Lucas Devaney from near Boston is now 6 years old. He was diagnosed with cancer 3½ years ago. In that time he has battled with having the procedures he needs due to his anxieties. Lucas has overcome all these anxieties and gone through the procedures so well that he brought nearly 20 family and friends, as well as patients with similar conditions that he has befriended, to celebrate by ringing the End of Treatment bell at Peterborough City Hospital.
The idea of having an End of Treatment bell on Amazon ward was instigated by Lucas’ mum, Joanne, in 2016, having seen Addenbrookes’ bell. Lucas had most of his treatment at Peterborough City Hospital, so it was important to her that he was able to ring it on the ward where he knew everyone so well. Proud didn’t come close to describing how she felt watching her 6 year old son finally ring it.
She said: “To be honest, it’s going to be difficult not to go every week, all the staff – doctors, play team and nurses – made us feel like family. They were amazing throughout our journey. Lucas ringing the End of Treatment bell was so special, it was a perfect day.”
Zoe Wilkinson, our play team manager on Amazon ward, said: “Lucas is an inspirational young boy, whose family has supported him throughout. He’s funny, always smiling and I’ve enjoyed watching him grow into a confident 6 year old.”
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