The day before Lara fell ill, she phoned to interview me about Burmese workers who are working as domestics in Thailand. She was doing some research in order to help these workers from being exploited.
Lara was admitted to the hospital a few days after that for leukaemia. I remembered that day very well because my heart was so devastated. My knees were shivering and I could barely hold back my tears from sadness for my niece. On the contrary, Lara bravely faced the bad news with no self-pity and carried herself with incredible grace.
Since Lara was facing a severe illness, it was disappointing to her that she could not continue this research. She phoned me up requesting that her colleague interview me instead of her.
Lara was born into a civic-minded family and was raised and taught to always think of others first. Sometimes I feel that this may have been a lot of pressure on someone as young as her. But in truth it has served her well. In the most critical moment of her life and referring to the #Match4Lara search for a stem cell donor, she says,
"Even if you can't save me, you can save someone else's life."
We are so very proud of you and you are always in our hearts. We believe in good karma and miracles. We will find that needle in the haystack for you, Lara.