CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (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 says.
It's crushing news: you have cancer. Especially when you're just 18.
"It's affecting a lot, actually. I wanted to study abroad but now I have to take a year off to focus on this."
Noah 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. Noah was having reoccurring pain on his hip.
"Up to that point, everyone was going, 'There's a very slight chance of cancer. There's almost no chance; I doubt it's cancer.'"
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 been strong, I've learned a lot from him," Thomas says.
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.
It's a long road ahead for Noah. He just started chemotherapy last week.
"It's quite terrible, actually. Just a lot of nausea, I feel sick all of the time," he says.
The cost of travel and treatment has forced the family to set up a GoFundMe 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."
If you want to help donate to Noah's care, you can do so via the family's GoFundMe here.