Since being diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, Kyle Noonan has fought back with every weapon in the medical arsenal:
Two bone marrow transplants. Full body radiation. Multiple chemotherapy treatments. T-Cell therapy.
Now in his fourth remission, the Morristown High graduate (’04) wants to vanquish cancer for good–and his friends are rallying to help him.
A fundraising dinner is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Knights of Columbus, at 13 South St. in Morristown.
A $50 donation covers food, wine and beer–and helps underwrite Noonan’s April trip to Arizona to study with practitioners of the Gerson Institute.
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He is eager to study holistic approaches to augment his medical regimen.
“Right now, I’m 100 percent healthy. I just finished my last treatment a week ago,” said Noonan, 32. “I’m hoping with Gerson I’ll be able to eliminate anything from my body that may have caused this to continue to occur.
“My big goal is to find out how to turn my body into something inhospitable to the disease,” and eventually, to become certified to share that knowledge with others, said Noonan, a photographer and woodworker.
He is determined to be in perfect health for his August wedding to Gina D’Amico, a Mendham resident he met at a Memorial Day barbecue in 2015. He was feeling good at the time. Last summer, he relapsed.
“She stuck with me through everything,” Noonan said.
The two-week Gerson course costs $15,000, which is not covered by insurance. A GoFundMe drive has raised much of the money.
Wednesday’s dinner could put him over the top, say event organizers Mary and Ryan Dougherty, who have received support from area restaurants including Guerriero’s Ristorante, South+Pine American Eatery, Grasshopper Off the Green and the Iron Bar.
“Kyle is a caring, hard-working, compassionate, loving individual,” Ryan said.
His longtime friend has what it takes to beat cancer once and for all, he is sure.
“He’s resilient and has a great attitude,” Ryan said. “He takes things one day at a time.”