MADISON (WAOW) -- As 12-year old Noah LaMaide stood in front of the State Assembly and accepted his Hometown Hero Award, the room erupted with cheers.
"It is my honor to present a hometown hero award to Noah LaMaide," said Rep. Louis Molepske at the state capitol on Tuesday.
"I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported me through this and for giving me this award," Noah said shyly as he approached the podium.
The award was created more than a decade ago. Its purpose, to honor individuals from around the state who make a difference in their community. Rep. Louis Molepske, who nominated Noah, said he fit the bill.
"You are person mature beyond your years. I'm not sure anybody in this room would know how to take a house out of foreclosure and you did, all by yourself," Rep. Molepske said.
Noah's journey started two years ago when he started a web site to help people. After his grandmother got sick and fell behind on her bills, Noah put her story on the web and asked for help.
In just a few weeks, Noah raised more than $10,000 from people all across the country. More than enough money to save his grandmother's home.
"You, working with your grandmother, taught all of us in the room about loving your neighbor like yourself," Rep. Molepske said right before he handed Noah is award.
As as the representative honored Noah, his family watched proudly. To them, he already was a hero.