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9-year-old cancer survivor Noah Reeb broke down in tears after an emotional encounter with Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ star quarterback, Tom Brady.
On Sunday, Brady became the very first quarterback in the history of the NFL to have 600 passing touchdowns and in addition to that, he was celebrating his team’s victory of 38-3 in Tampa over the Chicago Bears.
Towards the end of the game, Brady walked over to where Noah was sitting and holding up a sign that said “Tom Brady helped me beat brain cancer,” and did something the kid will never forget.
He handed the boy a “Crucial Catch” ballcap and shook his hand while everyone cheered that he went out of his way to do such a nice thing for the kid.
According to the Washington Post, Brady was asked about it after the game and said, “That was really sweet. Obviously a tough kid, man. It puts a lot into perspective of what we’re doing on the field. In the end, it doesn’t mean much, compared to what people go through. We all try to make a difference in different ways.”
More than a game ♥️ pic.twitter.com/8sWRqneTzm
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 24, 2021
His parents said that Noah was diagnosed in December 2020 after having severe headaches and went on to endure six months of radiation therapy. Fortunately, this past July, scans showed that the tumor in his brain was gone.
He credits his love for watching Tom Brady that helped him get through all his time spent in the hospital. His mom said he wore Brady’s Buccaneers jerseys to his first MRI, shaved 12 on the back of his head, and even wore his “lucky Buccaneers jammies” before his brain surgeries.
His mom shared an emotinal Instagram story saying, “This kid fought and fought with a dream that one day he could go watch you play in real life. 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. An exceptional father. A remarkable example. And you have just changed my boy’s life. Thank you. From the bottom of my mama heart.”
Noah’s parents further explained that when they made the sign that they just wanted to show their appreciation for Tom being a huge part of their son’s healing process. The fact that he placed the hat on top of his head meant the world to him.