On Tuesday October 11, 2011 Leanne (Chin) was diagnosed with breast cancer. This blog will follow her journey. It will share the peaks and valleys along the way. But it will also serve as a way to communicate prayer requests and praises. Join us as we partner with Chin and fight along side her for she "...can do all things through Christ who strengthens her." Phil. 4:13

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The meaning behind Chin ... There is a Chinese restaurant in the Twin Cities named Leann Chin. While Leanne was attending a basketball camp in middle school, a fellow camper had a bag from the restaurant. This camper made the connection between the name of the restaurant and Leanne's name. And the nickname Chin stuck!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Many Thanks!

Ryan, Leo, and their families feel incredibly blessed by your generosity. Thanks so much for praying for us over the past week and a half. Thanks for sending thoughtful cards and notes. They have provided much comfort and encouragement. Thanks for sending donations to Leo's college fund! At this rate, he will be attending medical school! :)

While we are adjusting to a new normal around here, we continue to ask for prayer. Please be praying for:

  • Peace for Ryan and Leo
  • Leo to fall asleep quickly at bed time and nap time
  • Wisdom for Ryan in parenting
  • Comfort for Ryan, Leo, the White family, and the Miller family
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Celebration Slideshow

We wanted to share this slideshow from Leanne's celebration of life! Enjoy!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Donating to Leo

Wanted to share with everyone the details of what has been set up for Leo. Ryan set up a college savings account for Leo. In lieu of flowers, we are asking that you donate to Leo's college savings account. Please write checks to Ryan Miller.

Please send donations to:

Ryan Miller
17639 George Moran Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN  55347

There will also be a place to give donations at the visitation.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Prayers for Leo

We are coming before you and asking for prayers for Leo. Please pray for:

  • Peace amidst all the chaos
  • GOOD SLEEP!!! (Haven't we been praying that since his birth?!?!?)
  • Health and relief from his coughing

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Leanne has some wonderful friends from her Mom's Connect group. They have set up a way to compile memories of Leanne for Ryan, Leo, and their families. Please read below and do it today!!!

Our sweet Leanne is with Jesus celebrating her completely healed body.  Peace Officer Mamas (her Mom’s group) had the honor of walking this cancer journey with her, praying each step of the way, watching her become a mother to Leo, studying God’s Word together and becoming amazing friends.  We would like to celebrate Leanne by putting together stories, pictures and videos as treasured memories for Leo to enjoy. 

There are 3 ways…

1.    You can bring printed images, memories and stories to the visitation and funeral where we will have an area set up for you to add them to our 8 ½ x 11 memory book collection. 
2.     You can email photos, videos, typed out memories or stories to rememberleannemiller@gmail.com 
      For Instagram users upload photos with #rememberleannemiller

3.    You can stop by our video booth at the visitation and funeral to record your message, memory or story.  


Thank you! Thank you for the outpouring of love and support through food :) While we are so thankful for the body of believers who are serving in this way, we ask that you refrain from bringing any food until next week. Our fridge is full!!!! Trust me, there will be plenty of opportunities to feed Ryan, Leo, and the White & Miller families. Thank you!!!!!!


Leanne's Visitation will be on Saturday May 24th at Wooddale Church in the Chapel from 4-7. Dress is casual.

Her Celebration of Life service is Sunday May 25th at Wooddale Church in the Worship Center at 3pm with a short reception afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, donations to an education fund being arranged for Leo Miller are appreciated. The fund is currently being set up. Details coming soon.

Wooddale Church is located at:
6630 Shady Oak Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Please pray for:

  • Strength for Ryan
  • Wisdom and peace in decision making for Ryan, Chris and Fran
  • Peace and comfort for Ryan, Leo, and the White & Miller families
  • Good, restful sleep for Ryan, Leo, and the White & Miller families
  • God to prepare the hearts of those attending the service

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

She's home!

Around 4:45 this afternoon Leanne left this earth and entered heaven running towards the open arms of her Savior Jesus Christ. Her battered, bruised, scarred, and cancer ravaged body is new. Whole. Perfect. Can you imagine the joy?!?!?

In the words of my brother, God took home a warrior who made an army of followers for Him. You, TEAM CHIN, are those warriors. There is nothing that would honor Leanne's legacy of faith more than each of you warriors living out your faith every minute of every day. Leanne lived out Philippians 3:20-21 more than anyone else.

"But our citizenship is in heaven, from which we eagerly wait for a Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself."

May each of you spend each moment living for our home. Heaven.

Her Visitation and Celebration of Life are scheduled for Saturday May 24, 2014 and Sunday May 25, 2014. Details to come.


Leanne had kind of a rough night last night and was put on a steady dose of morphine to help calm her down and keep her comfortable. Ryan was able to spend the night with her and had some good time with her.

Please keep us in your prayers. We need prayer for:

  • Comfort and peace for Leanne
  • God to take His precious child home when He sees fit
  • Comfort and strength for Ryan
  • Peace for Leo
  • Comfort for the White and Miller family 
Not going to lie, this has been an extremely exhausting few days. But we are confident of this, 

 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Leanne loved God passionately and lived to do His will. God WILL work good in this trial. He will bring beauty out of the pain and suffering the last 2 1/2 years have held. He will bring life to those who hear of the good news of salvation for the first time through Leanne's story. He will bring joy to our hearts through this pain. We are believing God to do BIG things through this. It will not be easy, but we are praying for God to show us glimpses of how He is working good. Nothing at the present moment makes sense, but to God it is all working out just as He sees fit. God wins. Every Single Time! Praying you all see the victory of Jesus in your life today.

