When three adorable children who were battling against cancer met for the first time and were photographed together, their images became an inspiration to many in no time. This tradition was continued year after year, resulting in a beautiful series of images!
It was in 2014, that the three girls Rheann Franklin, now 9, Ainsley Peters, now 7, and Rylie Hughey, 6, each fighting the same demon, cancer, met for the first time. A photo session was organized that formed the beginning of a beautiful tradition.
This one touching picture was passed around the world, and the girls set an example by their courage and determination to inspire many more to bravely face the dreaded disease. The picture was appreciated so much that the photographer made it an annual event, to get the girls together and click them together.
“We try to do something a little bit different each year,” said Oklahoma photographer Lora Scantling.
This year, the girls posed with a gold ribbon and golden glitter signifying the fight against cancer. In another image, the little girls have some fun wearing colorful socks. Their outfits for the shoot were donated, as in previous years, by Holly Davis at Penelope’s Children’s Boutique in Oklahoma City.
It is extremely heartwarming to know that all the three beautiful girls are now cancer-free, after having battled with different types of cancer.
Peters is loving being in first grade, and wants to grow up and be a mommy, singer and scientist. She “is very energetic and always singing,” Scantling said.
Hughey, whom Scantling describes as “a little goofball who is always smiling,” loves gymnastics, dance and T-ball.
Franklin, the oldest of the lot, loves martial arts and Kit-Kats. She still has some left-over physical reminders of the battle she fought. Due to the long-term affects of radiation, her hair will possibly never grow. Her eyes will most likely always droop due to the location of her brain tumor. “Despite everything she is an amazingly happy and sassy little girl,” Scantling said.
Some people have been regularly following these photo sessions and are always curious to know about the welfare of these three girls brought together under the most unusual circumstances.
“I will take the photo every year for as long as the girls and the world want us to,” Scantling said. “Every time we do a new updated picture the world goes crazy. … You can see how they have changed and grown, and they look happier and even healthier each year.”
The brave little girls aren’t afraid to discuss the disease that brought them together, and are able to relate their experiences to other young girls their age, in a manner more understandable to them.
“Cancer is a dragon in your body,” Franklin said at this year’s shoot. “And chemo is the prince,” added Peters. But Hughey summed it best, noting, “Cancer messed with the wrong princesses.”