In 2014, Oklahoma-based photographer Lora Scantling did an inspiring photoshoot of three little girls battling cancer. In one of the photos, then 3-year-old Rylie, 6-year-old Rheann, and 4-year-old Ainsley were shown embracing each other in support, and it instantly went viral. Now, three years later, the girls are cancer-free and have reunited for a new photoshoot to celebrate life.
This project was a powerful experience for Scantling, too. “My stepdad was losing his fight with lung cancer, and I wanted to get to do something that spoke a thousand words that would draw emotion,” she told The Huffington Post.
In 2014, photographer Lora Scantling did an inspiring photoshoot of three little girls battling cancer
Though the girls were complete strangers the day they were photographed, they became instant friends
Now, 3 years later, the girls are cancer-free and have reunited for a new photoshoot to celebrate life
“This year really shows how much they have grown and how healthy they all look compared to past years!” Scantling told HuffPost
The new photoshoot was just as emotional as the first one, and the girls reflected on their cancer battles
Rheann said, “Cancer is like a dragon”
To which Ainsley responded, “Yeah, and chemo is the prince”
And Rylie added that “Cancer messed with the wrong princesses!”
Even though all the girls are healthier than ever, Rheann (right) cannot grow hair because of radiation treatment and will likely always have eyes that droop due to her brain tumor’s location
But she’s a true survivor and that doesn’t stop her one bit!
The three little princesses held a gold ribbon for childhood cancer awareness
“The girls as a group are so amazing when they are together!”
“They know what this portrait means to the world. They know they are making a difference”