This story originally appeared at InspireMore.
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.