THE STORY: At just 8 months old, Lilli Trippe was diagnosed with leukemia. Having survived two bone marrow transplant cardiac arrests and countless hours of chemotherapy and blood transfusions, Lilli died July 6 at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, six days shy of her fourth birthday. “She said she wasn’t scared. She was a very brave girl,” Lilli’s mother, Kristin Trippe, said. Trippe and her husband, Aaron, received many presents and messages of support in the days that followed. “It’s priceless to have all of that support,” Aaron Trippe said. “It would be harder to get through all of it alone. It really shows that she really made a difference in this world.”
THE LATEST: Lilli’s memorial service was held July 31 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Roughly 250 people attended, including the color guard from the Corvallis Fire Deparment. “It was great. Lilli would have been proud,” Kristin Trippe said. The ceremony was complete with a balloon launch, videos and lots of people performing live music in Lilli’s honor. Since Lilli’s death, Nicole Elmore, a woman from Colorado who has never met Lilli, started a campaign called Paint It Lilli Pink, which is attempting to change the name of the Crayola color “orchid” to “Lilli” (www.facebook.com/PaintitLilliPink). Pink was Lilli’s favorite color, Kristin Trippe said. “Lilli would think it’s the coolest thing in the world,” she said. About 1,100 people have “liked” the Facebook web page in support of the campaign.