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Noah’s Love fundraiser rescheduled again

Noah’s Love fundraiser has been postponed again.

The fundraiser, originally planned for March, was postponed to the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since COVID-19 continues to ravage Iowa the fundraiser is forced to postpone again, this time to 2021.

“We were supposed to have it March 21. We had to cancel it then because of COVID-19, everything was closing down,” Kathy Ohrt said. “It’s on hold until 2021, until this COVID thing is gone because it’s not really safe to have a big get-together right now.”

This would have been the third annual Noah’s Love event.

The fundraiser celebrates the life of Noah Ohrt.

Noah, 17, of Gladbrook, died in March 2014 after battling ewing sarcoma for two years. His parents, Ed and Kathy Ohrt, and girlfriend Kyleah Dugan and her family work to keep his memory alive.

“The last two fundraisers have been really successful,” Ohrt said. “Last year we raised over $13,000.”

The money raised goes to help other families and is donated to organizations like The University of Iowa Dance Marathon, Stead Family Children’s Hospital and Childlife Program, Children’s Cancer Connection and other childhood cancer organizations.

Ewing sarcoma is a small, round, malignant blue cell tumor that grows in the bones or in the soft tissue‚ usually in the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. While it is the second most common type of bone cancer in children, only about 200 children and young adults are found to have the disease each year in the United States.

“We want to be able to continue to help other families,” Ohrt said. “We want to be supportive.”

Ohrt does not have a date set in 2021. Ideally they would like to hold the fundraiser in January or February.

“We don’t know. We don’t have a crystal ball,” Ohrt said.

They are still hoping people participate in the fundraiser, despite the postponement.

“We’re trying to get the word out there for people to hang on to their tickets they will be honored when we can finally hold it,” Ohrt said.

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Contact Thomas Nelson at 641-753-6611 or tnelson@timesrepublican.com

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