What began as a moment of friendship for two young girls who have faced cancer has become an international symbol of hope, thanks to a mom who realized the moment warranted a photograph.
Tazz Jones told TODAY.com she snapped the photo a few weeks ago, when she noticed her 5-year-old daughter, Maliyah, gravitate toward another cancer-battling girl, Madelina, and hug the 2-year-old as they looked out a window at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Doctors diagnosed Maliyah with neuroblastoma three years ago, when she was 2; Madelina’s family learned she had acute myeloid leukemia in November, when the younger girl was 23 months old.
“That was their first time meeting,” said Jones, who lives in Pittsburgh. “They clicked instantly.”
She posted it on Facebook on May 3, encouraging everyone to caption and share the picture of Madelina and Maliyah. “So many people have been telling me to submit this picture, get it blown up, and that it touched [their] hearts,” Jones wrote. “This is the perfect example of love.”
The image has since gone viral.
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