By Shannon Rapose
Kern Valley Sun
It is with great sadness that we at the Kern Valley Sun must inform the community that our columnist Noble Smith has recently been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer called Multiple Myeloma that attacks plasma cells and will be on medical leave to focus on his health.
At press time, Smith is currently at Bakersfield’s Mercy Hospital undergoing tests that will determine the course of treatment for his condition. His family and friends want the community to know that he is being kept comfortable and is surrounded by his wife, Pam, their daughters and other immediate family. They also stated that he is in the very good hands of a wonderful and knowledgeable doctor, as well as the Mercy Hospital staff.
According to the GoFundMe page, Smith delivered bread for over 30 years around the Kern River Valley and currently works in the Sporting Goods department at Sierra Gateway. For the past year, Smith has contributed to the Kern Valley Sun as the resident Fishing Guru in his column “Fishing with Noble Smith,” where he shares all his wisdom and knowledge on fishing and life.
With Smith’s absence from work due to this sudden illness, his family and friends are requesting financial assistance to help with medical expenses, food and lodging for family, transportation and the many other unforeseen expenses that may surface during this difficult time. They also stated that it is important for his care and recovery that he and his wife have peace of mind by not having to face financial hardships at such a trying time, especially during the holiday season.
Smith’s family and friends would also like to thank everyone that has donated to the GoFundMe page thus far and spread the word.
Noble Smith’s GoFundMe page is https://www.gofundme.com/eu9wzx-rally-for-noble-smith if you would like to donate or share. Hope to see you on the water again soon, Noble.