UPDATE: March 16, 2020:
Due to coronavirus concerns, the Noah's Love fundraiser is being postponed. Kathy Ohrt tells KWWL:
"We appreciate the outpouring of donations and support and everyone needs to hang on to their tickets!"
We will update this story when a new date is announced.
Original story - Feb. 6, 2020:
LINCOLN, Iowa (KWWL) - The memory of Noah Ohrt lives on through the many lives he touched during his all-too-short life. After two successful annual fundraisers to help other families who are going through a cancer fight currently, Noah Ohrt's loved ones are preparing for the third annual Noah's Love fundraiser in just a few weeks.
17-year-old Noah Ohrt, from Gladbrook, died in 2014 after a lengthy battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. It's important to his parents, Ed and Kathy, and Kyleah Dugan, Noah’s girlfriend, that they work to help other families who are going through what Noah and they did. That's when the idea for a fundraiser came about. The first year's fundraiser, held January 2018, was very successful, raising over $10,000. And last year's fundraiser in April raised over $13,000.
"We have been able to help other families fighting Ewing’s Sarcoma and other childhood organizations that help families," said Kathy Ohrt, Noah's mom. "Donations have also been made to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Dance Marathon and the Childlife Program. Also, to the Children’s Cancer Connection in Iowa for the camp for children fighting cancer."
Numerous people who loved Noah are working hard to prepare for the 3rd annual Noah's Love Fundraiser on March 21. Ed, Kathy and Kyleah are joined by Noah's entire family, as well as Kyleah’s parents and family in their efforts. It'll be at the Lincoln Amvets Hall in Lincoln (110 Main St.) As they did the past two years, they'll have a silent auction, dinner and live music. The silent auction starts at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and music at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15.00/person (kids 12 and younger are $10.00/person) or $20.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Hometown Family Market in Gladbrook and Trunck’s Country Foods in Reinbeck.
Additionally, for donation and ticket information you can go to the Noah’s Love Facebook page, the event Facebook page, or contact Ed Ohrt: 641-751-3879; Kathy Ohrt: 641-751-3135; Kyleah Dugan: 319-464-6224; Lisa Dugan:319-464-2684.
Noah loved the outdoors; he enjoyed dirt biking, snowmobiling, fishing, and sitting around the campfire with his friends. He was active in the Gladbrook Gals & Guys 4-H Club, Junior Bowling League, and was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Gladbrook. Noah loved football and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He could make anyone laugh and was an inspiration to all who knew him. - from Noah's obituary