For Trent Hohenstreiter, the Riley Dance Marathon is personal.
On Jan. 6, 2006, his younger brother, Trey, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He went through numerous spinal taps, bone marrow aspirations, blood transfusions, platelet transfusions and chemotherapy shots.
In April 2009, Trey finished treatment at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. His father, Dwayne, lifted him up to ring a bell, signifying the end of treatment.
The cure date is five years from the remission date, and Trey was considered cured Feb. 6, 2011, said his mother, Kathy.
Trey is now a freshman at Seymour High School and stays active playing baseball and tennis.
Three years ago, the first Riley Dance Marathon was conducted at Seymour High School to raise money for the Riley Children’s Foundation. That was during Trent’s freshman year, and he has been involved ever since.
This year’s event is from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Seymour High School’s Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.
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