The death of Layla Grace

A two-year-old girl whose parents used microblogging service Twitter to publicise their daughter’s battle with cancer has died.

Layla Grace Marsh passed away from Neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that develops from nerve tissue in infants, on Tuesday in Houston, Texas.

Her parents Ryan and Shanna Marsh yesterday announced her death in an online post to her 42,000 fans on Twitter.

It read: ‘Layla went to play with the angels early this morning. Rest in peace, precious Layla.’


Thinking about this darling girl in heaven was all I could do to keep from crying. The thought of losing a child is hard, it becomes harder when you are a parent. I offer them my condolences and deepest sympathy.

 To those who read this, will you join me in offering a prayer or novena for this child and her parents? Daily Mass is a great place to make such an offering.


O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially for the eternal peace of Layla Grace Marsh and the consoling of her parents because of her loss.

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.


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