McKinley, Chloe, Ava, and Lauren were all treated for cancer at the same Florida hospital three years ago. The four of them relied on each other to go through the hard process. On Monday, all four of them reunited for a photo shoot to celebrate them surviving cancer.
All of the girls were between the ages of 4 to 5 and each year they come together and take a photo in the lobby of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, this year it was the first time all of them were in remission.
Four young girls who first became friends when they were all being treated for cancer have put on their tutus for a smile-filled reunion in celebration of the end of their treatments at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Ava’s mom, Alyssa Luciano, made a statement on FOX13 in St. Petersburg:
“They were all on active treatment the first time we did this. It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come from being bald little babies.”
Ava, Lauren, and McKinley all had acute lymphoblastic leukemia whereas Chloe had a rare form of lung cancer. McKinley stated that they are bonded “because our blood was sick.”
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Shawna Glynn, Lauren’s mom, said that the girls formed a friendship because of their bald heads. She said:
“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.”
McKinley’s mom, Karen Moore, added that “It was just always a breath of fresh air to see a familiar face and to know that she wasn’t alone in this.”
The moms also relied on each other to get through the treatment of their daughters.
Moore stated that “Just having other moms to relate to has been phenomenal. Just to have other people going through it at the same time as us.”
Last to complete the treatment was Lauren with the final treatment on September 10th.
Four girls who all faced cancer together at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital first gathered together for a photo shoot in 2016. Earlier this month, they were all able to don gold “survivor” T-shirts, marking this year as the first since they finished with their treatments. pic.twitter.com/FvSco2OUvn
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Glynn stated after the treatment: “We’re done. She just rang the bell to signify that she has completed her treatment… She’s going into kindergarten on Monday. They have just come so far, all of them.”