Most, if not all, cancer patients look forward to the end of their treatment and being declared cancer-free. Many also anticipate their turn to ring their cancer center’s bell.
The tradition of ringing a bell to mark the end of treatment began in 1996 when U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Irve Le Moyne, a patient at MD Anderson with cancer, installed a brass bell.
Since then the practice has spread.
One recent cancer survivor who got her chance to ring the cancer bell at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. is Zoey Jacobs.
Zoey is only one year old and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in September 2018.
Acute myeloid leukemia begins in the bone marrow before moving into the patient’s blood. According to the American Cancer Society, AML develops from cells that normally turn into white blood cells.
For seven months, Zoey fought the terrible disease.
“She is a strong little fighter and she did not let cancer beat her,” her mom told FOX 5.
Finally, Zoey and her family received the news they all had been waiting for, the cancer was gone from her tiny body. She was cancer-free!
To celebrate Zoey rang the hospital’s bell, and she rang it loud and proud.
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