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Girl writes secret notes to parents while battling cancer

The funeral of a 12-year-old girl from Leicester, who left hidden messages on the back of her bedroom mirror while fighting cancer, is due to be held on Thursday. Athena Orchard left heartfelt messages on the back of her mirror before she died.

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Schoolgirl who died from cancer wrote heartfelt messages on her mirror

The back of Athena's mirror Credit: ITV News Central

The parents of a 12-year-old girl from Leicester who died from cancer, say they can't bring themselves to read the hidden messages they found on the back of her mirror, after her death.

Athena Orchard died last week Credit: ITV News Central

Athena Orchard had been writing the moving and heartfelt words in the months leading up to her death, which her parents did not know about.

One line reads:

"Every day is special so make the most of it, you could get a life ending illness tomorrow so make the most of every day."

Athena wrote on the back of her mirror without telling her parents Credit: ITV News Central

Athena was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma last December and had a tumour removed from her spine.

But the cancer spread and she died a week ago at her home in New Parks in Leicester, with her parents, six sisters and three brothers.

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