4 Girls Who Beat Cancer Together Reunite For Celebratory Photoshoot At Same Hospital

4 Girls Who Beat Cancer Together Reunite For Celebratory Photoshoot At Same Hospital

The little girls bonded over being treated at the same time, and were all smiles as they celebrated being cancer-free.

Four little girls who beat cancer together at the same hospital reunited for a celebratory photoshoot, two years after they first met at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. McKinley, Chloe, Ava, and Lauren were all smiles in gold tutus and white t-shirts emblazoned with the word "survivor" as they recreated a photo they'd taken in 2016 at the St. Petersburg, Florida, hospital. The 2018 photo came after the girls completed more than two years of grueling treatments, according to TODAY. "The first year we did it, all four were still in intense chemo, and they were all still kind of limping,'' said Alyssa Luciano, Ava's mother. "This year, they were jumping, and that was something they all spent so much time in physical therapy trying to accomplish. Now we can't keep them still!"


“They were all on active treatment the first time we did this,” Luciano told FOX 13 News. ”It’s amazing to see how far they've come from being bald little babies.” Ava was 4 when the celebratory photo was taken, while the other three girls were all 5 years old. Ava, Lauren and McKinley were all diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a common childhood cancer, while Chloe was treated for pleuropulmonary blastoma, a rare childhood lung cancer. The girls found comfort in each other's presence in the playroom of the hospital's oncology floor. “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,” Shawna Glynn, Lauren's mom, recalled about the time. “It was just always a breath of fresh air to see a familiar face and to know that she wasn't alone in this,” added Karen Moore, McKinley’s mom. 


It wasn't just the girls who bonded over their plight. Some of the mothers knew each other previously through mutual friends, but grew closer because of their daughters. “Just having other moms to relate to has been phenomenal. Just to have other people going through it at the same time as us,” said Moore. The 2018 photoshoot was extra special for Lauren Glynn, as she'd just completed her last round of treatments the week before. She was the last to finish her treatment, which means that all four girls have successfully kicked cancer's butt!


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