Utah Boy, 10, Credits Tom Brady for Helping Him Through Brain Cancer Treatments: 'My Hero'
One 10-year-old Tom Brady super-fan from Utah credits the NFL star for lifting his spirits throughout treatments for brain cancer, which he was diagnosed with back in February.
Noah Reeb's mother Jacque shared a "special" video on Instagram earlier this year sent to them by Brady, 44, in which the athlete sent his well wishes. "Hey Noah, how are you doing? I just wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you," Brady began. "I know you're one of my biggest fans in Utah, and I know you've got a great family that loves you and support your mom and dad and your siblings."
"I just want to let you know I'm thinking about you, I'm with you," he continued. "My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hang tough. You're going to be great, I know it. Get well soon and take care. Bye-bye."
Last month, the two crossed paths at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, when Noah met Brady from the crowd.
"Tom Brady's like my hero," said Noah. "He's good on and off the field. He just seems like he's a really good dad. He seems just like he's a really good guy. And he's broken a ton of records and stuff."
Noah's dad James recalled the exchange they had with the quarterback at the October game, "One father to another, I just wanted to tell him thank you." Adds Noah himself: "That was everything. To see the person you've kinda looked up to for a long time walking towards you, it's just amazing."
During the talk show appearance, DeGeneres surprised the family with some gifts, including toys from Five Below plus a $1,000 gift card, as well as a check for $25,000 from Five Below to help cover medical bills.
In an Oct. 31 tweet, Brady wrote, "Thank you for your inspiration Noah. We can all learn so much from you. You may not know it, but so many people in the world admire you for your courage and bravery and how you've dealt with a really tough situation. Thank you and your family for your beautiful blessing."
In a post-game news conference after meeting Noah, the quarterback told reporters, according to the Tampa Bay Times, "That was really sweet. Obviously, a tough kid. It puts a lot in perspective of what we're doing on the field. In the end, it doesn't mean much compared to what so many people go through. We all try to make a difference in different way, and I think so many guys commit time to their foundations and to doing good things for the world."
He added, "I always think, 'Do the best you can do, under any circumstance.' It was nice to see."
During his Ellen appearance, Noah said he is "feeling awesome" as he is cancer-free in remission.
This story originally appeared on people.com