While Florida news can get extremely bizarre, this emotional story from Tampa has completely tugged on our heartstrings.
3-year-old Trinity D’Autorio is facing a battle with neuroblastoma, with strength, grace, and a smile. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that usually affects children at age 5 and under, and usually attacks adrenal glands. While it can also be found in other parts of the body where there are groups of nerve cells, the cancer often requires surgery and chemotherapy.
In these heartbreaking cases, it takes the little things to brighten the days of those with the disease. Sometimes it’s in the most unlikely places, like a tattoo shop.
While Ink Wolves Tattoos has a strict No Children policy, when Trinity’s mother, Skyla D’Autorio, contacted Ink Wolves in Tampa, Florida, the parlor made an exception.
For Trinity, the artists blasted Disney music, grabbed their sharpie pens, and got to work on decorating Trinity with her favorite Disney characters, including Ariel; Flounder; and Tinkerbell.
According to WFTS, Trinity wanted some ink because her dad has tattoos, and the 3-year-old champ sat like a rock for her four-hour tattoo session.
“I’ve never been in a tattoo shop,” Skyla said. “I have no idea what to expect. I’m bringing a toddler into a tattoo shop. I mean, what am I doing?”
“Little Miss Trinity is a ray of sunshine. You would never know if she was having a tough day." Rychelle Foltz of Paisley Sunshine Photography said. “She’s always smiling, always positive, always laughing, always wanting you to sit and play with her."
Foltz added, "She’s a strong girl who has a zeal for life that you can’t even put into words.”
Trinity’s tats will wash off after six days, but the memory will last for a lifetime. Wearing the “ink” inspired by the “Happiest Place on Earth,” has made Trinity D’Autorio the happiest tattooed princess on the planet.
Trinity still has an inoperable tumor. Now Trinity’s family is trying to work with neuroblastoma specialists in Michigan to get treatment, as she still has an inoperable tumor. “Trinity’s lump grew from a small growth to one that’s about the size of a baseball over 16 days last year. The mass of the tumor is malignant and it’s inoperable due to the location of the tumor. She has already had chemotherapy, bone marrow biopsy and multiple other procedures.” The family has a GoFundMe account set up to help offset the cost of her medical treatment.