Boy, 6, rings bell to celebrate end of cancer treatment - and it's adorable

Six-year-old Jimmy rings the bell at the end of 12 months of chemotherapy.
Six-year-old Jimmy rings the bell at the end of 12 months of chemotherapy. Photo: Facebook/I'm Praying for Jimm Spagnolo

A six-year-old boy has celebrated the end of 12 months of chemotherapy with a joyful ringing of the hospital bell. And the footage of his adorable happy dance will give you all the feels.

Jimmy Spagnolo marked the special occasion at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on 2 February. Dressed in a Superman t-shirt, the youngster had been undergoing treatment to shrink an inoperable brain tumour, which was discovered when he was four months old.

"The bell signifies so many emotions – it can signify the sound of tears, strength, fear, courage, doubt, satisfaction, relief and happiness all coming through as one, as people around them cheer this accomplishment,"reads the post on the Children's Hospital's Facebook page.

"The sound of that bell resonates in more ways than one. The emotion in the room is just unbelievable."

Jimmy's mother, Lacie Spagnolo, shared more details of the emotional moment to her blog - hoping to inspire parents enduring the same challenges with their own children.

"Could ringing a bell connect the world?" she writes. "Does sound have a way of doing that or is it the person ringing it and the reason behind why he is ringing it that connects us?"

Coming up to seven years after their son was diagnosed with a brain tumour, Ms Spagnolo writes, "you would think a family wouldn't have much to celebrate." And yet, she explains, that couldn't be further from the truth.

"We've come to understand so much more about life and our truths as we live it," Ms Spagnolo shares. "Our life has become more focused and through its lens we see so much more beauty."

And it's all thanks to their little six-year-old trouper.

"Jimmy has changed our entire world and made it a magnificent and fascinating place to live," she writes. "Our story has not the usual beginning, middle and end. We don't need an "end," to be able to breathe. Our message has become "how to live" despite circumstances around us. Our mission is to simply, celebrate life. Jimmy is the lens through which we view the party, providing focus."

Of Jimmy's special moment, the moment he rang that bell, Ms Spagnolo adds, "Our Victory now becomes yours. Welcome to the family."

"Can a bell connect the world?" she asks. " I think it just did."

And just in case you're not already crying happy tears - the surprise Jimmy's school had waiting for him on his return to class will undoubtedly have you reaching for the tissues.

What a little legend.

Sending you and your family all the best, Jimmy!

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