Six-year-old Jimmy Spagnolo — dressed in Superman gear — broke into an awesome celebratory dance as he beat his krypotnite. After a year-long chemotherapy treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Jimmy rang the ceremonial bell and jumped and danced with his family to celebrate the special occasion.
“The bell signifies so many emotions – it can signify the sound of tears, strength, fear, courage, doubt, satisfaction, relief and happiness all coming through as one as people around them cheer this accomplishment,” according to the Facebook page of the Children’s Hospital. “The sound of that bell resonates in more ways than one. The emotion in the room is just unbelievable.”
When he was just four months old, Jimmy was diagnosed with a brain tumor that doctors told the family was inoperable. Since then, Jimmy has had four rounds of chemotherapy over the years to shrink the tumor, according to KDKA-TV.
“Jimmy is here for a purpose, and his purpose is to spread hope and love and inspire people,” said Jimmy’s mom, Lacie.
As for the bell ringing, Lacie wrote on Facebook that it was “a moment of pure victory and joy! There are no words to truly describe the feeling we felt today.”
Jimmy’s tumor is much smaller, but still there. His doctors are hopeful that he can live with it, supposing it does not grow larger.