Sand dune survivor honored during parade

This undated photo provided by the Woessner family via The University of Chicago Hospital, shows Nathan Woessner. The doctor who helped treat the  6-year-old Illinois boy who was buried for hours in a sand dune said Monday, July 15, 2013, he’s responsive and expected to make a full neurological recovery. The boy has been in critical condition since being rescued Friday at the dune known as Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Michigan City, Ind. (AP Photo/The Woessner Family via The University of Chicago Hospital)
This undated photo provided by the Woessner family via The University of Chicago Hospital, shows Nathan Woessner. The doctor who helped treat the 6-year-old Illinois boy who was buried for hours in a sand dune said Monday, July 15, 2013, he’s responsive and expected to make a full neurological recovery. The boy has been in critical condition since being rescued Friday at the dune known as Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Michigan City, Ind. (AP Photo/The Woessner Family via The University of Chicago Hospital)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The Illinois boy who survived being buried under 11 feet of sand last summer at the Indiana Dunes was cheered while riding as a parade grand marshal.

The trailer carrying Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Illinois, had banners celebrating the miracle at Mount Baldy during Saturday’s Michigan City Summerfest parade. Nathan was rescued after being buried for more than three hours on July 12, 2013, at the Mount Baldy dune near Michigan City.

Nathan rode in the parade with his parents, three siblings and several emergency workers who helped save him.

Greg Woessner tells The Times of Munster that his now-7-year-old son is 100 percent and “as ornery as ever.”

Faith Woessner tells WLS-TV it has been a good year in which her son finished first grade.

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