Lilli is a five year old suffering from optic pathway glioma, a disorder that has affected her vision. The girl goes to chemotherapy sessions dressed up like a Disney princess (in a different gown every time).
Each one of us have days when we want to dress up and go out to have the best of our times.
Meet Lilli Durante who is a five year old from Irwin, Pennsylvania. The little girl was diagnosed with optic pathway glioma, a slow growing brain tumor that affects the optic nerves. What's really courageous of the five year old is that each time she goes to get her chemotherapy treatments, she gets dressed like a princess , wearing different beautiful gowns.
Lilli woke up one morning to find her left eye crossed. Her parents took her to several doctors to find out that the girl had optic pathway glioma. The disorder could affect the girl's vision and so she had to go for chemotherapy sessions.
“She just knew she had to get some medicine for her sick eye. She is really a trooper through all of it. She loves wearing big gowns, the bigger the better. The fluffier, the sparklier, the better,” Lilli's mother, Courtney Durante, 33, told TODAY Parents.
Lilli never repeats the same dress and so far has been to the treatment dressed up as Belle (her favorite), Aurora, Ariel and Cinderella.
“She loves surprising everyone every week. Some of the nurses call her, ‘her majesty.’ It puts a smile on everyone’s face...and usually she gets compliments and eats it up and loves it. It really gives her something to look forward to,” Durante told.
Lilli's doctor, Dr. Jim Felker also talked about the beautiful girl's happy energy. “She exudes that energy and that happiness that is vital to get through what can otherwise be, from the outside, at least, a sad experience. She really is special. She brightens up the clinic,” he said.
Although the tumors have shrunk, Lilli still struggles to see. “Her eye is still crossed. She will likely need eye muscle surgery,” the girl's mother explained.
Image credits: Courtney Durante