By FOX Sports Staff
Vilanova took over from the legendary Pep Guardiola in the summer but a second battle against cancer has kept him on the sidelines for large portions of the season.
The club only recently confirmed that Vilanova will return to New York this week to undergo further cancer treatment but he was at a rain-swept Nou Camp on Sunday to see his side be presented with La Liga's trophy.
The trophy was handed over to the Catalans after a strike from Pedro and an own-goal from Marc Valiente sealed a 2-1 win over Real Valladolid.
"It's a real joy and pleasure to offer you this Liga," Vilanova told the crowd at Nou Camp.
"It's been away from Barcelona for a year [at Real Madrid], but now it's here once again."
He added: "I want to thank you for your confidence and for the help you've given to us throughout the season, through the good moments and the not so good moments."
"Without you this would have been much more difficult. I also want to thank my technical staff, who have done a fantastic job."
Barca have enjoyed a stellar season in La Liga and will set a club-record of 100 league points if they win their two remaining games.
However, Vilanova's men did exit the UEFA Champions League in humbling fashion as they were swept aside 7-0 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.
"Help them and encourage them [the players], they will make you enjoy [football]," advised Vilanova.
Captain Carles Puyol accepted the trophy but touchingly handed it to coach Tito and defender Eric Abidal, who also has had treatment for cancer, to lift.