Jade Chan: The Girl of Many Names

Jade Chan: The Girl of Many Names

Jade Chan: The Girl of Many Names

I am a girl of many names, and each one of my names is a different part of me. My name is Jade Shelby Elizabeth Chan Tikvah Leah Tze Sum Shi Yu Han Gurman. Jade, my first name, comes from my grandfather Joseph's name. Shelby, my first middle name, comes from my other grandfather Shelly's name. Elizabeth, my second middle name, comes from my Dad’s first wife’s name; she unfortunately passed away. Her name was Elizabeth (Liz). Jade Shelby Elizabeth Chan is the name on my birth certificate but, the rest of my names are a part of me too.

Tikvah Leah (תקוה לאה) which means Hope Leah, is my Hebrew name, and my parents gave it to me. Tze Sum (慈心) which means Compassionate Heart, is the name my father gave me. Shi Yu Han (施雨晗) which means Sunshine After the Rain, is the name I was given at the orphanage. Gurman is my Mother’s maiden name. These are the names I think of when people ask me what my name is, but I have one other “name”. My foster mother used to call me Bao Bao (寶寶), which means precious.

Jade Chan FundraiserI was very lucky, unlike most orphaned children in China, as I was only in an orphanage for about one month of my life. I pretty much went straight into the foster care system. My foster mother took care of me since I was one month old, and she prepared me for my adoption. From stories my parents tell me, I know that leaving China wasn’t easy for me, or them. More specifically, leaving my foster mom. They say that I would cry a lot, and wanted to go back. My mom says that my dad was the one that took me away from my foster mother, and I was mad at him for a while. I must have really liked my foster mother. I was very lucky - I had a family, I was taken care of, I was in good health, and most importantly I was loved. I know how lucky I am; I have been loved by someone all my life. That may not seem like a lot, but it is. Not everyone has that opportunity. My parents do so much for me, and I am so thankful, but I don’t always show it. I am able to go to a great school, camp, and I am part of a lot of amazing communities. But like I said I'm a girl of many names.

Jade Chan Fundraiser

In honor of my Bat Mitzvah, please consider supporting the foster care system by donating to Love Without Boundaries. Your donation will help pay for the costs of LWB's Foster Care Program, which include expenses such as payment to foster families, supplemental nutrition, warm coats, and other items needed to nurture a child and support their overall health and well-being. Your donation will help to give an orphaned child in China or Cambodia the opportunity to be a part of and to receive the love and care of a family.

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Donor Comments

Robert Scheinberg

Mazal Tov Jade! What you have written is so beautiful. May all your various names always fit you as well as they do today!

Marilyn Gurman

In honor of my amazing, wonderful granddaughter, Jade Chan. God Bless her! God Less her! Love & Shalom

Aunt Fayth

In honor of: JADE, You are a girl of many names and so much more. All you names reflect you and you so much more! You have taken these names to new heights. You have touched the world with care and compassion and mostly our hearts with your love. I have watched you grow into a beuatiful young women and it is an honor to be your Aunt. You impact so many people's life with such a refreshing perspective on life that everyone that interacts with you , their lives are richer because of you. I can't wait to take life's journey with you and see the amazing road ahead. So on your Bat Mitzvah may it be one that is wonderful and special like you ! May it be just the beginning of beautiful moments in your life ! Thank you for enriching my life being my niece. It is an honor and a pleasure. I will still be asking , what's cooking and you will know exactly what I mean. So i look forward to answers!! Never stop being you, thats what makes you who you are! Mazel Tov!! To my amazing JADE Love you always, Aunt Fayth

Rhonda & Adam Strosberg

Wishing you well in this worthy & loving Mitzvah project Jade.

Amanda Grant

In honor of: Jade

Jonathan Davidoff

Great Cause

Lovella Santos

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jade. Your beautiful words touched me. Mazal Tov!!

Kim Huang and Michael Schreiber

In honor of: Jade

Sharon Stern

In honor of: Jade! Mazel Tov

Joanne Martin

What a wonderful story and cause!

Joanne Martin

What a wonderful story and cause!

David Seruyange

Mazel Tov! I am blessed by your story and happy to be a part of the cause that you have championed.

Cindie Chan

Well done dear! Love Aunt Cindie

Shana & Andrew Lee

Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah!

Rachelle Grossman

In honor of: Jade, Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah

The Gavin Family

In honor of: Jade Chan's Bat Mitzvah

Marilyn & Joel Freiser

In honor of: This donation is made in honor of Jade Chan's Bat Mitzvah. We have known and loved Jade from the moment she arrived here, and continue to be enchanted by her beauty, her sweet disposition, and her kindness. Our wish is that more children like Jade will find loving "forever homes" and families throughout the world. Mazal Tov to Jade. We are so proud of you!

Kelly Wolfe

Mazel Tov! You are an inspiring young lady. Best wishes to you, Jade!!

Beth and Ricky Mason

Mazel Tov Jade, from the Mason family

Elissa, Dan, Alexis & Amber Fulop

Mazel Tov Jade! We are so proud of you and so happy to share this special simcha with you and your family!

Uncle John, Aunt Jackie, Nick and Alana Muller

Dear Jade, we cherish the memories of bringing you and Alana home from China. You have both grown into amazing young ladies. We are so proud of you Jade and thankful to be part of your family.

Wei-Li Pai & David Siegel

Dear Jade, we stand with you in your support of this worthy cause. While I did not know the sources of your many name, I learned some time ago that your first name, Jade, has a special meaning all its own as well. The stories I heard from my Chinese language teacher is that Jade is an extraordinary material, without the superficial flash or glitter of other elements, but showing great strength, beauty and variety of appearance. It is said, "gold has a value; jade is invaluable." Confucius said that there are 11 De, or virtues, represented in jade. The following is a translation I found: "The wise have likened jade to virtue. For them, its polish and brilliancy represent the whole of purity; its perfect compactness and extreme hardness represent the sureness of intelligence; its angles, which do not cut, although they seem sharp, represent justice; the pure and prolonged sound, which it gives forth when one strikes it, represents music. Its color represents loyalty; its interior flaws, always showing themselves through the transparency, call to mind sincerity; its iridescent brightness represents heaven; its admirable substance, born of mountain and of water, represents the earth. Used alone without ornamentation it represents chastity. The price that the entire world attaches to it represents the truth." To support these comparisons, the Book of Verse says: "When I think of a wise man, his merits appear to be like jade." with affection, from David & Wei-Li

Jodi Ekelchik

Thank you for sharing your story and letting us share in this wonderful weekend !

Denise Hartigan

A very worthy cause

Elysa & Bob Lyons

In honor of: Jade Chan. Mazel Tov to you and your family.

Grace, Ken and the Families of USH Chan

With gratitude to all who donated in the donation box in honor of Jades Bat Mitzvah. May we all celebrate the work of those who foster our children. Love Ken and Grace

Jane klueger

In honor of: Jade's mitzvah project

Myrna & Norman Kasser

In honor of: Jade: mazal tov. May you always be so generous and thoughtful.