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Soccer team shows support for young player in recovery

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The Cedar Valley soccer community is rallying behind one of it's players, as he faces a long road to recovery.

8-year-old Kaden Noble, from Cedar Falls, was honored at the Cedar Rapids Rampage soccer game Sunday night. 

Noble, who was shot by a stray bullet just two weeks ago, was at the game in good spirits, with his family. KWWL spoke with his mother last week, as Kaden received care at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Two weeks after the accident, Kaden was back on the field-not quite back in the game, but close. 

When the Cedar Valley Soccer Club heard one of their own had been injured-they wanted to help. The club partnered with the Cedar Rapids Rampage soccer team and donated a portion of their Sunday night game ticket sales towards Kaden and his medical expenses. $2 from each ticket went toward Kaden and his family. 

"We want to tell him to stay strong-keep your head up," said Cedar Rapids Rampage player Bobby Hurwitz.   "We wish him and his family the best of luck and hope that everything that we'll be able to do for him here is to get him back on the field faster."

The Cedar Rapids Rampage team knows how much the sport means to Kaden, so they wanted to do anything to get him back on the field. During halftime, the team brought Kaden on the field and presented him with an autographed ball. 

"Kaden, man keep your head up, stay strong," said Cedar Rapids Rampage player Phibo Arriaga. "Unfortunate events-You're still young man, you still got a lot going on. As for the family, this is a great community out here in Iowa, so lean on us, we'll lean on you and if you need anything else just let us know. 

For the time being, Kaden might have to sit out the next few games while he watches his buddies play, but he'll be in good company. His biggest fan-his little sister, will be standing right by his side-cheering him on.  

The owners of the Apples on the Avenue orchard have started a GoFundMe to help Kaden and his family with their mounting medical expenses. If you would like to help the family, visit their donation page.

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