OSU Cowboy receiver Justin Blackmon’s biggest fan, ten-year-old Olivia Grace Hamilton, completed her last chemotherapy treatment for lymphoblastic leukemia on Wednesday.
It was her 108th treatment at Saint Francis hospital in Tulsa. She ended the treatment by ringing the bell in the pediatric cancer unit. Behind the bell is plaque that gives a statement about the battle against cancer.
“By God's grace I won this race,” reads Olivia Hamiltion. “A battle is won today.”
Jennifer Hamilton, Olivia’s mother, is thanking everyone who has been a part of Olivia’s journey to recovery, including Blackmon.
“Always and forever we will always be Justin Blackmon's fans, not just for his ability, but for the friendship that she has with him,” said Mrs. Hamilton.
A few minutes after she rang the bell at Saint Francis, Olivia got a text from Blackmon. “He said 'Congrats on your last day of chemo',” read Olivia from her cell phone. “Love you.”
That’s when she let the moment sink in.
“No more chemo! I don't have to suck all the medicine down!”
She started to act her age by showing off her cheers from school with her best friend, Karli Sue Morgan, who has been a constant shoulder fo her to lean on during her chemotherapy treatment.
“Who rocks the house? The cowboys rock the house, and when the cowboys rock the house they say ‘Yeeha!’” they cheered together.
Jennifer Hamilton tells me she thinks her daughter’s strength comes from God and the friends she makes, like Blackmon.
“She started this journey when she was 7-years-old,” said Mrs. Hamilton. “The night we came in she was so brave, without even knowing she had to be brave. I know that God has something special planned for Olivia. It's been an amazing journey. I am glad it's coming to an end.”