Noah Adams

When Noah found out he had cancer, he only hesitated for a moment.

“For the first two seconds that I heard that I had cancer, my heart dropped,” Noah said. “Those two seconds went by and I thought, ‘Well, I gotta beat it now.’”

A senior at Central Catholic High School, Noah was diagnosed during the COVID-19 pandemic. But quarantine has not stopped the community’s support for him. Friends and family coordinated a 40-car parade for him, and he continues to receive encouraging messages every day.

“You never thought that just this one child in this one situation can reach that far,” his mother Debi said.

The far-reaching support may be inspired by Noah’s giving nature. When asked what his wish was, instead of making a wish for himself, he wanted to give his friends something. They all received new PS5s that the group of friends plan to use to stay connected with each other while Noah undergoes treatment.

Noah also wants to give to other patients like him.

“There’s this kid, he’s probably about 2 years old,” Noah said. “He has the awesome smile…”

“To think that a two-year-old kid who is going through this type of cancer and may not have that type of blood transfusion… I feel like I have to do something to try and help him.”

To beat his cancer, Noah chose to undergo a rotationplasty surgery—a procedure that will remove the tumor while allowing Noah to maintain an active lifestyle with a prosthetic. He needed blood donations during and after the surgery, and may continue to need more as he undergoes chemotherapy treatment for another seven months.

Even through surgery and treatment, Noah’s positive outlook and generosity continues to impress everyone around him.

Donate blood in honor of Noah and other brave patients like him. Schedule an appointment by visiting SouthTexasBlood.org or calling 210-731-5590.

Giving in honor of others

Everyone has their own story when it comes to what drove them to start donating blood.

After losing a close friend to colon cancer, Rudolph Lizcano Jr. learned how platelets can help cancer patients while they undergo chemotherapy.

The knowledge motivated him to begin his journey as a donor. He has been donating for six years and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.

Lizcano always had a passion for making a difference in the world. He served in the U.S. Navy for nine years before retiring to work for automotive seating company Adient. Not only does he help many others in his career, he makes sure to take time off to donate.

It usually takes him 2½ hours to give platelets. He’ll spend the time watching a comedy or adventure movie on his phone.

Although the pandemic has made donating more difficult for some, Lizcano tries to donate once a month with his wife, making the experience enjoyable by calling it “date time.”

Lizcano wants everyone to know what a difference a donation can make.

“It’s simple and life-changing to know you can help someone for free,” he said. “All it costs you is a bit of your time.”

He never regretted his decision of becoming a blood donor and only wished he began earlier in his life.

“I think about how I could have started sooner and maybe had a chance to help my friend,” he said. “I have since lost a few more friends and an aunt to cancer, but I know there are others out there like me helping to pay it forward for my family. I am trying to do my part because one day I may have to reach out for help.”

Donors can call 210-731-5590, or visit SouthTexasBlood.org to make an appointment at one of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s seven donor rooms or to locate a blood drive.