In a heartwarming video shared on Facebook, this six-year-old boy can be seen receiving a standing ovation after completing his last round of chemotherapy.
A six-year-old who had been fighting cancer received a surprise standing ovation from his classmates when he returned to school after finishing his last round of chemotherapy, reported Wowktv.
It has been more than three years that John Oliver Zippay has been in and out of school since he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2016, his father John Zippay revealed to CNN. Much to everyone's happiness, Oliver got his last round of chemotherapy done on December 27. In order to celebrate this big occasion, his classmates welcomed him back with applause, smiles, high-fives, and cheers. This video went viral after it was uploaded on Facebook and our hearts are melting.
As reported by the National Cancer Institute, "Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes, which is a type of white blood cell. It is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated."
He was diagnosed with cancer after he collapsed and hit his head on the headboard of his bed. Since he was looking pale and lethargic, he was taken to the hospital where they ran blood tests and later took him inside the emergency ward immediately. They were informed that their son was suffering from Leukemia.
John Zippay said, "It was a real shock because that's when the word cancer started getting thrown around." The parents, along with John Oliver's elder sister stayed tight by his side during the initial testing procedures which included bone marrow biopsies, blood transfusion, and the painful ordeal lasted for 18 days.
John added, "Everything just stopped right there and then." After they received the news of their child's disease, John Oliver started chemotherapy and other procedures that lasted for over three years. Along with these procedures, there were a lot of side-effects that hindered him to live like other children.
Even though he missed school so much, he never failed academically. His school principal, Patrick Gannon said, "Him having to miss some of the time was tough, but the class was just so happy to see him come back." Throughout his treatment, his mom documented his good days and bad days on a Facebook group for her son's support system to follow along. His father said, "We consider ourselves so lucky and so blessed. We've had so much support from family, friends, community members, the school and hospital staff."
On his last day of chemotherapy, almost everyone from the hospital and his school gathered around so that he could ring the bell that patients ring when they finish their last treatment. His dad concluded, saying, "And that's when I told him, 'okay buddy, you gotta ring the bell. Ring it for all the kids who didn't have the chance to ring it' and it's like everything went into slow motion for me. He rang it so hard, he was so proud."