Love Notes

We welcome you to leave comments, encouraging messages, Scripture, prayers or more below. Remember that Ava would love to hear from you as well! Send a greeting, share a joke, anything that is from your heart.

Update (1/12/2015): Ava has an email address. If you'd like to send her a message, you can send it to:
avabrightlee (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks for understanding if you don't hear back from her, but know that your message means a lot!


Sookang Kim said...

Ava, I'm Sooha. I miss you so much since you've not been to kindergarten. Ava, you must get better and better. When you are at home, I will come to your house with my brother, Roy. and We want to play with you and Gwen. We will play with ipad and going to the downstairs to play. You also can come to my house, too. I will do Kindergarten playing with you. Ayushi and Manami told me they miss you so much as mush as I do. Get well as soon as possible! I Love you so much, Ava!!! We are waiting for you.. here.

From your friend Sooha

DoctorHeart said...

"Hi Ava, this is Marissa. I love you and hope you feel/get better. We/I pray to God/the Lord that you will get better and we can visit and play with each other.

Lots of love, your cousin, Marissa L. Chen"

Susan Wang said...


How are you doing there? I am aunt Susan, I lead children worship in church. I miss your singing and dancing with me in the children worship time at church. Get well soon and come back to children worship!

Aunt Susan

DoctorHeart said...

"Ava, this is Michael. I remember that whenever you, Marissa, and I visit each other, we always have fun, and you and Marissa always end up taking me as your prisoner! I can't wait for the next time that I see you! I miss you so much and I pray for you every day.

Love, your cousin Michael"

Gwynneth said...

Hi Lee Family! I've never met Mike, Ava or Gwen, but love love love all the stories with Ava's words of wisdom and Gwen's hilarious boss lady antics. I hope I can meet you guys one day soon. Stay brave and strong my friends and know that you are not alone and you are all very much loved.


Brendan Lee said...

Hi Ava this is Brendan deedee. I have been praying that you will be healed from leukemia. I hope that your back pain goes away very quickly. I can't wait to come and see you and play board games with you. I always will be praying for you every day. We are planning a trip to come to Chicago and I hope to see you on our trip.
I have a joke for you.
Knock Knock
Who's there?
Justin who?
Just in the neighborhood thought I would drop by.
Good night sleep tight and have a good dream
Love, Brendan

Eunmi said...

Thinking of you all and praying for supernatural strength from The Lord to get through the day. God is with you and loving on you. Praying for blessings on Ava

Chris Straszewski said...

Ava, I was so excited to see you on Skype with your classmates. I look forward to seeing your smile back to school!
With God's love and the love of all your family and friends you will be strong again!
Isiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
With many hugs, Mrs. S.

Anonymous said...

Ava, my daughter Ayla is 3 and a half, I showed her a picture of you today and she said "she looks fun! I like her!" Ayla can't eat a lot of foods like you, so I talked to your mommy about that before, which is how I know her. I'm a friend of Angie Lee's. I want you to know you are in my thoughts and when I have funny moments with my daughter Ayla I am hoping you are having a fun moment with your sister or mommy. Sending all our love and keep up the hard fight like a warrior princess! Mulan is one of my daughter's favorite princesses, time to battle like her Ava, you CAN DO IT!!! Love Nicole & Ayla Smith

Justin Cooper said...

I have been trying to post on your blog for many days now! Hopefully this method will work! I want you to know that I think about you ALL THE TIME and I am so proud of how hard you are fighting. I've read a lot about what your mom and dad have written on this blog. Although it's hard for you, it makes me proud to read that you are staying as strong as possible. We miss you so much in class and I look forward to when we can Skype again soon.

Thinking of you always,
Miss Cankar :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Ava,
This is Peanut writing! I loved seeing you when we Skyped with your classmates the other day. You had such an amazing smile when you saw me and it made me feel so good inside. I want to see you again soon, Ava! Maybe I'll try to escape the classroom to see you think Miss Cankar would notice if I was gone? Hmmm....

