RiverKings Support Noah Hoskin and Family at Fundraiser

By: Sylvia Petty

December 1, 2011

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- To the surprise of eight-year-old Noah Hoskin and his family, the entire Mississippi RiverKings team flooded the Southaven Fazoli’s just after 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. The team came out to show support for Noah, at the fundraiser Fazoli’s hosted for him.

“I knew a RiverKings player was coming,” Noah’s older sister Allison Brigance said, “but I didn’t expect the whole team to show up.”

The idea to bring the entire RiverKings roster was Head Coach Derek Landmesser’s idea.

At the fundraiser Coach Landmesser offered up words of encouragement to Noah and his family, telling them that the RiverKings were on his team in his fight against cancer.

The RiverKings presented Noah with a team-autographed helmet and jersey, along with a stuffed lion, Noah’s favorite animal.

Before leaving, Noah’s mother gave Coach Landmesser a hug with tears in her eyes, thankful for the team’s visit, taking time to encourage her son.

On May, 3 of this year Noah was diagnosed with stage-4 neuroblastoma, resulting in five rounds of chemotherapy and two stints of radiation in just the short six months since his diagnosis.

In September, doctors at St. Jude told Noah and his family his cancer had spread, and they suggested the family go to Philadelphia and try a new treatment there.

Noah’s family believed that option to be too risky, and instead switched him to a strict holistic diet and added acupuncture treatments to his regimen.

Nancy Hearden, owner of the Southaven Fazoli’s on Goodman Road heard about Noah through her accountant Brenda, who is a friend of Noah’s family and wanted to do something to help.

“Noah’s story is one that reaches out and touches your heart. It makes you want to do something, to make a difference,” Hearden said.

So Hearden’s Fazoli’s hosted a fundraiser for Noah on Monday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m., donating twenty percent of all purchases made during that three hour stretch to aid Noah in his fight. In total, Hearden said the family will receive $750 from their restaurant.

For more information on Noah and to keep up with him as he continues his brave fight, visit his Caring Bridge page at www.caringbridge.org/visit/noahhoskin1.

Mississippi RiverKings Head Coach Derek Landmesser presents eight-year-old Noah Hoskin with a stuffed lion at a fundraiser for Noah at Fazoli’s on Monday, Nov. 28. The entire RiverKings team came out to support Noah, who was diagnosed with stage-4 neuroblastoma in May of this year. Coach Landmesser assured Noah that the team supports him in his brave fight, and that they look forward to seeing him at a RiverKings game in the near future. For more on Noah visit his caring page: www.caringbridge.org/visit/noahhoskin1.

From left: Mississippi RiverKings Kevin Fukala, team Captain Darrell Stoddard and Assistant Captain Kyle Lundale present Noah Hoskin with a team signed jersey and helmet at Noah’s fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 28. The Fazoli’s in Southaven donated twenty percent of all purchases made from 5 to 8 pm to eight-year-old Noah and his family, as he continues his fight against the stage-4 cancer he was diagnosed with on May 3 of this year.

The entire Mississippi RiverKings team and Head Coach Derek Landmesser attended eight-year-old Noah Hoskin’s fundraiser at the Fazoli’s in Southaven on Monday, Nov. 28. The restaurant donated twenty-percent of all purchases made from 5 to 8 pm of that night to Noah and his family, to aid them in Noah’s fight against the stage-4 cancer he was diagnosed with just six months ago. The RiverKings presented Noah with a stuffed lion (Noah’s favorite animal), a team-autographed jersey and helmet, along with plenty of smiles and encouragement. To keep up with Noah as he continues his fight visit his Caring Bridge page: www.caringbridge.org/visit/noahhoskin1.

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