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March 13, 2009
    I found your site by looking for your Mom and dad here online. I was a good friend of both of them way back when we were all kids and living on East 48th and East 49th streets in Bklyn, NY.  My name was Fran Hricz (pronounced ritz) back then.  I'm Fran Ford now and am living in Mansfield Massachusetts, about a half hour's drive from Providence, RI. 
     I would like to get in touch with either your Mom,  your Uncle Lance or both.  Could you please tell them I found them here online, and that I would love to be in contact with them?
     I've seen some pics here and you're all looking wonderful!  I do not know the whole story of what you've been through, how it happened and what is going on right now, but I can see here that you've been so brave and I admire the strength of you and all your family through a very difficult time. 
     I'm also thrilled to see all of them, even your Grandpa Steve and Grandma Grace still so close and tight knit...a wonderful thing!!  And I have such very fond memories of all of them. 
     I've missed your Mom very much over all these years and have though of all The Bielendas fondly and often.  It would be nice to catch up.  Amazing who can be found on the net, if someone just takes the time to look.  :)
     I hope that this note finds you all doing well.                                                  
                                                   Thanks so much for reading this, 
                                                                      Fran Ford
July 24, 2008


Hey!!!! Its been too long, I think since boces, lol. I am so glad to hear your up and doing well. How has everything been going?? Anything new and exciting? Well I am sure you have been hearing the same things over and over so I wont bother you too much!!! Just glad your doing good. Take care, Speak to you soon.

Kayleigh Bartholomew
(threw the last name in there in case you have come across anymore Kayleigh's lately =-))

June 4, 2008

Kenny, Chris, Nick and Family,

Thinking of you. Our prayers and good wishes are with you always.

Steve, Mary, Sam, Lee, Max and Lyn Malandrino

June 4, 2008

Chris and family,

Thanks for your encouraging words on my son's website. We both have amazing "Nicks" who are fighting their own battles, and moving closer to full recovery everyday. I read through your son's story and he sounds like quite a fighter! I know you have witnessed (as have we) how incredible the human body and mind are, and the ability to withstand so much and continue to heal amazes me. Thanks again for sharing your story, we will follow Nick's progress, and pray for his recovery and your family's strength and peace during this difficult time.

Carol (Bidermann) Merkel

June 3, 2008

Dear Chris and Kenny, Just read your note to Carol. I did not know about your son Nick's accident. Looks like the prayers are working, he looks wonderful! I can only imagine what these past months have been like for your family. Your son must be an incredibly strong young man. Must be something to do with the name "Nick". We will continue to pray for your son's full recovery. Nick (Carol's son) is my Godson and is in the middle of treatment, he is an amazing kid and is hanging tough. Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. Barb (Bidermann) Buchan

This note is from our good friend in southern Italy in the town of LAMEZIA TERME.

April 6, 2008

Hi, Nick I'm Arcangelo from Italy, do you remember? I'm very happy to know about your wonderful progress and that you are home, now. Each day will be more better for you, I'm sure, because you are very strong. I have watched your video, very fun! Say hello your parents and a great hug for you.
Love Arcangelo, at soon!

April 3, 2008

Nick, Kenny, Christine, and Everybody:

We are very happy and pleased at the wonderful progress Nick has made, and continue to pray every day that Nick continues to improve to the fullest extent possible.

A heart felt thanks to all who helped Nick on his long road to recovery.

Our blessing to Nick and Everyone

Anthony and Penny Pomata and all our family
Maple Valley, WA

March 19, 2008

Dear Manzo & Bielenda Families,

Congratulations on Nick's homecoming !!! You are such a wonderful family and we are so happy that he is making such great progress in his recovery.
It is all because of your collective love and strength.
God Bless you all!!
Chrissy & Mike Hendry

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March 19, 2008

Dear Kenny, Chris, and the rest of the Manzo/Bielenda families –
Your courage, strength and determination are a shining example of what family and love is all about. You are all amazing people and deserve the best. I wish Nick a happy and healthy recovery at home. God bless you all! Always in my thoughts and prayers,
Lisa Nordin (Kranz)


February 19, 2008

Dear Nick,
We are very happy how you are coming along, we have a saying in the marines, PAIN IS WEAKNESS LEAVING THE BODY. We love you, we are just waiting for our turn to see you, we don't want to get in the way of your recovery but we can still ask GOD to be by your side - see you soon

the Delgados


February 14, 2008

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Manzo,

On behalf of the High School Student Government, I'd like to wish Nick a speedy recovery. The students of Miller Place High School have decided to donate $2,000 to your fundraiser. We hope this can help in your time of need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Ron Skolnick
Science Teacher & Student Government Advisor
Miller Place High School

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February 13, 2008

Dear Manzo Family,
You guys have all been such fighters, especially you Nick, you guys deserve the best and we pray for all of you guys!
The Sguera Family

February 12, 2008

Nick and the Manzo Family,

So glad to hear of all the great progress! We continue to pray for a quick and steady recovery. Stay strong!!

