Young Accident Victim Making Swift Recovery

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by Allison Brown, Fox 8 Reporter

HINCKLEY, Ohio -- An Avon Lake family is experiencing plenty of hope and love this holiday season.  Back in November, Noah Venesile, 9, was hit by a car in his neighborhood, and his recovery over the last six weeks has been nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

On Saturday night, people gathered for a community fundraiser at Z’s Cream and Bean in Hinckley, all with the goal of supporting Noah’s recovery.

“He has a lot of love and support from his family and they are there for him, and it’s the entire family,” said Loralie Zirker DePiero, of Z’s.

Musicians from the area sang at the event, not to mention Noah’s grandfather.  John Venesile tells FOX 8 he still remembers being able to hug Noah for the first time after the accident.

“For the first time in my life I saw God's presence. I don't know how to explain it. There was love, unconditional love, beauty, and I think that's what God is all about," Venesile said.

Noah was hit by a car in his Avon Lake neighborhood after he chased a ball into the street.  His family says he is truly resilient and keeps a positive attitude. 

The 9-year-old has a long journey ahead, but it doesn’t come without faith and love.  Noah still has trouble with his short term memory and is recovering at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, but the Venesiles will tell you they have truly been blessed.

"We have been only treated with the best of humanity over the last two months," said Chris Venesile, Noah’s dad.

Ten percent of everything purchased at Z’s Cream and Bean Saturday night will go toward Noah’s recovery fund.

The fundraiser runs until 10:30 p.m.

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