Three years ago, three infant girls, McKinley, Ava, and Lauren, were undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A fourth girl, Chloe, was being treated for a rare form of lung cancer. For the first time in three years, all four girls are finally in remission.
They arrived at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida, where they all met, for a celebratory photo shoot on Monday, September 17. They’ve done this every year since 2016 but this is the first time all four were in good health.
Ava’s mom, Alyssa Luciano, told 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.
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“They have just come so far, all of them,” said Shawna Glynn, Lauren’s mom.
Four little girls who underwent cancer treatments together— come together for a special photoshoot. https://t.co/UAeoqMzO1G
— Araksya Karapetyan (@Araksya) September 19, 2018
Congrats and God bless survivors pic.twitter.com/v9nVdpDdQV
— Denise (@Denise85060251) September 19, 2018
You are beautiful young survivors
— Teirrah (@Teirrah12) September 19, 2018
The experience also offered the moms much-needed support.
Karen Moore, McKinley’s Mom, said:
Just having other moms to relate to has been phenomenal. Just to have other people going through it at the same time as us.
— WhigsnTwigs (@WhigsnTwigs) September 19, 2018
— Mi_apie (@Mi_apie) September 19, 2018
Cuteness overload for sure! ❤️
— Brady Hill (@BradyHi45797208) September 19, 2018
— Andrew. (@havingagaudreau) September 19, 2018
Lauren was last to complete treatment on September 10. Her next stop is kindergarten.
We wish all the girls all the best as they enter the next stage of their lives.