Walking for Noah


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In November 2012, Fadela and Kenneth held hands with their sons, Noah and Sammy, and braved a chilly day to participate in their local St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.™ event. They were there to help raise funds and awareness for the hospital that helped saved Noah's life.

In late 2011, Fadela and Kenneth were living a normal life with their sons. They worked during the day and the boys attended day care. In the evenings, there was the mad dash to squeeze playtime, dinner and bath time in before Noah and Sammy were put to bed for the night.

But in a matter of weeks, that all changed.

Noah started to vomit on a daily basis. His doctor ordered a CT scan, and results showed there was a mass on Noah's brain, identified as an anaplastic ependymoma. He underwent surgery immediately to remove the tumor, and was then referred to St. Jude.

At St. Jude, Noah's treatment included chemotherapy and proton beam radiation. He also received physical and occupational therapies. "St. Jude gave us hope," said Fadela. "They gave Noah a second chance at life."

What Fadela and Kenneth missed the most during the long months of Noah's treatment were the mundane, everyday things. "I missed our dog," says Fadela. "I missed our house. I missed what I thought was a stressful life — taking care of two little boys and working full-time."

Even though Noah is done with treatment, Fadela and Kenneth’s bond with St. Jude remains strong. When they learned that their community would hold its first St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. event last fall, they signed up to participate. Along with more than 35 friends and family members, they formed Team Faith for Noah.

"Having a child diagnosed with cancer was the worst experience of our lives," says Fadela. "But the treatment Noah received at St. Jude was lifesaving, and we were treated so well. It was such a blessing to be at St. Jude."

Fadela and Kenneth plan on participating in the walk every year. With two small children, and another son due this summer, they're happy to have an easy way to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude.

"The walk is an easy event to become involved with," says Fadela. "Everyone had fun doing it. And when people donate to St. Jude, they’re donating to kids and families who really need help."

Life at home has settled back into the mundane, for which Fadela and Kenneth are grateful. They look forward to making the boys breakfast, taking them swimming and to the park and tucking them in at night.

“We believe in our hearts that if we hadn’t come to St. Jude, Noah wouldn’t be doing as well as he is," says Fadela. "We’re so grateful."

You can join Noah's family in supporting St. Jude by participating in your local St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. on November 23, 2013. Sign up today to walk and help kids like Noah live.


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