Parents find notes from 6-year-old after her death

Oct. 28, 2009 at 9:54 AM ET

Just before her sixth birthday, Elena Desserich (right) was diagnosed with brain cancer and given 135 days to live. She lived 255 days, passing away in 2007. After her death, Elena's parents, Brooke and Keith, found hundreds of notes from Elena hidden around the house -- in between CD cases, between bookshelves, in dresser drawers, in backpacks.... "It just felt like a little hug from her, like she was telling us she was looking over us," Brooke told Meredith this morning. Brooke and Keith had not found a note in six months, but just this weekend they were cleaning out her craft closet and found three more. They have saved a few notes that Elena put in a sealed envelope and never intend to open them. That way, they say, the "hugs" from Elena will never stop coming. Brooke and Keith have published a book about Elena. The proceeds benefit The Cure Starts Now. To watch Meredith's interview with the Brook, Keith and their daughter Gracie, click here.