Casket becomes yearbook for teen who died of leukemia

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BURLINGTON, Ontario– A Canadian teen’s family found a unique way to say goodbye.

Laura Hillier, 18, lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia on Jan. 20 after a long wait for a stem cell transplant. She was surrounded by family at an Ontario hospital.

One of Laura’s classmates posted a heartbreaking photo from the teen’s services two days ago. The image shows a white casket covered in colorful messages and signatures from family and friends.

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According to the Hope for Laura Hillier Facebook page, Laura did receive her high school yearbook. The notes were just left out of love.

CTV News reported Laura found out there were matches for a stem cell transplant that could save her life in July. But because of a hospital bed shortage, she was placed on a waiting list.

“Laura had been completely cancer-free for approximately four years after her first battle with AML, and only relapsed this past May. Though Laura was able to achieve remission for a second time, she relapsed again in November 2015 as she was not able to get a transplant bed in time,” the Facebook page said.

A fundraiser was set up in Laura’s honor for Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.

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