Remembering Laura Hillier: A Tribute Beyond Words
The Battle with Leukemia
Laura Hillier, an exceptional student from Nelson High School in Ontario, Canada, first faced the challenges of leukemia at the tender age of 13. After four years of being cancer-free, the disease tragically returned, taking Laura away on January 20, 2016.
The Hope for Laura Facebook page, maintained by her family, conveyed their sentiments, saying, “She exhibited bravery, poise, and an unyielding spirit. Laura remained strong, courageous, and radiant until the very end.”
A Yearbook Goodbye
Laura had a deep passion for music and drama, which resonated with everyone at her school. Although she received her 12th-grade yearbook before her passing, those close to her felt that her farewell should encapsulate the essence of a yearbook tribute.
In a heartwarming gesture, her casket was transformed into a canvas of remembrance. Family, friends, educators, and peers covered it with colorful, heartfelt messages that celebrated Laura’s life and the impact she made on theirs.
Among the sea of inscriptions, a few stood out:
“You were musical. You were artistic. You were understanding. You were my best friend.”
“Life is a song… Sing ’til your heart’s content.”
“Very brave and strong. You will always be a hero.”
The vibrant annotations on the once stark white casket symbolized Laura’s vivacious spirit and the indelible mark she left on the world.
A Purple Farewell
In a fitting tribute to Laura’s favorite color, the funeral service was infused with hues of purple. From elegant floral arrangements to attendees donning purple attire, the color permeated the solemn occasion, celebrating Laura’s zest for life.
Continuing Laura’s Legacy
To ensure Laura’s legacy lives on, donations are encouraged to be made in her name to Coast to Coast, a noble charity dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer.
Laura’s journey, though short, serves as an inspiring reminder of the beauty of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.