Ok, Ok, It's not a hoax, but manipulated to accentuate a few key things.
Hello again everyone.
It has been an agonizing few days in the Melaleuca world.I want everyone to read this message very carefully.
The tragic loss of a toddler over the weekend and the subsequent torrent of individuals trying to confirm the cause and nature of his death has caused a lot of sleepless nights for many caring and compassionate people.
I was barraged by individuals who made attempts to confirm this story who interpreted certain conversations with hospital officials and poison control centre officials in a way that led them to believe that this horrible accident never occured.
The tragic loss of this two year old boy is heartbreakingly true.
Yesterday, I had a lengthy conversation with Karen Ujcich - the author of the original email who made the passionate plea to all of us in Melaleuca to not take "no" for an answer when we pursue Melaleuca customers, especially among young families with children.
There were thousands of Melaleuca marketing executives who were forwarding her original email to friends and colleagues and fellow marketing executives since the weekend.
Karen, naturally, was at her wit's end.
Her message, which included the permission of her friend to relay the story of her son's tragic death, was twisted and edited for "dramatic flare" by several individuals.
The specific additions to Karen's email made by these individuals gave too many people cause to try to attempt to verify the story.
I suggested to Karen that she create a web page with the original email so it could not be edited.
Overnight Karen faxed me a copy of the Dylan's funeral program.
It was a gut-wrenching site to pick those papers up from my fax machine this morning.
While thousands upon thousands of us have been trying to verify the story, which, in all good conscience, is not a bad thing to do, there have been many who have gone beyond the bounds of good taste by making attempts to contact the grieving family.
I'd like everyone to take a deep breath and put their emotions into the proper perspective.
This story is tragically true.
I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt of it's authenticity.
Please refrain from attempting to contact this family. Their loss is beyond imagination.
I will NOT re-fax the funeral program to anyone. It would be inappropriate to do so.
I would ask that you accept my word that I have it in my possession and respect that it is a document which should not be used for any further purpose whatsoever.
To the family of young Dylan and to Karen, you have taught us all a valuable lesson, myself
We must all treat our ability to communicate with our fellow man by email and other electronic means with the utmost care and respect.
Karen's intentions in sharing this story with our Melaleuca family are more than honorable.
I would hope that someone could perhaps find a way to create a message board where we could indirectly express our collective grief for Dylan's family. (Don't attempt to contact them directly).
Please allow me to make a couple of other suggestions.
If you have any children of your own, give them a hug in Dylan's honor today and take the time to explain why.
If you don't have any children, go to your nearest gardening center and pick out some flowers or a small tree and go home and plant it in Dylan's honor.
Timmins, Ontario - Canada