The Falcone Fam.


February 11, 2008

Dear Nick and The Manzo Family,

You all are in my thoughts and prayers each and everyday. I wish I could come to the fundraiser tomorrow but I am up at school in Connecticut.

I hope Nick is going to come around soon. I have faith in his rehabilitation that it will go well.

Get better soon kid.

Sharon Schwartz

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February 11, 2008

Dear Chris, Kenny, Nick and family,

We have been praying for all of you and sending positive thoughts. The Giblin family will be at McDonald’s tomorrow night at 4:30 helping out and eating, of course!

You’ve come a long way Nick…keep up the good work, so many people are pulling for you!!

See you soon.

Liz, Timmy and Sarah Giblin xxoo

February 11, 2008

To my closest and most valued friend Nick,
Being so far away from home and enduring all that this great army has to give, has been a tough road. I am wishing i could be there daily to watch you progress and to support you in your hardest of times, but with my absence i am still very sure that my best friend is as strong and as willing as he always has been. i look forward to continue our long road of great times and adventure. life has a funny way of throwing extreme obstacles at us, but im sure that im not alone in saying that god has really been pulling through for us, the chaplain here on base has been a large supporter for me and has placed you in mass for several weeks. I wait anxiously to see you soon and speak to you this time. Remember that i love you bro and
will see you soon, god bless you and my second family, the Manzos.
Your very best friend and sidekick
Joey Rubino


February 7, 2008

I was so glad to see Nick’s name listed in St. Louis’ bulletin. I have been praying for him and he will continue to receive many prayers. So glad you are improving, Nick. Keep up the good work.

- Pat Severino

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February 6, 2008

To the Manzo and Bielenda Families,

I have been checking the web-site every day to check on Nick's progress. I am so very happy to read that he is doing so well. Some of the posts have made me cry. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about all of you. Thank God for a strong family and wonderful and supportive friends that surround you.

Much love and prayers,
Carole Kassmann

February 2, 2008

Nick, As you get stronger with each day, we see the work of our almighty God. The amazing strength he has handed all of you to get through these unbearable times. We will keep praying for your full recovery. God bless you and your family.
Our Love,
The Maloney's


February 1, 2008

Kenny & Chris,
My thoughts and prayers have been with you guys. Nick is making a wonderful recovery. Thank God. If you need anything, please let me know.
Your friends are all here for you guys. We love you.
Laura Martin


January 31, 2008

Hey mink I'm in 8th period right now on my friends sidekick...but irdc,
I just want to say I love you again because I do.. Byee brother see you
in a couple of hours

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January 30, 2008

From this day forward, you are MARINE CORE PROPERTY, Only a full blooded Marine can pull
off what you have accomplished, we are so proud of you can't wait to see you, our prayers have been answered. Thank God.

Love Always & Forever
Delgado Family

January 29, 2008

To Nick, The Manzo and Bielenda Families -
Aunt Darci just called to let us know that Nick is talking and being moved from where he is to a different floor. - I got off the phone and cried - What WONDERFUL news! Nick your willingness of spirit is amazing, I am so inspired by you! The Manzo's and the Bielenda's, your unwavering strength and faith is incredible.
I am in awe of this wonderful family -
Lots of love, Mary

January 29, 2008

Nick, Chris, Kenny, Zach & AJ,

What can I say except that my heart goes out to all of you. I'm in awe, Nick, of what a fighter you are. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing you and your family. My whole family sends their thoughts and prayers and have been very concerned for you. Looking forward to seeing you on Aunt Darci's deck at family get togethers.
God Bless You,
Nana Abbate

January 29, 2008

Dear Nick, Kenny, Chris, Zach, and AJ,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day.
If you ever need anything, please know that we are always here for you.
Keep fighting, Nick. You are so strong!!!!

Alan, Maureen, Matt, and Stephanie Abbate

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January 28, 2008

Kenny & Chris,

  I just wanted you to know that our prayers are with Nick and all of you.  We pray for him everyday.  
Love, Eleanor, Vinny & family 
Eleanor Smarrelli
Special Education Department

January 28, 2008

To the Family and Friends of Nick,

My wife and I have been closely following events with Steve B's updates and are praying for Nick's rapid recovery and the continued strength of his family and friends....

with love,
David & Lynda Rosenthal

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January 27, 2008

Kenny & Chris,
I wanted you to know my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. I pray every day for Nick's recovery and for the strength of his wonderful family & friends.
Thoughts & Prayers Always...
Love, LynnAnne

January 27, 2008

Kenny and Christine,

Just letting you know we’re thinking of you and your family. Our prayers are with you and Nick. Stay strong.

Debbie Fox and the Matkovich Family


January 26, 2008

Nick, Kenny, Christine, and family;

We are so happy and pleased at the wonderful turn for the better in Nick's progress.

