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This is sweet Noah Daubney's Beat Cancer Fund. Please help Noah and his family with the medical and related expenses.

It all began one October day with vomiting that lasted for a couple of weeks. Noah's parents, thinking perhaps it's a stomach flu, had no idea their lives were about to change forever. Several appointments and X-rays had concluded that it was dehydration and constipation, but even after 13 days, the vomiting was relentless. Instinctively, his mom knew something just wasn't right. Noah was sent to Primary Children's Hospital where a plethora of gastrointestinal tests were ran. After his mom mentioned that he had also been dizzy-like and off balance, the doctors decided to do a CT scan. About an hour later, the tech who performed the scan walked Noah and his parents back to the room and said, "Good luck." After 15 minutes, a teary-eyed pediatrician walked in with a social worker and nurse. Right then and there, his mom's suspicions were confirmed. With a sick feeling in her stomach, Noah's mom listened as the doctor explained the cause for his vomiting. At 14 months old, Noah had a large tumor mass in the back of his brain. Noah's parents were overwhelmed with emotions; his dad cried and his mom's head felt like it was going to explode and she herself threw up.

A few minutes later, Noah's parents met with the neurosurgeon and they felt a sense of peace. He informed them he would perform the surgery in two days and anticipated it to last between 6-7 hours, but if the mass was too large, he would have to make it two separate surgeries. On surgery day, Noah's parents anxiously awaited as they entrusted their son and his dangerous procedure to a team of doctors. After 2 1/2 agonizing hours, they received a call that the doctors were done. A rush of panic overcame them, but the doctors assured that everything went perfectly and the tumor came out easily. The surgery was a success! God came through for Noah and his family.

The neurosurgeon explained to Noah's parents that this is Anaplastic Ependymoma, Grade 3 brain cancer that's very rare and aggressive. They were also told that the cancer had spread to his spine, which put him in the high risk category, and though the tumor had been removed, radiation is what kills the cancer. As talks of chemotherapy and radiation began, Noah's mom's instincts kicked in again and she felt they were in the wrong place for Noah's treatment plan. In the blink of an eye, Noah and his mom had to leave their family and life behind in Utah and go to St. Judes in Memphis, TN. The doctors there weren't convinced that the cancer had spread down to his spine and said that it could possibly be blood or other thick fluid, so they ran their own tests. The next day, Noah's mom got a much needed miracle when the doctor told her that tests confirmed there was no cancer in his spine. God had come through for Noah and his family again!

With this news, Noah was no longer considered high risk, which meant he could get focal radiation instead of the more invasive full cranial spinal radiation. It also meant that he would only need 4 different types of chemo rather than 5. Noah underwent 4 months of high dose inpatient chemotherapy with his loving mother by his side. Noah's mom watched as the chemo invaded his body, made him sick for days after, and took every strand of hair, lash, and brows. Not only was she there with Noah every second of every day, she shaved her head to be like him and donated it so that a wig could be made for another cancer patient.

Noah is now 20 months old and he and his mom have been reunited with his dad and older brother Samih. They are currently in Florida for 2 months for Noah to receive radiation. Noah is such a strong, spirited little boy who loves his Oreo cookies as much as he loves his older brother. During chemo, when his stomach rejected pretty much all food, he had moments where he was able to tolerate Oreos. He is so smart and has adjusted extremely well considering how difficult the last 6 months of his young life has been. Although this smart, vivacious boy has defied all odds, he still has a long journey ahead of him, which will include another 6 months of chemo. Please help out Noah and his family with the medical expenses as he battles this evil inside his body. Please help Noah to have more days where he can enjoy his Oreo cookies. Thank you and God bless you.
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