HARCOURT - A Harcourt boy has been named the local Miracle Treat Kid for the annual Miracle Treat Day at participating area Dairy Queen stores.
Khane Smith, 5, of Harcourt, will be featured on cards handed out with each Blizzard treat sold at the Dairy Queens in Humboldt and Webster City today.
Smith, the son of Chris and Catie (Smith) Neagle, of Harcourt, has battled heath problems for much of his life, beginning when he was diagnosed with pneumonia and meningitis at 5 months old. When he was 1 year old, he was diagnosed with transverse myelitis and underwent treatments every three weeks with scans and follow-up treatments every six months.
In August 2010, Smith experienced leg pain and quit walking. He was admitted to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital where he underwent several tests, scans, lab draws, biopsies and surgery before being diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. The cancer had metastasized to his femurs, pelvis, spine, ribs, skull and bone marrow. Smith underwent intense chemotherapy, spending several months in the hospital to help with pain control and fevers that could indicate infection.
After six rounds of chemo, Smith's cancer was in remission. On March 21, 2011, he underwent a transplant of his own stem cells. Today, he remains in remission and leads a fairly normal life. He participates in soccer, tumbling, riding horses and enjoys farm life. He has a 40 to 50 percent chance of cure.
All proceeds of $1 or more from every Blizzard sold today will be matched and given to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, which is a Children's Miracle Network hospital.