Tuesday, May 8th was the unveiling of a newly-renovated room for Brandon Noble. Brandon is a 4-year-old autistic boy who also suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. Brandon’s designers, and new friends, were the wives of Hurricanes players, coaches and front office staff.
The idea began when several pregnant Hurricanes wives were approached about a baby shower and decided that they all wanted to have a charitable component to the happenings. Jennifer Daniels and Kristen Laviolette were both familiar with April’s Angels, a charitable organization that performs bedroom “fantasy” makeovers for chronically ill children in Wake and surrounding counties.
The wives quickly chose April’s Angels and Victoria Bloise, executive director of April’s Angels, worked to find a great match for the wives to work with. Brandon and the Noble family became an inspiration to the wives who began working on the room nearly five days before the unveiling. Remodeling, redecorating and repainting were all in the works.
The wives put in several days of work but are still very quick to thank Tripp Lloyd of Lloyd’s Builders, Dilly Dally furniture and Quinn Art for all of their help and support. After five days of work, the room was complete and ready for an eager Brandon to try everything out.
The excitement on Brandon’s face was enough to tell the story that he loved his newly-designed room that featured a ranch motif. He quickly put on his cowboy hat and bounced on the bed.
’s tumor is so large that if it is removed, part of his brain will be removed as well.
He is very intelligent, but typically unable to speak.
However, he was able to say one word, “cozy”, to let the hardworking wives know that he enjoyed the room and new bed.
Brandon was not the only person to get enjoyment out of the event. Jennifer Daniels said one of her favorite moments was when they returned on the second day and Brandon greeted the wives by saying “hello friends."
All of the wives involved seemed to have grown attached to Brandon and the entire Noble family. Brandon’s father Rob is a member of the Durham Fire Department and his mother Kelly, a former 911dispatch operator, now stays at home to take care of Brandon and his sister Amber.
The Nobles quickly became an inspiration, and new friends, to all involved.
April’s Angels is also a Kids ‘N Community Foundation grant recipient and more information on how to become involved can be found at www.aprilsangels.org .