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By Lou Marzeles

A young man's saga of strength and courage


August 2, 2017


Messenger and his mother Raymie at home last week. The teen maintains a positive outlook on his future, and his story of determination and will to live continues to amaze.

By any reckoning, Noah Messenger is a remarkable 18-year-old; he was remarkable even before his fall off a cliff in May. You can see determination in his eyes and hear it in his voice, which is quiet but strong when he talks about the almost three days he was fighting for his life, lost along the cliffs below Maryhill Winery with a broken back. He doesn't mind sharing that story, which he did on YouTube in a video with almost 5,000 views. That time is clearly bookmarked in his memory. But it's also clear he's looking far beyond the event to a time when he will regain mobility, one way or another, and leave his unique mark on the world.

"Everything considered, I feel good," he says. "I sti...

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