LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It was an emotional day at the Happy Hearts Ranch at UMC.
That's the name of a special playroom for kids, but it was full of adults on Monday, writing cards and signing posters for a high school kid who grew up during his cancer treatments.
20-year-old Preston Gilmore, a graduate of Coronado High school, returned to UMC to ring the victory bell. That's the tradition when a kid becomes a cancer survivor.
And after three years of fighting leukemia, Preston reached that milestone on Monday.
A nurse announced, "Hey, everyone. This is Preston. And he is done with chemotherapy!"
That's when Preston rang the bell... for a long time.
He deserved it.
It was January of 2015 when Preston stepped off the basketball court thinking he might have a broken rib.
Turns out he had about 30 tumors in his body and the outlook was grim.
But to see him today, Preston looks healthy and he is. Preston is cancer free and ready to get on with his life. His family and friends and doctors and nurses were all there today at the Happy Hearts Ranch to wish him well... with happy hearts and tears in their eyes.
Preston will graduate from South Plains College next week and is set to go to Texas Tech in the fall.
Congratulations to Preston Gilmore from all your friends at NewsChannel 11!