Of all the things that leave us questioning the blunt harshness of this world, cases of childhood cancer are perhaps the most frustrating.
Three years ago, McKinley, Chloe, Ava and Lauren were all in the same Florida hospital whilst they received treatment for cancer. It was a tough time, with the four relying on one another for support. On Monday, though, the quartet were able to reunite for a photo shoot as survivors.
The girls – all aged between four and five – return to the lobby of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a photo each year. This occasion marks the first time they’ll all been in remission, however.
“They were all on active treatment the first time we did this,” Ava’s mom Alyssa Luciana told FOX13 in St. Petersburg.
”It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come from being bald little babies.”
McKinley, Ava and Lauren were all suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, whilst Chloe had a rare form of lung cancer. McKinley says they all bonded “because our blood was sick.”
Shawna Glynn, mom of Lauren, added that she feels the girls forged a connection in hospital because of how the cancer treatment affected their appearances.
“She’s 3 years old and doesn’t have any hair, but all of her friends in the hospital look the same way so it kind of gave her some normalcy,” Glynn said.
The moms meanwhile, also relied on each other during the arduous process.
“Just having other moms to relate to has been phenomenal,” said Karen Moore, McKinley’s mom.
“Just to have other people going through it at the same time as us.”
Of the four, Lauren was the last to complete treatment.
“We’re done,” Glynn said. “She just rang the bell to signify that she has completed her treatment … She’s going into kindergarten on Monday.”
We don’t know about you, but it warms our hearts to look through these pictures. No child should ever have to face cancer, but it’s so special to see that they did so together, with smiles on their faces.
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