Friends, family and neighbors of a six-year-old with cancer were pushing a bed from Dublin to Donegal to raise money for key charities.
‘Noah’s Bed Push’ takes its name from a little boy from the Letterkenny area with an infectious personality and good human touch.
Noah Gooch has Down syndrome and was diagnosed with leukemia when he was five years old.
Since then, his parents have been walking in and out of Crumlin and Letterkenny Hospital while their son undergoes grueling treatment.
The family decided to move a bed from Crumlin Hospital to Letterkenny Hospital to raise funds for important charities and to show other parents that help is always out there.
Noah’s Bed arrived at Letterkenny Hospital tonight after walking 150 miles in four days.
Over € 90,000 was raised for nine charities, including Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, Crumlin Children’s Health Foundation and Donegal Down Syndrome.
Lee Gooch is Noah’s father and a well-known host on Highland Radio.
He told Dublin Live that Noah’s positive and open-minded nature has helped the family over the past six difficult months.
Lee said, “He’s the most brilliant, lovable kid ever and I say that as a proud father.
“He’s a cool little guy and he just has that connection that brings people together.”
Noah started Junior Infants last year and is a bit of a bookworm.
“Ryan Tubridy would love him.
“He just loves reading books.
“When he went to school, he read first-class books.”
Noah’s diagnosis shocked the entire family, but Lee, his wife Claire, and their other son Lee Junior were supported by a fantastic network.
Lee said, “We’re a pretty positive family, but we’re like everyone else – we’re not made of steel.”
“You have your good days and bad.
“When you have a bad day, he pulls us all together and says ‘hug’.
“Then we all go over and hug him like a group hug.”
Noah has been on treatment for 6 months in three and a half years and is currently on the toughest regimen.
“There are three types of treatments – Regimen A, Regimen B, and Regimen C.
“A is hard, B is hard, C is very, very hard.”
To hear that the first regime didn’t work for Noah was like a “bombshell” for the family because the next step would be extremely tough.
“It’s very tough for him.
“Anyone who has walked this route will know.”
The family now wants to give something back to the nursing staff that has accompanied them on their way so far.
Lee said, “I cannot praise the hospital staff enough.
“Everyone is so nice.
“Me and Claire always wanted to do something positive to show other people that there is help out there.”
They strove to highlight smaller charities that many people don’t hear about unless their child gets sick.
“Nobody hears or knows about them unless you speak to another parent.”
These charities also help siblings of children with cancer, whom Lee believes can often be forgotten.
He said: “You can’t forget your siblings, sometimes they stay behind.
“The other day he did [Lee Junior] stood in front of the refrigerator.
“He said, ‘Why does Noah have to have leukemia?'”
The whole family was blown away with the support from all over the country with celebrities like Daniel O’Donnell eager to help in any way possible.
Noah’s bed drawer Fundraising Page continues to smash targets.
“It totally blew us all …
“We are all stunned.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel.”
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