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Talia wants to leave her 'footprints' at Base Camp


Tammy De La Rosa

Talia Joy Castellano

Talia Joy Castellano, of Goldenrod, a one time member of Congregation Ohev Shalom, has been fighting cancer for nearly seven years and last August she was told she has a new second kind of cancer. The 13 year old was already a YouTube sensation with her makeup tutorials. When she delivered the news about this new form of cancer, she said, “Life is like a journey. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. And I guess my journey is nearing the end.”

This video went viral and Talia went from 25,000 YouTube subscribers to over a half a million in addition to 100,000 Facebook likes, one million Instagram followers and 60,000 Twitter followers.

Talia has continued to do her makeup videos and do cancer updates. She has enjoyed all the opportunities that she was able to in the last few months. Through it all, she has continued to be her spunky, sassy self. When Talia appeared on The Ellen Show, she was asked how does she keep her spirits up? Her answer; “A little fish once told me, just keep swimming.”

A couple of weeks ago, new scans revealed that her cancer has spread throughout her bones and it is giving her a lot of pain. She has been on IV pain medication to help. While Talia is now out of treatment options, she is still living her life and wants to make sure that she leaves her “footprints and fingerprints” on the world.

She still has a lot of dreams and one of them is to help children and families who are battling cancer. Talia’s favorite charity is the BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. Talia wants to help Base Camp have a permanent home, so she is launching a fundraising campaign called “Bring Hope Home” to raise $100,000. Talia intends to leave her legacy, and one way is by helping BASE Camp. The donation site is: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bring-hope-home.

About BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation: BASE Camp website is http://www.basecamp.org and Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/BaseCampRocks . For more than 30 years, BASE Camp, has been providing financial support, recreation, food and transportation to over 12,000 families battling childhood cancer.

For more information contact Terri Jones, 407-497-1541. Email: terri@basecamp.org (Website: http://www.basecamp.org), or Kay Stelling, Genius Advertising and Marketing, 407-682-3037 that does media relations for Talia. Email: kay@orlandogenius.com.


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