There was a standing ovation inside St. Helen Catholic School in Newbury on Wednesday for a 6-year-old boy who has now won the biggest battle of his young life.
John Oliver Zippay, also known as J.O., received his final round of chemotherapy two days after Christmas, ending a 3-year battle with leukemia. So Wednesday, his classmates, teachers and family took time out to celebrate. "He's doing great! Yeah, he's feeling better. A lot of his side effects over the years involved his legs from the steroids and he's doing great," his father John Zippay said. But John Oliver’s parents, John and Megan Zippay, say these past three years have been anything but easy. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on November 1, 2016. He spent 18 days in the hospital, followed by several years of chemotherapy.