Community shows support for Byron Middle Schooler
In May Byron Middle Schooler Nathan Noonan was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Since then the community has shown its support for Noonan and his family in a number of different ways.
After a successful fundraising baseball game earlier this year, another community fundraiser took place at the Byron American Legion a couple of weeks ago, to help show support for the Noonan family.
Noonan’s dad Don, explained that having so much support from the community has been very encouraging for their family.
“It's been so much unexpected encouragement,” Noonan said.
Noonan was diagnosed with Leukemia in May, after a period of time, of noticeably being sluggish, and not feeling well.
After a lot of running at a practice, Noonan explained that Nate came home and was throwing up. It was at that point they knew they needed to take him to the hospital.
Noonan explained that it may have been what was needed to find out what was wrong with him.
“Maybe it's what it took to expose and find out what he had.”
At St. Mary’s Hospital, Noonan was diagnosed with Leukemia and after two weeks he began his first round of chemotherapy.
After spending 22 days in the hospital along with his birthday there, Noonan was able to come home, and was surprised to see a four wheeler from his dad which he is excited to be able to ride one day.
Although, he is in high spirits, he has had a number of setbacks, including having to go on a feeding tube to get his weight back up, along with being on his second stage of chemotherapy which is now weeks at home. The goal is to see it in remission after the seven weeks otherwise, they will begin the next phase.
Despite everything, Nate is looking forward to being able to play baseball again, a sport in which he excels in, and is continuing to do be an exceptional kid off the field.
One example of his career, that his dad pointed to is a comment made by one of his coaches who said that he is the only player he ever had that no matter what happens says “thank you” after each practice.
At the end of the day, Noonan said they are blessed for how much people have gone out of their way to show their support, and it shows him how much humanity there is in the world.
To follow the progress of Noonan, check out his Facebook page, labeled “Nathan Noonan’s Team Page.