Ghostly Figure of the Virgin Mary Appears in Photo with Cancer Survivor

Ghostly Figure of the Virgin Mary Appears in Photo with Cancer Survivor


A family from Kirkland, Ohio got a supernatural shock over the weekend when they were looking over photos of their young daughter and noticed a familiar figure hovering near her.

Jen Potter believes that the ghostly apparition captured in the image is none other than the Virgin Mary, looking over their daughter Erin, who was battling cancer for the third time.

“My reaction immediately, it’s Mary, they hear us, she’s there. I didn’t necessarily see it as a sign that Erin is fine and is going to walk out of this, but it’s a sign that we’re watching over her.” Jen told 19 Action News on Friday.


Erin was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2007 and since gone through numerous bone marrow transplants. When the miraculous photo was taken, she was about to undergo her second transplant.

When asked about the skeptics (whose rather shameful lack of sympathy, compassion, and tact can he seen in these Huffington Post comments) who would cast doubt on the vision that gave the Potter’s hope during their emotional medical battle, Erin’s father Kevin remained resolute in his belief.

“I know she’s not alone, I know we are not alone and people who don’t want to believe it, that’s OK,” he said. “Whatever happened, you know something powerful and special was there with us I definitely have my moments when I’m falling apart and I’m terrified and I literally grab my phone and I stare at that picture.”

As for Erin? Well, she’s now cancer free.

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  1. Stormeye

    05/27/2013 at 5:12 AM

    There is only one word for the skeptical comments referenced: sick. I understand that people have trouble with the Judeo-Christian belief system but this kind of trolling is unconscionable. I think this family has been through quite enough without a bunch of unthinking, unfeeling idiots telling them they are delusional.

  2. the paraclete

    05/27/2013 at 5:14 AM

    Skeptics disregarding human compassion (decency) for a chance to pretend they’re smarter than others? Never!

    (This is a nice story- thanks for sharing. And in the end, if it made them feel better or gave them hope, who cares?)

  3. Byron Malerba

    05/27/2013 at 6:24 AM

    >.O that’s the mother in the photo…same hair length, same color, same shirt she’s even wearing in the interview! The visage is wearing a T-shirt just past her waist with pants(appears to be cargo pants) and white shoes. Sorry but, this one’s a flop and they should be ashamed for trying to fool gullible religious people.

    • Dan W

      06/15/2015 at 12:58 PM

      I thought the same thing. looks like a teenage girl with long brown hair. Mary had a head dress and is always seen with it on when ever she is on tour. You know Toast, glass, trees, etc. Strange how she always wears it just like the Muslims.

  4. Steve Parkes

    05/27/2013 at 10:13 AM

    Whatever formed the image as long as it gave comfort to the family when they need it then it’s got a special power.

    I can clearly understand what formed the image and it wasn’t supernatural but if someone believes the light danced over the sensor in that particular way due to an outside influence then that’s cool with me. It doesn’t harm my belief to allow them theirs.

    • Cooch

      05/27/2013 at 11:32 AM

      You’re right on the money, Steve. I consider myself an agnostic, but reading some of those comments directed at a family who found hope and comfort in a strange image absolutely disgusted me. What’s more important? The warmth that photo brought to a little girl with cancer and her family, or the chance to call someone an idiot for believing in the supernatural?

    • Red Pill Junkie

      05/28/2013 at 6:20 AM

      The thing about our society is that we think of miracles of events that break the laws of the Universe as we know it, when that may not be the case at all.

      So, as you magnificently put it, there may be a rather mundane explanation & chain of events that caused this image, but what skeptics often leave aside is the timing & intention: the fact that this image happened just at the right time & the right moment, causing the effect of solace & reassurance on this family during such a difficult trial, is for me far more interesting & relevant, than all those dickwads trying to break it apart in their pathetic attempt to maintain their sad belief system intact.

  5. George

    05/27/2013 at 10:45 AM

    Pretty good picture.

  6. Samuel Burgan

    05/27/2013 at 3:25 PM

    Mother holding sparkler coupled with long exposure time. Basic Photography 101. Surely not an intentional fake, but nothing supernatural in the pic.

  7. alanborky

    05/27/2013 at 3:28 PM

    Greg as Rumi put it “The truth lies not in this or that…” ie according to Rumi what’s wrong with the human race’s we’re all too obsessed with reducing everything down to either/or so if the female figure in the pic resembles the Virgin Mary to Erin’s mum and somewhat resembles how the child herself might look in a decade to me only one interpretation’s allowed.

    In the end all that really matters’s the child remains cancer free and grows up to have a happy life with plenty of opportunities to pursue her dearest dreams for herself.

  8. Red Pill Junkie

    05/28/2013 at 6:24 AM

    Oops! forgot to sign up for the follow-up comments.

  9. Edgars F

    01/02/2014 at 5:43 PM

    The same thing happened to my mom back in 1984. She had just finished her last day of kemo for breast cancer. I took a pic (being a Freelance photographer at the time. I captured a rainbow like halo around. Which I have never seen before or since in any photography. My mom remained cancer free until her death at the age of 72 in 2001.

    What made the photograph intensely deep. She had just completed a Catholic rosary prayer asking for Christs assistance in beatting the cancer. It was an emotional moment so I took the shot.

  10. Alban

    04/13/2014 at 12:58 AM

    Although The Holy Mother’s presence may be hard to explain. It is the heart and the faith of those who call upon Her that have the best chance for Her intercession. In every heartfelt prayer of those who put their faith in Mary, there is at the very least the greatest Kindness that comes. Not every prayer can be answered as wished. Many reasons for this, but the kindness and the deeply abiding empathy of Mary is unique for each one who reaches out for Her help. I don’t think anyone has been or could ever be like her in disposition or intention. Aiming for Her example our individual lives could help bring the healing our entire world needs now, first desiring the connection to our God within ourselves as Mary sought and found at that time, thru Her son. Just make all aspects of that request present tense understanding the Presence who spoke and revealed The Kingdom of God thru Him is not, was NOT and will never be limited to that ONE breathing life. Same presence in one succeeding person perpetually not decided by Cardinals…

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