Victory over Cancer

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Noah Okuley (middle) celebrates victory over cancer with Dad, Mike and brother, Isaiah

Noah Okuley (middle) celebrates victory over cancer with Dad, Mike and brother, Isaiah

By Meghan Okuley Achimasi (Noah’s Aunt)

It’s official: Noah one, cancer zero.

Having endured two biopsies, three surgeries, four extended cycles of chemotherapy, 14 days of radiation and nearly 50 trips to the University of Virginia Medical Center, 13 year-old Noah Okuley has beaten cancer.  You may remember reading Noah’s story which first appeared in the article, “Communities Come Together to Beat Down Cancer”, from the November issue of The Citizen.  This inspiring young man completed his last day of radiation in early February, and a PET scan earlier this month revealed that the Hodgkins Lymphoma as diagnosed in September was in remission.

Following his last day of radiation, Noah posted his feelings on facebook, “I have been fighting cancer for about six months now.  Today I won that fight, and I would like to thank everyone for supporting me throughout this long and unexpected journey.  From my family to Sunday school classes, friends at school, teachers, and others around the world my heart is filled with gratitude.”

Noah persevered with wisdom beyond his years and, of course, the love and support of many in the Chesapeake community; in particular the extended family of Great Bridge Baptist Church who has fervently lifted Noah and his family in prayer since the diagnosis.  Noah’s father, Mike Okuley, originally of Great Bridge, rappelled from a 14 story building in Downtown Norfolk earlier this month to raise funds for the Greater Virginia Chapter of the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, and plans are already being made for the 2nd annual “NoahFest” in Bedford, to raise support for other young children in Central Virginia fighting cancer and disease.

With a spirit of great thanksgiving, the Okuley family remembers all those who have prayed for Noah’s healing, and we give God the glory!  We are so grateful to the wonderful staff at UVA for their time and talents, as we know that through their hands, the Lord was at work.

There is a strict regimen of check-ups for the next several years and we are trusting God for continued healing.  These days, Noah’s biggest battles are on the soccer field as a standout player on the Bedford High School Junior Varsity team.  Of course, these are challenges that Noah is all too thrilled to face.

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