Miley Cyrus sent an uplifting video message to a young fan battling cystic fibrosis on Friday, and now her mother is opening up to ET about what the gesture meant to her and her family.
In the clip, Miley, 21, blows kisses to 12-year-old Caley Camarillo and says that she's still praying for her. Caley watched the video just hours before she passed away.
"I would really like to express how then and now Miley showed Caley such compassion," said Caley's mom Teresa. "I want everyone to know that it was I that decided to make the video public. Miley and I were communicating privately, and she did not send the video over YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. This was a private discussion between her and I, and she wanted to send Caley some words of encouragement. I myself didn't know when the video came in that we were only an hour away from losing our previous daughter. No matter what Miley does in her life has no impact on mine, but what she did for my daughter is remarkable and that's what I will hold in my heart forever."
Miley dedicated her Sunday concert to Caley's memory. "Tonight's show is for @MissCaley," the pop star tweeted.
"A few weeks before her passing we were talking about life," Teresa wrote on the fund's website. "That's when my Caley turned and looked at us in a serious but nervous voice she asked us, 'Mom, Dad, if something goes wrong can you please take me with you wherever you go? Please spread my ashes in the 7 seas so I can swim with the dolphins and enjoy the amazing places I couldn't go.' I felt a cold chill go down my spine and had to fight back the tears. I knew in my gut my daughter's disease was getting worse. I had no idea Caley knew in her heart her time was coming. Fighting back the tears with all my heart and with my eyes tearing up I said, 'Caley, my love, I will make your wishes come true! I love you, pretty eyes!'"