ANDERSON — Five-year-old Van Green spent Sunday on the snowy inclines at Shadyside Park. With a fresh coat of snow on the ground, many in Madison County are simply fed up with a winter that's been filled with polar vortices, record snowfall and weeks of arctic chill. But the small boy doesn't mind the snow at all. He's happy to be outside in any weather.
Just a few weeks ago, Green was receiving chemotherapy treatments at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Green suffered from medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer. All told, he underwent 14 months of treatment after he was diagnosed in December 2012.
Sunday, Green got to go sledding for the first time in two winters. The best part is, he had the entire park to himself.
"He's happy to be back out," said Green's mother, Kristi Clouse.
Green said his favorite part of sledding is speeding down a snowy hill, and he was excited to get inside and enjoy some hot chocolate. For Green and his family, it's a step toward a normal life they've been fighting for. Next Saturday, the family will invite old friends and new friends they've met through the ordeal to a remission party.
"I know he's happy to be out, but I'm looking forward to warmer weather," Clouse said. "Now he can have a normal summer, too, so that's going to be even better. We're moving forward, really in all aspects of life."
Green isn't alone. Many on Sunday didn't seem to mind the latest snowy incursion. With spring right around the corner, some said they don't mind a few more inches that will soon be gone. Others have resigned themselves to the simple truths of Indiana winters.