13-year-old YouTube sensation cancer patient Talia Castellano appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show in September 2012. She lost her battle with the disease on July 16. Photo courtesy of YouTube.
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CINCINNATI - "A little fishy told me ‘just keep swimming, just keep swimming….'"

That's exactly what 13-year-old Talia Castellano did. The aspiring makeup artist wowed millions of YouTube fans with her online beauty tutorials while battling cancer. Tragically, she succumbed to the disease on July 16.

Diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of seven, followed by pre-leukemia, Talia didn't let grim prognoses from the doctors dull her shine. With a radiant smile and a warm personality, she captured the hearts of people everywhere and saw a lifelong dream fulfilled when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show in September 2012.

Ellen, a CoverGirl spokesmodel, surprised Talia with the news that CoverGirl had decided to make the cancer-stricken girl an honorary "CoverGirl" and presented her a check for $20,000.



When Talia's health took a turn for the worse, her family and friends kept fans updated on her condition through social media. Talia posted occasional "vlog" updates from the hospital, and a family friend started a Facebook page to share news and photos of the brave girl.

The world learned of her passing on July 16, and outpouring of grief from DeGeneres, CoverGirl and Talia's fans flooded social media.

"You are a beautiful, beautiful person, and I'm so happy that I met you," Ellen told Talia on her show – and millions of fans who had the opportunity to get to know Talia through her online craft feel the exact same way.

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