Birthday to remember as cards flood in for Noah

Noah Coates and his friend Madison Wright.
Noah Coates and his friend Madison Wright.

Birthday cards have flooded in for a young Carrickfergus boy who is living with a rare degenerative condition.

Noah Coates was diagnosed with Vanishing White Matter Disease, a form of Leukodystrophy, when he was just three years old.

Birthday cards flooded in for Noah.

Birthday cards flooded in for Noah.

The genetic condition destroys myelin, the brain's white matter that insulates and protects nerves.

Thought to affect just 250 people worldwide, it can leave sufferers unable to walk or eat and can cause muscle spasms, reduced cognitive ability, and seizures.

With the condition meaning Noah is often unable to leave the house, his friend Madison Wright (10) recorded a video appeal asking for help to make his birthday extra special.

And as Noah turned 11 on October 31, a large number of wellwishers responded by sending birthday cards to the Carrick youngster.

Noah's birthday cake.

Noah's birthday cake.

Noah's mum, Sarah Coates said: "Since Noah's rapid deterioration he’s been confined mostly to the house; although we try to get him out a bit more now, because it’s winter and there is a greater risk of infection he’ll need to remain at home mostly.

"Noah doesn’t have a lot of friends who visit him and he’s mostly relying on his wee cousin Harry to visit, so getting all these birthday cards just makes him feel so special. We are very grateful to Madison for all her hard work!"

Earlier this year, Madison also organised a 'dress down day' at local schools to raise awareness of Vanishing White Matter Disease.

The venture raised over £4000 in aid of Noah and his younger sister Gracie, who was also diagnosed with the condition.