goodbye, michelle.

Very sad, heartbreaking news. Michelle Maykin, whose public struggle with leukemia inspired so many people, finally lost her battle early yesterday. She was 27: Michelle is in peace.

The campaign that developed around fighting her illness managed to register over 18,000 individuals to be bone marrow donors for the APIA community. She fought not only for herself, but the countless lives of others who have slim chances of finding a marrow match.

Services will be held today at 7:00pm at the Fremont Buddhist Thai Temple (36054 Niles Blvd. Fremont, CA) to honor Michelle's life. All are welcome. The funeral itself will be next week, with details forthcoming.

I never met Michelle, but I knew her struggle, and she seemed like a beautiful, fearless individual. My deepest condolences go out to her family and friends. If you haven't yet registered as a bone marrow donor, please consider doing so -- you could save a life. To learn more about Michelle's story, go here.

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