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Throughout her short life Blessed Chiara Badano was the epitome of joy, which can be seen in her beaming smile and her love for Jesus. Sporty, popular, and fond of pop music, she discovered she had an aggressive bone cancer in her late teens. She embraced her suffering, offering her pain up to Christ, and asked to be buried in a wedding gown as an eternal bride to Jesus. Dying just before her 19th birthday, she is a wonderful role model for any young woman.

© Courtesy of Fondazione Chiara Badano