Monday, March 23, 2009

And our hearts are heavy...

Dear CCAI Families,

It is with a heavy heart that CCAI must inform you that our beloved Michael Wei Zixiong, CCAI Guangxi In-China Representative, has passed away. He was hospitalized suddenly on Friday, March 20, and he passed away early Monday morning, March 23, of an acute cerebral hemorrhage.

Michael joined CCAI in 2000 and was honored to have served hundreds of CCAI families as they journeyed to meet their children in Guangxi, Yunnan, and Guizhou. He loved his responsibilities as a CCAI rep and was always touched by adoptive families who came to China from such a long way to bring an abandoned Chinese baby into their loving homes. Michael said, “I consider CCAI adoptive families my heroes.”

CCAI has established the Michael Wei Memorial Fund to support his family and in particular, Michael’s eight-year-old son. Should you wish to contribute to this fund, please indicate on your donation the “Michael Wei Memorial Fund.”

We grieve along with you at the untimely loss of our friend Michael. A dedicated adoption professional and loving father, he will be deeply missed.

In sadness,

Chinese Children Adoption International

This was our wonderful guide in China. Michael was the one who comforted me and helped us when Shayla first wouldn't have anything to do with me in China. He always had a big smile for everyone and was a very sweet person. He loved all those babies and he told us all the best way to bond with our babies. It was second nature to him. He knew instictively what would comfort the babies and he helped us understand the grieving they were going through. I'm so sorry that Shayla will never have a chance to meet this most wonderful, influential person. I'm sorry for future CCAI families that they never got the chance to meet this awesome person.

Here are some pictures I have of him. The one of him laughing was because we watched a couple of our travel mates perform on stage, when they were pulled from the audience.


Greg and Julie said...

I am so heart broken over hearing this news. Michael was very special.

Tracy said...

Michael sounds like he was a wonderful person. What a horribly tragic loss. I am so very sorry.

CindyCinlou said...

He sounds like he was an amazing person.

KC said...

We traveled to Nanning in Oct '07 to meet our daughter Kate, and Michael was our rock during that first week together. I was hoping our daughter would have the opportunity to meet him once again on a heritage trip back to China. He was such a wonderful person and he will truly be missed.
Kelly (a CCAI Nov '05 family)

Donna said...

Sad indeed. We met Michael in Aug 2006 when we were adopting our 2nd daughter. He touched many lives as he worked with many agencies helping literally hundreds of families meet their children.

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Marisol y José ramon said...

We are a spanish familiy, and we met Michael twice in 2003 and 2007 when we met our twoo daughters. It has been a deep pity for us and for this world which needs people like Michael
We' ll never forget him he'll be always in our heart