Raleigh Boy Scout battling cancer receives high honor
Posted February 19, 2014 4:09 p.m. EST
Updated February 23, 2014 5:27 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Noah Spivey is on track to becoming an Eagle Scout. He’s done most of the work. He’s earned the badges.
But cancer stands between the Raleigh teen and the Boy Scouts’ highest honor. So, his troop gave him an honor never before bestowed on a local Boy Scout.
Spivey, 17, was presented with the Heart of the Eagle award amid tears and proud embraces in a ceremony Tuesday night. The honor recognizes those who embody the Scout way of life.
Spivey began receiving hospice care this week to relieve the effects of Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. He was also awarded the Life Scout rank for his achievements.
He began building a prayer garden at a local church for his Eagle Scout project, and his troop has pledged to finish it.
“I wouldn’t say I’m the best Scout, but I try to be,” Spivey said. “My journey’s been rough. I got a lot of crap on my plate, but that doesn’t stop me.”
Despite the challenges of his disease, Spivey’s faith in God remains strong, fulfilling the Boy Scout pledge to be reverent.
“The Lord is greater than all the crap on my plate,” he said.
Spivey’s parents say his strength is unwavering.
“His faith in Christ and his courage has been so strong in the midst of adversity,” said Noah’s father, John Spivey.
“He’s just an amazing son,” said Christine Spivey, Noah’s mother. “He’s the love of my life.”