Elena Desserich was about to turn 6 when she was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer. According to her parents, Keith and Brooke Desserich, the prognosis of the doctors was that she only had 135 days to live. A truly devastating perspective but it didn’t stop the little girl from expressing her love and affection towards her mother, father and sister Grace.
As Elena’s ability to speak was disabled due to her illness, she turned to drawing. It wasn’t unusual for her family to find adorable little notes and drawings around their home in Cincinnati. They would often open a backpack, a sock drawer or even the bathroom cabinet and discover the cute notes. Even long after Elena passed away from brain cancer the family would continue discovering the affectionate hidden love notes.
Elena’s parents soon realized there was more to it than just drawings. Their baby daughter wanted them to keep finding her messages long after she was gone. It was her only way to communicate with her family and express her strong love.
Keith and Brooke Desserich decided to share Elena’s story as well as the content of her notes in a book called “Notes Left Behind”. The money from the sales are being donated to a charity fighting against cancer.