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I CARE Story - Ringing Out

Thomas Jefferson White, Katherine Rogge, Ron Helgren, and Chemotherapy Completion Bell

Thomas Jefferson White (left) and Katherine Rogge (center) have both completed their chemotherapy journey by ringing the chemotherapy completion bell. The chemotherapy completion bell is dedicated to all Veterans. Funds were given in memory of Ron Helgren (right), a Veteran who received chemotherapy for almost 2 years. Ron never got to ring the bell to celebrate the end of treatment.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

It’s just a simple ringing of a bell, but for patients receiving chemotherapy, it’s one more way of celebrating an important milestone in their cancer care journey.
      
Ringing of the bell is a way to celebrate finishing treatment, and it gives hope to others still undergoing treatment.
     
The goal of the Fargo VA oncology staff is for patients to walk out of the infusion room at the end of their treatment, thinking, “It’s not just another day” and that the sound of 3 rings of the bell is music to their ears in sharing joy and hope.  The patient also receives a congratulatory chemotherapy completion card signed by the oncology staff.  
      
Prior to ringing the bell, there are 2 quotes that are recited: 

“Ring this bell – Three times well – Its toll to clearly say – My treatment’s done – This course is run – and I’m on my way.”  
 
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Smile, this is one of those moments!”

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