There is no good timing when it comes to a loved one falling ill - especially when it is your child. The Desserichs were in the middle of renovating their Cincinnati home when doctors diagnosed their 6-year-old daughter, Elena with a rare paediatric brain cancer.
The devastating news took its time to sink in for her parents, but Elena had a remarkable forseight for someone so young.
Without their knowing, Elena hid hundreds of love notes to her parents and younger sister around their home.
Elena's parents, Keith and Brooke Desserich discovered the notes tucked into drawers, bags, between pages of books and even in the china cabinet.
Over a period of nearly two years, they were surprised by randomly hidden notes written by their brave little girl who passed away in her bed in August of 2007.
"Elena was wise beyond her years," Keith, from Ohio, told Mirror Online. "She would go out of her way to offer help to younger children, even reaching out to adults when she felt they needed her comforting."