Skateboarding on a neighbor's driveway seems like a harmless enough activity for any 10-year-old. But in the early evening of May 5, 2010, Noah Howard fell from his board and struck his head at a life-changing angle.

Noah's parents took him to a nearby emergency center after noticing a bump on the front of his head. It was there that doctors started to worry, as Noah began to vomit and fought to stay awake. Hospital staff kept him conscious until arriving at the Children's Hospital at Scott & White in Temple, Texas. A CT scan was administered and revealed an arterial bleed and fractured skull. By 9:30 that night, Noah was in neurosurgery and a 3-inch piece of his skull was removed to access the wound site. Doctors finished surgery at midnight, much to Noah’s mom’s relief. “We live in a relatively small town, so to have such expert doctors nearby was a blessing,” she recounts.

Since then, Noah has made a steady recovery and now wears a protective helmet when skateboarding. Despite permanent deafness on his left side and an adjustment period to restore his equilibrium, Noah has the opportunity to educate others to wear helmets, thanks to McLane, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital at Scott & White. "I don't want anybody else to go through this," he says. Noah is an avid golf fan and plays golf on his middle school golf team. He is an inspiration to his family, his friends and every McLane teammate.

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