The brave Hartlepool boy, 2, who faces 45 weeks of chemo in his battle with a tumour
A brave little Hartlepool boy has battled through four different hospital stays in the last month as he continues his fight with a rare tumour.
Mum Abbieleigh Griffiths spoke to the Hartlepool Mail to tell how her son Noah had come through chicken pox, an allergic reaction with chemotherapy, and a dislodged port all in recent weeks.
But despite it all, two-year-old Noah is still proving to be a little battler, said Abbieleigh.
And Abbieleigh also took time to praise the numerous people who have been such a support to her and her family.
It is so close to his brain that it can’t be operated on, and although he is receiving excellent treatment from North East doctors, no-one knows yet whether Noah will go blind.
His friends and family have launched a fundraising battle to get him to Disneyland in Paris.
Abbieleigh said: "It is amazing, even though Noah wasn’t diagnosed that long ago, how many people want to help and not just on the financial side.
"People have donated presents and made him smile.”
But the past few weeks have been a constant round of hospital visits for Noah whose mum said: “He had chicken pox and then during his chemo, his port dislodged."
Noah has also had ‘an allergic reaction to his chemo.”
His parents, Abbieleigh and dad Jamie Greenhow, who also have a baby daughter Ivy, have been told that Noah faces 45 more weeks of chemotherapy.
Despie it all, Noah is ‘happy in himself’.
And he has developed a love for Spiderman with Abbieleigh saying he loves to wear his Spiderman top.
It was only in the summer of 2020 when Noah had a seizure and was rushed to hospital for tests including MRI scans.
And by complete coincidence, the tests for the seizure also showed up a totally unrelated tumour which was on Noah’s brain.
She said she was ‘making tea’ at home when she was called by the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle to be told her son had a rare cancer in his brain and needed chemotherapy.
But Noah is no stranger to fighting and being brave. He has fought with health problems ever since he was born early. He came into the world at 30 weeks.
He was poorly when he was first born and only went home at seven weeks.
Close friends of the family are fundraising to get Noah and his family to Disneyland in Paris and they are aiming to raise £5,000.
Donna Sweeney and her daughter Janine Cantwell are spearheading the fundraising and would love people to support their efforts.
You can find out more at the Noah’s Superhero Journey Facebook page which already has around 300 members but more will be made welcome.
Watch out for more stories on Noah’s amazing supporters – including one kind-hearted man who is fundraising by dressing as Santa.