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Photo shoot for child stricken with cancer

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- With each click of the camera's shutter, photographer Josh Merideth captured another moment. Five-year old Miley Hodge stood next to her older sister Kenzie, and sometimes they held hands. Other times they threw glitter. Each was decked out in apparel fit for a rock star or a princess.

When taking a family portrait, or any photo for that matter, the emphasis is on capturing a moment you can treasure forever. But what if your moments are limited with the ones you treasure most? 

Such is the case for Bert Woodrome, who gained custody of this two daughters this summer. A week later, he learned his five-year old Miley had terminal bone cancer. Doctors haven't given him a clear time table of how much time Miley has left. 

"We don't have those answers. We are just taking it one day at a time," Woodrome told WDRB News. "I don't know how long we got. The bigger the better -- all the memories for her sister. Whatever we can do to make her smile is where I'm at."

Tuesday's photo shoot at Nulu Studio was organized by a stranger, April Gresham, an Atlanta makeup artist who saw Miley's story on the Facebook group at "Prayers for Miley" and knew she wanted to help.

And so it began, with dozens of phone calls to vendors, florists, toy stores, clothing stores, bakeries. Gresham helped orchestrate all of it.

"I just felt called to help. I just felt called. That's the only way to describe it," Gresham said. "Gosh, it was just that feeling when I automatically read it. I just knew what I was supposed to do. Here's this little girl, she's in this situation... this could bring her some happiness."

Miley's special day began early Tuesday around 8 a.m. when a limo picked her up from Kosair Children's Hospital where she's spent four months undergoing treatment for her cancer. Her day brightened when Miley, her sister Kenzie, father Bert, and family friends took the limo to Z Salon for a makeover for Miley and her 12-year old sister Kenzie.

The special day was meant to take their minds off reality that these inseparable sisters could soon be forced to separate.

By 10 a.m., the two were whisked away to Nulu studios where their photo shoot began. Standing outside, a crowd from the various offices inside the Butchertown complex held signs, waved and provided a celebrity welcome to Miley and her sister.

"It's amazing man. I don't really have words. It touches me," said Zachary Watson, a family friend.

The two were give a celebrity-style welcome, showered with gifts but photographed as sisters.  "God has put all these people in my life -- it's mind blowing at times," said Bert Woodrome.

"No one really knows the time so every moment is precious, we should treasure each one," Watson said.

Watson more than 4,000 people have liked the Facebook group "Prayers for Miley." They've also raised more than $10,000 to help pay for her care.

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