ATLANTA -- The Macy's Pink Pig has been a beloved Atlanta tradition for more than 50 years.
From its debut in the '50s as a children's ride at the downtown Rich's store, to its brief stint at the Egleston Children's Hospital Festival of Trees, five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Macy's Pink Pig into the holiday season.
To kick things off this year, Marlie, a 6-year-old patient from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, will enjoy the first ride as this year's Macy's Pink Pig Very Important Patient (VIP). Earlier this year, Marlie was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia after she came home from school with a big bruise on her hip from falling on the playground. Since then, Marlie has been on Immunosuppressive Therapy for 5 months and receives blood and platelets as needed.