It was a happy day when Nick Howe learned his body was clear of cancer last November.

It meant that the 33-year-old Omaha man had beat cancer twice.

Howe was even happier on April 30, when he and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their first child.

Julia Quinn Howe made her entrance nearly a month ahead of schedule. But the 6-pound, 2-ounce bundle of joy was perfectly healthy.

Last week, Julia tagged along for her dad’s appointment at the Nebraska Medical Center, where Howe learned he’s still cancer-free. Meanwhile, Julia got to meet his treatment team, including his oncologist, Dr. Philip Bierman.

The baby sported a Nebraska Medicine onesie and a headband with an over-sized red flower.

“To see her being held by the guy who saved my life was pretty powerful,” Howe said.

Howe and his wife are loving parenthood. Although Julia is a relaxed, easy-going baby, the new parents are feeling pretty sleep-deprived.

“It’s incredible,” Howe said. “You’re tired, but it’s the happiest tired I’ve ever been.”

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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