Bye for now!
From, Peanut

QueenWanydala said...

Hi Ava!
My name is Wany. I used to go to the same church with your mom a long time ago. I've been reading this morning about what you've been going through and I am so impressed with your strength, smile, attitude, empathy for others, and especially your maturity! Keep it up! Remember, we can't get stronger without putting up a good fight, no? =) Let's beat this thing!

Anonymous said...

Just heard that gorgeous singing of yours Ava that your mama posted- keep singing princess! Your voice is like an angel and makes me smile :) Nicole & Ayla

Tracy Locke said...

Hi Ava!

This is Miss Tracy. I first met you and your mom at Edward Hospital's Cradle Talk. I also have a daughter your age also named Ava. It's been a very long time since we've seen each other but your mom and I are Facebook friends so I've watched you grow over the years. We live in California now so we are too far to visit but you are always in our thoughts. I just wanted to let you know that since we found out you were in the hospital we've been praying so hard for you everyday. Ava especially since she feels a connection to you because you have the same name and also you both have little sisters about the same age. Your bravery has been an example to Ava. She had to have a shot the other day and she said she wanted to be brave like you. You stay strong and brave. Know that all of our friends and family are praying for you also. Big hugs from California - Miss Tracy, Ava and Brie

Tina Schenk said...

Hi, Ava. I am sorry to hear about your illness..please know that you have been heavy on my heart and I have been praying for you! I love the picture of you holding the cookie :) have such a beautiful, contagious smile. I am also happy to hear that your back is feeling better. I miss you a lot and hope to see you soon! Sending all my love and prayer! Mrs. Schenk

Sookang Kim said...

Little Ava is showing us big power and endless love around here!!!!!

We are proud of Ava~

Bora, you should take care yourself first.

Sooha's family waiting for Ava's family to see in the church..

Anonymous said...

Hello Ava, Mike, and Esther,

It's hard to believe that you are reaching so many people on this blog, but not hard to believe your story is touching and inspiring us all. When the words come to you, please continue to write. Remind us all how powerful it is to unite in love and prayer for a cause as great as this one. We love you so much, Lee Family! Love. Norma Garrity

Julie Pingel said...

Hi Ava! It's Mrs. Pingel from Pritchett. I miss your beautiful little face walking through my classroom door on Thursday mornings. All your Pritchett friends and teachers miss you so much! I am thinking of you and praying for you all the time. You are such a sweetheart and I am so sorry that you have to go through all of this. It sounds like the doctors are taking very good care of you. Thanks to your mom and family for doing this blog so we can know how you're doing!
With lots of love,
Mrs. Pingel

Anonymous said...

Hi Ava! We miss seeing you at church so much! We hope you will get better soon. You are so brave and inspiring. We will continue praying for you. We love you so much Ava!

Qing Family

Ellen Shiau said...

Dear Lee Family,

The EFCON folks on the West Coast are thinking about you and praying for you and your girls. Ava, what a brave girl for enduring something no one ever should have to! We are cheering you on!



Anonymous said...

Warrior Princess Ava, we are putting you in our prayers every night. At the end we say "please help Ava stay strong and be with her and her mommy." You are so brave and strong princess! :) Sending you our love and can't wait for you to get better so you and Ayla can meet and play (she's younger than you but still loads fun and will make you laugh lots, she says funny stuff!) Love Nicole and Ayla
PS. If you get a moment, have your mommy check out my facebook page and look for my friend named RADA. She raised over $3000 for children's cancer research and shaved her head for it, without knowing any little child with cancer. She was so brave and looks beautiful. I saw her FB post of her shaving her head right before the post from your mom or Angie about you being diagnosed with cancer and I can't help but think Rada was meant to do that for you, even though you don't know each other. Just check her out.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ava,

When I talk to God, I picture your smile at Sunday School... "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, (helper) thta he may abide with you for ever."


Anonymous said...

Hope you have a beautiful day princess Ava! Love Nicole & Ayla :)

Anonymous said...

