Notes Left Behind

A tragic but heartwarming tale about a little girl named Elena:

“They told us at the very beginning that she had 135 days to live,” Keith Desserich said. Though her parents didn’t want her to know the severity of her cancer, they feel that she must have Elena known what was happening. The tumor slowly took away her ability to talk. But Elena was still able to write. “That was her way to letting us know everything would be OK,” Brooke Desserich said.

After Elena passed away, her parents discovered that their daughter had left a message behind for them a lot of messages, actually. “We started to pull out notes and they would be in between CDs or between books on our bookshelf,” Keith Desserich said. Then the couple started finding them everywhere. “We started to collect them and they would all say ‘I love you Mom, Dad and Grace.’ We kept finding them, and still to this day, we keep finding them,” Keith Desserich said. “Literally, there are hundreds of notes that we found.

The notes were made into a book for cancer research.

(Hat tip: The High Definite)

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