Remembering Talia: A Child Warrior Extraordinaire

The world was saddened upon hearing the death of Talia Joy Castellano, the American internet celebrity who lost her battle on two types of cancer.

Talia, the bubbly 13 year-old who shot to fame for her inspiring make-up tutorials on Youtube, died on July 16, 2013, but the inspiration she left to those whose lives she had touched continues to live.

Talia succumbed to neuroblastoma and preleukemia

Talia Joy Castellano died on July 16, 2013

On Valentine’s Day of 2007, the young Talia had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, that made her undergo different kinds of therapies and treatments. She beat and relapsed the disease multiple times over the last 6 six years.

Talia battled two types of childhood cancer neuroblastoma and preleukemia – but she showed a level of maturity during her ordeal that was well beyond her age.

She took her zesty character to her youtube channel, Taliajoy18, where she posted make-up tutorials and beauty tips. She used make-up as a confidence booster.

“I love and adore makeup, using it as my wig and having so much self-confidence to go out to the grocery store without a wig. It’s just amazing,” she shared in one of her videos.

In the short time she stayed on earth, Talia had already done and achieved so much: she had a youtube channel that had more than 39 million hits, she met her idol, and she had served as an inspiration to many – sick and healthy people alike.

Her dream of meeting Ellen DeGeneres came a reality last September 2012, when she guested in the host’s show. Plus, Ellen made Talia an honorary Cover Girl, complete with her own portrait – something that made the young fighter teared up on the show.

During the interview, Ellen asked Talia how she stays so positive, to which Talia answered: “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”


Unfortunately for this little angel, she then developed myelodysplastic syndrome (preleukemia) in her bone marrow which had progressed last year.

Doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant, but Talia decided against the operation. The surgery could take a toll on her body because she has had a lot of surgeries already. Talia said she wanted to spend whatever remaining time she had left free of pain and in the company of her family.

But as what Talia once said, all journey must come to an end. And hers has reached its finish line.

On July 16 at 11:22 am, Talia finally succumbed to her diseases at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Talia had earned her wings, is now free from pain and resting.

A day after Talia died, her family posted a picture of Talia’s bucket list called “Things I Wanna Do Before I Die.” Though Talia is not here anymore to fulfill all of her wishes, her fans have bravely taken the mission and are crossing things off the list one by one.

Among her bucketlist include: Give flowers to a stranger, Dance in the rain, Have a huge pool party, Free hugs all day, Surf and Body paint.

At 13, Talia had probably achieved so much more than any child her age has ever had. It was a life well-lived and a battle well-fought.

The world was saddened upon hearing the death of Talia Joy Castellano, but the traces of a happy and worry-free child will be best immortalized through the videos she shared with the world online.

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  1. God Bless all the Angels on Earth, they come into our lives and touch them in ways we sometimes don’t see at first. Talia was one of those Angels, bless her family that they had such a person in their lives. I hug people all the time, just that kind of person, but from now on, every person I hug will be for Talia’s bucket list. I will keep track, just for her.

    What a beautiful young lady!! The world needs more like her!

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