Children with Cancer can spend weeks, months and even years undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for their cancer.
Cancer is insidious and unforgiving to those children and families who have to endure it. A cancer diagnosis of any kind from leukaemia to a bone tumour, can physically, emotionally and mentally impact the entire family unit in some capacity. The financial strain of cancer treatment can also cripple a family ad place great strain on both the Child with Cancer and the rest of the Family.
For children, enduring this kind of treatment means having to deal with horrible things that children should not have to deal with; things like needle pricks, nausea, vomiting, loss of strength and hair loss. That’s why finishing chemotherapy or radiation treatment is so amazing.
A ringing bell can signify many different things, but in the life of a Cancer Warrior it means an end and a beginning – the end of all those horrific treatments and hospital stays and the beginning of life as a Survivor, a “normal” child who can once again do “normal” things.
Ringing the “End-of-treatment Bell” means an end to an incredibly long and often very difficult journey for our Little Fighters and their Families. Ringing out means their body, spirit and mind have completed the final stage and they are about to begin their life cancer-free.
Ringing the “end-of-treatment bell” means taking back their Childhood!!
Ring this bell
Three times well
Its toll to clearly say,
My treatment’s done
This course is run
And I am on my way!
~Irve Le Moyne~
As painful as it is to watch a Child with Cancer go through the hell of having cancer and enduring all the treatments, it is such a beautiful sight to see them ring the bell!
The tradition of Ringing the Bell began at MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1996 when U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Irve Le Moyne, a patient, installed a brass bell at their radiation treatment center.
The bell itself is a sign of hope, courage and the strength it takes to walk the cancer journey.
The significance of “ringing the bell” caught on, and many cancer centers across the globe have also added this tradition.
Last week Friday one of our Little Fighters, Tristan, got his chance to ring the “End-of-Treatment Bell” to signify the end of his 3-year battle with cancer and all the treatments that went with it.
Tristan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in February 2014 and has been in and out of hospital since, undergoing regular lumbar punches and chemotherapy with great courage.
As you can see from the photo, our Little Fighter Tristan was ecstatic to be done with all the horrible cancer treatments at last and was grinning from ear to ear when he rang the bell he was so happy.
Tristan’s mother Ilse was also beaming with pride that her courageous Little Fighter has endured what he did over the past 3 years with such fortitude!
Congratulations and Well Done, Tristan – You Da Man!!!
Team LFCT wishes Tristan and his Family everything of the best for the future.