In late 2013, Gerdi McKenna was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just a few months later, her friends e-mailed photographer Albert Bredenhann to request a photo shoot in celebration of Gerdi’s birthday. Little did the South African woman know that it was a ruse. Yes, the photo shoot actually happened, but the birthday party wasn’t just a gathering of friends – it was a show of overwhelming support in the face of a scary disease. A stunning tribute to love, friendship and healing can be found in the video below.