For Ian Bailey, the past year has been filled with emergency room visits, fevers, and tears.
But no matter how hard his battle with bone cancer has gotten, the 12-year-old has stayed strong. It’s helped that he’s had the unwavering support of his care team at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Thankfully, this particular journey is coming to an end. Ian recently reached the amazing milestone of completing his last round of chemotherapy! And of course, the nurses and other staff members who have become like his family weren’t about to let him leave without celebrating.
So before he was discharged from the hospital, they walked into his room with a guitar and maracas in tow. As a camera rolls, a confused smile spreads across his face. “What is this?” he asks.
Instead of explaining, they begin singing Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” only their version comes with special lyrics. “We throw our hands up in the air today, saying ay-oh, no more chemo. Go on and celebrate and live your life, saying ay-oh, no more chemo.”
They continue, “Go on, go home, and enjoy your life. We will miss you here, ’cause you’re dynamite.” The finale approaches as Ian is overwhelmed by his emotions: “Go on and have some fun, ’cause you’ve fought your fight.”
By the end, he’s barely holding it together. One of the nurses wraps her arms around him and says, “We are so proud of you.”
He has a message for them too: “That just means so much to me. I’m gonna miss you guys so much.”
Ian’s mom Shannon was touched as well — and not just by the sweet performance. His care team always brightened his days, no matter how terrible they seemed.
“You all have HEARTS OF GOLD and show up onto the floor and make us feel every ounce of love and care, even through what I can only imagine to be one of the most difficult jobs,” Shannon wrote. “You all always smile through.”
Making cancer treatments more bearable is such an incredible gift to give a child. Thank you to this special care team for making Ian’s time in the hospital as good as it could have been!
Grab some tissues as you listen to Ian’s musical send-off, and share to thank all the medical professionals who help patients through hard times.
AYO, NO MORE CHEMO! Ian’s care team put together a very special performance to celebrate this HUGE milestone. Get your tissues ready.Ian’s mom shared, "We can truly say though, even through all of the challenges, we were blessed to be adopted in to the #Weaver4 family [at Wolfson Children's]. My sweet boy will miss all of the amazing staff. You all have HEARTS OF GOLD and show up onto the floor and make us feel every ounce of love and care even through what I can only imagine to be one of the most difficult jobs—you all always smile through, I’m sure, challenging emotions from each child’s room to room. I pray that every nurse, every MD, every CNA, our child life coach, pet therapy, our chaplain, Miss Sharon, all of Dietary, all of housekeeping, and anyone else who has walked into Ian’s room, knows how grateful we are for all of your love, and how thankful we are that you give every ounce of YOU to make our children better. Thank you, Wolfson and Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville, for providing an environment that we can turn into our 'home away from home' during unwelcomed treatments. Ian is moving on to brighter days and starting Chapter 2."#WolfsonWarriors
Posted by Wolfson Children's Hospital on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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