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February 24 benefit at Uptown Lounge for Ohrt Family By Margaret Thomsen

February 24, 2012
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Noah Ohrt is a fifteen year old freshman at Gladbrook Reinbeck High School and has been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. To assist the family with the many costs not covered by insurance, John Shouse has announced plans for a 5 to 10 PM benefit on Friday, February 24 at the Uptown Lounge in Gladbrook. Shouse says customers can order from the menu and all profits will go to the Ohrt Family. Shouse added, “I plan on having plenty of ribs and steaks.” Noah is the son of Ed and Kathy Ohrt of Gladbrook. He is the grandson of Karen and the late Curt Ohrt of Gladbrook. Gertrude Timm of Toledo is his maternal grandmother. Noah has been employed as a dishwasher for the Uptown Lounge. He worked a lot this summer and has been filling in as he could during the school year. A three day round of chemo took place February 10 to12 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Plans are to continue the rounds every six weeks for six rounds with a follow-up of radiation. Noah will be hospitalized for a minimum of four days each time. This week Noah attended school for half days. This makes him extremely tired. And Kathy says, “If he picks up even a little fever he needs to be admitted to the hospital.” The road to discovery of the cancer began in early January when Noah complained of pain down his left leg. The family doctor figured it was probably hamstring muscle related. Then a couple of weeks later Noah wrecked his snowmobile and the pain came back. He told his Mom, “This hurts worse than my broken collarbone.” The mother instinct in Kathy took over and she requested a referral, as complaining of pain was so unlike Noah. They were sent to a doctor at McFarland Clinic in Ames. Following a battery of x-rays, blood work, MRI and CT scans it was determined he had Ewing’s Sarcoma. The family was referred to specialists at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where the intense treatments have begun. Noah played football this past fall at G-R, he is active in 4-H and does lots of dirt biking. Kathy says, “He is used to bumps and aches and pains. But nothing prepares you for the cancer.” Ed and Kathy are with Noah when the treatments take place and Kathy has a pull out couch to sleep on. The treatments are rough and cause a lot of nausea. It is important that family be there for support. Proceeds from the February 24 benefit will greatly assist the family. Attending the benefit is one small way that family, friends and the community can help Noah on his way to recovery.

Article Photos

Noah Ohrt, left, with his dad, Ed Ohrt, center, and Noah’s grandfather, the late Curt Ohrt, right, pictured at the Antique Power Show at last year’s Corn Carnival. Photo by Margaret Thomsen



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