Casey Cares 5k July 14 benefits kids like Noah who are fighting serious illnesses

All you have to do is look at nine-year-old Noah Kabia's face while he plays the drums to know just how much he loves to rock out.

He's been playing the drums since he was three. His mom, Melanie Kabia, says before that age, Noah would find a beat on just about anything.

"Music has always naturally been a part of who he is and its something we've tried to encourage and cultivate in him," she said.

But in 2016 the music came to a halt when Noah was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of six.

"I remember when I was sick and I had to stay in the hospital for a really long time and I wasn't able to play my drums for about a year," said Noah.

Melanie remembers how difficult it was for her son to not play the instrument he loves.

"Before cancer, I use to always wish that my son and my husband who sings would do it all a little bit quieter," she said. "But when Noah was diagnosed and the music in our house went silent, it was a really sad time not to be able to hear and experience the joy our family really gets from music."

Leukemia couldn't keep Noah down forever. He's 10 months away from completing his treatment, he's back to playing the drums, and he has a band with his dad Ray Kabia called "Noah and the Rainmakers."

They take their show on the road and in March played before a crowd of hundreds at a gala for Casey Cares. The non-profit helped Noah and his family get through the tough times with fun activities like movie outings and meet-and-greets with Baltimore athletes.

"To be able to play at the Casey Cares gala and participate in that event is also really a great way for us to give back," said Melanie.

"Its actually really fun to do, I enjoy going to events like that," said Noah.

So the beat goes on for Noah while he beats cancer and becomes a symbol of hope to other sick kids in need of positivity.

Melanie looks at his diagnosis this way.

"We are going to live [our days] to the fullest, do our very best to have a happy life and to share the gifts that we've been given with everyone else and to inspire others with cancer to keep on living and keep on beating cancer just like Noah beats his drum."

Click here for more information about the Casey Cares 5k and how to register. Noah's dad Ray will be singing the national anthem.

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