Washington Football Team Head Coach Ron Rivera got to ring a very special bell on Monday.
The bell, located outside he is cancer treatment center, signifies the last round of cancer treatment for the NFL football coach.
Rivera received a round of applause and a confetti shower as he made his way down the hall, according to TMZ Sports. The mini celebration also included pom-poms and noisemakers to congratulate Rivera on a remarkable moment. Dozens of treatment center workers lined the hall to commemorate the occasion. He expressed gratitude by waving goodbye to well-wishers as he exits the building.
Once he reaches the bell, he gives two good tugs to another round of applause. Though his face is covered by a protective mask, Rivera’s happiness at his progress is evident. “Rivera Strong” t-shirts were worn by some of the hospital staff. He was gifted with a signed card from the staff before leaving.
The 58-year-old football coach was diagnosed with skin cancer in August. Since then, he was been receiving chemotherapy and other types of cancer treatment.
Rivera has previously noted the toll that cancer treatments have taken on him. He compared the cancer drug-induced fatigue to having a 300-pound gorilla on his back.
Ron Rivera Continues Coaching
Throughout the process, Rivera has maintained that he will continue doing what he loves most-coaching football. He told ESPN that he received encouragement to keep coaching from several medical officials.
“I’m planning to go on coaching,” he said of his diagnosis. “Doctors encouraged me to do it, too. They said, If you feel strongly, do it. Don’t slow down, do your physical activities. But everyone keeps telling me by week three or four, you’ll start feeling it.”
Despite receiving cancer treatments, Ron Rivera has yet to miss a Washington Football Team game and has missed only a few practices.
H/T: TMZ Sports