Clay County boy, Keaton Jackson, welcomed home from Riley Children’s Hospital with parade


CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Keaton Jackson was welcomed home from a visit to Riley Children’s Hospital on Thursday with Clay County area fire truck sirens signaling success.

Keaton was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer in his foot during March 2019. Last summer, he underwent radiation and surgery with many chemotherapy treatments during the past year. Keaton had been making weekly trips to Riley with his family, but on Monday, he had an MRI that determined he was cancer-free.

Keaton was even the first child to ring the bell at Riley Children’s Hospital, signaling he is cancer free, in a while due to a halt in the hospital’s celebration because of the pandemic.

“It was pretty awesome … He’s one of the first kids that they’ve let start that process back up again, so we were glad they were able to get that taken care of so he could do that today,” mom, Jessica Jackson said.

Keaton’s mom, Jessica Jackson, tell us she organized a small parade for Keaton with area fire departments on his trip home from Riley Children’s Hospital Thursday.

Keaton is nine years old and plays on the Riley baseball league. He gave a few words of advice for other people going through a similar situation.”

“Do a good job and it felt like it went really quick,” Keaton said.

Keaton’s parents thank the staff at Riley Children’s Hospital and their community for their help during Keaton’s battle.

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