then click the links... msnbc.com Video Player 6-year-old girlâs notes to family live on after her - TODAY: Book news To say that Notes Left Behind is a book about a 6-year-old girl who died is accurate, but woefully inadequate. By filling her familys house with hidden messages of love and hope, Elena Desserich continues to celebrate life long after she succumbed to pediatric brain cancer. --- The family hopes theyll never stop finding notes. But in case that happens, both Keith and Brooke have notes that Elena sealed in envelopes that the parents say theyll never open. Thats our one insurance policy, that well have that one note from her, Brooke told Vieira. I know theres something very special in that note but theres some sort of comfort that it will never come to an end.