Former Punahou quarterback Stephen Barber Jr. played last season for his peace of mind and his family.
But most importantly, he played for his little brother, Noah, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia after being diagnosed with the illness in September 2017.
Today, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children was presented a $2,500 check to the Children’s Miracle Network on behalf of Barber by HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union.
Barber was the recipient of the Cover2 and HawaiiUSA FCU Life Matters Award this past fall.
His story was featured on Cover2, and the family received overwhelming support from across the state.
Now, the center that treats Noah is receiving kokua in his name.
“It’s wonderful. We got a lot of support from the community, family, friends, and it’s been a long journey, and it’s been super nice to have that and feel that love,” Barber said. “(Noah’s) super special. A lot of times when I’m not feeling the best or anything, I just remember the kind of fight that he has been through, and what he has been through, and what he is going through, and it kind of just gives me that strength to get through the day sometimes” Barber told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
Thursday was a very special day for the Barber ohana.
“After about two months, he hasn’t been home and he is finally coming home. We are pretty excited and getting the house ready for that. I’m super excited to have the family back, because besides Noah being gone, both of our parents too and everything. I’m really looking forward to having movement in the house and having the family around again,” Barber said.