A Bellefontaine Middle School sixth-grader marked a special milestone this week alongside his peers in his recovery from leukemia.
Thane Admire has been cancer-free for five years.
Tuesday morning, a surprise celebration was hosted on the anniversary day in homeroom teacher Keith Pettit’s class. The room featured balloons and a banner.
Initially, Thane was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4. He received a bone marrow transplant in first grade.
Thane has received treatment at Dayton Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
He loves studying history at BMS. His other interests include video games and archery.
His parents are Sam and Ashley Admire of Bellefontaine.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The American Childhood Cancer Organization reports that each year in the U.S., 15,780 children ages 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer. Approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed by their 20th birthday, the organization reports.
Fundraising activities for September and other information is available at www.acco.org/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/.