Noah Palzet’s Front Row Experience: WWE Smackdown
Name: Noah Palzet
Illness: Adrenal Corical Carcinoma
When Noah was 9 years old, he was diagnosed with adrenal cortical cancer–a rare & aggressive cancer that attacks the Adrenal Cortex.
Noah is now 10 years old and undergoing chemotherapy, embracing his situation with a sincere, kind, silly, & friendly spirit and overwhelming sense of love.
Blake Smolensky, a mega Front Row Supporter, disguised as “Macho Man” to reveal the surprise to Noah with the news he was going to WWE Monday Night RAW!
Blake’s father, Carey Smolensky, a long time Front Row Foundation supporter and event host met at Noah’s house and got to know Noah’s family–siblings Jack, Jaden, & Ella and parents Dave & Trish.
Soon a limousine arrived to pick them up and head out for an evening of fun. The day started at a fun venue in Rosemont, Illinois called Kings–an emporium where they could bowl, play games, and feast on appetizers, sundaes, & milkshakes. Pictures were taken, food was inhaled, & fun memories were made before getting back into the limo to head to the Allstate Arena.
After they got to the stadium, Noah & his family attended a private WWE backstage tour where he got surprise meetings with the wrestlers, got autographs, and even wore their belts around his waist. But the belts weren’t the only swag he wore.
WWE gave Noah & all his siblings some merchandise to take home and represent WWE.
All of the wrestlers were beyond kind. Noah recognized them and imagined they would be just like their personas on stage, but they were far less growly behind the scenes, allowing Noah to see a side of his heroes that most people don’t. He felt like a champion.
When they got to their seats, Carey loaded the clan up with burgers, pretzels, soft drinks, & Noah’s favorite concession–cotton candy.
As he was watching the show, Noah–in all his fighter spirit–stood up with a sign that read: “I Pinned Cancer!” and made it onto the Jumbotron for the entire audience to see. It was a true Front Row moment.
Throughout the whole experience, he was in his glory.
When the show ended, Noah & his family got to keep the chairs they were sitting on since they were in the commemorative section, and they even had them autographed, so it was a great souvenir to remember the experience.
But while they were sitting in the stands, The Shield came up right to their row, and Carey learned he was Noah’s favorite wrestler, so he’d snuck out and bought Noah a t-shirt, and when they got back to the limo, Noah was surprised to find his very own representation of The Shield to take home–a cherry on top of an already sweet evening.
We absolutely loved seeing the effect of what we do at Front Row in action–giving the family time to celebrate, enjoy one another, and be free from the worries of each day in this battle, which they hadn’t been able to do in quite some time.
And Noah was able to do the same–experience life in the front row, carefree & away from the concerns of his disease.