The My Luu Memorial Fund team wrote -
Have you ever met a person whose energy, warmth and passion for people was so overwhelming that your perspective on life was altered forever? My Luu's family, friends, classmates, coworkers, running buddies and admirers all over the globe will tell you that she was an inspirational force-of-nature and a living embodiment of the transformative power of education. And now, it's time for us to continue her mission...
Of Chinese heritage, My Luu was born in Vietnam. As a child, she emigrated to Houston TX with her family. My graduated as Valedictorian from MacArthur High School in Houston, then completed dual undergraduate degrees from Yale University (where she served as President of Silliman Residential College Student Council) and then earned her MBA from Cornell University. She was President of Yale Alumni Association of New York, Co-Founder of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni, and former Advisory Council member of the International Rescue Committee in NY, which supports refugees from war-torn countries to rebuild their lives in the US.
My lived her life with robust vigor and limitless gusto. Her adventures included running marathons on six different continents, visiting more than 150 cities in over 40 countries, and climbing the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Closer to sea-level, she found love and married her husband, Dave, in August 2015. Sadly, less than 2 months later, she lost her long-term, courageous battle with Amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder.
My's smile radiated joy and her enthusiasm energized every room she entered. She was equally as comfortable speaking on a panel at the United Nations, as she was laughing with friends and loved ones at her favorite restaurants. Despite her petite frame, she gave enormous hugs... all the time… to everyone. Perhaps more than anything else, she'll be remembered fondly for consistently putting the needs of others ahead of her own.
Her legions of admirers miss her every day.
Partnership With Y-Apply, Inc.
In the wake of My’s passing, her friends and families sought ways to honor her memory and to sustain her zeal for the life-changing possibilities of higher education.
We often heard My describe her experiences as an immigrant in the United States. She arrived at the age of 6, speaking almost no English, after a 13 month stint in a refugee camp in Malaysia with her family. My worked tirelessly and graduated ranked #1 academically in her high school class. She was proud to say that she was accepted into Yale, and secured all of her financial aid, before letting her family know that she even applied there. And she completed all of that work in a pre-Google world in 1992!
My believed that her access to higher education at a first-rate institution dramatically improved her life and we believe that she would have been proud to support Y-Apply, Inc. Y-Apply (http://y-apply.org) is a registered 501(c)3 charity dedicated to reaching high-achieving public school students from underrepresented ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and their families and educating them about financial aid options and the application process to top-tier colleges and universities. Students and families consistently credit Y-Apply as playing a key factor in gaining admission to a highly selective college or university.
This Memorial Fund directly enables support and guidance to disadvantaged high school students that face many of the same challenges that My encountered. A full 100% of money collected here goes directly to Y-Apply. Thank you for visiting this site and for your cooperation and generosity. Please consider honoring My's legacy by donating to this worthy cause. In addition, we'd be grateful if you'd kindly share this link across social media and/or email to help us gain even more awareness and supporters.