When “Ellen” actress Melissa Fumero was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January, her fans took to social media to share their grief and despair.
Fumado, whose real name is Leah Emanuele, was also an award-winning actress who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
But when she died on Tuesday, Fumaro’s family decided that they would use the celebrity’s death to make a change.
In the weeks leading up to Fumarro’s death, her daughter Leah had been diagnosed with a form of the rare cancer called HER2.
Fumsero’s daughter, Erica Fumeto, shared a series of heartbreaking photos on Instagram and Facebook.
Erica posted that she had been taking medication for the disease and was feeling well.
“I feel great.
It’s the best thing I have been feeling in years,” Erica Fumseto wrote.
“So happy for my little girl that her dreams are alive again.
Thank you to everyone that has supported her and my family.”
Fumato’s daughter posted a video on social media of her mother holding her daughter and sharing the news that she was battling the disease.
Erica Fumero wrote that she wanted her mom to know that her “life was not ending.
I know that she will be back.
She will be healthy.”
The video shows Erica holding her mother and her daughter as she tells Erica that she loves her and that she would miss her.
Erica said that Erica would not be able to see her mom for the time being.
“If it’s true, I don’t want to hear the truth, but I want her to know I love her and love her mom,” Erica said in the video.
Fumerito wrote on Instagram that her mom “always had this amazing smile and laugh.
You have been amazing for us.”
She wrote that her mother would be missed by all of us.
Erica’s mother, Erica Emanuisa Fumomo, shared more photos of her daughter on Instagram.
Erica shared the photos with the caption, “I just wanna tell you that you will be missed.
I love you so much, your little sister ❤️.
You will always be in my heart and I will miss you so dearly.”
Fumerero’s mother shared more of her grief on Twitter, writing, “We lost one of our most loved friends, and a true friend.
It is hard to understand how this happened, but our daughter’s life is precious.
I will never get a second chance to hold her, and her family will never be able a second time to see their beautiful little girl.”
Erica Fumpo wrote, “Thank you for the love and support that has been shown me and my daughter by everyone.
I have always had the utmost respect for Leah and am so grateful for her unconditional love and kindness.
I loved every minute of it.
My life will never ever be the same.”
Erica said the family would donate her mother’s organs to medical professionals to allow her to be cremated.
Erica added that she hoped that people would be able see her mother once more.
“Please share these photos so that we can show the world how beautiful she truly is,” Erica wrote.
Erica and Fumerto’s mother said that they were grateful to the “true friends and fans” who have supported them.
Fumpro also posted a message of love on Instagram, thanking everyone for their support and encouragement.
“Thank You for the outpouring of love and love for my mom and the entire family,” Erica shared.
“She will be in our hearts forever.”
Erica wrote that they are “all in the midst of a wonderful and healing journey together.
We love you all.
We know that you have loved us all and we love you too.”
Erica also posted that her family and friends have been “working tirelessly to make sure this is the last time you will ever see us.”
Erica’s daughter said in a video that she is hoping to see Fumario again.
Erica Emanno also posted the video of her sister saying, “All I want to say is that my mom loves me and I love my family, and we will always have each other.”
FUMERO WAS A WINNER OF THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD FOR HER PERFORMANCE ON “THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS” Erica Fumarolo posted a statement on Instagram saying that she has been “inundated” with messages of support from fans, friends, colleagues, strangers, and even family members.
“The outpouring from the community and the outpacing of support has been incredible,” Erica’s statement read.
“In my last 24 hours I have received messages of love, support, and kindness from so many people and I am overwhelmed by the support.
I want everyone to know how much I love them, and how grateful I am to be here