Last October, 10-year-old Noah Reeb held up a sign at a Buccaneers game saying Tom Brady helped him beat brain cancer. Now Brady is sending Noah and his family to Super Bowl 56.
On Saturday, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady surprised 10-year-old brain cancer survivor Noah Reeb with tickets to the Super Bowl.
“I know it’s been a while. I hope you’re enjoying the season so far. We’re grinding, getting ready to start the playoffs,” Brady said in the video. “But earlier in the year, you held up that sign that I helped you beat brain cancer.”
“Well listen, your fight, you’ve inspired so many people, including myself and millions of others also. The NFL and the Bucs look forward to sending deserving fans to the Super Bowl each year and fans that have incredible stories like the one you’ve had. I worked with both the Bucs and the NFL to get you and your family Super Bowl tickets this year in LA! We certainly hope to be there, but I know you’re gonna be there.”
The Buccaneers defeated the Eagles on Sunday to advance in the playoffs.
This isn’t the first time Brady has done good for Noah. They first met in person back in October 2021, when Noah’s parents fulfilled their promise to take their son to see Brady play live when he beat cancer. Noah attended the October 25 game against the Chicago Bears in Tampa Bay, where he held up a sign saying Brady inspired him to beat brain cancer.
The sign caught Brady’s attention (and the nation’s), who ran to the sidelines and placed a Buccaneers "Crucial Catch" hat on Noah’s head.
Noah told Fox News the gesture made him cry and that he was blessed to see Brady play in person.
"The fact that I was even there made me want to cry … I was so happy," he said.
Noah Reeb was diagnosed with germinoma, a germ cell tumor that's commonly found in the brain, in November 2020. After a seven month battle, which included two brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation, Noah was declared cancer-free in August 2021.
Noah's dad, James Reeb, shared how football and Tom Brady helped Noah.
"It was where he would go physically and mentally to get away from the treatments, the pokes and pricks, the injections, the pain and anxiety," James Reeb said. "And the thought of Tom Brady playing live was huge for him. It was what motivated him when he was hurting or down or suffering."
Noah’s love for football was so strong he was determined to keep playing himself, even while battling cancer.
James Reeb recalled Noah often asking during treatment, "Am I going to be done in time for practice? Am I going to be done in time for my game?"
In the early days of Noah’s treatment, Tom Brady had sent him a short video of encouragement, reassuring him that he was supported and loved by his family and that he was going to be okay.
James Reeb said Brady’s video "picked Noah right up," and whenever he was discouraged, he would re-watch it "to help motivate him."
"I'd just I'd like to tell him, thank you for sending me videos and coming over and doing that. It's just such a blessing," said Noah, who dreams of playing in the NFL.