Disney star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies at Aged 15

Nikita Pearl WaligwaThis is such a sad day for the world.  Nikita lost her battle with brain cancer.

In 2016 Nikita was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Sadly, Ugandan doctors weren’t equipped to treat her cancer.  As a result, the director of Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair, raised funding for her treatment in India. 

After she was given a clean bill of health in 2017 another tumor was found last year.  And, she died today in the hospital.  She was only 15 years old.

Sometimes life seems so unfair.

I truly enjoyed watching Nikita play the role of Gloria in the Queen of Katwe.  She was brilliant at her craft.  She knew how to pull the audience into her character.  For me, she transported me to the slums of Africa and caused my emotions to be jostled back and forth with highs and lows of life.

At the being of the movie Nikita caused me to call her a mean little girl and at the end of the film she had stolen my heart as she supported her teammates.

May this wonderful young actress rest in peace.

Inspirational Fridays: Liang Yaoyi and The Courage to Face Death

No Life Should be Lived in Vain

Liang YaoyiAs I ponder for meaning to the end of a young life I searched for meaning to my existence.  The world has lost a key-player.  His name is Liang Yaoyi.  He was only 11 years old when he died a heroic death of a man.  He lost his life fearlessly to brain cancer.  Which means he did not leave the earth as a beaten spectator.  He was in the game of life!  And he was indeed a key-player that world will miss because . . .

Had he lived he would have became a doctor with purpose.  He would have been a trail blazer to the world of medical science.  He would have set the world on fire with new medical ideas.  His ideas would have taken medicine to greater heights as his love for life became contagious.

His unselfish dying decree surrender him as a leader that understood he had came to the end of his journey.  And what is so amazing about his death is:  Liang Yaoyi passed the torch of life by donating his liver and kidneys as he bravely recognized he own life was ending.

And I do hope you realize I am writing about the bravery of an 11 year old boy.  Fate gave him choices that have spiritually flatten adults; but, he fought to the end of his life with a gallant spirit of a victorious man.  RIP Liang Yaoyi for your young life was not lived in vain.  [tears]