Mayoura Sayaraj was born in Vientiane, Laos in 1977. In 1980, her family received a sponsorship from a Canadian family to immigrate by boat to Canada. At that time, Laos was still a conflict zone after the end of the Vietnam War. Sayaraj has been afflicted by health issues her whole life, but was finally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 37 years old, in 2014. In 2015, she underwent hip realignment surgery, followed by two other related surgeries. The surgeries, which were meant to increase her physical health, caused more pain, and lowered her motor function. Sayaraj has worked at the Salvation Army full-time for eight years to support her family of five, but after fighting for funding for two years, she was accepted by AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped). She is now able to work part-time, and spend more time focusing on her health at home.