Mom Shares A Back-to-School Photo That Tugs At Your Heart

Last year, like many parents across the world, Julie Apicella of Walsoken, England, took a photo of her daughter all dressed up for school.

This year, Apicella shares a photo that was supposed to have been another one of Emilia’s back-to-school photos. The difference now is that Emilia is no longer alive.

8-year-old Emily passed away in December 2015. She had a kidney cancer known as Wilms’ tumor.

The powerful photo shows just how much it feels to live without her daughter.

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Image: Julie Apicella


“School photo time – obviously someone very special missing – my daughter Emily. Imagine if your school photo this year is the LAST you will ever be able to take and will just be a memory to remember. I have asked my friends and family to change their profile pics to go gold and many have done this and I thank you, those who haven’t please consider changing yours , it takes seconds and you don’t have to donate any money or your spleen in doing so. Nearly everyone on my list has children or family members and this could be your reality in the future 1 in 285 children will get A cancer diagnoses. Raising awareness of symptoms and that childhood cancer is not rare is the first hurdle to jump. Eventually the gold ribbon of childhood cancer will be as well known as the pink ribbon for breast cancer but it takes people to actually post on social media ect for this to happen. ”

Article: Julie Apicella