TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Kids fighting for their lives got the chance to live out their dreams during Saturday's Tampa Bay Dream Walk. The event was a part of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation's efforts to bring a little joy to children who are battling cancer.
For local mother Skyla D'Autorio, it's a journey she knows all too well. Her 3-year-old daughter, Trinity, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in 2018, turning the D'Autorio family's world upside down.
"It's currently inoperable, because her tumor goes from the base of her skull, to the top of her spine and wraps down and around her collar bone," said D'Autorio.
In less than a year, little Trinity has experienced more than more than many will experience in a lifetime. She has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy and several blood transfusions.
"Just because kids look and act normal doesn't mean they're not fighting one heck of a battle," explained D'Autorio.
However, it's during these tough times that D'Autorio is extra thankful for the community's support much like events such as the Tampa Bay Dream Walk event.
"They just want to be normal kids, they want to play, they want to have fun, but while doing that they're literally fighting for their lives," said D'Autorio. "So, events like this are great, because they get to play, they get to have fun."
Trinity, and other kids battling cancer, were encouraged to dress up as their dream career. Trinity chose to dress as a firefighter, with a coat "blinged out" in sparkles.
"We have anything from ballerinas, to Spider-Man, to TV reporters, to police men and they dress up as their dream, said Christopher Geib with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. "Some are survivors, some of them are battling right now, and some of them that signed up couldn't make it because they're kind of having a tough time right now."
Saturday's event reminded families that are on the cancer journey that they are not alone - a reassurance that Trinity's family holds dear as they fight this battle one day at a time.
"She sits there and she's my role model, because she's super tough," said D'Autorio.
For more information on the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and their local efforts, click here.