It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Marlon Leano. About 3 weeks ago, While on a trip to the Philippines for a family reunion uncle Marlon started to feel difficulty in his breathing. They went to a local hospital to get checked up. He was diagnosed with cancer. Once he arrived back to WA, They checked into UW Medical Center and got another check up. They concluded it was stage 4 lung cancer. It was such a shock because uncle Marlon never smoked.
After only being admitted at UWMC for a few days Uncle Marlon’s health started to decrease rapidly. On the 5th day there he was really struggling to breath, The Doctor’s decided he needed a breathing tube placed in him. They warned us that after placing the tube in, It may be the last time he would be able to talk to us. But before the breathing tube was placed, Uncle Marlon says to his daughters (Marlene and joy) “I don’t think i’m gonna make it, Lets take one last selfie”.
Friends and family arrived at the hospital that day the breathing tube was to be placed. We all waited in the family lounge while the doctors were placing the tube. The doctor came in to give us an update, And that is when we all got the sad news. Uncle Marlon’s kidneys were now failing and the Doctors couldn’t do anything but ease the pain. We were given the decision if we’d like to keep him on life support or we could remove the tube and not let him suffer any longer.
It was the hardest moment we had to go through as a family. Uncle Marlon was always a fighter, He wouldn’t want to leave his daughters, wife, family and friends so soon. With a small chance of hope we prayed things might turn for the best.
But by the next day it only got worse, It was then that the family decided it was time to remove the tube and not let him suffer any longer. He wouldn’t have wanted to go with a tube down his throat. The family stood by him as he took his last breaths and held him in his final moments. He passed away on Wednesday May 15th at about 9pm.
As the family is having a difficult time grieving the loss of uncle Marlon. We nieces and nephews decided to help the family with taking care of the arrangements. We setup this Gofundme page to help with funeral costs and expenses. We do not want his wife and daughters to have to think about and worry about any of these things.
Anyone who knew uncle Marlon, Knows that he had such a huge heart and would always help anyone in need. He had so much life in him, Always smiling making people laugh. Such a positive person with a kind and genuine spirit. It was such a shock to lose him so soon. “His wings were ready, But our hearts were not”.
In memory of uncle Marlon we are asking for your help.
Thank you so much for all your help and support during this difficult time.
Si Yu’us ma’ase’
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