Mia has the most amazing smile and is the beautiful twin sister to a fantastic twin brother named Noah.
Her laughter and smile are contagious!
High Risk A.L.L. – acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Diagnosed: March 13, 2009 (age 2)
Remission: April 13, 2009
Relapsed: December 27, 2010 (age 4)
BMT: April 18, 2011 – 10/10 matched sibling donor from the bravest twin brother a girl could ask for
Relapsed: July 28, 2011
Passed Away: April 17, 2012 (age 5)
Click here to read about Mia’s fight with Leukemia. CaringBridge
Mia Lynn Deligeannis passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 17, 2012 after battling Leukemia for most of her life. Mia’s final days were spent surrounded by family at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She was born in Seattle and lived in Olympia, Washington.
Mia’s life was short, but for those who were touched by her, understood that her life is a great example of how to live a full life. A life based on quality time not the quantity of time in which you live it. Her big eyes and beautiful smile melted the hearts of those around her, and even when she chose not to speak a word, her voice and thoughts could always be heard.
Although Mia spent 3 years fighting Leukemia and was often immune suppressed and very sick, she was strong. With every challenge her disease brought, she pushed through and bounced back surprising the doctors many times. Each day we had together was a blessing. We are so thankful we had the opportunity to create lasting memories and we are so proud to be her parents. Mia had an amazing mind and could spend hours reading books out loud and drawing pictures of hearts and rainbows. She enjoyed music, dancing, playing soccer, singing and spending time with her best friend and twin brother, Noah. Pink was her favorite color. She always loved going to the park and absolutely loved to swing. It was one place she could relax and feel free, letting the wind blow on her face and through her hair.
With Mia’s passing we remind others that her life is one to be celebrated, although we will miss her every day, she will always remain forever in our hearts and connected with our invisible strings.
Mia touched the lives of many people with her courage and strength, and blessed us with her beautiful smile all the way to the end. Mia leaves behind many wonderful caregivers that provided love and support that enhanced her quality of life. We are thankful for her primary team at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Karyn and Dr. Jessica, her clinic and inpatient nurses, our friends at the SCCA, and Side-by-Side volunteers. She will be dearly missed by all her friends and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and all her Rally Foundation Champions.
Mia is survived by her loving parents, Casey Deligeannis and LeLani Benavente; Twin brother Noah; Grandparents Brenda Deligeannis, Tom Deligeannis, Sally and Frank Benavente; Aunts Robin, Kasha and Connie; Uncles Geno, Shawn, and Sam; loving cousins Kyle, Kiera, Andrew and Jonah, along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know her.
Friends and family attended Mia’s celebration of life on Friday, April 27th, 2012, at Evergreen Christian Community (ECC) at 1pm. 1000 Black Lake Boulevard Southwest, Olympia, WA 98502. A balloon release and reception followed the celebration.