11-year-old focused on educating others on blood cancers

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BENNINGTON, Neb. (WOWT) -- An elementary student is doing his part to educate Omaha when it comes to blood cancer. A big part of it comes from personal experience.

We met 11-year-old Christian Dexter at The Barn in Bennington – an 83-year-old dairy barn recently converted into giant spaces for parties and weddings.

He was invited by Dr. Matt Lunning. “We hope to light this barn up full of stars, full of people.”

The 4th grader put up the first gold star to recognize his fight against Leukemia. He reached an important benchmark in November. It was his 5-year anniversary of being cancer-free.

“I had to be in the hospital for a very long time,” said Christian. “I still have to give a lot of blood samples. My mom has been telling me a lot about how it went.”

Christian Dexter is sharing his story as the Boy of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“His story can help bring more visibility to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – and how they help with patient access and education,” said Matt Lunning, a cancer doctor with Nebraska Medicine. He’s one of several men and women taking part in fundraising competitions to support research.

His “City of Stars” event will take place at the historic barn – and Christian will be there to teach his own history.

Reporter: “Do you have a favorite subject?”
Christian: “Social studies.”
Reporter: “How come?”
Christian: “I like history. Maybe I’ll teach history in college or high school.”

It seems like he’s getting a great start.

The “City of Stars” event is Friday, April 6, 2017, at The Barn in Bennington, 15220 Military Avenue. $50 tickets are available at the door. Christian will be there sharing his story. For more information, click here.