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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (555 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brooke Desserich, Keith Desserich Narrator: Keith Desserich, T. Ryder Smith, Coleen Marlo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Notes Left Behind is the true story of a six-year-old girl named Elena and her battle against brain cancer. In her final days, she showed a community how to love and how to live. Written through the eyes of her parents, Brooke and Keith Desserich, as a remembrance to Elena’s younger sister, Elena’s story is one of humility and inspiration as she lives each day, one day at a time. In her short time, she painted a masterpiece that would hang in an art museum, she accomplished a truly spectacular series of wishes that she alone created, and she inspired a cause that today helps children everywhere in their fight against brain cancer.

In Notes Left Behind, Elena’s parents struggle to negotiate their contradictory impulses to both fight Elena’s cancer at all costs and to realize the inevitable outcome that awaits their daughter. The journal is candid and sincere in its treatment of deeply personal and tragic events and is a reminder to parents everywhere to appreciate and savor every precious moment they have with their own children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a stunning story that teaches us how precious children, family, and life are, and that the sacrifices we make are worth it. I won’t forget the Desserich family, and neither will you.” 

    James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Elena has left behind a story of resilience, hope, and, most of all love. We can’t help but take her into our hearts, and carry the best of her into out own lives.” 

    Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

  • “[A] heartbreakingly forthright journal.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mallory | 2/14/2014

    " Tear Jerker. Heartwarming how a family can come together because of such tragedy. What an amazing little girl and what even more amazing parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/14/2014

    " very sad, but a touching book - makes you look at each day a little differently... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by KrisT | 2/6/2014

    " This is a very touching story about the hope and drive of a little six year old who has brain cancer. Very sad and yet inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kimberly | 1/9/2014

    " A heartfelt book that tells the up and down journey of one family as their child fights cancer. When reading this book you do have to keep in mind that this book was not written as a book to be published but it was first written as a journal by two parents for their younger daughter to help her remember her older sister. "

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About the Author

Brooke and Keith Desserich live in Cincinnati with their daughter, Gracie. They have several businesses, but they consider parenting their main profession. With the help of family and many friends, they founded The Cure Starts Now, a revolutionary cancer foundation dedicated to a “home run” cure strategy for all cancers, starting first with one of the most deadly and difficult cancers: pediatric brain cancer.

About the Narrator

Brooke and Keith Desserich live in Cincinnati with their daughter, Gracie. They have several businesses, but they consider parenting their main profession. With the help of family and many friends, they founded The Cure Starts Now, a revolutionary cancer foundation dedicated to a “home run” cure strategy for all cancers, starting first with one of the most deadly and difficult cancers: pediatric brain cancer.