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Esther Earl by AudreyBenjaminsen Esther Earl by AudreyBenjaminsen
Esther Grace Earl was a spunky, energetic, creative individual who's life was unfortunately cut short two years ago due to metastasized papillary thyroid cancer. She would have been 18 the other day. She loved to read and was an avid Harry Potter fan. Esther became an online presence where she developed numerous close friendships, uploaded quirky videos, and began a burgeoning involvement in social justice issues. In every way she lived out the values of her namesake, the biblical Queen Esther, who was beautiful and full of grace like a "Star". In 16 years she packed a lot of living and loving into her life. Even though I never got the opportunity to meet her in person, Esther's life and death really strike home with me because I can easily relate to her (besides the having cancer). Her memory brings me to a healthy place where I can contemplate my mortality and realize my own humble place amongst the stars. She was just a normal nerdy girl, a sister, a daughter, a fangirl a vlogger... and I find that there is something truely beautiful about just that. Esther was a normal girl, but her existence made a difference and still is. She reminds us of two things: that everyone is ephemeral... so love while you can, and everyone matters so make sure they know you love them :). The “This Star Won't Go out Foundation” [link] was created to honor her memory by financially assisting families struggling through the journey of a child living with cancer. If you are interested in donating or just want to know more details about Esther's story, their site would be the place to go. :)
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Jeromy12 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
The greatest thing about this piece is that you have given Esther the years she lost. In this image I feel that she looks the age she should be today. Perfection!  :')
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leanne-reynolds Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, did you ever try to send this to This Star Won't Go Out's publishers? To be the cover? It's so gorgeous!
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AudreyBenjaminsen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! No I didn't, but I know Esther's family, so they have a framed print in their house :) <3
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leanne-reynolds Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that's so lovely :)!
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LittleMoonbeam Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a wonderful tribute. RIP Esther Earl.
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HeyZeus7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
DFTBA
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countbluhdy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Rest in Piece, Esther!
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shipain Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
love the smile
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mangastyle1234 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I am now very proud of my name
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daxusx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
wow!!
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