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Comfort and Joy

December 6, 2023

By Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

*Kane was featured on Fox 11 News at:

DIAMOND BAR, CA--A white mini horse named Blue Moon is helping make a big impact in the life of Evergreen Elementary third grader Kane Sanchez.

The ten-year-old born missing his femur and ankle bones has been through surgeries and several prosthetics.

Kane now works with Blue Moon while receiving his physical therapy at Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena.

"Kane exemplifies the true spirit of a student leader at Evergreen,” lauded Principal Dr. Gabriel Cardenas.

“His unwavering dedication, coupled with his loving and caring nature, sets him apart as a beacon of positivity in our school community!”

The Shriners pediatric specialists make sure that the time is fun by incorporating play into each session.

Kane beamed as he walked an obstacle course and then played kickball alongside the highly trained pony from the non-profit Mini Therapy Horses program.

The playful little horse displays a remarkable ability to adapt to different situations and make meaningful connections with the children and their families.

And Kane has achieved remarkable results.

He is now running around using a prosthetic and dreaming of becoming a basketball player!

"This experience has taught me to try my best. I hope my story can inspire others to do their best!" Kane said.

“Kane's leadership is a source of inspiration for us all, and we are exceptionally proud to have him as a shining example of the outstanding individuals that define Evergreen Elementary,” Cardenas said.


Evergreen Elementary third grader Kane Sanchez works with tiny horse Blue Moon at Shriners Children’s Hospital. (Photos by Fox News)