Hello,This boy's story has been in the newspaper and on this blog. It is a sad story. He was taken away from his mom because of bruises that were later diagnosed as leukemia. Her mom spent all her time and money for about 5 years trying to get the boy back, but was limited to supervised visits.
I am very sad to inform you that my great loving intelligent 10 year-old son Misha Byrne passed away on August 22nd at 11.10 pm. Misha succumbed to Acute Lymphoid Leukemia with Philadelphia Chromosome.
A wake ("Panihida" in Russian) will be held at All Saints Russian Christian Orthodox church in Burlingame on Tuesday September 4th at 6:00 p.m. The funeral service will follow the next day, Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the same church, where Misha was baptized. The Church is located at: 744 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010, phone: 650-343-7935 or 650-430-9805.
Internment will be at the Serbian Cemetery near San Francisco following the funeral. This is the same cemetery that my Godfather Boris Bogart and the parents of Misha's Godfather are buried. The address is: 1801 Hillside Blvd., Colma, CA 94014, Phone: 650-755-2453.
We would love for you to attend any and all services.
Instead of flowers, we really would appreciate a donation towards the considerable costs of laying Misha to rest in the manner prescribed by his favorite Church and wonderful Russian culture and traditions Misha loved without limits. I have set up for PayPal account to receive donations for this purpose via the internet, at https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online, my email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the following address: 262 Meadow Pine Place, San Jose, CA 95125, USA.
Thank you very much.
Sincerely, Olga Chervyakova, Misha's mama.
My special thanks to:
Misha's babushka, Valentina Chervyakova who he grow up with and she always stayed by his side,
all support from Russian side of Misha's family, who couldn't make to USA yet,
All Saints church which has never stopped helping Misha, babushka and I with many details, logistics, support and much needed services donated by Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko and his staff,
Misha's Godfather Boris Parr who continues to help all of us, as does my Godmother Olga Parr,
Father Hermagen and Nativity of the Holy Virgin Russian Christian Orthodox Church from Menlo Park, CA
Misha's Godmother Anya Richter and her family continue helping us,
Father Vasily and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Saratoga, CA,
Holy Virgin Cathedral, Joy of all Who Sorrow, San Francisco, CA,
Brookside Convalescent Center, San Mateo, CA,
Serbian cemetery, Colma, CA.
Thank you to all who never stopped being with us in our best and worse times in our lives. Thank you for your love and true care for Misha.
Sincerely, mama Olga.
I want to mention the role played by psychologist and lawyer Faren R. Akins. He is on his own personal campaign to destroy the family.
(For my readers who like to ask, Akins is not gay or Jewish, as far as I know.)
As Misha was dying of leukemia, Akins filed an affidavit to oppose him seeing his mom. Without examining the mom, he declared that she might have a personality disorder such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or Dependent Personality Disorder.
I posted below that there is no definition of a mental disorder. More importantly, there is no evidence that interventions by someone like Akins do anyone any good.
Akins has weird personal prejudices about parenting. He is ideologically opposed to spanking. Worse, he is opposed to parental rights and believes that the most trivial complaints justify court micro-management and even termination of parental rights.
I do believe that court experts should be publicly accountable when they present bogus testimony in court. He personally, dishonestly, and maliciously used his reputation to try to prevent this poor sick dying boy from seeing his mom for the last several years of his life.