Our prayers and thoughts will continue for Nick and all his family - may the Lord continue with his blessings.


Anthony and Penny Pomata, and all our family.

Our best from Kenny's Uncle and Aunt from Maple Valley,

January 25, 2008


My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Manzo family.

Stay Strong!


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January 23, 2008

I hope you feel better. Keep fighting!!!!

PS - this is from CJ not Michele (Archer)


January 23, 2008

Dear Nick,

Not a day passes that we don’t check on your progress and pray for you and your family.

The Mandrafinas
John, Marlene, John and Danielle

January 23, 2008

Nick and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We're thinking of you.
The Alicea family.


January 22, 2008

Our entire family and circle of friends are praying for you Nick for a speedy recovery. Kenny and Chris, I pray everyday for you to continue with the strength and courage that both of you have. So happy that all went well at Mt. Sinai. It is so amazing what can be done.

If I can ever do anything to help in any way, please reach out and let me know.
My thoughts are with you and your entire family
All of our love and best wishes to you.
Donna ( Davis ) and Nicky and Seamus

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January 21, 2008

The Entire O'Hanlon families of Miller Place are praying for your recovery. I have read of the struggles that you have overcome on your website and you are truly an amazing person. All my best to your family, and to you for all your courage. I anxiously wait to read on your web site about a date for your homecoming, hope it will be very soon.

Carol Volkman

January 19, 2008

Dear Nick,
Keep fighting--you are amazing!! Everyday we wait to hear how you are doing ... we want you to know that you and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers.
We love you!
Aunt Eileen, Uncle Bill & Alexander

January 18, 2008

Dear Nick,
I don't know how to put this, but every time there's knock on my door I THINK IT'S YOU, you are so much a part of my family everyday life, that we just don't know how to handle you not being here, we want you home, we pray for your recovery everyday, and most of all your parents, who are by your side every second. I thought I was a tough Marine, but coming to the hospital and seeing you, I was looking at a real Marine. I know you're going to pull through, there's too many people that are not going to let you fail. We keep you in our prayers until you're home with your family.

Love Forever,
The Delgado Family.

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January 18, 2008

To Entire Manzo Family,
Please know that your family is in our prayers each and every day. We pray that Nick keeps up his fight and that you will all come through this together. You are all in our hearts. God will keep watching over Nick.
The McCarthy (Salino) Family


January 16, 2008

Manzo Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday.
God bless you and keep you in his care.
Tyler and Daniel

January 15, 2008

Quote of the day:

Love cures people, the ones who receive love and the ones who give it, too. - Karl A. Menninger

Lots of love - Mary

January 15, 2008

We “wove” you and miss you! We can’t wait to visit you!
Wove, Marena & Stephen AKA Missy & Snuffy

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January 15, 2008


We love you and pray for you everyday.  Keep up the strong fight and come home soon. 
The Maloney's

January 14, 2008

Dear Nick and the Manzo family,

You are in my thoughts everyday and I know that you will pull through this. Nick, whenever I needed a hand you were right there, always willing, always respectful, always a gentleman. I look forward to you getting stronger everyday.

Steve Gestone

January 14, 2008

Quote of the day: September 13, 2008

"Great and Miraculous things happen when people come together with an intention to create hope" - Oprah

Love ya's - Mary

January 14, 2008

Hey Nick, Mrs. Martin here and family. We are praying for you always for a quick recovery. Stay strong we know you can get through this, you are a tough kid. We love you and will always pray for you and your family.

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January 14, 2008

God Bless and my prayers will be for Nick and the entire family.

Theresa Boyle

January 12, 2008

Hi Manzo Family

All of us are praying for you guys!!!
Love, Michele, Charlie, Brianna and CJ

PS -- Keep fighting Nick!

January 12, 2008

You and your family are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Best wishes, and God's speed for a quick recovery.
The Papazoros family.

January 11, 2008

Hey Manzo Family, Just a quick note to let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time in your lives. There are so many people sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. Be Strong, you are not alone.

The Crean Family
Matt Nancy Matt Kyle and Kayla

January 11, 2008

To all of the Manzo families,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

The Suttons

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January 11, 2008

Dear Kenny and Chrissy,

God Bless you and the family. Stay strong - our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brownie [Bill and Diane Brown]


January 11, 2008

Dear Nick,

You are our hero.
We Love You,
Love, Mimi & Poppi

January 11, 2008

Dear Nick,

There are a lot of people rooting for you to get well soon, I am one of them. I say a prayer for you and your family every day.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery,
Carole Kassmann

January 11, 2008

I love you Nick - I miss you dearly seeing your face everyday at the shop. I just wanted you to know that I'll be up at the hospital as soon as we're all feeling better from these colds and sore throats. Jackie missed most of the week at school - Michael faked an earache today so I let him play hookey...[only joking, Mike]
Love, Aunt D


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