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Fundraisers seek to help Noah Scott's family with medical costs

By REBECCA ROSE

A fundraiser for the family of Noah Scott drew big crowds to a local business on July 14, and another planned for Aug. 4 is actively seeking participants and donations.

Scott, a Lompoc high schooler and police explorer who died on June 30 after a long battle with leukemia, inspired support from local communities during the year he battled the disease. As the family planned for his memorial and burial, many in the community coordinated efforts to raise money for them.

Gina Martin, owner of Gina's Piece of Cake in the Santa Maria Town Center, said she planned a fundraiser to help the family pay for mounting medical costs associated with Noah's care. The cause is especially personal to the Martin family; Gina's husband, Kevin Martin, is a Lompoc Police Department officer who works with Noah's father, police officer Charles Scott.

She said the loss impacted people who never even met the young teenager.

"I know there is nothing we could do to bring him back," Martin said.  "We wanted to do what we could to help. It's the least we could do."

She said the response on social media to the announcement of the fundraiser was massive, with thousands of people viewing the initial post. The bakery sold cupcakes decorated with a baseball with wings, orange ribbon cookies, and more, with 100 percent of the profit going to the Scott family. Martin said as soon as the event was announced, they were flooded with phone calls and pre-orders, including a large order for the Santa Maria Police Department.

"[The family is] so close to our heart," Martin said. "It's so touching to see the community all come together for this."

Brooke Martin, Gina's daughter, said it was difficult to estimate exactly how many people attended. She said the bakery's efforts raised $5,267, some from cash donations dropped off by people who had heard about the event.

"It wasn't even about buying anything," she said. "People just wanted to do something to help."

The fundraiser at Gina's Piece of Cake is one of many recent efforts from members of the community to support the Scott family. Currently, a golf tournament is planned to help the family pay for medical and funeral costs. The Noah Scott Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at The Mission Club, 4300 Clubhouse Road, Lompoc.

Organizers of the tournament are actively reaching out to the community, seeking auction and raffle prizes as well as golfers. Andrew Jones, one of the organizers of the event, said the tournament needs more participants and strongly encouraged people to call and sign up.

"Everything we raise, it goes directly to Noah's family," Jones said. "It goes to helping with bills, medical expenses. Every day, there was so much treatment he had to go through. It got pricey. We're trying to come together as a community and help out."

Support for Noah has also extended well beyond local circles. On July 4, Kansas City Royals player Danny Duffy dedicated the team's win to Noah, who was a longtime Royals fan. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr recently donated a signed jersey and football to the golf tournament as well.

Anyone interested in participating in the golf tournament is asked to call Jones at 588-3075. Sponsors or people with donations for the auction or raffle are asked to call Tonya Baird at 588-6644.




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