Saturday, July 20, 2013

Goodbye little fishy -Talia Joy Castellano

13 year old Talia Joy Castellano had been battling with two forms of cancer, but that didn’t stop her from living her life to the fullest. She shared some remarkable upbeat makeup tutorials and her cancer journey on her YouTube channel TaliaJoy18. She passed away on the 16th of this month.

From Talia's official Facebook page:

"Talia Joy Castellano was born on August 18, 1999 at Winter Park Hospital to Desiree Castellano. She grew up with her Mother and Sister, Mattia Castellano, in the Orlando area and enjoyed her many friends and her doggie Bella. Her battle with cancer began when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of seven, on February 14, 2007, Valentines Day. In August of 2012, after over five years of chemo, surgeries, treatments and multiple relapses, Talia was diagnosed with a secondary cancer, MDS preleukemia. Talia was then told that there were no longer any options to fight her now two types cancers. During this past year, she continued treatments knowing there was no cure, but hoping to slow down the progression and prolong her life. At 11:22 am, July 16th, Talia lost her battle to childhood cancer after fighting for six and half years.

Talia wanted “to leave her footprints, and handprints” on this world so she will never be forgotten, and she has definitely done more than that. Talia started doing makeup tutorials on YouTube in 2011 and also used this social media platform to share her life living with cancer. With one video, Angels on YouTube, she went viral and from there she became the voice for children with cancer everywhere. Talia started wearing makeup at the age of seven, learning from her friend Tammy, and started using makeup to make her feel beautiful when all of her hair had fallen out from the chemo. Talia hated wearing wigs and came up with the saying “Makeup is My Wig”.

In the last two short years Talia’s also became a world-class beauty guru and was featured on The Ellen Show and was made an honorary COVERGIRL. Ellen also asked Talia to be her personal correspondent for the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas where she interviewed starts like Usher, Gwen Stephanie and No Doubt, Mylie Cyrus, Demi Lavato, Ryan Seacrest and Jason Aldine. COVERGIRL had Talia perform two makeup tutorials for the Ellen channel, a day look and night look. She appeared in many magazines including People, Reader’s Digest, J14 and many other social media platforms.

Talia’s love and light brought people together from all over the world, all races, all religions, all genders and all ages. In the short time Talia’s been with us, she inspired people to live their life to the fullest and to love themselves as they are. Talia wanted to achieve so much more and created an amazing bucket list full of items she hoped to check off. Talia’s Sister and Mom vow to make many of her unfulfilled wishes come true. They also vow to keep her memory alive and her message strong. A public tribute in Talia’s honor will be held on August 18th, which would have been her 14th birthday, more details will be announced."

Talia's funeral service was held two days ago. This is an excerpt from her Facebook page, which made me marvel at the courage of this little bundle of joy even more.

"Talia's service today was so touching. She looked simply beautiful and perfectly peaceful. She looked... well, like Talia... Over the last few months while Talia was in the hospital, when Talia knew she would soon pass, she got her "girls" together and told them how she wanted her service down to the last detail. She told them how she wanted her makeup, nails, hair, what she wanted to wear, what perfume she wanted to have on and especially what she wanted to go in her casket to stay with her little body once she was laid to rest, mostly makeup and her COVERGIRL plaque. She was very specific about the photos, music, balloons and was adamant that no one was to wear black or purple, lol"

I couldn’t stop myself from crying when I read Talia’s bucket list. I mean there is so much that we take for granted in our everyday lives, so much that we leave for some other day. And here is this little girl who wanted to do so many things, knowing she only had a few months left to live, having to plan her own funeral.

Her zest for life, her spunky personality,her wisdom which was way beyond her years, her unwavering positivity, are only a few things out of many that have been truly inspirational to me and millions of people all over the world!

May you Rest in Paradise Princess!



  1. Such a sweet little child she was. So inspirational and lively.
    May her soul rest in peace.


  2. She was such a brave girl. What a tragedy. May her soul rest in peace.
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  3. Yes it was pretty sad to have this news... A pure lively soul left this world.May her soul rest in peace


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