Thursday, June 29, 2006

Sad News From Canada

Pray for the Suens.

Makoda loses battle with leukemia
Three months after her family made a plea to find a bone marrow match, three-year-old Makoda Suen died last Thursday at Canuck Place Children's Hospice.

A year ago the daughter of a couple that work in Burnaby and live just west of Boundary Road was diagnosed with leukemia. David and Joyce Suen adopted Makoda when she was a year old after she'd been abandoned in her native China.

One problem international adoptees can face is finding suitable genetic matches for bone marrow transplants and other medical needs.

Update: Another reason this story resonates with me is that Makoda's and Ally's birthdays are very close together (March 13 and March 9, 2003, respectively) and that the Suens adopted Makoda in March 2004, the same month we adopted Ally. While we were in Beijing, we met several Canadian families who were there to finish up their paperwork at the Canadian embassy. The Suens were probably there a month later.


Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Oh that is just heartbreaking! Poor little sweetie. Poor family. My thoughts are with them all.

1:54 AM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

AML is very heartbreaking and I can all to well totally relate to David and Joyce Suen, on the passing of their beloved Makoda!

I offer the Suens my sincerest sympathies and condolences!

I too lost my beloved 3 year old Trinity to AML in 2004.

Peace to all.



8:04 PM  

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