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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-02-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JANUARY 2-8, 2020 SMITHFIELD 7 outpouring of support from the com- munity helped immensely in the past months. Seeing #NoahStrong signs around town, receiving a ride with the Fire Department when he came home after his first treatment, and a whiffle ball tournament fundraiser all meant the world to Noah and his family. Amy and David maintained the Facebook page Noah's Fight, where the family shared almost daily updates on Noah's progress. Amy said the kind words and support from the community kept the family going through the tough times. "We are blown away by the out- pouring of support," she said. David thanked the Police Department and Cops for Kids with Cancer, and said the gift is "phenom- enal." The nonprofit, organized by Boston Police, gives eight families a $5,000 check to support bills and other costs associated with children battling cancer. Paul Ivens, of the group, said money for families is raised through events such as No Shave November. He said the group works mostly in Massachusetts and is beginning to give more throughout New England. Started in 2002, Cops with Kids with Cancer has raised and donated more than $4 million. Ivans said donations are appreciated and can be made at www.copsforkidsiwithcancer. org . Since Noah's fight and recovery, David said the family decided to ded- icate time and effort to raising aware- ness of pediatric cancer research. He said 10 percent of the money donated to cancer research goes to pediatric cancer and said Noah would like to share his story to educate oth- ers about childhood cancer. "We are so grateful for all the sup- port we were given. We want to give back," his father said. To other children fighting cancer, Noah said to "stay strong." Amy said the family is looking forward to returning to normalcy and going back to work. Remission also means returning to LaPerche Elementary School to his 5th-grade class. During treatment, Noah spent hours each day playing the game Fortnite with his classmates. While his skills have surpassed many of his friends, he said he's disappointed he won't be able to play games all day. David said the family is using dis- cretion when deciding when Noah can return to school, which depends on him rebuilding his compromised immune system. Barring any set- backs, Noah will most likely go back sometime in January. Sitting at Smithfield Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur's desk, Noah said he'd like to become a professional video game player and stream his work online. St. Sauveur gave Noah his only duty for the day: signing off on pay- roll. AsNoah joked about whether he would sign off on the chief's check, his mother talked about his ever- changing career choices. Amy said that since through his treatment, his choices have gone from a pediatric oncologist or pediat- ric surgeon to now professional video game player. "Or, you could be a police chief," she said. The good news for Noah is that he has time to decide, she said. Noah Antunes, 11, said 2020 is going to be a great year after being cleared of Burkitt's lymphoma last week. He and his family received a $5,000 check from Cops for Kids with Cancer to help with medical bills and other expenses. From left are PAUL IVENS, AMY ANTUNES, DAVID ANTUNES, NOAH ANTUNES, and Smithfield Police Chief RICHARD ST. SAUVEUR. BREEZE PHOTOS BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Smithfield Police Chief RICHARD ST. SAUVEUR gave NOAH ANTUNES the responsibility of signing off on the department's payroll on Saturday. ANTUNES From Page One Take the next big step in joint replacement. Step 1: Get a joint replacement procedure. Step 2: Go home the same day. Introducing same-day joint replacement procedures that help patients recover from the comfort of home with no overnight hospital stay, thanks to the partnership between Ortho Rhode Island's first-class orthopedic surgeons and state-of-the-art technology at the South County Health Orthopedics Center. Learn more at OrthopedicsRI.com/SameDay or call for an appointment: 401.777.7000 Partners in Orthopedic Innovation +

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