Mental Floss

Love Notes From A Dying Child

Jill Harness

When five year old Elana Desserich was diagnosed with brain cancer, she wanted to leave her parents something special. Elana began writing hundreds of love notes for her family and hid them around the house for her parents to discover after she passed on. Her mother, Brooke Desserich, said "It just felt like a little hug from her, like she was telling us she was looking over us."

The family is now publishing all of the notes in a book called Notes Left Behind. They are donating all profits to a nonprofit pediatric brain cancer organization called The Cure Starts Now.