Allyn DiVito; Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital; St. Petersburg, Florida
Chloe, Lauren, McKinley and Avalynn met during cancer treatment and quickly became friends forever. Theirs is a friendship that has endured chemotherapy, hundreds of needle sticks, weeks of hospitalization and years of fighting a repulsive disease.
In 2016, with tiny bald heads and frail bodies, they first donned their signature tutus to commemorate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Tutu Tuesday started an annual tradition of returning to the hospital together. On the day of this photo, nurses received hugs from the “tutu girls,” as they have become known. Others reveled in how fast the four had grown.
During several renditions of “Ring Around the Rosie,” Officer Dean was embraced into the dance. “I thought it was so sweet how the girls welcomed this big security guard into their group,” Shawna, Lauren’s mom, says. “We have walked by him and waved hello, but I would have never imagined what a good sport he was to spin around with these four friends.”
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