Teen's Casket Decorated With Messages of Love From Family & Friends (PHOTO)

laura hillier coffin tributeLoved ones came together to celebrate the life of 18-year-old Laura Hillier. After a hard-fought battle with acute myeloid leukemia and being cancer-free for four years, Laura relapsed and passed away. Her family invited loved ones and friends to leave messages on her casket. And they have a message for all.

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The messages were full of love and a beautiful way to decorate Laura's casket. In June of 2015, Laura graduated from Nelson High School in Ontario. She had already been in remission twice.

Laura from Burlington was a high school senior when she passed away after a long battle with Leukaemia. Her friends and family left her these messages on her coffin.Rest in Peace Laura - #TuckerintheMorning

Posted by Virgin Radio Toronto on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Laura's first battle with AML was about four years ago. She relapsed in May of 2015, achieved remission again, but then relapsed in November. Laura was waiting for a transplant bed for a bone marrow transplant but that did not happen in time. The family wants to use the media attention this beautiful casket is getting to spread awareness to end the issue of long wait times for those in need of a transplant. You can make a donation in Laura's name on Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation where 100 percent of the money raised goes toward ending wait times.

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What a courageous young woman, and an inspiration. This gesture of decorating her casket with words from her friends and family is so beautiful. It is a testament to the power of her will and strength and determination, and how many lives she has touched in her 18 years. While this is one of the most difficult times her loved ones are facing right now, they are facing it together -- every one of those words written on her casket show the power in that strength that they have each other to lean on and to find comfort in. Right here is the very reason we need to end wait times. May this family find some comfort that others are joining the crusade to end transplant wait times and save lives.

 

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