This is the story of a six-year-old girl named Elena. In her last 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 for her younger sister, her daily story tells one of humility and inspiration as she lives each day, one at a time. In her short time, she painted a masterpiece that would hang in an art museum, accomplished a truly spectacular series of wishes that she alone created and inspired a cause that continues today to help children everywhere in their fight against brain cancer.
This is Our Elena...
- She always eats her vegetables first.
- She can never wear enough pink.
- She always writes her name backwards—not because she doesn’t know how to write it, but because she “just likes the way it looks.”
- She crosses her legs when she sits.
- There is nothing better than art class, except, of course, a trip to the library.
- Fiction is better than nonfiction.
- Skip the pop, give her milk. And pour it in a wineglass and say “cheers.”
- She loves “squibble-squabbles” (lace and ruffles).
- Tights are best when in jungle patterns or polka dots.
- No pants, only dresses.
- She loves babies.
- When you play school, she is always the teacher.
- Mom is best for cuddling.
- Sally (a grumpy old Chihuahua) is the best pet she never had.
- You can never have enough headbands.
- All she ever wants in life is to be a mom.
She is simple. She is our Elena.