Austin Dillon :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Driving for Patient Champion, Noah Nickodemus

Austin Dillon

Birthdate: April 27, 1990
Hometown: Welcome, N.C.
Resides: Welcome, N.C.
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, racing dirt late models, working out, Fantasy Football, music
Twitter: @AustinDillon3

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Meet Noah

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Age: 17
Diagnosis: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Noah was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was just two years old. His parents took him to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to meet with a neuro-muscular doctor. There, the family was told that Noah’s life would end somewhere between five and twelve years of age. That news shocked them into action, where they began researching for the best doctor for their son, and his best option for life. They found Dr. Jerry Mendell at The Ohio State University Medical Center, who is now the Director of the Center for Gene Therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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The Nickodemus family now travels from their hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina to Columbus, Ohio four times a year to be cared for by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They put their faith in Dr. Mendell 15 years ago, and the commitment he’s made to their family and to researching cures for neurological diseases has reassured them that they made the right choice.
Noah requires assistance throughout the day, and is cared for by his mother and father, with the help of an aid. He is now 17 years old. He’s a very bright and mature young man who plans to study genetics at a college in Ohio, to be close to his doctor. He enjoys water skiing on Lake Norman, fly fishing with his dad, and playing video games.


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