A Little Boy Who Beat Cancer Gets A Warm Welcome From His Entire School

Published January 13, 2020

Rumble / Everyday HeroesClassmates of 6-year-old John Oliver Zippay, who has been in a three-year-long battle with leukemia, give him a standing ovation after he finished his last dose of chemo at St Helen’s Catholic School in Ohio. Amazing!




We hope to inspire other families still in the fight and raise awareness!

Do you think children with cancer should receive a lot of love and respect? Watch how this child receives a warm welcome to school after beating cancer! There are currently many children with cancer worldwide, and this is very sad, since all children deserve to enjoy their life to the fullest. In this case, a boy named John Oliver Zippay, 6, has been in a three-year battle against leukemia, since he was diagnosed with the disease. After finishing his last chemotherapy session, the boy decides to return to his school, it is St. Helen Catholic School in Ohio. For this reason, after the return of the young fighter, all his classmates give him a warm welcome and a great ovation to motivate him to continue fighting to enjoy his life to the fullest. Amazing!

Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells (a type of blood cell). Blood cells are formed in the bone marrow. White blood cells help your body fight infections. However, in people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells. These cells replace healthy blood cells and make it difficult for blood to fulfill its function. Leukemia can develop slowly or quickly. Acute leukemia is a type of rapid growth and chronic leukemia grows slowly.

Risk factors for leukemia in children include: having a brother or sister with leukemia, having certain genetic disorders, or receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment. Generally, childhood leukemia is cured with treatment. Treatment options include: chemotherapy, treatment with other medications and radiation. In some cases, a bone marrow and stem cell transplant can help.

Cancer is a group of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body's cells begin to divide without stopping, spreading to nearby tissues. In general, new cells are formed as needed, replacing old cells that die. Sometimes, this process does not work out as expected. Additional cells can form a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Malignant tumor cells can invade nearby tissues. They can also separate and spread to other parts of the body.

Children may have cancer in the same parts of the body than adults, but there are differences. Childhood cancer can occur suddenly without symptoms early, and has a high cure rate. The most common childhood cancer is leukemia. Other cancers that affect children include brain tumors, lymphoma and sarcoma soft tissue. Symptoms and treatment depend on the type of cancer and how advanced it is. Treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and / or targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses drugs or other substances to combat specific cancer cells and cause less damage to normal cells.

When your child is diagnosed with cancer, one of the most difficult things you have to do is explain what cancer means. Know that what you say to your child will help you cope with cancer. Explaining things honestly at the right level for your child's age will help you be less scared. Children understand things differently depending on their age. Knowing what your child can understand, and what questions you can ask, will help you know better what to say.

Credit: Megan Zippay (Facebook)


  • mfkhan, 11 weeks ago


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  • RA378, 11 weeks ago

    Welcome back kid with love

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  • RitaAnn, 11 weeks ago

    I love it. Thanks for sharing

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  • lamhiyawi, 10 weeks ago


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  • BBStiletto, 9 weeks ago

    <3 this melts my heart!!

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