In April 2011, Laura Pita was a busy mom of four boys. On top of that, she was in the midst of a difficult time, supporting her mom and her son as both battled cancer. In order to keep her mind busy during this time, Laura decided to make a tutu for her niece. As she did, she thought about other kids fighting cancer just as her son was. She realized that something as simple as a tutu or a superhero cape might be just the thing to cheer these kids up as they endured their battles. And with that, Laura found her inspiration.
Laura began making tutus and capes, which she delivers to kids in local hospitals. When she does, the results are magical! As the kids put on their tutus and capes, joy and silliness abound and laughter is in the air. But most importantly, when The Tutu Lady (as Laura is now known) comes around, she lifts the spirits of everyone she serves, making their difficult times and hers easier to endure.
This video tells the story of The Tutu Lady and her inspirational work.
- Here is an article about The Tutu Lady and her amazing tutus and capes!
- Here is a website that tells about The Tutu Lady and shows lots of pictures of the happy kids!
Topics for Discussion:
- How do you think the sick kids feel when Laura brings them tutus and capes?
- It has been said that “laughter is the best medicine”. Do you believe this is true?
- Visit the website for Emmy’s Heart, the organization through which Laura makes and delivers her tutus and capes.
- Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation website to learn about the joy they bring to sick kids and how you can help!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.