TikTok star Kate Hudson and her fiancé Chance Morgan have shared the devastating news that their little girl Eliza Adalynn, two, passed away following a battle with a rare and aggressive cancer known as Rhabdoid tumour.
Kate shared the news on Instagram with a photo of Eliza holding a stuffed animal, writing: "My sweet baby girl. I don't know how we will go on without you. I know we promised you we would be brave, just like you. But we are broken.
"Even though we know you are no longer suffering or in pain or frustrated with what life had become. I thought that because we knew you were dying, that your death would not feel so sudden. But it did. I wasn't ready to see what I saw."
She shared that she had woken up the morning after and reached for her daughter's hand, but she wasn't there.
"You left last night. In a van that took you away. I wanted to run after you. But I couldn't. I have to accept this new reality...but I am not ready to let you go. I don't think I ever will be ready to move on."
She added: "I want to believe you are still alive somewhere. I want to believe I will wake up from this nightmare and you will be there holding our hands. Telling us it was just a bad dream."
Kate added that Eliza died on Sunday, June 20, Father's Day in the US.
Eliza was diagnosed with the cancer when she was just 10-months-old and has been through "countless surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and study drugs to help her in her fight" according to a GoFundMe page set up by the couple.
"The last CT scan revealed eight nodules in her right lung," the couple wrote. "Eliza's surgery and oncology team informed us that the next step would be to resect as many nodules as possible then hit the right lung again with ablative radiation. No more Phase I trials. They weren't working.
"This was our last hope. For more time. Maybe a year or two.
"However, there weren't 8 nodules the surgeon saw when she got to the lung. There were thousands. Thousands. Thousands of tumour 'seeds' that had completely obliterated her right lung and had spread over her heart and down into her diaphragm."
This meant "surgery and radiation were no longer viable options".
They described their daughter as "playful, energetic, sassy, funny, intelligent, joyful, sarcastic, bossy, kind, and fascinated with life".
The pair was told they may only have weeks or perhaps two months with Eliza in November 2020.
Since then they have been doing everything they could to give Eliza as much of a normal toddler life as they could.
"We are enjoying every moment with her," they said. "We cry, but we also laugh. Eliza is showing us how to live this one life we have been given."
Earlier this month, Kate shared a heartbreaking post about how she and Chance were being forced to begin thinking about Eliza's funeral.
"It forced us to talk about all the things we kept avoiding," she wrote. "We talked about caskets, the viewing, burial or cremation, funeral homes, embalming as opposed to keeping her body in ice, and what happens to the body and the soul after our physical body stops functioning. These are all excruciating, devastating topics no parent should ever be faced with..."
In another post, Kate wrote, "Our love will always be with you, whenever (and wherever) you decide to go. We will be with you. You will never be alone. Fear not, for you have given us more happiness in less than 3 years than all our lifetimes combined."
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