St. Louis (KSDK) - Every once in a while you meet a person who is extraordinary, a person that leaves such an impression you never forget that meeting. Noah O'Neal is that kind of person, and as Leisa Zigman reports, he's the reason St. Louis Children's Hospital is riding in his honor for Pedal the Cause.
Noah O'Neal, 13, is greeted like a rock star on every floor of Children's Hospital. Whether it's recruiting nurses to make a video to help him try to get on the Ellen show, or the more serious stuff, Noah has the most incredible outlook on life.
Noah has been battling cancer since he was 3-months-old. He's spent most of his life in an out of Children's Hospital having surgery, radiation and chemo trying to shrink a brain tumor. The treatment left him legally blind and with hearing loss, but nothing fazes this extraordinary young man.
"We want everybody in the whole St. Louis area to come out and raise money for pedal the cause," said O'Neal.
It's no wonder Children's Hospital created "Team Noah" and will ride in his honor for this year's Pedal the Cause.
"He represents the spirit of what we are all about here at Children's Hospital," said Lee Fetter, Children's Hospital President.
Noah inspires everyone he meets.
"One day, we're going to have not just a little world, not just a medium world, but a big world without cancer," said Noah. "Amen, amen!"
NewsChannel 5 is a proud sponsor of Pedal the Cause. Every dime raised stays in St. Louis and will fund new treatments and cures for all cancers, like Noah's brain tumor, and Leisa Zigman's lymphoma. You can make a donation on the Pedal the Cause website.