Here is a funny for you Ava, hope it makes you smile!
This morning Ayla decorated a chair with all this ribbon and said "it's Christmas today", it was a Christmas chair apparently, it is Christmas year round to that girl!
Another funny thing she did this morning was she said, "Oh someone is at the door mommy, it's a cat!" Now there was no one at the door of course. She pretended to pick up the make believe kitty and said "oh you are so cute cat, what is that cat? you want mommy to get you some milk? Okay!" and I had to get the pretend cat milk. Then something fell over later and shad said, "don't worry mommy, its just my cat." :) Oh and at this moment she is using another ribbon spool to decorate my laundry basket for Christmas for the cat...
_Love Nicole & Ayla

Helen Yu said...

If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ava,

Thank you for staying strong and sweet despite the painful treatment. We miss seeing you at church and wait for the day when you come back to us not only a warrior but also a winner!

David Zhang and family

Mrs. Heather Akiyoshi, Pritchett School said...

Dear Ava,
I am so happy to write to you on your blog! It warms my heart to think that you will be reading this and thinking of me and all of our good stories in the Pritchett Library! We miss you here, though, and can't wait for you to be back with us. I know you are so strong and pray that you continue to be strong. Keep God's love in your heart, Sweetie, and know that He is with you always.
I LOVE your singing and hope to hear more! It touched my heart so strongly!
Love and hugs,
Mrs. Akiyoshi

Esther Liao said...

Dear Mike and Esther,

As I read the story one by one. It just broke my heart by knowing Ava suffered so much. It's so hard to understand God's will when we suffer... But I know Ava is very precious to Jesus. Jesus never fail... even on the cross. "He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed."

Mike's parents were the first pastor of my mother church in Taichung, Taiwan. Not sure if Mike still remember me when I visit with my mom and sister 18 years ago. I saw the post about Ava through my cousin in Chicago. I wrote an email to your father too. Please remember we are praying for you from Taiwan. May God strengthen you everyday and provide all your needs. God is in control!

Esther Liao

Chris Straszewski said...

I am so happy to hear that Ava is home. So glad to hear that prayers are being answered.
To the entire Lee family, I admire your strength.

Bill Moy said...

Hi Ava!

This is Brennan's dad. We've been praying for you. Here's a joke from us:

Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Ava who?
Ava 'nother knock-knock joke for you:

Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Gwen who?
Gwen are you going to open the door?

Anonymous said...

Listen to me: God is amazing and great. He would never fail Ava, NEVER! have faith and keep praying. Better things are yet to come. I know that God loves Ava and will do everything to make her better!
Love, Rebeka

Anonymous said...

Hi Esther,
Hope this mail finds you and your family doing well. Want to rejoice with you all on the milestones of good news and favor. Like to share this verse with you :
“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me. Isa 49:16

You are precious to Him and so is Ava.
Love, Siew-kim.

mike sunu said...

hey esther,
liz and i (and by extension our small group) have been following the blog out from LA and have been incredibly blessed to see your family's faith grow through this. is there a we can spread the word for finding a BM match out here?

mike sunu

borabora said...

Hi Mike and Liz! Thank you so much for your support on the gofundme site. Thank you also for your prayers and for helping us spread the word regarding bone marrow donors. I believe that anyone could host a bone marrow drive in their own communities with help from Be The Match. They have a website at I have also posted some videos and radio interviews to help spread the word so that might be a way to share out the cause as well! Thank you again for your help!!

Anonymous said...

Sending love and prayers and hugs your way! And Ava stay strong so you can walk that puppy everyday next summer- you know your momma may forget, and well it is your puppy! You are a proud new puppy momma and must keep up your strength for that pup don't forget that. But also never forget how lucky you are to have such awesome parents that make sure you are taken care of just like you must take care of that pup. Your pup is lucky to have you as well. Keep your strength up and know that when you go through hard times, only good times can be ahead in the future!! Sending love, Nicole & Ayla PS. Whenever I accidently forget to mention you in saying ayla's prayers she adds you :)

Chris G said...

