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Christmas magic comes early for Harnett boy fighting leukemia

Posted December 19, 2017 4:15 p.m. EST
Updated December 19, 2017 6:57 p.m. EST

— Christmas is a special time for children, but one Harnett County 8-year-old got the surprise of his life on Tuesday, thanks to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina and the Durham Police Department.

Noah thought he had arrived at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill for a routine treatment, but he was greeted by Durham SWAT officers and an armored car.

The 8-year-old loves all things SWAT. He was gifted his own uniform and was able to meet the officers and check out their equipment.

Noah's parents and siblings were also there for the surprise.

Jeff Marmito, Noah's father, is active duty at Fort Bragg. He said his family was reassigned to North Carolina from Hawaii in 2014.

A few months later, they found out Noah had lymphoblastic leukemia.

"There is always a reason for everything and probably God put us here because we have the great doctors here," said Catherine Marmito, Noah's mother.

Noah's family said they are grateful to everyone who helped brighten their son's day.

"It's just like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and we're almost there," Jeff Marmito said. "Hopefully, in another month he will get to ring the bell and say he's cancer free."

The family will also head to Disney World on Wednesday, another wish made possible by Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.