Cancer survivor creates adorable Up themed photoshoot with son and grandparents

A cancer survivor has recreated scenes from the Pixar movie Up with her son and grandparents to celebrate seeing her child turn five.

When Rachel Perman, 32, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer shortly after the birth of her twins, her greatest fear was that she wouldn’t see her children grow up.

In 2016 she was told she was cancer-free. And so when her son, Elijah, turned five, Rachel knew she wanted to celebrate in a special way.

She requested the help of her grandparents, Richard and Caroline Bain, both 90, to recreate Elijah’s favourite film.

The resulting photos are pretty adorable, showing Elijah posing as Russell in his scout uniform as his great-grandparents dressed up as Carl and Ellie Fredrickson, complete with a large bunch of colourful balloons.

Rachel, from Greeley, Colorado, said: ‘After being diagnosed with cancer, I was scared I wouldn’t make it to see Elijah turn five.

‘I was diagnosed with cancer when my eldest child was five years old and I was petrified that I wouldn’t be able to spend the same amount of time I had with her, with the twins.

‘So for Elijah’s fifth birthday I wanted to celebrate for both him and I.

‘Elijah is very particular, he is borderline addicted to Up and has been for several years.

‘It’s the only thing he draws and colours, the only books he wants to get at the library and the only toy he wanted when we were in Disney World last year.

‘So inviting his great grandparents was my idea and a surprise to him – he loved that they dressed up!

‘My grandparents were thrilled to participate and loved that I asked them. Grandpa even went to the thrift store to get the jacket and hose.’

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