Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Love Without Borders

(picture taken from The Edmonds Beacon)

(Article taken from The Enterprise Newspaper, dated November 5, 2008)

From Malaysia, a mural
  • Leukimia survivor brings his art to Edmonds.
By Chris Fyall
Enterprise editor

Call it a grand expression.
Call it a wonderful gesture.
Whatever you do, call it thankful.

Because the mural of Wen Heui Fan, 35, a Malaysian artist who traveled last week across the Pacific Ocean to paint in Edmonds, materialized only after Fan survived leukimia, and only after he obtained the help of Edmonds-based Max Foundation, and Fan is certainly thankful.

The Max Foundation works with leukimia patients worldwide, providing medication and offering support to patients who need it.

"They saved my life," Fan said Oct 22. "My whole family is appreciative."

After he was diagnosed at age 29, the Max Foundation gave him free medication that he otherwise could not have afforded, Fan said. They helped bring light to what was otherwise a dark and depressing situation, he said.

Fan is one of the 15 artists featured in a book called "Colors of Hope: Expressions from cancer survivors around the world" that the Max Foundation published earlier this year.

When Max Foundation was looking for a way to raise its profile here in Edmonds, it asked Fan to paint a mural inside the Aegis of Edmonds, an assisted living and memory care community near Stevens Hospital.

The foundation has operated quitely from Edmonds for 11 years. It helps 19,000 patients annually around the world, officials said.

Fan painted a 17-foot by 7-foot mural titled "Life, Low and Peak" in Aegis' memory care wing. The wing is home to Aegis' most fragile patients, said Nancy Talbott, the activities director.

"These are the forgotten people. These are the people nobody comes to see," Talbott said. "It is just amazing that he hears their story and he comes."

Talbott and Nataliya Semez, the Max Foundation's development director, helped arrange Fan's mural.

"Fan knows what it is like to come back (from a illness) and make a difference," she said. "They all want to give back. That's what they want to do."

(Article taken from The Enterprise Newspaper, dated November 5, 2008)


Anonymous said...

Dear Fan it was an honour to have you here helping us extend a hand to the elderly in our community. You represented MaxFamily so well and made a difference in the lives of so many people.

You will forever be in the hearts of people in Edmonds Washington!

Mrs Grumble said...

Congratulate our dear fren Fan....superhero that brings life to the meaningful point of all........
reading with tears.....tears of joy....

Fan said...

Oh my god, i am so sorry for overlook the message from the blog. Pls for give me.

Thanks Pat and Shikin! It was my honour to have an opportunity to help others in Edmonds.

Thanks Pat and The Max Foundation for giving me an opportunity to work this project together with TMF.