Birthday boy celebrates end of chemotherapy

MIDDLETON, Wis. —  An 8-year-old boy in Middleton celebrated his birthday and the end of his three year journey through chemotherapy with a car parade Thursday.

Over one hundred people gathered at a park–socially distanced in their cars–before making the drive to Noah Sanger’s house with balloons and congratulatory signs decorating their vehicles.

The parade was organized by Middleton High School student Ava Jambor who met Sanger through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Honored Hero Program. 

“He makes me feel so happy just to be able to know him and to think that this little kid battled cancer and survived it and he’s only turning eight is pretty instrumental to anyone who meets him,” Jambor said  

Sanger’s parents knew about the teen’s parade plans but they said the turnout was more than they expected.

“Everybody has been just unbelievable and for us as a family going through these tough times you need that support and we couldn’t have asked for anything more” said Sanger’s dad Jeff.

Sanger’s mother Emily said the day’s festivities were a real treat for Noah–something he won’t soon forget.

“He looked up at me towards the middle of the parade and said,” she recalled, “this is the best birthday ever.”