Feel Good Friday: The Tutu Girls

When the coronavirus pandemic descended, the moms of four brave girls in Florida realized an in-person reunion for their daughters, something that had become an annual tradition since they had met four years ago, was out of the question. Rather than skip it, they used Zoom to the delight of their children, known collectively as the Tutu Girls.

Lauren Glynn is the shy one with the toy husky dog. Smiley McKinley Moore has a doll with blond hair just like hers, and Avalynn Luciano is the squirmer with the pretty white bow on top of her head. Together, they are the Tutu Girls – a brave posse of cancer survivors.

All age 7 or nearly so, the three girls were diagnosed with leukemia in 2016 and met at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they became fast friends. In the hospital, they sang together and played ring-around-the-rosy. They shared popsicles, and kept each other company while undergoing brutal treatment.

That year, they posed for photos at the hospital in purple tutus with a fourth young cancer survivor, Chloe Grimes, and a tradition was born.

Read more about the Tutu Girls at APNews.com.