Dying 6-year-old girl leaves love notes behind

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Elena Desserich left hundreds of love notes to her family around their home. Photo courtesy of Toronto Star via Desserich Family

This is a heart-wrenching story that stopped me in my tracks this morning during my reporting machine gear up of two cups of coffee. Elena Desserich, a six-year-old girl dying of brain cancer left hundreds of little notes hidden around her home for her family to find. They are still discovering them.

It is a painful and beautiful story with a wonderful message we are sometimes reminded of but so easily forget.

Treasure the ones you love. Make amends with those you can. Live life with grace and fairness. Appreciate this life for we never really know how long we have.

Our thanks to the Desserich family for sharing their story with the Toronto Star, and in turn, all of us.

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