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 Facebook “School 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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