3 Years Later, Cancer Survivors Recreate Their Viral Photo, And The Difference Is Striking

Back in 2014, photographer Lora Scantling captured three young girls fighting cancer. Now, 3 years later, the girls have reunited for a new photo, and they’re stronger and healthier than ever!


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Scantling’s father was losing his fight to lung cancer, so she wanted to do something “that spoke a thousand words that would draw emotion”. She chose childhood cancer because her friend had lost her son to cancer earlier. “I put a post out on Facebook seeking little girls who were fighting cancer, and the portrait was born!” she said. Then 3-year-old Rylie, 6-year-old Rheann, and 4-year-old Ainsley did not know each other until the photo shoot, yet they became instant friends. The 2014 photo captured the three girls hugging and showing support to each other, and it went viral on social media. Now, the 2017 photo is just as emotional. It shows the three girls, which are now all cancer-free, looking healthier and stronger than ever, and holding a gold ribbon, which represents childhood cancer awareness. “Cancer is like a dragon,” Rheann said. “Yeah, and chemo is the prince,” Ainsley responded. Rylie added: “Cancer messed with the wrong princesses!”

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Back in 2014, photographer Lora Scantling captured three young girls fighting cancer

Image credits: Scantling Photography

Now, 3 years later, the girls have reunited for a new photo, and they’re stronger and healthier than ever

Image credits: Scantling Photography

Scantling’s father was losing his fight to lung cancer, so she wanted to do something “that spoke a thousand words that would draw emotion”

Image credits: Scantling Photography

“I put a post out on Facebook seeking little girls who were fighting cancer, and the portrait was born!”

Image credits: Scantling Photography

Rylie (3), Rheann (6) and Ainsley (4) didn’t know each other until the photo shoot, yet they became instant friends

Image credits: Scantling Photography

The most recent photo of the girls is just as emotional as the one taken 3 years ago

Image credits: Scantling Photography

Except now all three girls are cancer-free and healthier than ever

Image credits: Scantling Photography

“Cancer is like a dragon,” Rheann said

Image credits: Scantling Photography

“Yeah, and chemo is the prince,” Ainsley responded

Image credits: Scantling Photography

Rylie added: “Cancer messed with the wrong princesses!”

Image credits: Scantling Photography

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