Monday, May 19, 2014

No words ...

I am not sure how to write this. It is a blog post I prayed I would never have to write. But, God is calling His child home soon.

Leanne's cancer in her liver has grown rapidly. This is causing fluid to build up in her abdomen and preventing her from eating, swallowing, and breathing well. Since yesterday, she has been in and out of consciousness. She is surrounded by and being loved on by family at this time.

While we are devastated at the thought of Leanne leaving us, we are beyond thankful for the assurance of her salvation and that she will be spending eternity praising her Creator and Healer. God never promised us healing on this earth, but He sure did promise healing in heaven. We are deeply sad that Leanne's journey is ending in death. But we know that, God will continue to use her unshakeable faith as an encouragement and testimony for generations to come.

Please keep praying for us. We need peace and comfort at this time. We will post more info when we have it. Thank you for your partnership in prayer.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Back ...

Well, Leanne is back in the hospital.

As you know, we asked for prayers recently because Leanne has not been feeling the best. She was given fluid this week to help with dehydration from the sweating and fevers she has been experiencing. Today, she was taken to the ER for quick admittance to the hospital because she was still feeling horrible. She had low blood sugar, low blood pressure, and a high heart rate. She has now been admitted to the ICU and is being given lots of fluids, antibiotics, and steroids. They are going to get her levels stabilized again and then do a scan of her abdomen.

A few weeks ago I prayed that Leanne's journey would be something that would radically grow the prayer life of many TEAM CHIN members. I am sure that God is doing big things!!! Please pray specifically for:

  • Complete relief from all fevers, sweating, and dehydration for Leanne
  • Extreme clarity for Dr. Bloom and each doctor and nurse that comes into contact with Leanne this hospital stay to know exactly what steps to take in treating Leanne
  • Dr's to find out exactly what is going on with Leanne
  • Stability in Leanne's levels
  • Strength and energy to return to Leanne
  • Strength for Ryan
  • Unexplainable peace for Leanne, Ryan, and their families (Philippians 4:6-7)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Prayers please

We are asking for prayers for Leanne today. She is still experiencing some side effects in the form of sweating, fevers, and fatigue. Dr. Bloom is not sure if the fevers and sweating are from the medicine she was on still working its way out of her body or from something else. She was also feeling really energized after her blood transfusion and has been feeling very exhausted lately. There are a lot of unanswered questions. We would like you to join us in praying for some answers.

Please pray for:

  • Relief from the fevers and sweating
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom and the pain care Dr. to know what steps to take next
  • Energy for Leanne

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thanks for the diapers!!!


Over the past year we Leanne, Ryan, and Leo have had a diaper fairy. Most weeks, this wonderful person drops off a big box of diapers at my parents house. They are so incredibly thankful for this persons thoughtfulness and consistent generosity. It has saved the Miller's lots of money and trips to Target!

Lately, Leo has started showing lots of interest in the potty and Leanne is going to start potty training Leo in the near future. So, they won't be needing anymore diapers.

We want to say a big THANK YOU to whoever the diaper fairy is!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Chemo #10

Leanne texted me a pic of her "Chemo Date Day" with Ryan :) Don't you just love her perspective on things!! Even though she had chemo, she was more than happy to have some time away with just Ryan!

They met with Chara, one of Dr. Bloom's nurse practitioner's, to talk about some side effects Leanne has been experiencing over the past two weeks. Dr. Bloom wants to add Ibuprofen and Prilosec into her med routine. He is also going to switch one of her meds to a different one in the hopes of her having relief from the fevers and sweats she has been experiencing.

Please keep praying for:

  • Freedom from the yucky side effects Leanne has been experiencing
  • More "normal" days more often (normal energy levels and to feel better)
  • Maximum results from the chemo
  • Strength for Leanne and Ryan
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes treatment decisions
If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chemo #9 & biopsy results

While we were all hoping for a black and white, clear result from today, we got a lot of gray. We know that the spot on the liver they saw on the CT scan was new cancer growth. It is still breast cancer. They are going to do more research on the biopsy they took to decide what treatment to pursue next.

Leanne met with Katie, one of Dr. Bloom's Nurse Practitioner's, before chemo today. She reminded us that this is a chronic disease and it might be chronic for a while. This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. We have to continue to trust God and His timing. We don't need gimmick's, fad diets, herbal treatments, or more religious exercises. We have God and He is more than enough. He is more than capable of anything we can ask or imagine.

With that being said, we don't really know more than that at this point. What we do know is that more than any other form of help, we need your prayers. Please allow God to use this journey to grow your prayer life. I know I can speak from experience and can say that God has used Leanne's journey to challenge me to pray on all occasions. Praying in joy. Praying in fear. Praying in thankfulness. No matter what comes our way, we can pray.

Please pray for us:

  • Identifying the cause of the low grade fevers
  • Pain to be managed all the time and to identify the source of the pain
  • Side effects of the chemo and pain meds to be minimal
  • Maximum effectiveness of the chemo meds
  • Wisdom for Dr. Bloom as he makes treatment plans

If you ever have any questions about our faith and would like more info, please email us at teamchinny@gmail.com and we would love to talk more.