Teenager loses her battle with cancer

Rebecca Zammit Lupi
Facebook / Darrin Zammit Lupi

15-year-old Rebecca Zammit Lupi affectionately known as Becs, has passed away on Sunday.

Rebecca was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and extremely aggressive form of bone cancer, more than a year ago.

Her battle with cancer was chronicled by her father and award-winning photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi.

In a Facebook post, her father uploaded a photo of Becs captioned: “There’s a new angel in the heaven”.

Just hours before she passed away, he wrote: “Becs’ breathing is shallower but regular. Very peaceful and serene.”

Archbishop Charles Scicluna offered his heartfelt condolences to Rebecca’s family and friends, as he prayed for her soul. He announced the death of the teenager at the end of Mass on Sunday.

Puttinu Cares, a Children’s Cancer Support Group, shared a photo of Zammit Lupi and wrote: “So heartbroken as we woke up today to the sad news of our silent hero Rebecca Zammit Lupi. Fly high to the sky sweet darling and dance with the angels where there is no more fear and no more suffering. We will miss all of you. Our hearts go out to her parents who gave everything to her Darrin Zammit Lupi and Marisa Ford. Rebecca you will always hold a piece of our hearts”.

Media and Communications Head of Department at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences and cartoonist Professor Ġorg Mallia recounted how he got to know Becs virtually over the past year.

I did not know Rebecca Zammit Lupi ("Becs", as her dad lovingly called her) personally. But I really got to know her…

Posted by Ġorġ Mallia on Sunday, January 3, 2021

Rule of law NGO, Repubblika, also offered its condolences.

We are deeply saddened to learn that Rebecca 'Becs' Zammit Lupi has passed. Our heartfelt condolences to her parents…

Posted by Repubblika on Sunday, January 3, 2021