NEW YORK — 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 a brave posse of cancer survivors known as the tutu girls.
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.
“Little did we know they were going to form this bond,” said Avalynn’s mom, Alyssa Luciano in Englewood, Florida. “To them, they were just being kids.”
The tutus and photos were the idea of Chloe’s mom,…