Mom’s Heartbreaking Back-To-School Photo Sends A Powerful Message

The first day of school isn't just difficult for kids, it can be a challenge for parents as well. Particularly for parents who have tragically lost their child. Far too many have specifically been devastated by pediatric cancer. That was the case for Julie Apicella of Norfolk who posted two side-by-side photos on September 7th from the first day of school. On the left, her daughter Emily is posingΒ in a room at home dressed for her first day of school in 2015. On the right, the same room is sadly vacant on the first day of school in 2016.