A Special and Creative Happy Birthday, Lianna! From Your PapiBlogger Family

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My wife’s cousin Michelle and her husband David Saucedo of Texas have a wonderful three-year-old daughter named Liana who less than a year ago was diagnosed with Leukemia.  Liana is my daughter Briani’s favorite cousin and we were very upset that on her 3rd birthday today Lianna had to be stuck in a Dallas hospital fighting several infections that are largely the result of chemo.

The Saucedos are a young family who we root for real hard so it came as no surprise to me that her talented father David, a man’s man, came up with a song to help raise funds for his family.  You can see/hear the song here:

On Saturday David sent his church and Facebook family a request to post birthday wishes for Lianna on Facebook so Michelle and he can read them to Lianna because she loves to know that people are praying and thinking about her.  My wife and I were at our church, Fellowship Church, this morning when we suddenly thought of a creative way to show Liana how much we love: we would create a short birthday song video.

As fate would have it, earlier this week we received a really cool box of ready-to-use party supplies from Target called Spritz.  Spritz came in handy as all we had to do to throw Liana a virtual party was rush to the grocery store to get her a cake.  It took about 15 takes to get the birthday song right with three children and other environmental distractions but the video shown at the top of this post is what we came up with for Liana.

As we did this for Lianna it occurred to me that this is something that ought to be repeated time and again for many other children who like Liana and her family are sometimes spending their birthdays at hospitals and at incredible family care homes such as the Ronald McDonald House. I hope our short video is an encouragement for you to use technology to show others you care.

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  • Hello Family Saucedos.
    I am a friend and massage therapist of Manny & Angela Ruiz. I visited them yesterday and recall seeing a half eaten cake a picture of your beautiful little girl but, ofcourse, never put it all together until i came across this clip on Angela’s FB page. You video/song for your beautiful & strong little girl bought me to tear before i even heard your voice. Your faith abd the emotion in your words moved me. Thank you for making this and i think its true that her ministry could end up as a message on someone’s lap. Liana & your family will be in my prayers tonight but above all i just wanted to thank you & God for giving Liana a good daddy & mommy! Thanks again for expresses with the world your passion & faith. May God bless you & yours always, restoring Lianas health 100%.
    In Jesus name… Amen

  • Clara

    Manny what an inspiring story! I had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Saucedo and is clear he is a man of faith willing to do anything and everything to support his beautiful daughter Liana and his family. I am so glad to learn his family have been able to find strength from the staff, volunteers and from other families at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth. That’s is the mission of the program and of the Charity Ronald McDonald House Charities, provide stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their child healthy and happy. I am sure Liana’s birthday will lift her spirit and will be a moment of cheer and joy for her and the Saucedo family. My heart, prayers and best wishes are with Liana and her family. Indeed sometimes we don’t understand, we can’t explain why things like this happen, but I am hopeful that along the way, doors will open and miracles happen. Mr. Saucedo is an example of tenacity, generosity and a man of faith, faith that has guided him to do good and make a difference in his community and in those who he has touch through his music, his lyrics, his talent. He touched mine and I am thankful.

  • Tears came to my eyes and are still flowing while my heart is shrunk at the sight of such a precious and strong little girl and her parents. The first thing that comes to my mind is praising and thanksgiving for all my healthy grandkids… Lianna..Why? we do not understand as the beautiful song says… But surely with such strong faith the Lord will carry them thru this. Our deepest thoughts and prayers for Lianna and her family and our encouragement to you to keep supporting them.. God bless you.

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  • Evette


    My name is Evette Alvarado and I am from Eastwood High School Student Council in El Paso, Texas. My student council and I recently went to Dallas for a state convention and met David and Lianna at Dave and Busters. Ever since then Lianna has been on our minds and we wanted to start a program here at school to help her and her family. So if there is any way I can get ahold of them and personally talk to them or do anything for the family please let me know my email is e_alvarado13@hotmial.com

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