Amazing news as a brave Hartlepool boy's tumour shrinks - and his Disneyland dream is ON!
The family of brave little hero Noah Griffiths has been given the best news possible – the tumour on his brain is shrinking.
And if that wasn’t enough of a boost, there’s more for Noah’s overjoyed parents Abbieleigh Griffiths, 18, and Jamie Greenhow, 20, as their son’s chemotherapy will end in September if he continues to make progress.
It doesn’t end there either. Noah’s remarkable turnaround means the family can take him to Disneyland in the summer of 2022 to see the super heroes he has always wanted to meet.
The boosts just keep on coming. Noah will also start nursery at Fens Primary School in a matter of days.
The parents of the amazing three-year-old from Hartlepool have gone through an absolute roller coaster ride since Noah first took ill on June 15 last year.
He was diagnosed with a grade 3 glioma which is a type of tumour which can happen in the brain and spinal cord. It is so close to his brain that it can’t be operated on.
He’s had months of chemotherapy during visits to the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital in Newcastle every Friday.
But the glimmer of hope finally came during Noah’s recent hospital tests. Abbieleigh said: “The consultant told us the tumour had shrunk by a considerable amount and was really surprised by how much it had shrunk.
"It has been really crazy to look back and think it is nearly a year ago when we got the diagnosis. It only feels like yesterday.”
One abiding factor has stuck in Abbieleigh’s mind through it all and that is the overwhelming kindness from the people of Hartlepool.
"Thank you,” said Abbieleigh. “I really did not imagine we would get all this support.”
During the last few months, the people of Hartlepool have done all of this;
* The Little Stars Day Nursery raised more than £1,000 for Noah. Children, aged from birth to eight years old, dressed in Halloween costumes for a fancy dress day at the nursery in Kilmarnock Road, to help fund Noah’s trip to Disneyland.
* Hundreds of people gave money and messages of support in a huge campaign to help Noah’s dream.
* Peter Richardson, 65, spent the last festive season dressed as Father Christmas at Imagination Village in Usworth Road. In return for his devotion to Christmas, Peter gave a donation to Noah’s cause.
* On Christmas Eve, 40 motor bikers responded to an appeal in the Hartlepool Mail when they joined a cavalcade to Noah’s home where they paraded in single file in front of his house, while Noah looked on in awe.
The motorbike-loving little boy even told all his doctors and nurses that the motor bikes were coming to his home while he was getting chemotherapy the day before.
Abbieleigh added: “It has been amazing to see how many nice people there are out there. We have made so many friends.”