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I have no words!
Okay, maybe I have a few words:
Carlin is a precious three-year-old chock full of three-year-old sparkle; she loves to play outside, ride her horses, chase chickens, and dress her dogs in costumes (and you know they love it right back!). A country kid, through and through! She adores preschool, and being with her big sister.
She is something of a tutu connoisseur, and rocks those things like no one I know. And man, does that kid have a smile that goes for days.
In November of 2013, with no warning at all, she suffered a seizure that sent her to the ER, where the doctors discovered what they thought to be a low-grade brain tumor. Surgery proved otherwise.
Carlin was diagnosed with an extremely rare and very aggressive type of brain tumor called ETANTR (Embryonal tumor with abundant neuropil and true rosettes). She is currently undergoing an intensive chemotherapy protocol, which will be followed up with radiation.
And yet, still rocking those tutus with a big ol’ smile!
Carlin getting a special visit from our good friends Tina & Roo of Read to Roo.
Carlin, her big sis, Harper, and Roo (sporting a tutu of his own).
When Carlin was first diagnosed, there was so very little information out there on this diagnosis (there is somewhere around only 300 reported cases) that her parents were at a loss. It is their hope to bring more awareness to the ETANTR tumor, and to its research. Here is a more detailed article for anyone wishing to have a little more information on ETANTR.
For more about Carlin’s story, please visit tutuTOUGH.com and follow along on Twitter. You can help support Carlin’s treatment by donating directly or by stocking up on Team Carlin Gear.
Additionally, you can cheer Carlin on by using the hashtag #tutuTOUGH on your tweets, Instagram photos, and Facebook posts. We want to see you sporting your Team Carlin gear, so be sure to take a photo and tag it with #tutuTOUGH! Here’s some examples:
My Nephew rocking his Team Carlin shirt. He thinks Carlin is not just #tututough, but also superhero-tough! (His words!)
Abbie, Phoebe, and Milo show off their muscles (and muffin-tops) in their #tutuTOUGH doggy t-shirts.
Go Team Carlin! Photo courtesy of Michelle Agnew.
Team Carlin in Ohio! Photo courtesy of Tina Anderson.
Two #tutuTOUGH pixies representing after their theater production of Peter Pan. Photo courtesy of Amy Loy.
#tutuTOUGH, Dallas-style! Photo courtesy of Jennifer Smallwood.
Tutus for #tutuTOUGH–thanks, Roo and E! Photo courtesy of Tina Anderson.
And, of course, the most #tutuTOUGH of them all: Miss Carlin!
Fight’s on, Brain Cancer!