Local cancer survivor donates ‘celebration bells’ to University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Centers

CLEVELAND - The bells are ringing at University Hospitals.

Cancer patients at all of UH's Seidman Cancer Center locations will now be able to mark the end of their treatments by ringing a "celebration bell."

The bells were donated by Ann Gillespie and her husband, Robert.

"I was walking out the last day of treatment, took off the pink robe and I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was done. I had done everything they had asked me to do and I was finished," said Gillespie.

Gillespie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and underwent chemo, a mastectomy, and radiation.

"My friend texted me from a treatment center at Johns Hopkins and asked me if I had rung the bell. And I thought a bell? If i had a bell to celebrate that very moment, that would have been the answer," said Gillespie.

"It's such an exciting moment when they finish treatment and transition to treatment and follow up, it's a wonderful moment," said Dr. Nathan Levitan, president of UH Seidman Cancer Center.

The bells will be mounted on plaques hanging from a wall in each treatment center.