A terminally ill mother who lost custody of her children after she was diagnosed with breast cancer has died.
Alaina Giordano, 38, passed away at her parents’ home with her son and daughter by her side after a judge agreed to let her spend her final weeks with them.
Miss Giordano fought a high-profile legal battle with her estranged husband after a judge ruled that he should have custody of their children following her diagnosis with terminal breast cancer.
The children - Bud, six, and Sofia, 11 - moved 800 miles from Miss Giordano’s home in North Carolina to live with their father in Chicago last year.
According to a post on Miss Giordano’s Facebook campaign page she passed away on Monday morning, but friends had waited until after the funeral on Friday to announce it publicly.
Miss Giordano’s friend Peter Kaufmann wrote: ‘On the morning of Monday, June 25th, my dear friend Alaina, daughter, sister, loving mother and courageous example to thousands all over the world, ended her battle with stage 4 cancer. I resist using the word “succumbed” because Alaina has not lost this battle…and her death will not be in vain.
‘Thanks to all of you – her tireless supporters in the tens of thousands – who helped spread the word about her plight, who donated in any way they could, and who sent their prayers and wishes to her from afar – her family and close friends truly thank you for making her final year as tolerable as it could possibly be.’
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