Brave Benjamin earned his angel wings and passed away to heaven peacefully in his mommy’s arms on October 6, 2014. He touched so many lives during his 6.5 weeks with us… doctors, nurses, friends, family, and people who never met him, but were inspired by his story to join the bone marrow donor registry. We truly hope that at least one of you will be a match and save a life. Benjamin’s doctors confirmed that he had a match, but his HLH took too great of a toll on his organs.
We are thankful for the time that we had with Benjamin, the love that he shared with us, and find peace that he is with God watching over us. He will always be in our hearts.
Thank you again for all of your prayers and support.
Tim and Mandy
The staff of TaiwaneseAmerican.org sends its deepest condolences to Tim, Mandy, and the extended Liao family. Our hearts are with them and Baby Benjamin. For our readers, we hope you will continue to join the Bone Marrow Registry since Taiwanese Americans and Asian Americans are extremely under-represented. Together we can make a difference.
The following is a letter from a friend in the Taiwanese American community, regarding his newborn son, Benjamin, who is in need of your help.
Dear Friends of TaiwaneseAmerican.org,
My name is Tim Liao and I am writing this from my son’s room at the Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. I am reaching out to you because my newborn son, Benjamin Liao, born only 4 weeks ago, was recently diagnosed with HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis), a rare immune system disorder that damages healthy tissues and organs. HLH is 100% fatal if not treated.
Benjamin will only survive if he finds a matching bone marrow donor in the upcoming weeks, the chance of which is directly correlated with finding donors of similar ancestry. In Benjamin’s case, he is a mix of Taiwanese, German, and Irish.