As a mom I believe children keep us grounded and give us a reason to be the best we can be. When a child dies, finding sense in the loss is impossible.
Talia Castellano's very full life was cut much too short yesterday at age 13... She will always be a source of inspiration and not just because she continued to be so positive even in the face of neuroblastoma and leukemia.
In my heart Talia will always be the bubbly cancer patient with grace and beauty. Because of her I have promised myself never to say I'm having a bad hair day. She was an aspiring young makeup artist and posted amazing makeup tutorials YouTube videos without a wig. Despite her cancer, she became an honorary CoverGirl with the help of Ellen DeGeneres last year and she told Ellen her secret:
"When people ask me that, I’m [like], what do you want me to do, be depressed? A little fishy told me, 'Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.'"
Thank you, Talia for all you have done to help girls and women believe in themselves because you offered so much joy and you shared that spark that has the power to make all of us beautiful—inside and out. I drew this sketch of you today. Sending my heart to Talia's family.