Aloha, sweet Lea

Barely two weeks after I posted my piece titled “When Hank Met Lea,” our good friend Lea Ramos-Hiraishi breathed her last in the afternoon of July 18th.

Exactly 10 days after her 38th birthday, and 39 days short of what would have been her first wedding anniversary with the love of her life, Hank.

We hoped and prayed for a miracle, but God had better plans for her.

And so we grieve because she’s gone. She left a void so deep and very difficult to fill. But even in death, Lea – our sunshine girl, our poster girl for Hope and Courage – taught us many lessons about life.

  • Thank you, dear friend, for showing us how to appreciate the gift of time. True, life is too short and should not be wasted on things that do not add value to its beauty.
With other Carewell members who advocated for the passing of RA No. 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act
A jubilant Lea on the cover of Carewell magazine, holding a copy of RA No. 11215 approved in February this year.


  • Thank you for reminding us to make as many wonderful memories as possible with the people we love.


  • Thank you for making our lives brighter – with your smile, your inner strength, your devotion to family and friends, your strong faith, and God-loving ways.

You will be missed; but your memory lives on.

The day God called you home

God looked around his garden
And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw that the road was getting rough.
And the hills are hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine”.

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
That day that God called you home

(Author unknown)

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