Praying for you and your whole family. My heart breaks with you. I do not know how to pray but i thank God for the Spirit and Jesus interceding for us.
Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)
[26] In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. [27] And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

Anonymous said...

Hello Ava and Gwen - Here are two jokes to brighten your day:

1. Why was Tigger looking in the toilet?
He was trying to find “Pooh.”

2. What bean do kids like the best?
The jellybean!

Love and hugs from YC

Anonymous said...

Dear Ava- I still pray for you every night with my mom. I hope you are staying strong and remember always you are loved by many. Keep finding ways to smile through the pain princess Ava! Love Ayla Smith

Dear Ester,
I don't know how you do it. I was thinking about how you can't sleep from the stress, try taking some Benedryl (same active ingredient as sleep aids) take two and see if it doesn't help you stay asleep a little longer. You need that to stay strong and recuperate. Your eyes must always sting from all the tears you have shed this year, I feel them stinging when I read your posts. You are not forgotten or alone. Rest your spirit so it can rejuvenate, Ava needs you strong too. So hard it is to quiet the mind, the interrupting thoughts and doubts, questions, and pain. Take a few minutes to do yoga, run, or swim to release some of that tension inside you, even if you can't stop the thoughts from ruminating. A mantra I say to myself when I can't release my mind from anxious thoughts is, "I'm at peace in the present". I say it to myself over and over until I feel a little peace of calm and come to the reality that I only have control over the present moment and have peace in it. It's no quoted mantra, I just started saying it to myself. But I hope it helps! All our energy, love, hugs, and strength sent your way via the heart! Love Nicole Hamm-Smith

Anonymous said...

Hi Esther, you've been on our hearts. Please take good care of yourself - I mean deliberate good care, OK. Finally my words are so powerless and sterile, I don't even want to say too much but I know for sure His words are so life changing...
"Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. " Psalm 33:22. Love & Prayers, SiewKim.

Anonymous said...

The entire Lee Family has been in my heart and prayers. Ava, I am so excited to see you in first grade and you sister Gwen in Early Childhood.

Anonymous said...

Question for Ava:
What do you call a bear with no teeth?
Answer: A gummy bear!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ava :) I just wanted to write and say that I love you and that you will always be the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen. Your warm heart and smile never fails to give me strength, even when I feel so tired that I just want to sleep all day. Playing with you at church always makes my Sundays and week a little bit brighter. Seeing you be so strong throughout all of this gives me strength too. I pray to God every day for you and how thankful I am that he placed you in this world. From the moment I first met you in my Sunday School class for the 2 & 3 year old's, I realized how special you are. I feel so blessed to have seen you grow up so well and I pray for many more Sundays to play and talk to you and watch you grow up even more. Ava, you are yeppeo :) Saranghae <3

Anonymous said...

Dear Mike & Esther,
How have you been ? We continue to bring you before the Sovereign Lord and ask that " he will answer you(your prayers) from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. " Psalm 20: 6. All glory to Him.
love, Siew-Kim.

Anonymous said...

Happy happy birthday week Princess Ava!!!! Hope you find a way to make it special and celebrate :) Sending love your way, outstretched imaginary hugs, and blowing you kisses (you might catch a few just while you are sleeping!)!! Love always, Ayla and her mommy Nicole

Suzann Audi said...

I hope you had fun on your birthday. I know you are 6, and I am 6 too. I hope I see you in 1st grade.
from, Ali (from Kindergarten)

Fr Luke Fong said...

Dear Ava

I have just been introduced to you through one of your father's members of his church. You may know him or his children. His name is Peter Mui, and his wife is Lily, with their two children Ethan and Claire. I am writing this all the way from Singapore, and like you, I too had Leukaemia last year, and needed a stem cell transplant. God is so amazing that a perfect match was found in Peter, and in July last year, his life-saving bag of stem cells were brought to my hospital bed and it was transfused into me. It has been about a year and a month since the transplant, and after a few brushes with infection, the doctors have not found any more leukaemia cells in me. I know how painful those bone marrow biopsies can be, and even though i can take pain pretty well, I am sure that for a little girl like you, the pain is far more intense. Please know that I am praying for you and your family, that you will be strengthened in your faith despite all that you are all going through as a family. I also pray that your perfect match, like mine, will come soon.

