- Matt was a high school sophomore when he was diagnosed with cancer four years ago.
- After battling the disease with hundreds of chemotherapy, Matt has finally been declared cancer-free.
- The video of him emotionally ringing the bell that marks the end of his battle with cancer is surely touching.
It was really difficult for a teenager from Ohio to not cry while ringing the bell that signifies the end of his long, tedious battle against cancer.
For almost four years, Matt Driscoll has fought hard against acute lymphoblastic leukemia—a blood and bone marrow cancer. He was diagnosed with it in 2016 and has since undertaken intensive treatments, says Good Morning America.
After surviving hundreds of chemotherapy, the 19-year-old first-year college student has finally reached the milestone of being cancer-free.
A few weeks ago, with the support of his parents and his friends, a teary-eyed Matt rang the bell in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.
The emotional moment was captured on video and posted on the outlet’s YouTube channel. It shows Matt walking a little bit slowly towards the bell like he was savoring his victory. When he finally rang the bell intensely, everybody happily cheered on him in the background.
“When I walked through the hallway, I was getting flashbacks of what I been through over the last three and a half years,” Matt told GMA. “To finally been done with it was overwhelming … that was, without a doubt, the happiest day of my life.”
The diagnosis four years ago crushed his sophomore world too unexpectedly.
“Never in a million years did I expect to be dealt with this card,” Matt told GMA.
He was an active sports enthusiast so the news came as a shock to him.
“I played basketball and football my entire life and was in great shape,” Matt told the outlet. “I didn’t know how to accept it.”
Eventually, Matt came to terms with the diagnosis and even kept a positive outlook on things. His parents, Ann and Jerry Driscoll, along with relatives, friends, coaches, and teachers were all there to support him.
“Ten percent is what happens to you, and 90 percent is how you react to it,” Matt told GMA of how he dealt with his ordeal.
Now, Matt is attending business at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And his doctors are looking forward to things getting better and better.
“Matt will lead a happy life thanks to some help from his doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital, and support from friends and family,” they said.