Boardman child goes viral after undergoing cancer treatment
An 8-year-old Boardman child who was battling cancer went viral after Akron Children's hospital posted a special video of her on Instagram that has nearly one million views.
Nora Sabella celebrated after finishing cancer treatment for Neuroblastoma at Akron Children's hospital. Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor most common in kids.
Sabella is officially cancer free and rang a bell to celebrate the milestone as hospital staff cheered her on.
The video has been viewed over 800,000 times on social media.
Sabella is in New York City with her family getting additional preventative treatment after battling the rare cancer since she was four.
"It was amazing because we did not ring the bell after her first time she was four when she was originally diagnosed, and five when we finished that treatment," her mother, Amy Sabella said, "So we never rang the bell because I was afraid I would jinx it, so this time after going through relapse and all the harsh treatment that she had to do, we want to celebrate every milestone. She deserves it."
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and Akron Children's pediatric cancer Dr. Daniel Pettee said there are about 15,000 kids diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. Pettee said it is rare and there are no known risk or environmental factors, but there are symptoms for parents and pediatricians to watch for.
"Things like unexplained fever, back pain in a small child or unusual bleeding or bruising or enlarged lymph nodes," he said.
He said there are advances in treatment like Car T cells, which they derive from patients and send to a company that engineers the cells to attack their cancer specifically.