Young Noah facing leukemia; family needs your assistance

Friday, August 3, 2012

On July 2, 2012 the lives of several former Storm Lake and Alta grandparents were turned upside down. Their 4-year -old grandson, Noah Huseman, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Noah was a very active little boy until then and started his weekly chemo treatments two days later. Now he is so weak he struggles to feed himself or walk a few steps without stumbling. The weeklytreatments will continue four to six months, and then he has treatments once a month for three years. The medications have many side effects, the most noticeable being the puffiness and change in his disposition.

Noah was excited about beginning preschool in September. His parents haven't had the heart to tell him, the doctors do not want him in that environment. His immune system is too low to expose him to all the germs. The doctors have also strongly suggested he be homeschooled until the treatments are completely over; he would be in second grade.

Noah loved going to the Virginia Marine Science Museum, the Norfolk Zoological Park, Busch Gardens, Mount Trashmore or simply to the beach. He cannot do any of those things either; the doctors say "No crowds."

Sanitizing wash is a very familiar site now in Aaron and Sarah's home. When entering, you sanitize. When going into Noah's bedroom, you sanitize. When he can't make it to the restroom and has an accident or if he gets sick, cleaning up requires gloves. Because of thechemo, his bodily fluids can burn the skin.

This is going to be a long difficult road for the entire family. It is not only going to be physically and emotionally draining for Noah and his caregivers; the chemo once a week, the emergency room visits and his various medications are already taking a toll on Aaron and Sarah financially. There has been an account set up at Navy Federal Credit Union in Virginia Beach, VA for donations. The address is: 2977 Sabre St, Virginia Beach, 23452.

Locally, Kathy O'Bannon is accepting donations in Alta at 110 West Highway, Apt #1, Phone #: 260-3955. In Storm Lake, Marjean O'Bannon is accepting donations at Bleached Blonde Salon, 508 Erie Street. Checks can be made out to: Noah Huseman Association Account.

Dave & Rhonda (Gude) O'Bannon currently of Virginia Beach, VA and Jim & Roxanne (Knudsen) Huseman currently of Hartley, IA are Noah's grandparents. Dave (Class of '79 Storm Lake), Rhonda (Class of '74 St Mary's), Jim (Class of '71 Alta), and Roxanne (Class of '69, Kingsley-Pierson) along with Noah's parents, Aaron & Sarah Huseman will be SO grateful to everyone who contributes. THANK YOU!