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Social media campaign: What would you wish for a kid with cancer? 

To raise awareness of the rare cancer that killed her daughter, Erin Santos launched a social media campaign urging people to submit selfies on Twitter and Facebook, with their wishes for sick kids. The touching responses, ranging from 'cure cancer' to 'fall in love,' also commemorate the one-year anniversary of young Isabella Santos’ death.

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Two kids taking part in the campaign reveal their wishes for children who have cancer.

The Isabella Santos Foundation

Two kids taking part in the campaign reveal their wishes for children who have cancer.

A heartwarming social media campaign urges people to share three wishes for kids with cancer, inspired by a 7-year-old girl whose life was claimed by neuroblastoma last year.

On Twitter, good-willed strangers post selfies alongside messages like, “throw an ice cream party,” “cure cancer,” and “play in the ocean.”

“A lot are about conquering fears and living your dreams, and experiencing love,” Erin Santos, founder of the Isabella Santos Foundation, told the Daily News.

Erin Santos at the beach with her late daughter Isabella.

The Isabella Santos Foundation

Erin Santos at the beach with her late daughter Isabella.

“All things most people want for their children, and I think some people don’t realize how easy those dreams can be for some children, but not for mine.”

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Her daughter Isabella died last June 28 from a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, after a tumor developed in her abdomen and the disease spread to her brain and blood marrow.

Isabella Santos, who inspired the foundation, died last year from neuroblastoma.

The Isabella Santos Foundation

Isabella Santos, who inspired the foundation, died last year from neuroblastoma.

Santos launched the foundation in 2009, while her daughter was battling cancer, in hopes it could help fund research projects that might save Isabella’s life.

But exactly one year after her daughter’s death, Santos is still fighting to raise awareness about children’s cancers.

She hopes the new campaign, which has drawn attention from Nascar wife Samantha Busch and “Pretty Little Liars” star Brett Dier, helps spark interest.

Wishes like these are posted on Facebook and Twitter.

The Isabella Santos Foundation

Wishes like these are posted on Facebook and Twitter.

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“Children’s cancer gets so little attention,” said Santos, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., and has two other children. “Anything we can do to draw attention to the fact that kids are dying because there’s no new drugs or funding, is good.

“A lot of people don’t know about these orphan cancers that affect 500 to 700 people a year.”

Newlyweds share their hopes and dreams for kids with cancer.

The Isabella Santos Foundation

Newlyweds share their hopes and dreams for kids with cancer.

Nearly 90% of neuroblastoma cases are diagnosed by age 5, according to the American Cancer Society. The survival rate for children with high-risk neuroblastoma, like Isabella’s, is less than 40%.

Last year, the foundation raised more than $200,000 for children’s cancer research.

For Santos, the wish campaign is also a tribute to her daughter, who “was constantly wishing for things.” She wanted to own 500 kittens and share an apartment with her little brother, Grant.

“I think she would have given us a lot of good wishes,” Santos said, between tears. “She was just absolutely magical. She would walk right up to you, even if she didn’t know you, and hold your hand.”

rmurray@nydailynews.com

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