OLATHE, Kan. – One area elementary school transformed into superhero central for a day.
On Monday students at Ravenwood Elementary School showed up in capes and costumes, to remind one nine-year-old cancer patient that he’s their hero.
Signs around the school hallways point to love and super friends willing to help. The hum of the cafeteria at the school isn’t the same without fourth grader Noah Taber. Since mid-July, the Taber has been fighting a form of leukemia.
Several of his friends in the school`s Public Service Club declared Monday as 'Noah’s Superhero Day.' Every student who donated one dollar could dress as their favorite superhero, including fifth-grader Juan Pablo Cardenas, who says the Taber family will receive every dollar.
“Maybe they don`t have time to cook dinner or they don`t have enough resources to basically take care of themselves, I guess,” said Cardenas.
“He`s sweet. He`s caring. He`s probably the best person ever. He`s so nice. He`s so caring, and he always helps people,” Taber’s classmate, Paige, said about him.
And now, Taber needs their help after spending the past two weeks in the pediatric ICU at Children`s Mercy Hospital.
Noah`s dad, Jim Taber, says everyone`s been supportive of his son`s treatment, including Kansas City Royals stars Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon, who paid him a recent visit. Jim Taber says support from Noah’s classmates is touching.
“It`s not just the science that goes into curing a kid. There`s a lot that goes into it. The family, the love, the prayers that makes into that cure,” said Jim Taber.
Jim Taber is singing the praises of another set of heroes; the teachers at this school. He says they`re working with the family to ensure Noah can advance to fifth grade on time.