8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Is Greeted By Over 100 People As She Returns To School 15 Months Later

by Julia Lynn Rubin Published Jan 12, 2018

In the fall of 2016, second grader Bridget Kelley of Quincy, Massachusetts was taken to the hospital so doctors could examine an enlarged tonsil. An MRI revealed that she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and they admitted her immediately for treatment.

Over the next 15 months, Bridget was kept in virtual isolation, undergoing various cancer treatments including chemotherapy, surgeries, and a stem cell transplant from her little sister. Her community rallied behind her the entire time, bringing her family meals and organizing fundraisers to help cover the massive treatment costs. Now eight-year-old Bridget is cancer-free, and her return to school was met with a very warm welcome wagon.

Over 100 people showed up to welcome her back to Merrymount Elementary School, including children, parents and local law-enforcement officers. “The community and the PTO and the school has been so supportive along the way, they’ve been really helpful, so this is really nice. It’s heartwarming,” her mom Megan said.


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