A Newberg woman’s successful battle with cancer went viral on social media during Sunday night’s Trail Blazers game.
Haley Bellows won tickets to the game at the Moda Center and held up a sign in the stands that said, “If I can beat cancer, RipCity can beat the Rockets #11daysCancerFree.”
Bellows said her only goal was to get on the Jumbotron; she never expected to receive so much attention from her sign.
It started with a tweet from Trail Blazers broadcaster Mike Barrett, who called it the best sign of the night and word spread from there. One of her tweets about it had more than 1,200 re-tweets and more than 2,000 favorites on Twitter by Monday. Player Damian Lillard also tweeted about it.
My favorite sign of the night. pic.twitter.com/2HgGtzvyQT— Mike Barrett (@blazermb) April 28, 2014
“Oh my gosh, Damian Lillard is talking to me on Twitter, and he's following me now!” Bellows said. “It was a dream to be at that game.”
Bellows' battle with cancer began in April 2012 while studying social work at George Fox University. Doctors diagnosed her with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which came back a couple times after trying oral chemotherapy treatments. For the last year, she’s had more intense chemotherapy, and doctors told her April 16 that she’s in remission.
“I was literally on the phone for four hours telling people afterwards,” she said.
Now even more people know because of her sign, and they are showing support.
“The world is celebrating that I'm cancer free. They don't even know me, and they're celebrating that. And that's incredible,” she said.