Children ring bells at Vidant to celebrate victory over cancer

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Chemo can be the hardest part of a person’s battle with cancer, especially if you’re a child.

But some children at Vidant Medical Center made it over the hurdle and celebrated Thursday.

WNCT’s Zora Stephenson has reaction from some of the hospital’s greatest warriors.

It’s a shining moment for kids who have been through so much darkness.

“Hearing angels sing, that’s what it’s like,” said Tommi Galaska, parent. “It’s like hearing angels sing.”

The bell is something for the warriors to look forward to after making it through the worst of times.

“Physical changes, losing of the hair, losing of the weight,” said Galaska.

A simple gesture can do so much.

“I’m about to finish this 2 and a half year journey,” said Rhettec Galaska, finished chemo. “And once I ring that bell, it’s done.”

That’s why one group racked up enough cash to get this for the pediatric cancer patients at Vidant Medical Center.

“We donated an end of treatment bell,” said Angela Iwaniuk, optimist club.

Ring this bell, three times well, it’s toll to clearly say, my treatment’s done, this course is run, and I am on my way.

“We hope that many children will get a chance to ring the bell,” said Iwaniuk.

The last day of chemo is a victory for every cancer patient and now the hospital’s best competitors have a way to document their win.

“It’s celebratory,” said Tommi Galaska. “You know, it’s a celebration to ring a bell and it’s pretty fun to do.”

While it’s not a cure or much-needed miracle, the bell provides some of the best medicine around.

“A beginning, a new beginning, a new start,” said Galaska.

Now every single child who finishes their chemo treatments has some light at the end of their tunnel.

The bell was donated by the local chapter of the Optimist International Club.

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