In the midst of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing the Chicago Bears, quarterback Tom Brady took note of a little boy in the crowd that held up a bold sign that read, “Tom Brady Helped Me Beat Cancer.”
With only 0:33 seconds left in the game, the former New England Patriot didn’t waste time. Not minding that he was in the middle of a game, the quarterback approached the kid, gave him his hat, and then shook his hand. The touching encounter resulted in nine-year-old Noah Reed being visibly emotional and even breaking down into tears.
Noah Reed, a Utah native, was initially diagnosed with brain cancer after he reported having severe headaches. By July, he was completing a six-month treatment plan, to which his cancer was eradicated. However, the child will continue to be under medical supervision until he is 18 to ensure the cancer does not return.
This was Noah’s first NFL game and needless to say, this will be a cherished memory for years to come. The child’s mother even took to Instagram to lend her appreciation for the Super Bowl Champion being such a good sport.
Family of cancer survivor sends thanks to NFL star Tom Brady.
“Tom Brady, this kid fought and fought with a dream that one day he could watch you play in real life,” she wrote on her husband’s Instagram story. “You gave him strength and hope and a dream. You are not just the greatest athlete of all time, you are truly a good man…you have just changed my boy’s life. Thank you from the bottom of my mama heart.”
Of course, Brady couldn’t remain silent after the encounter.
“That was really sweet. Obviously, tough kid, man,” Brady would go on to say according to a statement released by the NFL. He additionally included the sentiments, “Puts a lot in perspective with what we’re doing on the field; in the end, it doesn’t mean much compared to what so many go through.”
“We all try to make a difference in different ways and I think so many guys commit times to their foundations and to doing good things for the world,” The 44-year-old athlete continued, clearly moved by the young man he had the pleasure of meeting. He went on to conclude, “And the NFL does a lot of great things, so it’s just nice to, I always think you know, do the best that you can do, under any circumstance. It was nice to see.”
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