Noah Williams is 12 years old living an exceptional life. Born a 26-week micro-preemie with a dismal prognosis for life. He is confronted with a multitude of obstacles daily due to cerebral palsy, epilepsy and visual impairment. Noah is a train wreck on paper, yet he is not that paper.
Noah is an endurance athlete. He has completed nine marathons, six of them as a Marine Corps Marathon finisher; over 20 half marathons, six times as an Atlanta Publix half marathon finisher; a triathlete, and cyclist riding the West Elk Loop in Colorado August 2018. Noah enlists the help of friends, near and far, willing to lend their legs. Noah is also a public speaker and commissioned artist.
Noahland Art came about in a truly unique way. Noah attended a local art camp. It wasn’t a special needs camp, so they adapted and modified a few things so he could participate and be among his neurotypical peers. An idea of their own, the kids wanted to paint their national flag on a particular project. Each child told me what country they represented “China, Israel, and the United States.” When we got to Noah’s flag, one of the kids said “It’s Noahland!” And thus, Noahland Art was born. Welcome to his “country” where being differently-abled doesn’t mean less than, it just means different. A place where he refuses to be defined by his disabilities but embraced for his uniqueness.
Noah likes to travel, spend time with family and friends, make people think past textbook knowledge, do pranks, and indulge his mom in trying new activities.