A Lompoc teenager whose battle with leukemia captivated much of the Lompoc community over the past several months has died, according to a family Facebook post late Friday night.
Noah Scott, who inspired “Team Noah” support signs and other supportive messages all over the city, was diagnosed with leukemia last year. The 15-year-old was the son of Lompoc Police Cpl. Charles Scott.
“It’s with great sadness that Kristin and I say goodbye to our Noah,” read a Friday night post on the “Team Noah” Facebook page, referring to Noah’s mother Kristin Scott and presumably written by Charles Scott. “We move from prayers of healing and comfort to PRAISES of a race ran well, and a fight fought with grace and a life lived to the fullest!”
The post, made around 9:20 p.m., came a little more than two weeks after the Lompoc Police Department released a statement June 14 noting that Noah’s condition had worsened.
Noah had reportedly been receiving round-the-clock care at a hospital in Los Angeles.
Following the teen's death, Noah's body was brought back to Lompoc early Saturday morning. The Scott family was greeted by dozens of community members along Ocean Avenue as they arrived back in town just before 6 a.m.
The Lompoc Police Department sent alerts through its app to update community members on the family's whereabouts so that people could be there to pay respects to the family.
Saturday morning's sorrow-filled homecoming was just the latest in what has been a community-wide support effort.
A GoFundMe page — at www.gofundme.com/2ex2dqvw — was established to assist the family. Donations were also being accepted at the Lompoc Police Department headquarters at 100 Civic Center Plaza. The GoFundMe page had raised more than $23,000 toward its $25,000 goal as of Friday night.
In addition to the online support, messages of support for Noah have been placed all over Lompoc. Several local businesses have “Team Noah” signs, and orange ribbons — the color of leukemia awareness — have adorned several utility poles and street signs around town.
The Lompoc Police headquarters also has dozens of orange support mementos in honor of Noah, and many of the Lompoc Police vehicles have "Team Noah" banners.
Additionally, at least two of the Lompoc fireworks stands, which are operated by area nonprofits, have pledged to donate a portion of proceeds to the Scott family.
"Noah fought hard and felt all of your prayers and support this past year," Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh said in a statement released Friday night. "The love and support of Lompoc and beyond has been a blessing to the Scott family and especially to Noah during his trials."