Since arriving in Portland, the subject of death has come up in several different ways and been closer to home than usual.   Yesterday (February 13, 2012) we received some news that we had been dreading.  Our 9 year old niece Mercede (Grace’s side of the family) had passed away after an intense battle with leukemia. On June 9, 2011, Mercede Joy was diagnosed with Acute Monoblastic Leukemia(m5). She fought the aggressive cancer...

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