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.
- TALIA ON YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/user/taliajoy18
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.
TALIA AND ELLEN
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.
- ANGELS FOR TALIA https://www.facebook.com/angelsfortalia?fref=ts
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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