Sportswriter, Detroit Free Press columnist and author of the best-selling books “Tuesday’s With Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven,” Mitch Albom has been in the public eye for decades, but he says it was Chika, a 5-year-old orphan from Haiti, who changed his life forever.

“Chika was basically our daughter. She was a doll. She was bossy, she was independent, and she was fiery,” says the author.

Born in 2010, just three days after a major earthquake nearly decimated Haiti, Chika was orphaned at the age of 2, then diagnosed at age 5 with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) a rare but deadly tumor of the brain stem which affects essential body functions.

Mitch and his wife, Janine, who met Chika at Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage, brought her to Detroit, hopeful that they could get the medical help she needed. She lived with them until her death in 2017.

“I don’t look at it as if we lost a child. I look at is as though we were given one,” says Albom.

“Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake And The Making Of A Family” is Mitch Albom’s first non-fiction book in over a decade All proceeds from the book will go to support the Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage.

Watch the video above to learn more about Chika, her lasting impact on the author and his wife, and the legacy she left.

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