The short life of Elena Desserich, a six-year-old girl who lost her battle with brain cancer, is bound to inspire millions of people in the same way that Rany Pausch did with his "last lecture". Only Elena never quite planned to do so. All she did was just something very simple. When she had only days to live and was too sick to speak, she hid notes and drawings all over her house telling her parents and her younger sister Grace "I love you".
This absolutely wonderful act by a dying child teaches us all above love, family and life.
Elena's notes have inspired her parents to keep a diary which has now been transformed into a book called Notes Left Behind, and to create a charity to fight pediatric cancer called "The Cure Starts Now".