Here is the moment a brave little Hartlepool boy got a very special reason to smile
Courageous Noah Griffiths is all smiles after he got a very special present for being so brave in his fight with a brain tumour.
For more than a year, Noah has battled with a grade 3 glioma, which is a type of tumour which can happen in the brain and spinal cord.
But Hartlepool charity Miles For Men brought a smile to his face when they presented him with an electric toy car for him to ride on.
Mum Abbieleigh Griffiths, 18, said the gift was a superb lift for her son – dubbed Super Noah by the charity – and it came at the ideal time.
She added: “Noah has had a rough couple of weeks.
"He is having quite a lot of seizures and he has been in and out of hospital with them.
"He has also been in hospital with a temperature which had spiked to 40 degrees. They had to send out an emergency ambulance for him,
"And now the mobility in his legs is getting worse. His ligaments are too loose. He is really struggling at the minute. He struggles to walk and he can’t run.”
Three-year-old Noah, a nursery pupil at Fens Primary School, returned from a chemotherapy session in hospital last Friday to a very special surprise.
The toy car, donated to Miles For Men by energy firm Utilita, was waiting for him.
Abbieleigh added: “He has been a bit upset with himself because he still wants to play but his legs are not letting him. He loves to play outside the front of the house and the car means he doesn’t have to run about. It was a lovely surprise.”
Noah’s parents – Abbieleigh, 18, and partner Jamie Greenhow, 21 – have had a rollercoaster ride of emotions in recent weeks.
They did a 10,000ft tandem skydive at Shotton to support a charity which helped their little boy. The couple’s aim was to raise £930 and they reached £1,035.
Noah’s health problems started in the summer of 2020 when he had a seizure and was rushed to hospital for tests including MRI scans. The tests for the seizure also showed up a totally unrelated tumour which was on Noah’s brain.
But in March this year, there was better news when experts confirmed the tumour on his brain is shrinking.
Noah’s overjoyed parents were also told their son’s chemotherapy would end in September if he continued to make improvements.
Miles For Men held its first event in 2012 when founder Micky Day started a 5k run in memory of his father, Michael Day senior, who died aged 68 after a battle with throat cancer.
That first run attracted 1,000 runners and raised more than £40,000.
Micky said: “Utilita donated the car for us to choose someone who deserved it and Noah has been through the mill.
"We spoke to our team at Miles For Men and we all chose Noah. We call him Super Noah because he is continually smiling and he is a superhero who is a credit to his family.”