Monday, March 21, 2016

A child’s dream: Riley boy who died in car accident in 2011 lives on as published author

Tribune Star | Lisa Trigg

In the imagination of Noah Worthington, there is a hut on a beach, and a day of adventure awaits.

The 11-year-old boy from Riley shared that story when he wrote “The Hut” for a school assignment. At the time, Noah told his parents that he wanted to be a published author. He wrote other stories as well.

That was in 2011. About two weeks later, Noah died in a car accident that also claimed the life of one of his friends.

But Noah’s dream of being an author did not die with him. His family treasured “The Hut” and hoped to one day publish the story. And now, almost five years later, Noah’s book is for sale on

A portion of the proceeds are supporting organ donation. Noah’s parents, Wil and Rhena Worthington, made the difficult decision to save other lives by donating Noah’s organs at the time of his death. They feel that both decisions — to publish and to donate — keep Noah alive in a different and special way.

“Anyone who knew Noah knew he was just a very giving kid,” Wil Worthington said recently while showing copies of the newly published children’s book. “And, to be able to make his dream of being a published author come true, and then to in turn give back again to organ donation — it’s a hard decision to be an organ donor. There are people every day trying to make that decision. If we can use this book to influence people to decide that organ donation does matter, the need in Indiana alone is just incredible.” Continue reading
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