Every year 200,000 children become ill with cancer around the world. Vibe was one of them.
In June 2007 the five-year-old Danish girl was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Due to the location of the tumor it was not possible to surgically remove it. Instead, Vibe went through a treatment procedure with many chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In January 2009 Vibe lost the fight against cancer. At the time of her death she was seven years old.
Children get other types of cancer than adults. For example Leukemia is the most common form of cancer with children, while they almost never get lung cancer or breast cancer. Brain tumors are the most common type of tumors with children. Every year there are around 40 new cases of brain tumors with children in Denmark. In the developed countries treatment of child cancer has improved a lot during the last decades, but still cancer is one of the main causes of deaths among children, and the surviving children often have significant side-effects due to the treatment.
Vibe's father Michael used to say that he would catch the stars in the sky for Vibe if she asked him to. After her death he told her twin sister Lærke that Vibe herself has become one of the stars in the sky.