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    Posted February 12, 2012 by
    Lake Grove, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Remembering Whitney Houston

    A Memory I Will Hold in My Heart For The Rest of My Life A Gift I Never Got To Thank Whitney For


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Krissyp822's daughters were babies when Whitney Houston's music hit the charts, and the girls grew up listening to her songs. Shortly before her younger daughter, Ashley, died of cancer in 2005, she and other patients on the pediatrics floor of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center danced to Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' with parents, nurses, staff and friends. 'I will hold that memory with me forever,' she says. 'I don't think another artist playing or singing other than Whitney could we have all connected with.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Whitney Houston and I are only 1 year apart in life. Myself the elder.My first two daughters  born in1984 and 1986. I would dance and sing with them through my home to her music ,singing with brushes on my bed with the music blasting. I would take them skating and skate to her songs. Everywhere from the car,to parties,home anywhere Whitney was a big part of our play time. In the early 90's I worked in the music industry for many very big icons . She was not one of them but I did meet her at other concerts over the years. She was a great "LADY" ...I went to see her at Jones Beach front row with my twin and best friends and danced even though she didn't...LOL My heart broke when I saw her having problems personally and prayed she would find her way out. When I saw her a few years back looking so fabulous I didn't care how she sounded. I just " Thanked GOD" she was alive and well. Her voice touched my life and families FOREVER as SHE  did anyway.If she never sang another note again,as long as she was alright it was fine with me..In 2004 my daughter Ashley who was born in19 86 was diagnosed with a terminal cancer at 18 and passed away July 26 2005 @19. We spent almost a year at Sloan Kettering in NY before we knew there was nothing more we could do. Well, my oldest Erika born 1984 and the friends from that era too brought in Whitney to the hospital and put the CD's in and took all the children and danced to " I  Wanna  Dance With Somebody" around the entire floor before we took her home to die. There were almost 40 children from 5-19 dancing to" Whitney" and she had no idea the SMILES she had put on these poor sick childrens faces. None,not one of those poor babies OF OURS survived their BATTLE that were with us that year.I know not any of us parents will forget although it was only minutes the smiles of our children dancing for the last time to "WHITNEY'S amazing voice who brings tears to my eyes. I pray she is at peace, I pray her daughter as well as her Mother who now has joined the club that no Mother should ever join finds strength in all that she remembers of Whitney that was happy, and beautiful.not the evil or negative of those who mean nothing will write things just to get their 5 seconds of fame.. You know Whitney,her daughter knows her Mother,her family and friends know her and who she is. Don't let anyone destroy for you any memories,ignore them, No one and nothing is perfect but GOD and now Whitney is with him.. GOD BLESS all of you and thank you for giving her to us ..no matter how short we feel the time is ..she will always be in   the hearts in our family, Ashley's picture I am posting was only days before God took her home......Rest in Peace Whitney 

    My daughter Ashley's final words with me at 19. "Mommy , it does't matter if you are 19  or 119. It is what you do with those years. It's who you love and what you give out to those around you" . Time is really all the same for everyone...  So to the Houston Family try and remember all that she gave to you and EVERYONE around the World forever. For us it will be in her Music, and Memories that we made of her , You have yours....

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