In treatment centers all over the country, the sound of a ringing bell signals the last chemo session or the last bit of radiation therapy. It has become a common thing for patients, family members and health care providers to celebrate. Ending treatment means the beginning of something even better, a life that isn't determined by a chemo schedule or a radiation regime. Never is this sound more welcome than when a bell is rung by a child ending their treatment for cancer.
Each year, 15,700 children are diagnosed with cancer. 20% of those children will not survive. At the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in Atlanta, GA, the sound of the treatment bell ringing out brings hope to families still in treatment. For the kids who are paying their (hopefully) last visit to the center, it's a joyful noise, rung out loud and proud to say "I am done. I have won this battle."