CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - I don't like it. I don't like hearing a Conover family is following all of ?#MollysKids this month when BAM!... their son is suddenly diagnosed.
Exactly one week ago – September 7th – Noah Lookadoo found out he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He quickly started chemo at Brenner Children's Hospital. Then he turned four this weekend.
That's one heck of a week:
- Diagnosed Monday.
- Started chemo Wednesday.
- 4th birthday Saturday.
"Noah is a strong and outgoing child," says his dad John. "We could use all the prayers and support anyone can muster, but he's strong. We will get through this."
How did it all come about?
"For the past month we noticed bruising on his legs," says John. "But he's a little boy. We didn't do much about it because all little boys get bruises. While in church we noticed a big one on his leg. Then he got a nose bleed. We took him to the doctor, who sent him to the hospital."
Within 24 hours they knew it was leukemia.
He'll be doing treatments for three years. Hardcore chemo for the next 6 months.
Noah's mommy, Kersten, says they're a family who will fight it together.
"His 9-year-old brother Ashton is confused," she said. "We also have a little girl, Skyyler, who's only 21-months-old. Our hands our full. Our world is now upside down. It's hard to realize you have a child with cancer."
Emmanuel Baptist Church in Conover updates about Noah on its FB page >> http://facebook.com/ebcconover .
I keep talking about ACTION. My friend Erin Santos came up with that beautiful concept. Instead of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, call it Pediatric Cancer ACTION Month.
Every day I get emails and messages from people making sure I know about another child in our area fighting. Every. Single. Day. Dozens came in last week about Noah.
I'm not sure how much more obvious it can be that need is real.
Please do what you can. Spread the word. Share a post. Donate money. Volunteer with a group trying to make a different.
We need research, funding and a cure.