If you want to, you can read my own blog at I hope that my thoughts and reflections can give encouragement to your daddy and mummy.

Praying with you
Fr Luke

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and your family, nightly in Ayla and my prayers. Congratulations on news of new life joining your lovely family. I bet two big sisters are pretty excited...YAY! Love Nicole Hamm-Smith

Anonymous said...

The Lord has blessed you so much with the prayers of so many for all your family.
Because of your church and connections, hundreds of people pray for your needs :
for Ava to recover, for strength for the whole family, for relief from depression. Please pray for those who have no such contacts in a church, who suffer with
diseases without support from anyone; who suffer with depression not just during a period, but throughout their whole lives; for those who are lonely without relief.
May you pray for others, the prayers that so many people are praying for Ava, and your family. May God grant you the desires of your heart...

jaemom said...

Yes, we pray along with you for God to bring healing, strength and hope in each of these lives, for His glory. He is near to the brokenhearted.

Sookang Kim said...

Ava가 한번씩 학교에 나온다는 말 아이들한테 전해 들었습니다. 그래도 다행이다. 감사한 일이다. 오늘 올라온 Ava 사진을 보며 눈물이 왈칵 쏟아졌습니다. 6살 작은 아이가 어쩜 이 많은 사람들의 삶을 숙연하게 만들까. 그 아픔은 덜어줄 수 없는 내 자신이 미안하고, 이곳에 들어와도 영어 쓰여있는 이야기를 다 이해하지 못해 미안하고, 늘 생각지 못해서 미안합니다. 저는 아직 하나님을 모르는 사람입니다. 아픈 자식을 두고도 하나님께 감사하다고 말하는 Lee 목사님을 보며, 한 없이 작아지는 저를 봤습니다. 한없이 착하고, 성숙하고, 소중한 Aav 가족들, 이 고통 빨리 이겨내고, 건강한 Ava와 보내는 일상 기다립니다. 저도 잘 모르지만, 기도합니다. 정말 사랑스런 Aav가 수하와 뛰어놀며 보낼 수 있는 일상, 간절히 바라고 기도합니다.

Anonymous said...

Praying, thinking about, and sending every ounce of love even though I don't know you personally. You are such a beautiful, strong, and courageous girl.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you lie crazy here in IL! We love you, Ava and are sending healing energy to you and loving support to your parents and doctors.
Mrs. Akiyoshi

Judy Chen said...

My mother, sister Patty and I prayed together for Ava's procedure today. May God be merciful and gracious to Ava, bringing her best results, no complications, and speedy complete healing... May he give her and your entire family peace and strength.

Will be praying throughout the day...

God be with you all.

Kelly Sim said...
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Kelly Sim said...

Hi, Esther.
Greetings from Seattle. I've never met you and I only found your blog via another virtual friend (Stephanie Chang) to whom I've just been introduced. While I won't go into long details about who I am, I will say that so much of what you’ve written resonates deeply within me. I’ve known incredible loss and am in the midst of cancer myself, but the way you are experiencing and chronicling the mountain tops and valleys are utterly moving and real. I can’t even begin to speak to sweet and beautiful Ava and what she may be going through in her little body yet giant and courageous spirit. But knowing the heart of a mother, I wanted to speak life, hope, strength, perseverance, and gratitude into you. I love the video of you guys dancing your hearts out. It makes me laugh and cry at the same time. I’m imagining the incredible strength it takes to put on dancing shoes when you just want to crawl into bed. I’m imagining the Oscar-worthy smiles you have to put on at any moment’s notice in front of and for the sake of your other children, your husband, or your mom. I’m imagining all the wrestling matches that you have with our perfect Father when your life seems furthest from perfect at times. The road is long and bumpy, but I am glad to see that it’s also lined with beauty and cheerleaders in the sidelines. You are an amazing mom, a super hero, and a pillar of strength for Ava and your entire family. You might deflect and say it’s because you have the support of all the people who love on you and your mighty Ava herself, but I hope you can just sit for 10 seconds without the deflection, without the humility you practice every day and just tell yourself, “I am a good mom. I am doing everything just right. I am a pretty awesome person.” Cause you know what? You are.

