Mum shares a photo of her little girl in her school uniform in 2015, and another from 2016 showing an empty room. Her post has broke hearts across the world.

Julie Apicella from from Walsoken, Norfolk shares on FacebookSchool photo time – obviously someone very special missing – my daughter Emily.

Imagine if your school photo this year is the LAST you will ever be able to take and will just be a memory to remember. I have asked my friends and family to change their profile pics to go gold and many have done this and I thank you, those who haven’t please consider changing yours , it takes seconds and you don’t have to donate any money or your spleen in doing so.

Nearly everyone on my list has children or family members and this could be your reality in the future 1 in 285 children will get A cancer diagnoses. Raising awareness of symptoms and that childhood cancer is not rare is the first hurdle to jump. “

Eight-year-old Emily died in December 2015 after a three year battle with cancer.

‘She fought hard and strong for three years, with courage, stubbornness, bravery and facing more than most adults in a lifetime in her eight young years,’ Julie said.

‘She never moaned or refused to do anything we asked her to. We were constantly in awe of her strength and her fighting spirit. She has left a void that no one will ever fill.’

Her post has been shared more than 8,500 times and left many of her followers in tears.

In 2016, it is estimated that 650 children aged 0-14 years will be newly diagnosed with cancer in Australia (365 boys and 285 girls).

The number of new diagnoses is estimated to be higher in the 0–4 year age group (315 children) than in 5–9 year olds (160 children) and 10–14 year olds (175 children).

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  • It can be hard at times being the parent of a child diagnosed with cancer , My son is one of the lucky ones been in remission for 4 years now. He always looked on the bright side of life even the worse was there. So many do not make it and while you are there with your child seeing others not getting any better.


  • So many lifes lost tragically at some a young age.
    I know a lass who was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia a few weeks after she started walking. Like many little ones she fell over a few times initially. A few months later she suddenly started falling over a lot, getting a lot of big bruises which didn’t seem to be reducing or going away at all. It is hard to get a good diagnosis for some illnesses in isolated towns so she was transferred to a Childrens Hospital. Being a very rare type of Leukemia it took extensive testing before a diagnosis was found by which time she had even more bruises which were painful. She underwent a long stretch of chemotherapy which made her so ill they didn’t expect her to live. She is now an adult in a job helping children and has regular screenings to ensure the Leukemia has not returned. Brain Tumors seem to be a large % of cancer in children too.


  • Cancer has touched my family so strongly. I have pretty much lost all my family to cancer….some older and some younger. I am the eldest living family member and the Doctors have told me that with me its not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ and we aim to catch it early. I pray there will be a cure in my lifetime.


  • such a horrible disease. R.I.P. little one


  • So heartbreaking! I didnt realise the numbers were so high ????


  • Oh such a sad pic and story.
    My beloved nephew fought for 5 yrs and then lost the battle.
    Cancer is such a horrid thing.
    I pray every day that soon there will be a cure and this terrible disease will be a thing of the past.
    Love to this little ones family and all that are battling:-)


  • How sad, but a great way to raise awareness for cancer in children. Heartbreaking!


  • Little girl. She had such a sweet smile. :-(


  • This has brought tears to my eyes. It’s so sad what some children and families go through.


  • A very real and heart-breaking story.


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