Four years ago, at a hospital in Florida, McKinley, Chloe, Ava, and Lauren were all in cancer treatment. The quartet relied on each other to complete the arduous process, and one day in 2018 they met as cancer survivors for a photoshoot.

The girls, all aged 4 to 5, take a picture every year in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital lobby in St. Petersburg, Florida, but this is the first time they’re all in remission.

McKinley, Ava, and Lauren were all suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and Chloe had rare lung cancer. We all bonded, McKinley said, “because our blood was sick.”

Lauren’s mom, Shawna Glynn, said that because of their bald heads, the girls developed a camaraderie when they were at Johns Hopkins.

“She’s 3 years old and doesn’t have any hair, but all of her friends in the hospital look the same way so it kind of gave her some normalcy,” Glynn said.

The moms said they also relied on each other for help to make it through treatment.

You become a team and you beat it together when you meet someone else who is fighting the same battle that you are fighting. That’s what happened to these little girls who managed to beat cancer at the same time. I don’t think that’s a coincidence in the same hospital that they met. I believe that God is working in mysterious ways.

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