Marching band shows up for epic chemo-ending celebration

Marching band shows up for epic chemo-ending celebration

NORCROSS, Ga. — Alane Levy met Josh Libman just four days before his leg was amputated. She learned about his battle with cancer on a Facebook group for Jewish mothers. Moms around Atlanta were trying to raise money to help Libman with his hospital expenses. “I couldn’t write a check, but I could offer my nursing services,” Levy thought.

Levy is a nurse who takes care of people after surgery. She’s been part of Libman’s care since his amputation. Levy helped the 32-year-old through each of his chemo treatments, caring for him overnight once per week to offer his family a small break in his care. And she did it for free.

“I could use the money,” Levy says. “But it’s about doing the right thing.”

Levy’s kindness didn’t stop there. The mom of two isn’t one to let big occasions go by without celebrating appropriately. So when Libman got close to finishing his last chemo treatment, Levy wanted to do something big.

Typically, cancer patients going through chemo will ring a bell to signify the end of treatment. But Libman was undergoing his treatment on a floor of the hospital that didn’t have a bell.

No bell? No problem, thought Levy. She set out to find the biggest, loudest thing she could think of.

On November 10th, Libman walked out of his house to the loud drums of a marching band making its way down his street. Levy coordinated with the band director of Libman’s high school alma mater, Norcross High School.

About 50 kids were supposed to show up to bang their drums and make a ton of noise. But when word of what was being planned spread to the other kids in the band, all 150 members of the band crammed into cars with their instruments and headed towards Libman’s house.

Libman stood there, on two crutches, watching and smiling at the loud scene before him.

He finally got his bell.

Watch the video above to see the marching band in all its glory, especially their chant for Libman.

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

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