Ottumwa teen celebrates end of cancer treatment: 'I finally beat it'

Robert Ruby, 18, of Ottumwa/KTVO

An Ottumwa teen has reached the end of a three-year battle against cancer.

Robert Ruby, 18, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015. He just celebrated his last day of chemotherapy in Iowa City this week.

His nurses surprised him with a song inspired by the Beatles classic: Twist and Shout.

Ruby couldn't stop smiling when they walked into the room Thursday, one of them holding a guitar and the rest of the bunch shaking maracas.

"It boosted my confidence a lot, it made me feel happy that I finally beat it," Ruby said. "I went head strong into it, I finished it... Especially with the things that have happened to me. My goal in all this, was to try to live my normal life as much as possible, and I did that through it, and I'm pretty proud of myself too."

Ruby's mom, Bobbie Hannan, is feeling major relief.

"Cancer is horrible, but if i had to focus on the positive, cancer has made us stronger as people and as a family," Hannan told KTVO Friday. "Hopefully now Robert can focus on his new 'normal' life and enjoy some of the new things he missed!"

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