Imagine being a young kid and having to endure a whopping 865 days of treatment for leukemia, 42 rounds of chemotherapy, and 23 blood transfusions. Well, that’s what Henry went through before he was finally declared cancer-free. Henry was diagnosed with leukemia in 2020.
The Little Wishes team at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said they are so proud of Henry’s achievements in overcoming cancer, and they posted a celebration thrown for the young boy showing how happy he is as he rings the bell, and runs across the floor with a huge smile on his little face as the staff in the hospital cheer him on.
The staff sang “No more chemo for you, no more chemo for you” to the tune of “Happy Birthday To You.” You can see Henry sitting underneath a banner that reads “SURVIVOR.”
Your eyes leaked, didn’t they? I warned you. Henry’s mother can be seen in the video crying tears of joy after her son is declared cancer-free. It’s the end of that family’s battle. And as if the video can’t get any cuter, little Henry is seen helping the staff sweep up the confetti on the floor.
Cancer and children via St. Jude’s:
Cancer is diagnosed each year in about 400,000 children and adolescents ages 19 and under worldwide. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy for U.S. children. However, thanks to better therapies, more than 80% of U.S. childhood cancer patients now become long-term survivors.
Warning: This clip will make your eyes leak.
St. Jude adds that “About 483,000 childhood cancer survivors live in the U.S., with many more around the world.” So, Henry had every reason in the world to celebrate. I’m not sure I could endure 42 rounds of chemo, and I’m eleventy bazillion years old. Way to go, Henry! You did it.