A 12-year-old Texarkana, Texas boy returned to school Monday after enduring an extensive treatment for cancer.
Colton Bergt talked with KSLA News 12 as he attended his first day of the 2012-13 school year at Liberty Eylau Middle School.
Bergt returned to school after fighting and winning his battle with cancer. Many students greeted the 7th grade student with signs of support while wearing T-shirts of honor.
"Thanks for all your support. We really appreciate everything," Bergt's father says as he hugged Colton's teacher.
"I'm just thankful for the whole community and everyone helping me out. And that really pulled me through this really," Colton says.
Colton was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the end of the last school year. Since then he has been treated at Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.
"I'm real social, so I like to see everyone at all times, so that was probably the hardest part," Colton says.
Colton's father also talked about his son returning to school.
"It is just so wonderful to have him back and be a normal kid again."
Students and staff members at Liberty Eylau says Colton's fight has brought the school closer together.
Classmate Miyona Ervin says she knows Colton from "our gifted and talented program. We have been with him since second grade, and we are like family, and we love each other very much."
Colton's father says that his son's experience has made him stronger.
"We are just appreciative of everybody here in the community and their support."
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