COLORADO SPRINGS – A local teen fighting for his life received a huge community-wide gift this holiday season.
Thousands of dollars in proceeds from Dutch Bros. Coffee was donated to help Noah Richardson with his cancer treatments.
News 5 learned from Dutch Bros. Coffee that Richardson is a senior at Coronado High School. According to a GoFundMe page set up for him, he’s battling Stage IV Ewing Sarcoma. With months of treatment ahead of him, Dutch Bros. Coffee stepped up to lend a hand.
“Noah, I’ve only had a few interactions with him, but he’s so kind and so…strong,” said Cody King, regional operator for Dutch Bros. Coffee. Up until recently, he and Richardson were strangers.
“It really was empowering to just meet him for the first time.”
Before that, King learned Noah’s story through a former football coach.
“”He reached out and just said “Hey…this family’s really dear to me and if we could do something for them that would be awesome.”‘
A fundraiser was quickly organized and an entire day of proceeds at the coffee shop was set aside for Noah. King said over $42,000 was raised.
“This was the most special day I’ve ever had with Dutch Bros. Just seeing a whole community come around and rally to make one day as impactful as possible…it moved me.”
For King, it’s an honor and a Christmas gift he’ll never forget.
As for Noah, the focus now, King said, is “just beating it.”
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