'Bell of Hope' marks end of treatment for cancer patients

Bell of Hope marks end of treatment for cancer patients

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Whenever a patient completes their radiation or chemotherapy at the John B. Amos Cancer Center,  they ring the Bell of Hope – which signifies the end of their treatment.

One patient shared her story on this joyous moment of celebrating survivorship.

Arlene Goodwin discovered she had cancer in January earlier this year. She had a lumpectomy in February and started her treatments at the center on April 25.

"Everyone here as well as Dr. Scarbough and Dr. Cuba and Dr. Pipas have been so wonderful and now it's her turn for us to support her," said Goodwin's sister Jena Farley. "She's just a wonderful sweet person and she's going to beat this thing."

Friday, June 10 was her last radiation treatment, and doctors tell us her prognosis is looking good.

"Today was an amazing experience," said Ross Linhaert, radiation therapist at John B. Amos Cancer Center. "Every time a patient finishes treatment they get to ring this bell and it ushers them into survivorship. It's amazing for the patients and for us as therapists. It gives them an accomplishment, something they've accomplished and succeeded in doing."

The John B. Amos Cancer Center is also launching a new program funded by the Columbus Regional Health Foundation.

When a patient rings the Bell of Hope, miniature hope bells will be given out as a keepsake to commemorate ringing the large bell.

Representatives for center say it's a small gift and a reminder to patients of all that they have overcome to reach survivorship.

To learn more about the John B. Amos Cancer Center and their services, visit their official website at this link.

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