Each New Year is a time to rejoice and work toward becoming the best versions of ourselves, and Matt Driscoll couldn’t have kicked off 2020 in a better way.
It began with what the 19-year-old said was the happiest day of his life: completing his chemotherapy treatments.
Ever since Matt was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia more than three years ago, he’s faced some of the hardest experiences. He had to miss his entire sophomore year of high school, but he proved himself to be a fighter.
Not only did he return to school, but he also graduated and even started playing football again — all while receiving chemotherapy.
Now, the college student is looking forward to an exciting new chapter… living cancer-free! On January 2, 2020, Matt went back to Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio to ring the bell and signify the end of his treatments.
“After 3.5 years of receiving chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, I finally got my last treatment and got to ring the bell,” he wrote on Twitter. “This could not have been done without my family, friends, and God. I am a survivor.”
In a video Matt posted, we see him marching triumphantly toward the bell. Tears flow freely as he passes by his supporters, who are all cheering for him as loudly as they can.
When he reaches the bell, he doesn’t just ring it. Instead, he yanks the rope around as hard as he can like he’s trying to break it off. It’s not every day someone defeats cancer, after all!
What a way to ring in the New Year — literally! We’re so happy for Matt and wish him the best of luck as he pursues his degree.
Watch Matt celebrate being cancer-free in the video below, and share to congratulate him!
Today was the happiest day of my life. After 3.5 years of receiving chemotherapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, I finally got my last treatment and got to ring the bell. This could not have been done without my family, friends, and God. I am a survivor, Proverbs 3:5-6 pic.twitter.com/uX2Ay2QjEO
— Matt Driscoll (@MattD_RTN) January 2, 2020
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