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2-year-old Preds fan dies of cancer, community voices support

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Trip Phinney received a visit from Predators players Mike Fisher and Roman Josi. (Source: Team Trip / Facebook) Trip Phinney received a visit from Predators players Mike Fisher and Roman Josi. (Source: Team Trip / Facebook)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A few days ago, a Nashville photographer gave Middle Tennessee a glimpse of a big day for a little boy. 

Two-year-old Trip Phinney got to meet two of his heroes, Predators' Roman Josi and Mike Fisher. 

Trip left quite an impression on both those who did and didn't know him.

"He's just the spunkiest two-year-old he could possibly be," said Stephanie Mullowney of Paperdolls Photography. 

"You can just tell he loves with his whole heart, everybody around him. I want to capture that beauty, y'know."

Mullowney had a shoot with Trip scheduled a few days ago when she had the idea to contacted Josi.

That call led to him and Fisher showing up at Trip's shoot.

"He just lit up when the Preds came in," Mullowney said. "I planted a tiny seed, but God brought the rain and the Predators brought the sunshine. He's a fighter, and you could see his spirit shining up until his last moments."

Trip passed away on Monday after battling cancer for most of his life.

"I can't imagine having a child with an aggressive form of cancer and then losing them to that," said Mullowney. "I cannot imagine, so this family needs all the love and support they can possibly get."

According to Mullowney, that's exactly what's happening. 

Donations are coming in to handle the family's funeral expenses. 

There's also an effort by Chrispy Rickman, a Preds fan who's never met Trip's family.

"Citizens of Smashville have to step up and let the family of this brave young man know how we do care," Rickman said.

Rickman is calling on citizens of Smashville to gather outside the Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro Saturday and wear their gold.

"Sort of a silent show of support in honor of Trip, and the battle he fought," he said.

Mullowney said it's beautiful to see how Trip's brought together so many.

"It breaks my heart, obviously," said Josi, speaking at a press conference. "It's heartbreaking, and that's such a wonderful family. I'm so glad I got the chance to meet Trip."

Donations to Trip's family can be made here

The memorial service will be held on Saturday at the Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro at 2 p.m.

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