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4/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Noah's faith behind 'Blythe's Got Talent'
Noah Johnson
Noah Johnson

Jaclyn Randall
Former Times Editor

BLYTHE - Noah Johnson's parents describe him as "a kid full of life who loves to sing." But for Noah, it wasn't always this way.

Noah was born on April 3, 2000, healthy and all smiles, but two months later he was crying incessantly and inconsolable. A mass appeared in his skull and a rash spread all over his body. His parents, Tobi and Brandon, took him to doctors for an answer to what was happening to their bundle of joy.

Initially the doctors did not know what was going on with Noah. His left eye started to bulge and his nose bled frequently. He was eventually diagnosed with Langerhans cell Histiocytosis (LCH).

A rare blood disease, LCH meant his own blood cells that should have been fighting off infections were attacking his organs, bones, and skin.

At 4 months old, Noah had his first round of chemotherapy. For the first half of Noah's young life he fought for his life, through therapies and treatments to ward of his improperly functioning autoimmune system.

When Noah's mother looks at him today she says she sees a child who has persevered and radiates exuberance.

Noah has been in remission for two years now and it is because of him that "Blythe's Got Talent" got its start.

Tobi knows what is means to have the support of loved ones when going through trying times and now Noah would like to share the support that he received for the past 13 years.

Tobi's best friend from high school, Leslie Moore, was visiting from Boston in January. Moore and her nieces were at the Johnson's house holding their own talent show when the idea was born to have a "Blythe's Got Talent" show in town. Noah wanted to do the show with all the proceeds going to benefit others.

The Johnsons believe in celebrating the "God-given talent" in this community and at the same time give love and encouragement to those who are wishing to realize their dreams.

After contacting the college and getting the Associated Student Government (ASG) on board, Noah approached the Miss Blythe Pageant organizers and Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, who all agreed to help.

Many more businesses and individuals have stepped forward and have agreed to help with the show. Derek Copple will direct the show, The Dance Yard will perform, Weeks Printing printed the flyers, John Dobbs donated a television that will be raffled the night of the show, and Jim Morris donated some radio time to Noah.

Sears, David Kehl, Bigler Accounting, and Jere Allan Insurance all helped with incidentals while Johnny Farrell and Brad Brown from Larry Green Auto Group and Riviera RV Resort provided all the funding needed for the prizes to the winners.

On the surface, "Blythe's Got Talent" is a competition, but to Noah (and Tobi) it is more. It is an opportunity for the community to come together and support the residents through a ticket purchase.

One-third of the ticket sales will go to the college's ASG for their help and the fact that they gave up their annual talent show to support and help out Noah's "Blythe's Got Talent"; another third is for a Palo Verde College scholarship that will go to helping students with textbook purchases; $3 from every ticket will go to Moore's Traction House in Boston; and the remaining $2 will go to Miss Blythe Ariel Ramirez's platform: Teaching Young Girls the Power of Service, in order to hold local events.

The theme of the talent show is helping people pursue and achieve their goals and dreams and Noah wants people to bring their emotions and love to the show to let the performers know that the community supports them.

"The performers are brave enough to get on stage," said Tobi, "and with each ticket sold, we are saying, 'we believe in you.'"

There are 15 individuals, bands and acts that will be performing on stage and competing to be crowned "Blythe's Got Talent" first-ever winner. The Johnsons promise the show will be fun and entertaining.

"We see this as a way to support and encourage our son in one of his short-term goals," said Tobi. "We know that when a young person experiences an accomplishment in even a small way, this grows his belief that he is capable of success in long-term goals as well."

Noah believes in "Blythe's Got Talent" and it is his family's belief in "God's saving grace" that spared Noah's life enabling him to dream big and possibly help another person from Blythe live their dream.

Blythe's Got Talent is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 26 in the Fine & Performing Arts Center located at Palo Verde College, One College Drive.

Tickets are $15 and available from any PVC ASG member, Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, or at Palo Verde College CalWORKS window (John O. Crain Building). The tickets will be $20 at the door. For more information call ASH Advisor Staci Lee at 760-921-5500.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Yes I found this very interesting ..Nothing negitive can be said...I have my tickets for the show ..Hope all that can attend will be there to show Noah we apperciate his efforts...God bless you little man...

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Small Town Girl but NOT Small Minded

Noah, Your joy for life shines from you and radiates to all those who are fortunate enough to have met you. Keep smiling and shining God's Light.

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: God Bless You.

God saved this young man to help other people in this world and he sure is starting to do a good job. God bless you Noah

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Nancy Spechtenhauser

What a wonderful story about a wonderful young man. May God bless you with many, many healthy years and may you inspire more young adults.

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