Knox Noble was born on September 23, 2016. Initially, everything in the hospital indicated we had a happy, healthy, and handsome boy! At our first pediatrician visit, the doctor had some concerns about his right eye. We took Knox to a pediatric optometrist the next day and she recommended we go to Lurie Children’s Hospital for more tests. On September 29th, we took our 6-day old son to the hospital for an exam under anesthesia. After a few anxious and nervous hours, we got the news that changed our lives forever. Knox had retinoblastoma.
Retinoblastoma is a type of eye cancer that occurs in children and is usually diagnosed in children under 2 years old. It can affect one or both eyes. Knox however, was an extremely early diagnosis which we thank God for every day. After we got the devastating news, we had to make a treatment decision for Knox. All the doctors agreed that the best course of treatment was to remove Knox’s right eye that contained the tumor and cancer.
Knox was only 12 days old when he went into surgery to remove his eye. During the week between diagnosis and surgery, we were humbled by the hundreds of people across the country that were praying for our little man. Our prayers were answered when Knox’s surgeon told us surgery was successful. They removed his eye and did not see any evidence that the cancer had traveled outside the eye.
In the days and weeks after Knox’s surgery we had many check-ups at Lurie’s. At each appointment, the doctors told us Knox was recovering well and his left eye still looked great without any signs of cancer. Each time we hear that Knox is still cancer free we thank God!
Throughout this whole experience, our faith has been strengthened. We know that God is watching over Knox and keeping him safe. We have also realized that we need to do our part to raise awareness for retinoblastoma and other childhood cancers. Spending time at Lurie Children’s Hospital has made us very thankful that we have a healthy, cancer-free boy, but there are many other children who are fighting their own battles against all types of cancers. They need our help, and it is our hope that through this fundraising drive, we can help as many children as possible! Thank you for your support!