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Cancer survivor rings the bell before Colts game

Posted at 11:41 PM, Oct 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-20 23:41:48-04

INDIANAPOLIS — It was a moment to remember for a cancer survivor who made a triumphant return to the football field to show the world he is cancer-free.

Conner West, a 19-year-old from Huntington, rang the bell at Lucas Oil Stadium before Sunday's Colts game.

West was a high school football player when his career was cut short after doctors diagnosed him with leukemia.

A team of experts at Riley Children's Health went to work and found West a stem cell donor. That turned out to be his brother, Jordan West.

West is now healthy, cancer-free and looking forward to a bright future. And Sunday, he showed everyone he is ready for the next chapter.

"It's something I'll never forget," he said. "It's something I'll cherish forever. To do it on the football field, in front of a bunch of people watching, it's definitely going to be a blessing."

West rang the bell so hard that he broke it, so Colts mascot Blue had him take the bell home with him.