Highland Boy Celebrates End Of Brain Tumor Treatment With Ride In Supercar
HIGHLAND, Utah — Last December, 9-year-old Noah Reeb started getting severe migraines, and his mother said she knew something was wrong.
“It’s one of those tragic moments you read about where they turn the screen around and say, ‘You have cancer,’” Jacque Reeb said, “And in our case, they turned it around and showed us Noah’s tumor in the center of his head and said he has brain cancer and we need to get him to the hospital today.”
Since then, Noah has undergone six months of treatment to battle that brain tumor.
“It’s like every mom’s worse nightmare, and then instantly you want to protect him and you don’t know what to do, so you just rely on faith from that point on. Faith and trust in God that whatever is going to happen is for a reason,” Jacque said.
On Wednesday, Noah finished his final round of radiation. His tumor is gone, and now he’ll be monitored until he is 18 to make sure he remains healthy and strong.
In August, Noah will be able to ring the bell at Primary Children’s Hospital, which will officially mean he is cancer-free. But his family wanted to celebrate sooner and involve some of Noah’s favorite things: football and cars.
“We reached out to a good friend of ours who happened to be part of an exotic car club and originally we just wanted him to show up so Noah could get a dream ride in a Ferrari,” Jacque said. “He said, ‘How about I get a lot of cars to show up and he gets to choose what he rides in?’”
So after Noah’s final treatment, he went to the park to toss the football with his mom.
“I got done with radiation and my mom was like, ‘Go long Noah’, Noah said. “I caught it and then I had to toss it back and she’s like ‘Faster Noah,’ and then I caught it again, and then she’s like ‘Noah, look at that cool car.’ And I was like, ‘Oh it’s just a normal Porsche.’”
“The last pass he caught and he turned around and he saw the lineup of cars, and doctors, and drivers, and everyone just started clapping for him,” Jacque said. Noah was emotional about the whole surprise.
“There’s like Lambos and Ferraris and stuff and I was so happy,” Noah said. “And then I saw my friend and then I was crying because I was so happy.”
Noah’s friend is Brigham Young University wide receiver Gunner Romney. Jacque said Gunner and Noah have a special bond and the entire BYU athletics department has supported Noah throughout his treatment.
“Those are Noah’s heroes,” Jacque said. “Guys that have made it who are good true, genuine, good people like Gunner and his brother Baylor, Isaiah Kaufusi — we have many now that Noah looks up to.”
Noah went for a ride in a Lamborghini and his sisters, Maxine and Scarlett, both got to ride in one of the exotic cars.
Now that treatment is over, Noah said he is most excited to play tackle football and go back to school.
“Yeah, I beat brain cancer and I finished radiation, “Noah said. “I don’t have to get nauseous or I don’t have really any more things to be worried about.”
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