Preschool friends who battled cancer together reunite for the 1st time

Mack gave Payson flowers and the two friends hugged.

August 10, 2021, 8:02 PM

Payson Altice and Mack Porter met at Phoenix Children’s Hospital while they were both fighting cancer in 2021. After weeks apart, both are in remission and out of the hospital, so on July 21, the 3-year-olds reunited.

PHOTO: Mack Porter delivered flowers to Payson Altice on July 21, 2021.
Mack Porter delivered flowers to Payson Altice on July 21, 2021.
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During the reunion, Mack gave Payson flowers and the two friends hugged and danced.

Payson, Mack and their families, told “World News Tonight” that the moment was unforgettable.

PHOTO: Three-year-old Mack Porter pictured with his mother Danielle Porter.
Three-year-old Mack Porter pictured with his mother Danielle Porter.
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“That was a blessing to just watch our children be children,” said Mack’s mother, Danielle Porter.

Payson's mother, Tracey Altice, said that Mack and Payson set an example for how to get through tough situations.

PHOTO: Three-year-old Payson Altice pictured with her parents.
Three-year-old Payson Altice pictured with her parents.
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“During these scary and hard times,” she said. “No matter what, just look to the children because they’ll lead the way.”

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