A LITTLE fighter received a standing ovation from his classmates after he proudly strode back into school following a three year battle with cancer.
Six-year-old John Oliver, or JO, from Ohio was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2016, but has now been given the all-clear.
And in heartwarming footage, brave JO can be seen striding past his classmates at St. Helen Catholic School with a shy smile on his face as he soaks in their cheers and applause.
At the end of his victory lap the six-year-old is enveloped in a big hug by his mom, Megan and dad, John.
His ecstatic dad told Fox 8: “He’s doing great! Yeah, he’s feeling better. A lot of his side effects over the years involved his legs from the steroids and he’s doing great.”
The family first became concerned when John Oliver fell and knocked his head at home, his face became discoloured and he was lethargic.
Following a check up, their family doctor did some blood tests and dramatically phoned in the middle of the night, urging them to rush then three-year-old to hospital.
The family say they were terrified when the word “cancer” was first suggested, and when the devastating news was confirmed “everything just stopped right there and then”.
Over the course of the following few weeks, John and Megan along with their older daughter, Bella stayed by little John Oliver’s side in hospital as he underwent blood transfusions and marrow biopsies.
The youngster was in and out of school a lot as he endured gruelling treatments and missed out on playing and being active with the other kids.
But he never stopped fighting, and on his last day of chemotherapy, JO rang the bell to signal he was cancer-free with pride.
His dad said: “It’s like everything went into slow motion for me. He rang it so hard, he was so proud”.
Now the “old soul” can do more of what he loves – including travelling with his family and indulging his obsession with airplanes and all things World War Two.
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The family say they want to thank their “strong support system,” including “family, friends, community members, the school and hospital staff”.
John Oliver’s delighted mom says he’ll now be able to join in with his playground pals, whereas before he had to sit out on gym class and other activities due to a meta-port in his chest.
She said: “You want that for your child, to grow up and get dirty and play outside and have fun and we kept him in a bubble so we’re excited. Looking forward to the future and having our little boy back”.