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There’s More Than Meets the Eye to This Beautiful Photograph

April 15, 2014
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There’s More Than Meets the Eye to This Beautiful Photograph
Screengrab via KOCO
A single image of three very brave girls spreads hope and awareness of childhood cancer.

A photo of three adorable little girls from Oklahoma is touching countless lives. And the story behind the photograph will really tug at your heartstrings.

As KOCO reports, Scantling Photography and Goodger Photography found the girls — each battling a different type of cancer — on Facebook and brought them in for a photo shoot. The result is a moving image of three angelic girls sharing a special moment together with the fitting caption, “Sometimes strength comes in knowing that you are not alone.”

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“I just wanted something that showed the strength and the bond and that they weren’t alone,” photographer Lora Scantling told the television station.

According to their respective social media pages, three-year-old Rylie has stage 5 kidney cancer; six-year-old Rheann is battling a rare form brain cancer called mucoid spindle sarcoma; and four-year-old Ainsley has acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The picture has since gone viral, drawing thousands of comments, likes and shares. “The photo literally made me cry,” one commenter wrote on Rheann’s page. “Too often we take so many things for granted. The picture of these girls is very humbling to me. Tonight, I will hug my sons a little tighter, snuggle them a little longer, and pray for them a little harder.”

Watch the video below to learn more about the girls and their fight.

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