Looking at Noah Greenwalt on Saturday, you'd never know he was sick. The four-year-old, who suffers from cancer, spent the day smiling from ear to ear, and that was the idea.
Teachers at Moorefield Elementary in Moorefield, WV, held "Wishes for Noah" Saturday afternoon at the town park. There was an auction, a yard sale, and plenty of games, and it was all to help Noah and his family.
A tumor was found in Noah's stomach just days before last Christmas. That tumor has healed, but two more tumors and leukemia were recently discovered.
"He is in remission right now with those two tumors, so they're going to try to give him a bone marrow transplant," said Tanya Davy, the event's chairperson. "And unfortunately, the insurance doesn't cover the cost for the search.
"We decided to do this day to raise money for the family."
"When I pulled in, I said wow," said Noah's father, Scott, about the crowd. "The parking lot reminds me of the Fourth of July. There's cars everywhere, there's people everywhere. It's just amazing."
"I'm overwhelmed by it, taken aback, but not surprised, because it's such a wonderful community," he added.
"Even strangers," said Noah's mother, Michele. "I'm looking around right now as we're doing this, and I don't recognize anyone."
Noah and his family weren't even expected to make it to Saturday's event, because he was getting treatment at a hospital in Morgantown, but they made the two-hour trip home Saturday so Noah could make a surprise appearance.
He got in a few games, Ring Toss and Plinko, to name a few, even if he was a little overwhelmed.
"Things like today, he can't quite figure out why people are doing this, and why they're wearing his picture on their shirts," said his mother. "But he's doing wonderful."
"And he knows he's going to get better. He tells us that all the time," she added. "And he's right."
Donations for Noah can be sent to:
"Wishes for Noah"
Believers Victory Center
132 North Main Street
Moorefield, WV 26836