Boy, 6, Does Happy Dance After Final Chemo Treatment Following Lifetime Battle With Cancer
Last week, Jimmy Spagnolo, 6, did an energetic happy dance after he got a chance to ring the bell, a symbol for the end of his chemotherapy treatment.
It was a happy dance for the ages when this 6-year-old completed his final round of chemotherapy following a lifetime battle with an inoperable brain tumor.
The dance came last week as Jimmy Spagnolo, 6, got a chance to ring the bell hanging at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, a symbol for completing a treatment milestone.
Jimmy had just completed what doctors believe will be his final round of chemotherapy, following more than six years battling the disease.
"He's our bundle of joy," his mom, Lacie Spagnolo, told InsideEdition.com. "If he's happy, we're happy, and the whole world is happy."
Spagnolo, 32, explained the first time she noticed something may be wrong with her son, when he was only two months old. His eyes were shaking a little, and his head was growing bigger than other kids his age.
At his four-month check-up, doctors discovered a tumor the size of a silver dollar on his tiny brain.
"My Jimmy can deal with it," Spagnolo said, staying optimistic. "Whatever happens, we're just going to roll with it and see what happens."
She said they went ahead with his first IV treatment of chemotherapy soon after, and the family was sent home to await the results until the next treatment 30 days later. After another 30 days, doctors perform a scan to see how effective the chemo was.
"While we were at home in that two months, we danced with him, we played with him, we enjoyed the heck out of him," she said. "We still get him, so let's enjoy every second we have with him and make him feel as loved as we possibly can."
Sure enough, the tumor began shrinking, and they continued along that course of treatment for the following months.
"He gets up, and says 'I'm done,' and takes laps around the hospital floor. He'd [may be nauseous] the next morning, but he'd never get sick," Spagnolo explained. "You would never think he was getting chemotherapy."
Jimmy continued to receive chemotherapy treatments on and off for the following six years, where, through a Facebook page created in support of his cancer, the family was able to spread the message of hope through illness.
"Jimmy's diagnosis is not all bad — it's created a lot of hope," Spagnolo explained. "It's a way to live life differently. We figured we're going to live no matter what happens, and be happy in the moment. He feels that way too."
He was invited to ring the bell the hospital had erected in November 2016, donated by a couple whose son beat his own battle with leukemia.
According to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: "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."
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