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Posted: February 05, 2016

Student's casket becomes the yearbook she never had in heartfelt photo

Photo credit: Imgur
Photo credit: Imgur

By Samantha Jordan

WDBO - Orlando


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Friends and fellow students of a senior in Canada came together to give one of their own a heartfelt farewell after she lost her battle with cancer. 

Laura Hillier, 18, had been suffering from acute myeloid leukemia for years. The teenager passed away on January 20 before ever getting to graduate high school or receive a final yearbook.

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At her funeral, her friends came together to give Hillier a yearbook-style send-off, writing handwritten notes on her coffin like the ones she would've been given in her regular yearbook.

Mashable reports that Hillier had been waiting for years to receive a stem cell transplant as a cancer treatment. In July she found out there were multiple donors, but since there was a hospital bed shortage across Canada, she was placed on a waiting list...even with a donor match. 

Using chemotherapy to keep her cancer in remission, Hillier finally received a hospital bed in August 2015 and underwent surgery, but her cancer came back in November. 

Because of medical complications, her trip to California's City of Hope hospital on January 18 , where she was to receive more treatment, had to be postponed. Hillier died later that week.

Hillier's funeral was held on January 30. Donations in Laura's name can be made to Coast to Coast, a charity aimed at fighting childhood cancer.

I couldn't possibly share this without including the message that a big part of why she died was due to long wait times for transplant patients. Link to her story: to her donation page (I'm not trying to raise donations, but I would feel bad not including it):\laurahillierDonations are used to raise funds for stem cell transplants.


Living with leukemia can lead to high-pressure situations. This week, Laura Hillier was in luck.

Posted by The Toronto Star on Friday, August 7, 2015


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