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Melissa Kerins

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Sad to learn about the passing of Melissa Kerins today. She passed after a long and arduous lyme memorialfight with first Lyme disease for many years then succumbing to breast cancer. She leaves behind a beautiful family, a husband and three children.

As tributes come in for Melissa we will post them here. There are a couple people who will be writing tributes to Melissa, if you would like to also please post them in the comments below.

Her family could still use support, so whether it’s in encouraging messages or through monetary donations, please help if you can. 

From Melissa’s Obituary:

“Melissa M, Kerins, 37 of Whitman passed away on July 24, 2016 after an extended illness. Loving wife of George, beloved mother of Morgan, Owen and Taylor. Cherished daughter of Cliff Phippen and Joanne Micale. Precious sister of Josh Phippen. She is also survived by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Melissa was an advocate for patients with Lyme disease and established South Shore Lyme Support. She raised money for U.S. Veterans post 9/11. She was a driving force behind the Free Justina movement. She was also a champion of animal rights. A veterinary technician, she worked at animal hospitals on the South Shore and rescued dogs, cats, and a horse that became members of her family. Melissa was an avid equestrian and lover of all animals.

Visiting hours will be at the MacKinnon Funeral Home, 760 Washington St., Whitman on Thursday, July 28 from 4-8 PM.

Services will be held in Holy Ghost Church in Whitman on Friday, July 29 at 10:30 AM.

Burial to follow at Mt Zion Cemetery in Whitman.

Melissa’s Obituary

Tributes to Melissa

Melissa and I had our ups and downs. We met each other online on Facebook and ran some Lyme support groups together. Over one silly argument we deleted each other as friends on Facebook. After a year went by, I sent her a Christmas card. I just wanted to break the ice again and let her know I was thinking about her as I knew she was having some health issues. She sent me the sweetest message on Facebook and we resumed our friendship. It was hard watching her struggle through first Lyme then cancer. But I wanted to share Melissa’s outlook, and a quote she said to me,

Things that seem important to argue about or get upset about just don’t have the same meaning anymore. The petty stuff. We only have today!!! ~Melissa

Melissa with “her special horse.”

Here is a square for the Lyme Quilt made by Christina Murphy.

3 thoughts on “Melissa Kerins”

  1. RIP MELISSA; way to young to go not being able to watch all 3 of your kids grow up graduate from HS, college, and get married.

    I knew her from lymenet where we would visit off/on.

    I clicked on above link and found this info that I feel would be appropriate to emphasize at this time with a MAILING address for donations of $ or gifts from below list:



    The Kerins family
    46 English Place
    Whitman, MA 02382


    Xbox One games, accessories
    Gift card to GameStop or Best Buy
    Anything to do with local Boston sports
    Comic books/Anything to do with comics

    Morgan: (Girl, age 14)

    Bath gel
    Pet supplies
    Flip flops size 9
    Tshirts xl
    Acne products
    School supplies

    Owen: (Boy, age 10)

    Duncan yoyos
    Legos; loves Star Wars
    Tshirts 12/14
    Elastic waist shorts 10/12
    Sneakers, size 7
    Xbox one games, accessories
    Star Wars toys
    School supplies

    Taylor: (Girl, age 4)

    Ugliest pet shop toys
    Sneakers, size 1 or 2
    Dress up stuff
    Horse stuff
    A baby doll and accessories
    Sneakers size 1
    Playmobil toys
    Clothing size 5/6
    Shoes size 1 or 2
    School supplies

    Care packages from Amazon or Walmart with necessities such as:

    non perishable food, cleaning supplies, health and beauty products, etc would also be great.

    If you have Amazon Prime, you can send a Prime pantry package for free with if you look at the Deals and Coupons and purchase 5 items from a select list; really easy to do as they have great deals!


    Websites for meals delivered to the home:


    The Kerins Family
    46 English Place
    Whitman, MA 02382











    I’ll get something off in the mail in near future for Melissa’s family.

    thanks lisa for posting this memorial & all other lyme articles, etc!!

    hugs/prayers to her family now and in the days, months, and year ahead,

    iowa friend,

    bettyg, lyme activist
    47.5 yrs. chronic lyme
    35 yrs. misdiagnosed by 40-50 drs.

  2. I did not know Melissa, but want to express how her soul was pure and filled with love just reading how she touched so many communities and gave her time to others and animals. My heart is heavy for her loss. May continuous love, light and healing be with her entire circle of family and friends. God bless you Melissa.

  3. RIP Melissa, thank you for everything you did to raise awareness for Lyme Disease, saving animals, and being an amazing human being ❤️

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