
August 19, 2008
Challis Family,

John was a truly inspirational, courgeous hero. He was a gift to, not only, your family but to all of us. He will never be forgotten.
August 19, 2008
RIP, John.

To the Challis family: John's life, and your spirited support, will continue to be an inspiration for those familiar with your story. I know I will continue sharing it, as I have in the past, with friends and family well into the future.

Stay positive,
August 19, 2008
HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAN, I WISH MORE OF US TOOK THE TIME TO BE LIKE JOHN !!
August 19, 2008
dear family i am the secretary from upmc 10 north. we are deeply sorry. and are the better, for knowing john.God bless you . dottie
August 19, 2008
We will never forget your words John! God Bless you and your Family.
August 19, 2008
Challis Family,
Thank you for sharing your son with the world for the last few months of his life. He truly inspired every person that had the good fortune to learn about his journey. It's amazing that two individuals from the same area taught us all how to live at a time when most people would just give up.
August 19, 2008
Challis family, may GOD be with you in these times of sorrow.
John was a really inspiration to me from the 1st time I seen his story.
God Bless you Mr. John Challis.

Made in heaven (Queen)
August 19, 2008
John was inspiration to everyone. I am blessed to have known him, and I am a better person because of him. He touched the lives of so many people, he was a true hero and will be in my heart always.
August 19, 2008
John is a total inspiration....to everyone, all walks of life. His positive attitude and is courage should be motivation for all of us!

He is a gift! And now heaven is brighter for having him there!
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family,

What a wonderful young man you raised - you must be so proud. John has been an inspiration to so many of us despite his own illness. I can't even begin to imagine the loss you must be feeling, but I hope that your memories will help you through this difficult time. God has again taken another one of his children way too soon, but John's smile will light the halls of Heaven. God Bless all of you.
August 19, 2008
Dear Challis Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow. Your son was a true inspiration to so many people. Thank you for sharing your son with us.
August 19, 2008
I heard John do an interview with the radio show here in Phoenix, AZ and instantly picked him out as a Pittsburgher! He was an amazing kid and true inspiration. God bless!
August 19, 2008
John was wise well beyond his years and from that your family can take pride in this most difficult time. Folks like John and Professor Randy Pausch of CMU, who also recently was taken by this disease, are inspirations to all those who need to see what "strength" is truly all about. God bless you all in your grief and may you find comfort in knowing the difference John has made in many people's lives.
August 19, 2008
I didn't know John but I saw him being interviewed during the Penguin playoff game and was so in awe of what a brave young man he was. How proud you must be of your beloved son. Your family is in my prayers. God will hold John in his loving arms until you all meet again.
August 19, 2008
God Bless all of you. John's story was truly an inspiration to us all.
Take care and know that he is in heaven with the Lord!
August 19, 2008
My sincere sympathy's. John's story certainly was inspirational, and an eye opener for anyone who was aware of it. I have an 18 year old Daughter, and I can't begin to imagine how difficult this has been. I commend John and his family for handling this situation with such grace. Truly you are very special people in how you dealt with this situation. John's memory will live on.
August 19, 2008
May god bless you and may you go to a place where you are always young and healthy. Rest in Peace my friend and God Bless you and those you leave behind
August 19, 2008
I have learned so much from and have been so inspired by John these last few months. He really is an amazing soul. Thank you for sharing him with us.
August 19, 2008
John-You are such an inspiration to the Freedom community and the entire world. Also, you are such inspiration to my dad. When he is having a bad day, we always tell him---look what John can do. Although I didn't know you that well, I'll always remember you. I wear my red bracelet everyday with pride.
August 19, 2008
Challis Family

Know that you now have a guardian angel watching over you.
August 19, 2008
John you have taught me a wonderful life lesson a lesson that will never be forgotten. Your message will stay in my memory for as long as I'm on Gods earth. You will always be remembered.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis Family,
What a special young blessing your son John is. I've followed your story for the past several months and want you to know how much I
admire your son's strength, courage
and maturity in the face of his illness.
John was such an inspiration to me and I am sure many others in thisarea and I am sure , that with
God and his angels in heaven, that
his legacy of love and courage will be for eternity.
God Bless and you are in my prayers
August 19, 2008
Thank you for making our world a better place. Your courage and grace will not be forgotten.
August 19, 2008
What I found most amazing about John was he had this incredible sense of wisdom. Like he had lived a life of 75 years or something. The things he said were intelligent, well thought out and, yet, quite simple.
August 19, 2008
John's strength and bravery is unparalleled. Though he was taken from this Earth too soon, his spirit and his legacy will live forever.
August 19, 2008
August 19, 2008
My very deepest condolences go out to the Challis family and to all of John's friends. The grace and humility that John showed while dealing with his illness was inspiring and something I will never forget. He will be greatly missed by all.
August 19, 2008
You will never know how you truly imacted myself and this community. You brought hope and joy to all of us. You will NEVER be forgotten. Thank you for being you. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
August 19, 2008
The world has been a better place with you in it. We have been touched by your story and will continue to live our lives with the advice you gave to us all. God bless you and your family.
August 19, 2008
John is a gift that will always be shared as his family and strangers tell of his courage, faith, and belief in doing his best. He is a blessing.
August 19, 2008
To the Challis family,
I would like to extend my sympthy, even though I do not you or your family I am saddened by the death of John, he has opened my eyes to realize what gifts God has given us. I know that he is in the arms of our Lord. I also hope that his legacy lives on and is an inspiration to all the children and young adults to know how much God loves us and to know that we do not know the time nor the hour,
August 19, 2008
John gave so much to so many through his words and his courage . . . his memory will live on in the hearts of all those he touched. It was a pleasure to teach him and to know him. My love and sympathy to Scott, Gina and Lexi. May God keep you all in His care.
August 19, 2008
if there is a God, he [or she] is honored to have you in heaven
August 19, 2008
Challis Family,

John's story has been a tremendous inspiration.

May your faith guide you through these tough times, and may the prayers of everyone touched by John provide you comfort and peace.
August 19, 2008
A great young man was taking from us way to early. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY DURING THIS TIME OF SORROW.
August 19, 2008
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Challis. Please accept my sincere condolences. I have, and will continue, to pray for you and your family, and for John. His peace and joy are now complete.

He touched me numerous times as I followed his story. Thank you for sharing this amazing young man with the world.
August 19, 2008
My deepest sympathies are with your family. Your son is a beacon of hope in the somewhat dark world. He did great things with such a short life. He will be missed
August 19, 2008
John left such a great legacy behind him. Just like John said, its not every breath you take, but what you do with those breaths. He was such an inspiration, and feel better for just hearing his words, and want to live a better life. My condolences to his family and friends. God Bless you!
August 19, 2008
Fly high John, fly high. You were an inspiration to us all.
August 19, 2008
John,
You are truely inspiring. Thank you.
August 19, 2008
What a brave young man who touched all of us. His words will live on in our memories and our hearts.
August 19, 2008
One word: Courage
We could/should/will learn a a lot from John.
August 19, 2008
John Challis is my hero.
August 19, 2008
may God welcome you with open arms and look after your family.
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