Monday, November 24, 2008

Paige is enjoying a couple of nights at her grandparents.....

Thank you Grandma Carole & Papa George!  This mommy is enjoying a little quiet time, I have read an entire magazine, took an hour long bath (alone!), and read many chapters of my current book!--Confessions Of  Prep School Mommy Handler--it is hysterical!

While I enjoyed the quiet, I am ready for p to be bouncing around the house again, and her imaginary cousin, Rianna, to be with her!  Let the adventures start back up again!

While p is away, I've had time to realize what a huge part, what a fun part, what a noisy part p is of my life--and it has made me even MORE thankful for that kid, if that is possible..

I am posting this story here, in the hopes someone will know someone who can help this little girl:

from Monica Miyashita at

"My daughter Lydia was adopted from Guangdong Province, China on July 5, 2004.  In August 2008, she was diagnosed with AML, a very pernicious and deadly form of leukemia.

With the help of her Chinese-born doctor, we were able to locate her birthparents and some of her siblings in China that her family kept.  We know she had at least two sisters older than her (born somewhere between 1993 and 2002) who were also abandoned.  The birthparents have refused to assist with her bone marrow transplant, even though two of her already found siblings were a match.

We are now looking for these other potential siblings to see if they were adopted and might also be a match.  

Lydia is part of the Hakka ethnic group, and so a match from someone other than a relative is unlikely because of her unique, almost bi-racial typing.  Lydia has classic Hakka features: "Brooke Shields" eyebrows, and rather full lips and a round face.

The Hakka are known as the Chinese diaspora, because several hundred years ago they migrated from the yellow river basin to southern China, and on to Taiwan.  Because of this migration, they have genetic features of both northern and southern Chinese.  Hence, the uniqueness of Lydia's features and alleles in her bone marrow.  Many people in Guangdong, especially rural areas may be part Hakka.  They also speak a distinct dialect.

Thank you for any assitance you may be able to lend.  If you have a daughter between the ages of 6 & 15, please help us.  If people are willing to have their children tested, please email me their name and address, and I will mail them a kit to have a simple cheek swab they do at home.  The kit is then mailed back to the lab that has Lydia's HLA typing.

Please visit our caring bridge site for more pictures and information:

Monica Miyashita"

Just trying to get this family's story out in the "blogosphere"............

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