"It helped a lot," Francine said of photography. "Because when I was doing chemotherapy it actually helped me take my mind off of the medicines that I was taking."
She showed so much interest that the Pablove Foundation sponsored her trip to capture the red carpet at the Golden Globes.
Geraldine Gascon, Francine's mother, told ABC News that she calls her daughter "my little warrior" because of her resilience.
"She knows what she is undergoing [and] she is really brave facing it," Gascon said. "And her being so positive in life, keeps me going."
Gascon said she is thankful "to have my daughter experience what she is experiencing right now."
"What she is going through right now, it is really hard, really tough," she continued, noting that the photography classes have "given her a lot of hope."
"It really gave her the feeling of the value of being positive in life," she said. "She was encouraged to keep on going with her photography."
Francine said she is "really proud of the photos that I’ve taken around my neighborhood."