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Bells Ring End of Radiation Treatment
A bell rings out at one of MD Anderson's regional care centers following the completion of a patient's radiation treatment.
Photo: F. Carter Smith
MD Anderson’s radiation treatment facilities have all the bells and whistles — with emphasis on the bells.
Department of Radiation Oncology faculty and staff used their expertise and the latest technology to treat more than 7,000 cancer patients last year.
When their treatment was completed, many of those patients celebrated by ringing a bell at MD Anderson’s centers on the main campus, in the Greater Houston area and in Albuquerque, N.M.
The now-widespread tradition was introduced in 1996 at MD Anderson when U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Irve Le Moyne, a patient with head and neck cancer, installed a brass bell at the main campus Radiation Treatment Center.
Patients who finish treatment at MD Anderson’s Proton Therapy Center make a bit louder noise by banging a gong to symbolize the restoration of balance, harmony and life energy.
Young patient Karim Apollon bangs the
gong at MD Anderson's Proton Therapy Center.
Photo: Ryan Stephens
Ring this bell
Three times well
Its toll to clearly say,
My treatment's done
This course is run
And I am on my way!
— Irve Le Moyne
Did you hear that? Yes, the bell has been rung!
And more will be ringing!
However, that bell ringing ceremony got trumped!
This man just doesn’t do anything half way. Treatment over and time for the traditional bell ringing. The Cowboy takes my hand and leads me to the bell to be at his side or so I thought. . . before I realize what he’s doing he’s down on his knee and proposing!
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He handed me a piece of paper that looked like a certificate that I thought they had given him to signify the end of his treatments.
After that it was just a blur.
Even after practicing taking videos on my camera last night, the above picture is all that I got.
This is what was typed on that piece of paper:
We have been together through the best
You’ve been at my side through absolutely the worst
Our love has lasted through 50 years
I ask you to think as I bend at my knee
WILL YOU MARRY ME?
If your answer is yes then ring that bell so all can hear
You mean everything to me my dear
Now ring that bell so loud and clear
Cuz we are getting’ outta here!
I Love You Your Cowboy
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I said ‘YES!’