Three-year-old Scarlette was diagnosed with a type of tissue cancer called spindle cell sarcoma as a baby. When she was 10 months old, she had her left arm amputated.
The surgery happened a day before her first Halloween, so her parents use the anniversary to celebrate her survival and teach her to love herself, just the way she is.
A fan of dressing up, Scarlette tells people that with two arms she was sick, but with one arm, she’s not. Her mom takes it one step further by making her special costumes that incorporate the missing limb. This year she’s a skeleton, holding an arm bone in her other hand.
“We just want to make Halloween extra special for her,” Scarlette’s mom, Simone Tipton, told Mashable. “It’s my husband and I’s favourite holiday, and she had her amputation the day before her first Halloween. She spent it intubated, on all kinds of pain meds, but she was a survivor! We just really want to root it in her soul that she’s amazing no matter what differences she has.”