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Friends Remember Edwardsville Boy With 5K4Noah

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(KTVI)-On October 18, Noah Bryant, a six year old boy from Edwardsville, IL, passed away after a battle with HLH, a rare immunodeficiency disorder.  Friends and family are now holding a fundraising 5K and walk on Dec. 1 to remember little Noah and to help his family.

Hemophagocytic lyphohistiocytosis, or HLH, is a rare but potentially fatal disease in which the immune system produces too many activated immune cells called T cells, natural killer cells, B cells, and macrophages.  This over-activation of the immune system causes fever and damages the liver and spleen.

Noah spent his last months in a Cincinnati, OH hospital getting specialized treatment, including a bone marrow transplant.  Parents, Jim and Jenny, brother Eli, all went with him. That's where the family learning that another child is on the way, a son, who has 2 of the prominent markers to be born with HLH as well.

Jim is a Navy Seabee, who will be deployed again at the end of the year.

The fundraiser will consist of a 5K run/walk, bake sale, silent auction, face painting, raffle items and a balloon release in Noah’s honor.

More information: Noah's Journey on Facebook
5K4Noah
Saturday,  December 1, 2012
Time:  11:00am
Dupo, IL High School Track
$25 to Run/Walk; $15 for a T-Shirt
Checks can be made out to: 5K4NOAH