For the sixth year in a row, three young girls have joined together to re-enact a powerful photo first went viral while they were all facing childhood cancer treatments in 2014.
[Eleven]-year-old Rheann Franklin, 9-year-old Ainsley Peters, and 8-year-old Rylie Hughey, first met five years ago while they were all being treated for childhood cancer.
In the years since Oklahoma photographer, Lora Scantling, first captured the heartwarming photo, the girls have all beaten cancer and now live healthy, happy, cancer-free lives. Still, they’ve come together every year to re-enact the photo that first brought them together.
The annual reunion is an exciting time for all three girls and serves as an inspiration to other children who are in the thick of their cancer journey.
“This project has been amazing,” Scantling told TODAY. “I get some of the most heartwarming messages about people who come across the photo online and tell me about how it has helped them or someone they know through a dark time in their life.
“I don’t think these girls will ever understand just how powerful a simple picture of the three of them hugging has been.”