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Community rallies to help Raleigh teen's vision become reality

Posted February 23, 2014
Updated February 24, 2014

— A team of volunteers spent the weekend helping a 17-year-old Raleigh boy's vision of building a prayer garden for a local church become a reality.

Noah Spivey, a Boy Scout with Troop 364, began planning and building the garden at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church as part of an Eagle Scout service project.

But his plans were sidelined after he was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called Ewing sarcoma.

Now receiving hospice care to relieve the effects of the cancer, he was presented last week with the Heart of the Eagle Award, an honor never before bestowed on a local Boy Scout.

Spivey's story on WRAL News prompted thousands of people to offer donations of time and money to help him realize his vision.

Donations – from benches and birdhouses to statues and stones – poured in from the community.

WRAL-TV and local landscape companies Parker's and Lanarc also jumped in to make the overgrown woodland behind Pleasant Grove church a place of peaceful reflection.

After spending Saturday working all day on the garden, Spivey was surprised Sunday with the unveiling of Noah's Prayer Garden.

"It's wonderful, and it's going to serve a good purpose for the troop," he said. "And above all, a good purpose to God."

Spivey has also asked for those in the community to donate to the Noah D. Spivey Heart of the Eagle Fund, which assists Boy Scouts in need of financial support pay for uniforms and other scout-related needs.


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  • alicedollinger Feb 26, 2014

    This story makes everyday problems seem so meaningless...

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 25, 2014
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    Not enough badges???!!?!?!?!?!

    WHAT?? While he may not have the actual badges, just by his actions he deserves them.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 25, 2014
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    I was so glad to hear that the community stepped up and finished this quickly. Since he is now receiving Hospice care it is the only way he could see his dream realized. Kudos to all and especially to Noah for thinking of others at this time......He is an awesome role model

  • kimmerstone Feb 25, 2014

    This sweet child is an absolute angel. God has big plans for this young man. Prayers with them all.
    You are an inspiration to all human kindness.

  • gblakephillips Feb 25, 2014

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    Pastor Johnson that would be wonderful. Please feel free to email me back to coordinate your donation. gblake@vericomgroup.com. I know his family, the church and the Troop will all very much appreciate you reaching out with such a nice gesture.

  • gblakephillips Feb 25, 2014

    Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers for Noah and his family. Many of you have asked for updates as to how he is doing. Unfortunately those of us close to him have not heard anything from John and Christine since Sunday night. It is our belief that based on how Noah was holding up Sunday evening compared to how he was on Tuesday last week that the end is not far off and the family is closing out the rest of the world to spend the last hours they can with Noah in peace. Please continue to pray for Noah and his entire family. I simply cannot imagine how difficult this time is for them and the coming days may be just as challenging.

    I promise to update you more as soon as I have any new information. Thank you all and God Bless each of you.

  • boysrule Feb 24, 2014

    As the mother of 3 Eagle Scouts, I know Noah is thrilled to have the help of his troop and community to complete his project . It is such an undertaking from start to finish and I hope the BSA will rush through the process so that this brave young man can have his Eagle ceremony.

  • 678devilish Feb 24, 2014

    God bless him every day and the people who is with him throughout.

  • ahkeephan66 Feb 24, 2014

    i hate that this disease has come to him at such a young age.the community supporting him and the strength he is showing are more of the type of stories i think we should see in everyday news.thanks wral for this .

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Feb 24, 2014
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    This kid was dealt a raw deal, but he has turned it into a winning hand. He's something special - someone for us to admire and inspire us.