Cancer is terrible at any age but it’s just not right when it happens to somebody that hasn’t even been alive that long. So it’s wonderful when that young person can beat it. Noah Sileno received a leukemia diagnosis at the tender age of 3. The boy and his parents started aggressive treatment. At a little over two years later, his last dose was November 1. It gives hope that others will receive similar results. Sometimes hope is all you need.
The parents didn’t give up on their boy
He was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. His parents honestly weren’t sure he’d live.
Martha Sileno spoke of their worry. “In the beginning, I didn’t know if we were going to get this far. But after 830 days of fighting cancer, Noah has officially finished treatment and taken his last dose of chemo.”
Mom kept equipment as keepsakes
So he’d know how far her boy had come. If you’ve come this far, you can do anything. Martha proclaimed, “At three, leukemia tried to steal him. At four, leukemia learned to fear him. And at five, Noah became a leukemia survivor.”
That day friends, family and law enforcement joined together in celebration to ring a cancer-free bell. “Cancer can take away a lot of things, but it can’t take away hope,” Martha stressed. “It can’t take away the love of a little boy that has been through way too much at five years old.”
If we can help others boys, we will
Noah’s dad Michael chimed in. “The amount of children that we’ve met that are stricken with cancer has really, really shown us a new path. It also shows us how strong a community can be.”
Fighting cancer is the good fight because it’s not going away anytime soon. The Silenos are working fund raisers and they’ve made a special set of pajamas designed to help kids be more comfortable. “We will continue to have hope for them and fight for them and their children,” Michael remarked. Having cancer will put you behind so Noah is fighting to catch up. “He is starting occupational therapy again and he is receiving some extra support at school to getting caught back up,” Martha explained. “It’s taken two years, four months to get this far, but now he’s a cancer survivor.”