Melissa Peskey is being remembered Wednesday night for more than the mystery surrounding her death. Close friends tell us how she was able to light up a room with her smile and sincere consideration for everyone around her.
“Melissa was, she just was like that light in every room. We all have that person that has a positive outlook on everything and they ask you how you’re doing before you even get the chance to ask them how they’re doing,” said Erin Sanderson, CMN Program Director.
“She, I always said she was just like sunshine. She was pure sunshine. She just lit up wherever she went,” said Karen Wollman, Melissa’s friend and fellow Miracle Mom.
Not only is Melissa Peskey remembered as a caring friend, she also left a big mark on the Children’s Miracle Network. Her son and daughter both spent time in the hospital after complications at birth, and Melissa became very close to her fellow Miracle Moms.
“Often times you feel alone and it’s hard for other people to understand if they’re not going through that journey. So to have another mom that has walked that same journey is truly amazing and it’s comforting,” said Wollman.
Years after her children no longer needed the care, Melissa continued to help out at events. Just a few weeks ago she was supporting CMN at the Radioathon in the Sanford Children’s Hospital.
“Her kids aren’t in the hospital anymore so they don’t have to keep coming back to the stuff, but they did. They always showed up and it was always one of the best parts of our day when we would see her kiddos and the big smile on her face,” said Sanderson.
Helping others and lighting up rooms are nice ways to be remembered, but Melissa’s friends believe her greatest legacy is still alive in two young faces.
“She was with her kids all the time and as a mom it makes me want to be a better mom and a better friend. And I think everyone is going to have a little piece of Melissa with them moving forward,” said Sanderson.
“Melissa was just an amazing person, mom and friend. There’s just a huge void right now, but we’re just going to keep carrying her with us,” said Wollman.