borabora said...

Hi Kelly! I want to thank you so much for your encouraging words. It is so timely and so appreciated. I just love Stephanie Chang. She is a true example of showing Christ's love and you are in good company if you know her! I would love to hear more about your story and pray alongside you as you go through your treatments. Please feel free to email me at Blessings!-Esther

Gracia Teow said...

Dear Mr and Mrs Lee

I've been directed to this blog through Sonia's (from Jayesslee) Instagram page. It is really heartwarming that all of you see God's presence and take comfort in his grace and love throughout this entire ordeal! Stay strong, and continue to trust in Christ's guidance and protection. My family and I will keep you and the Lee family in prayer. God is always good!

Ava, you're a sweet little girl and I will pray for you! May you live each day joyfully, trusting and obeying the Lord! :) Continue smiling, you've got a really sweet smile! :)

Anonymous said...

Been following Ava's story for a long time. Am praying for the best. Best of luck. I saw this story in the news about a new 93% therapy and thought I'd share, for who knows what the future holds in these times of quick change. I'm sorry if this is irrelevant to you. But please know many people are hoping with you. Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

Dear Esther, praise God for your "Surrender" post! It's been my prayer for you too. May God's unfailing, unchanging love keep protecting your whole family. For His Glory!

Ariel Yang said...

Hello Ava and Ava's family.

I'm Ariel. Like the mermaid.

My heart breaks for you. I pray as an intercessor that God may hear my cries for you. You are so brave to be fighting this nasty monster. Here is a lullaby for when things get too hard and all you need is to cuddle and rest in our Father's arms. :)
Praying for you, dear one.

Roxanne Lee said...

Dearest Ava,

You are very special. Guess what, I have the same last name as you! And do you know what else? We have the same Father...our heavenly Father!

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Love, Roxanne Lee

luying said...

Dear Ava,

I want you to know that i have always prayed that God's will be done in your journey through leukemia. You have surprised your mom again and again. You have encouraged many adults too. The other day I was in fear that I had taken on too many tasks at work. Your superstar picture instantly inspired me. I am still brave!

Even though other stars before you are shining in heaven after burning bright here for a short time, I always believe that you are God's unique creation. No one knows what His wonderful plan is for you. I pray that we walk with you bravely in each step of the journey, and that you fight on without fear.

God bless you, precious child!


Marlena Fournier said...

Hi Ava,

Seeing you smile through your journey and being so strong just shows what an amazing young woman you are. You keep fighting darling, God sends his strongest children through the most challenging journeys because he has a beautiful plan for you. I have you and your family in my prayers. You can do this!!

Much love & prayers,
Raleigh, NC

Anonymous said...

To the entire Lee Family,
Your steadfast unrelenting faith is an inspiration to us all.
Ava, you are surrounded by the love of family, friends and even strangers you have never met.
May God with you on this journey!

Betty C. said...

Hi Ava,

We've never met you in person, but already feel like we know you a little from all that we hear from people who love you! Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your family every day. Tonight my two year old little boy prayed that "Ava would have no more boo-boos and also no more teardrops". He also said that he loves you! Please know that you are loved by and thought of by so many people around the world!

Healthy Gal said...

Dearest Ava whom the Father fearfully and wonderfully created, may His everlasting arms uphold you during this difficult hour. May you experience His peace and abiding presence which surpasses all circumstance and physical limitations. May you find His grace upholding you and uplifting you moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day.

