It’s hard not to smile when talking to Mary Tipton, or MT, – a 10-year-old girl with a warm personality who loves to tell you fun facts she knows about dolphins. You would never guess she has fought ovarian dysgerminoma, a type of germ cell cancer most commonly found in children. Now in remission from her cancer, Mary Tipton had to opportunity last fall to walk in the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Fashion Funds the Cure fashion show in Atlanta. She walked in the “Survivor’s Walk” as what she wants to be when she grows up – a dolphin trainer. Georgia Aquarium’s director of zoological operations and animal training, dolphins, Lisa Mignogna Bodechon, walked alongside Mary Tipton in the show in a matching Georgia Aquarium wet suit. After the show, MT was invited to visit the Aquarium and experience a behind-the-scenes dolphin encounter.
March 21, 2017