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Marching Band Cancer-Free Celebration Honors Georgia Man

By    |   Monday, 13 Nov 2017 11:34 AM

A marching band made a Georgia man's cancer-free celebration unforgettable last week, greeting a cancer survivor as he left his home.

Josh Libman, 32, was greeted by the Norcross High School marching band as he left his home last Friday to signify the end of his treatment, USA Today wrote. The idea was conjured up by Alane Levy, a nurse who helped treat Libman just before his leg was amputated in connection with the cancer, the newspaper said.

Cancer patients going through chemotherapy typically ring a bell to signal the end of their treatment, but Libman's floor at his hospital did not have a bell, USA Today wrote. Levy, instead, coordinated with the high school band director to give her patient the biggest, loudest bell ever.

"There's so much bad in this world, people just want something good," Levy said, according to USA Today. "You’re part of something so wonderful, this is bigger than anything we could do on our own."

Originally, about 50 band members were supposed to participate in Libman's cancer-free celebration, but when word spread at the school, the full 150-member band showed up to play at the event, USA Today said.

A video was recorded of the band arriving at Libman's home, per WXIA-TV.

Libman was diagnosed with a sarcoma and had to have his left lower leg amputated before going through chemotherapy at a hospital, according to a GoFundMe.com page set up by Libman's family for his medical expenses.

"He will need recovery, rehabilitation, chemo and more chemo and lots of chemo and then he can be fitted for his first initial prosthetics approximately six months after his amputation," the website said.

Levy learned of Libman's plight on a Facebook group for Jewish mothers, USA Today wrote.

"I couldn't write a check, but I could offer my nursing services," said Levy, who decided to volunteer her work. "I could use the money, but it's about doing the right thing."

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