Melissa Anne Centrella's story is that of the triumph of the human spirit.

Though her physical abilities became increasingly limited in her battle with dystonia, there was nothing that could ever break her will to live as full a life as possible. It was because of this that Melissa's story has continued to reach and inspire so many, including those within the world of entertainment.

God saw you were getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So He put His arms around you
And whispered, “Come to me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
— Melissa Anne Centrella, February 21, 1977 - June 4, 2002