Caroline's Story 

Caroline found the care she needed to overcome leukemia and the strength to face the world without the once-flowing tresses she lost to chemotherapy – all at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 

Caroline was hospitalized in the Oncology Unit in July 2011, when a visit from musician Armando “Pitbull” Perez, as part of the national Get Well Soon Tour, inspired her to shed the wig she had been wearing when out in public. That moment was liberating. The pair posed for pictures with matching smiles and shiny scalps. When Caroline left Nicklaus Children’s, she also left her hair-related worries behind, embracing her temporary baldness with pride. 

Her transformation was celebrated at the hospital’s annual Diamond Ball, where Caroline’s journey was highlighted as one of Nicklaus Children’s most inspiring stories. Pitbull, who was touring with other musicians, recorded a special salute to Caroline that was shown on screen. 

“Caroline, you already know what it is. It’s about being Bald, Brave, Beautiful,” Pitbull said. “You are an inspiration.” 

Caroline was later able to start high school with her classmates, and has subsequently served as a mentor to other girls facing hair loss and cancer.

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