Four girls have reunited after beating cancer together two years before. McKinley, Chloe, Ava, and Lauren, were all diagnosed with the disease and were treated at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Now, they’ve met up again to celebrate life.
They all had different cancers, but they found each other when being treated in the same ward. The four instantly became best friends and spent as much time with each other as they could between treatments.
“She’s three years old and doesn’t have any hair, but all her friends in the hospital look the same way. So it kind of gave her some normality” Lauren’s mom Shawna Glynn said. Another mom added, “It was just always a breath of fresh air to see a familiar face, and to know that she wasn’t alone in there.”
The friendship also helped their parents, who were faced with an enormously tough time as well. Karen Moore, McKinley’s mom explained that “from the standpoint of a mom, too, having other moms to relate to has been phenomenal. Just to have other people going through it at the same time as us.”
Nurse Paige Ward, who cared for all of the girls, couldn’t be happier for them. “It gives me chills, it makes me want to cry. I mean, I love these kids as if they were my own, for sure. They’re awesome.”
Everyone is immeasurably proud of how far these girls have come, and that they have all beaten cancer together, forming friendships along the way. The girls seem happy that they’ve got their long hair back now, too.
This year, Lauren has finally rung the hospital bell to signify that she’s beaten the life-changing disease, making the reunion even more special. She’s starting kindergarten soon, but now all four girls have beaten cancer, they are planning annual reunions to catch up with one another.
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