Danville athlete honored by Sports Illustrated

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DANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A high school athlete has become an inspiration from his teammates as he battles leukemia.

"From 'Kane the Train' to #RaisinKaneUpInPrayer, from running touchdowns, to pushing IV poles through the halls," said Michelle Hogan, Kane's mother.

"When he's in Memphis getting treatment, we have that [number] 14 sticker on our helmet, we know his heart's there with us every day," said Danville head football coach Josh LouAllen.

Sports Illustrated and the Marines honor Kane as High School Athlete of the Month.

"Kane, he's doing a very good job carrying the team, motivating his team, and that's the image we like to portray in the community as Marines," said Sergeant Lucas Spann, recruiter with the U.S. Marines.

"I want them to keep fighting while I'm fighting," said Kane, donning his jersey. "They inspire me and I inspire them."

He didn't ask for the attention, but he's glad to see pediatric cancer awareness take off.

"Orange is the new color for Danville, there's more orange than there is purple," said Michelle.

Home-schooled since the diagnosis in January, he says coming to campus is part of his fight.

"It kinda makes me feel more normal," Kane explained. "[It] helps me get my mind off cancer and get back to being Kane."

Despite the national attention, on Fridays, he's got one thing on his mind.

"Football," he laughed. "I love watching my team play. It sucks I can't be out there with them."

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