Tribute to Lubo Faisa, who donated his organs for science & research and remaining cremated and placed under Odaa Tree
By The Oromo Christian Church of Toronto (TOCCT)
Lubo Teshome Ebba Faisa was born on April 26, 1993, in North York, Ontario Canada to his mother, Betenesh Kitila Obsia, and his father, Teshome Faisa. Lubo had one brother Jaalal Faisa born two years later.
Lubo attended kindergarten at North York, Ontario, before moving to the USA, Ohio, and attending Worthington Elementary School. The family moving from state to state was common due to the father’s work. The family moved to Michigan (2003) where Lubo attended Plymouth Canton Community School. The family then moved to their last US state, Indiana (2006). Lubo and Jaalal attended Calvary Lutheran School and Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. After Lubo graduated, the family moved back to Canada (2011). Lubo attended UOttawa for a Bachelor’s Degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, expecting to graduate in 2016.
Lubo was working part-time for Public Health Agency of Canada for Emergency Preparedness and Response. He was employed July 2015 – April 2016. Before that, he volunteered for Myungsung Christian Medical Centre Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a pharmacist assistant (2013).
Lubo was a social butterfly. He actively participated in campus activities like Societies: iGEM (Synthetic Biology), Chinese Student Association, Korean Stu. Association, and Competitive Intramural Soccer as a captain. Lubo had many life-long friends and a loving partner— Quinn Philippe.
Before he was able to graduate his final semester, Lubo was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma Cancer in February, 2016. He was treated at both the Ottawa General Hospital, Canada, and Mayo Clinic Minneapolis, MN where he received chemo therapy and radiation therapy. The cancerous tumors he had rapidly progressed from his thigh to his lung and heart. After a year of fighting cancer and never giving up hope, Lubo passed away at Ottawa General Hospital on April 25, 2017 at 11:30 PM, which was 30 minutes before his 24th birthday. Lubo’s last wishes- wishes he gave to his family and partner on his deathbed- were to donate his organs for science & research. The remainder of his body is to be cremated and eventually placed under an Odaa Tree by his family and his partner.
“And God Will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21: 4