Ringing the bell is a significant moment for many cancer patients; it signifies the end of gruelling treatment and the hope for becoming cancer-free.
Derby, United Kingdom – It is a special moment when a child fighting cancer, gets to ring the treatment bell. Fighting cancer is exhausting and takes a massive toll on the body. Many adults who have fought their battles and spoken out, say it is the hardest, toughest experience in life.
Now imagine being a child, having to face the same treatments and all but in a much smaller body with fewer years of experience. It must be tough!
One little warrior, a 4-year-old girl from Derby in the United Kingdom, has gone viral for her treatment bell moment.
Audrina Hatton-Wright went through 14 rounds of radiotherapy, four operations and five rounds of chemotherapy for eight long months to treat a rare and aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma. She had her treatment at the Nottingham Radiotherapy Centre where she was filmed ringing the bell.
Audrina wanted to mark the end of her treatment dressed as a Stormtrooper. The team of nurses and doctors that worked on her case throughout the eight months joined her and walked behind her carrying lightsabers and wearing masks. They played the iconic Stormtrooper march music behind her as she walked with purpose towards the treatment bell.
After ringing the bell, she was given a certificate that also marked the end of her treatment. Due to her rare form of cancer, Audrina has a higher chance of relapsing, so her family crowdfunded for her to get specialised treatment in the United States.
She starts her treatment in October this year, and it will help prevent relapse. As her risks are higher, so is her survival rate should she relapse, hence why the family have done everything in their power to get her the best treatment available.
You can watch Audrina’s bell ring below; it may make you tear up a little.
This brave little girl, dressed like a StormTrooper is celebrating being cancer free after 14-rounds of chemotherapy for a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Watch her ring the 🛎 bell since she’s now CANCER FREE.pic.twitter.com/mIWdnitBLi
— FierceWarriorNStilettos (@InactionNever) August 20, 2019