As three little girls gathered to get their picture taken on Saturday, the mood was quite a bit lighter than the last time the children were photographed together just a few short months ago.
Back then, Rheann Franklin, 6, Ainsley Peters, 4, and Rylie Hughey, 3, each battling cancer, came together for an emotional photo session in April with Oklahoma photographer Lora Scantling. The image taken that day, after the girls met for the first time in Scantling’s studio, touched the hearts of people all over the world.
When the girls reunited on Saturday, it was to share in happy news: In July they confirmed they are each in remission. To celebrate, they got back together with Scantling to put an even more positive spin on the beautiful scene that went viral earlier this year.
“We tried to recreate the original as close as we could,” Scantling told TODAY.com. She says Rylie and Ainsley have each grown about 3 inches since she photographed them in April, so they had to get a little more creative with positioning. But the updated version of the photo is just as as powerful as the original — and so was the experience.
“The shoot definitely felt different,” Andrea Peters, Ainsley’s mom, told TODAY.com. “It was full of more hope and we know how much the girls have impacted the world. They’ve brought more knowledge to everyone that even the littlest fighters are full of strength.”
“At the first shoot, it was nice to see the other kids, but sad not knowing what their outcomes would be,” Bridget Hughey, Rylie’s mom, told TODAY.com. “This time, I felt a lot of relief knowing that the girls are going to be OK.”