Anonymous said...

To the Lee Family,

I don't personally know you, but I feel like I do from following your story. I pray each and every night for Ava and your entire family. May God continue to bless you and see you through such a difficult time. Each day I anxiously check the blog or Facebook for any new updates. I was filled with joy when I read that Ava was discharged and my heart fell to the floor when I read she was admitted in to the ICU. I know God will prevail and I will continue to pray each and every night for Ava's recovery and the family's strength and courage through it all. God Bless you and stay strong!

eugeneylee said...

dearest Ava and family,

although you don't know us, we have been following your story for quite some time now. our hearts rejoice when we see positive updates and they break when the news is less encouraging. through it all, you are such an inspiration to us. Ava, you have the most beautiful smile in the world. know that your smile and fighting spirit have already touched so many lives and we will continue to pray for you and your family. sending you lots of love from san diego!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading through all your posts here and on facebook over the past few months. It's difficult for me to describe how affecting it is to witness the struggles you and your precious daughter are going through. Some of the stories, photos and videos you've shared are burned in my mind. There is pain, but also so much love, and courage, and a faith that is stronger than anything I've ever encountered. I started medical school this august, and have the option of getting an MD/PhD so that I can go into research. I know that I alone am close to nothing. But my dream is that one day I will be able to contribute in some small way towards a cure for pediatric cancer. I hate cancer. Seeing children struggle with it until death tests my belief in the Goodness of God to the breaking point. But I read your posts where you experience pain and suffering on a scale I can't even imagine and yet STILL praise Him. Part of me wishes you wouldn't. The way you submit to Him both inspires me, and fills me with rage that he would allow such heartbreak for such a faithful family. But I am weak. And if you, while suffering so greatly, can still find a way to worship Him, then I will try as well. Thank you for allowing Ava's story to be told.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Ava,
Thank you for your continued bravery, courage and amazing faith. Through all you've been through how you continue to sing and praise the Lord is such a great witness and such an example for all of us. We pray for you, your family and ask the Lord to strengthen you moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. Ava you are a bright light in this darkness. Thank you for being used by the Lord. Thank you. Thank you.

Jen said...

Hi Ava, my name is Jen. I have two daughters, 8 and 9. Haha~ I wrote that as if those are their names: 8 Hong and 9 Hong. Nah~ they are Calli and Savannah. We moved to Korea from Seattle last year and are living a new adventure. Well,I tell my girls and Calli believes me but Savannah who's older and more aware gets homesick more often.
Sometimes I complain to the Lord and worry a lot about my family and what the future holds.
But last night I was at church praying for the lost and sick, when I suddenly remembered hearing about your story somewhere. I looked it up and am so sad to hear of your long suffering and the faith of your parents is so beautiful. I realized I really shouldnt be complaining and God wants me to simply trust him. I cried my eyes out but fortunately they did not roll far away so I can still see today ��.
So, I was thinking so many thoughts and one of them is that I would love if our church could pray for you continually.
We are called Lifespring Church in Songdo, Korea and we have a team of people who are praying everyday, throughout the day.
Would it be ok with you if we could join you on this journey and be your prayer warriors?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I am and was never religious but reading your story gave me a desire to learn more about God. I too have a daughter that is struggling with allergies. She’s basically on a diet that only allows her to consume a few type of foods. When days have become hard, I think of Ava. She has been my inspiration to see things differently. Thanks again for sharing and I do check your post everyday hoping for the best for Ava.

Believer from Texas said...

Always remember Ava God has given you a hope and a future! :-)

Harriet 071848 said...

Hello from Oakland California,
I am thinking and praying for all of you many times a day. I am a friend of Jeanette Park Lee who lives in Chicago, where I moved from.
I hope you can hear my heart because I find it hard to find the words to tell you, Ava, how much I love you... and we have never met. What a precious child you are. Your smile reaches me way out here on the west coast.

Love to you and your family.

Harriet Reelitz