‘Grandma Joyce’ story brought to life in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/08/12
By: Ken Chao and Christie Chen

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Dozens of people from around Taiwan gathered in Taipei on a sunny

Photo courtesy of Joyce McMillan Social Welfare Foundation

Photo courtesy of Joyce McMillan Social Welfare Foundation

morning Tuesday to celebrate the work of a woman who had helped them to their feet and brought light to their world.

They were attending the premiere of “The Story of Joyce McMillan,” a short animated film that brings to life the dedicated efforts of “Grandma Joyce”(喜樂阿嬤), an American nurse and missionary who worked with polio patients in Taiwan for almost half a century.

“If it were not for her, I would still be crawling on the floor like a child,” said Tseng Chun-yen (曾春燕), one of the women who attended the premiere of the Hokkien (Taiwanese)-language film.

Tseng, 53, who is now married and has two children, recalled tearfully how McMillan would carry the young polio patients on her back to her car and drive them to the hospital to see the doctor, even on a typhoon day.     [FULL  STORY]

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