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Region 8 teen found strength while battling leukemia

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From left to right: Noah Cook, Andrea Crawford, and Tommy Crawford (Source: Facebook) From left to right: Noah Cook, Andrea Crawford, and Tommy Crawford (Source: Facebook)

MONETTE, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 community decided to "Orange Out" in honor of a 16-year-old who died Friday, Nov. 15.

At the high school basketball game against Riverside at Buffalo Island Central Senior High School, those in attendance were encouraged to wear the color orange in honor of leukemia awareness.

Doctors told Noah Cook he was leukemia-free before he died in a car accident on the way to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

When interviewed in October, Noah said there was only one thing that always seemed to motivate him.

"With God, all things are possible and you definitely can make it through."

He was first diagnosed in April 2012 when he was 14 years old, a diagnosis that Noah's mom, Andrea Crawford, said changed their life.

"You really go into a state of shock", said Andrea. "You don't realize it at the time but I have spoken with other parents at St. Jude and we all agree for the first couple of weeks, while you are there, you are not in your right state of mind".

But what shocked people more than the disease was Noah's ability to stand his ground, despite his illness.

"He has never complained. He has just been dealt this hand and he makes the most of it. He has very little negative to say about it," said Andrea.

Over the past two years, they have received a number of donations from many communities across Region 8 including, a Haunted House maze in Jonesboro where the proceeds benefited Noah.

Noah told Region 8 News it was hard to believe so many strangers wanted to help him.

"I'd just like to thank them for everything they have done for me. They were just complete strangers that come up and say they have been praying for me. I don't even know them."

Students started "For Noah our Hero," a school club that will raise funds for St. Jude.

For more information on the fundraiser that will take place call Buffalo Island Central Senior High School at 870-486-5512.

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