District 7 rallies around a hero at Liberty Middle School

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Noah Rensing, a seventh grader at Liberty Middle School, had the Edwardsville School District on his side Friday. The middle schooler faced cancer for several years after being diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma (third year).

“My goal is just to donate all the money to my Kids with Cancer space that helped me a long time ago,” Noah previously said.

After a school-wide “We Stand with Heroes” fundraising campaign in December, Noah raised $15,000 in donations for Friends of Kids with Cancer, a nonprofit organization that helps improve the everyday life of children and families dealing with the difficulties of treatment and more.


Card My Yard Edwardsville donated a yard sign to be placed in front of Liberty Middle School on Friday. In addition, St. Boniface in Edwardsville, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, local parents and other groups donated the total amount raised, according to Liberty Middle School principal Allen Duncan.

“It was great to see people come out and support Noah and this cause,” Duncan said Friday.

Additionally, Noah sold 815 “I Stand with Heroes” t-shirts during the campaign, which was just short of his goal of 1,000.

“It was really good to see the kids running around with their shirts on,” Duncan said. “It’s very telling of who we are as a school. We support our kids and our community and our families all hang out.”

On Friday, students and staff in the district wore the shirts, featuring a stylized photo of Noah on the front and a yellow ribbon for childhood cancer awareness and a list of schools in the district on the back.

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“Noah is a bright spot in everyone’s day despite what he is going through and will continue to go through and what he has already been through,” said Diana Kamadulski, one of Noah’s teachers.

“When it comes to shirts, he knows he’s a hero,” she added. “He was so excited about it. He’s a gift to all of us.

Seventh grader Jonah Horstmann has been one of Noah’s friends since their time at Cassens Primary School.

“My favorite part today is seeing Noah’s reaction at lunch when he saw me and I was wearing my shirt,” Jonah said. “Noah has been through a lot, so I’m glad Liberty is here by his side.”

Other District 7 schools also showed their support Friday by wearing their “I Stand with Heroes” t-shirts.

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