Talia Castellano, 13-Year-Old YouTube Star And Honorary CoverGirl, Dies Of Cancer
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In 2007, when Talia was just 7, she was diagnosed in 2007 with stage four neuroblastoma cancer, a tumor unique to infants and children. For the next six years, during a regimen of chemotherapy and surgeries to fight the neuroblastoma as well as preleukemia, the cancer subsided and returned again.
Throughout her ordeal, Talia made inspirational YouTube videos which were viewed hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of times. She offered numerous makeup tips, tutorials and cosmetic demonstrations. Last year, she became an honorary CoverGirl.
Earlier today, the Angels for Talia Facebook page carried the following message:
"It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time. God speed little one, may you be free from pain and suffering, may your soul feel the light and love that you brought to so many of us on this Earth during the short time you were her with us. We will miss you more than you will ever know baby girl."
Ellen DeGeneres, who had Talia on her show earlier this year, was one of many Twitter users to pay tribute to Talia.
"This year I met a very special girl, and today we lost her," DeGeneres tweeted. "Sending my heart to Talia's family. I'm so sad." Four hours later, with Talia apparently still on the TV host's mind, DeGeneres tweeted a picture of Talia along with the words, "Thinking of my friend."
During Talia's appearance on DeGeneres's show, the 13-year-old was asked how she stayed so positive.
She repeated the words of Dory, the fish character DeGeneres voiced in the film Finding Nemo.
"A little fishy told me 'just keep swimming, just keep swimming.'"
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