Video of mother reuniting with son after cancer treatment goes viral

Video of mother reuniting with son after cancer treatment goes viral

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's a mother and son bond that has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands, after a video of their reunion went viral online.

It captures the moment the two saw each other for the first time in three weeks -- when the young single mom, who calls Hawai'i home, was hospitalized for a stem cell transplant.

The emotional exchange between Laura Martancik and her 2-year-old son James, who runs back and forth jumping into her arms and squealing with delight, has been viewed by more than 246,000 people since it went up just a few days ago.

"That face just lit up like absolute crazy and he just started laughing and he super jumped into my arms for a hug and that was -- that's what it's all about. That moment right there, that was it. That's what every single thing I've ever done and ever will do is for," said Martancik.

The joyful reunion was captured by Laura's sister and posted on YouTube where it was shared by a close friend and breast cancer survivor on her blog, "Promise to Feel 'Em". From there, it has taken off -- after it was picked up by the Today Show, HuffPost, and BuzzFeed.

In the video you can hear Martancik saying, "What did I tell you? Mama always comes back! I'm back from the doctor!"

This isn't the 35-year-old's first cancer fight. She was initially diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013, which she tackled head-on with chemotherapy and radiation.

"I was told that I was in remission so I got super stoked and I went and got a job again and about two and a half to three months later, I was putting on a necklace and I felt another lump in my throat," Martancik described.

Almost one year to the day of her first diagnosis, Martancik was back at the hospital.

"My oncologist told me that I was going to need a stem cell transplant and stem cell transplants aren't done in Hawai'i."

So Martancik traded their bathing suits for beanies and moved with James to Connecticut for treatment at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale.

It has been a tough journey for the single mom, but she hopes sharing this video will give others fighting similar battles some encouragement.

"You're stuck alone in a hospital bed with your thoughts a lot, which can be obviously really depressing and very daunting and it can be very hard to see the end of the tunnel -- you just feel like you're always gonna be sick, but you will get out. You do get home and you just have to keep some corner of your brain alive in that sense to not get sucked into the abyss -- you have to keep that focus," Martancik said.

Martancik was briefly hospitalized this week after she ran into some complications, but she's once again home with James -- spending lots of time as she puts it "hiding out from the cold and dreaming about Hawai'i". She can't travel for at least three months until her immune system gets stronger.

"As soon as that date is cleared, my one way ticket is bought back to Hawai'i and all of my stuff is coming out of storage and I'm getting my life back," Martancik said.

Watch Laura and James' touching reunion HERE.

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