(WJBK) - For 18 year old Noah Holloway this summer was supposed to be about spending time on the lake with friends but he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
This summer will be spent in the hospital undergoing chemo and radiation.
“You just hear the C word and you're just, it just hits you like a truck,” he said.
It's the crushing news - you have cancer. Especially when you're just 18 years old.
“It's affecting a lot actually because I wanted to study a broad but now I have to take a year off to focus on this,” he said.
Noah Holloway finished up his first year at Central Michigan University on the Dean's List when his family got the diagnosis in June.
He has a rare form of cancer known as Ewing's Sarcoma. At first, doctors thought it was a sports injury.
“Up to that point everyone was saying it's not cancer, there is a slight chance its cancer, there’s almost no chance, I doubt it’s cancer,” Noah said.
Later, tests revealed a 9-centimeter-wide tumor in Noah's pelvis area. His dad Thomas, a Clinton Township Police Detective says it turned their world upside down.
“It’s been tough, I’ve been really impressed with him, he’s strong I’ve really learned a lot from him,” Noah’s dad Thomas Holloway said.
Since that diagnosis, Thomas says it's amazing how many people have stepped in to help, including his brothers and sisters with the police department.
"Overwhelmed by support we’ve received already from co-workers, family, friends, the community, people you haven’t heard from in years coming out the woodwork,” Thomas said.
It's a long road ahead for Noah he just started chemotherapy last week.
“It's quite terrible actually, just a lot of nauseous, I feel sick all of the time,” he said.
The cost of travel and treatment has forced the family to set up a Go Fund Me Page to help offset those costs.
Noah says he's committed on beating this disease.
“I'm just going to be focused on fighting it."
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