You may have heard of a special young girl named Talia Castellano. In 2007 at the young age of 7 Talia was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer.
She endured extensive chemotherapy and went into remission for a little over a year.
Going in and out of remission for years it was in August of 2012 that her cancer spread to her bones resulting in the development of pre-leukemia. Doctors told her that she had four months to a year to live.
As she took on the disease head on she lost her hair yet refused to wear a wig. In an effort to boost her confidence she began experimenting with makeup and ended up launching a YouTube channel with numerous make up tutorials raking in millions of views.
As the views on her videos began to climb and her exposure grew larger Talia had one wish, to meet Ellen DeGeneres. Talia’s fans flood Ellen and her website with thousands of messages hoping to get noticed.
When word finally got to daytime TV’s biggest talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, made it happen. Talia’s dream came true when she walked onto The Ellen Show stage to a standing ovation.
"I’m a CoverGirl," DeGeneres said on her show. "And CoverGirl heard your story and they want to make you an honorary CoverGirl. And they also want to give you something."
A stagehand ran on stage carrying a huge portrait of Castellano posing for the makeup brand in addition to that a $20,000 check. Castellano’s image went viral online soon after and over night Talia became a symbol of hope, courage, and determination.
After a long and admirable fight with cancer, it is with deep sadness that we here at PopWrapped have to report that after her 6-year battle with cancer, Talia has passed away in Florida at age 13. On Tuesday a message appeared on her Facebook announcing her passing:
“#prayfortalia It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time. God speed little one, may you be free from pain and suffering, may your soul feel the light and love that you brought to so many of us on this Earth during the short time you were her with us. We will miss you more than you will ever know baby girl.”
Shortly after Ellen tweeted: “@TheEllenShow: This year I met a very special girl, and today we lost her. Sending my heart to Talia’s family. I’m so sad.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Talia’s family and friends at this difficult time.