Thunder For Bella slated for this Saturday; proceeds to benefit girl with advanced Lyme Disease

Submitted photo Bella Johnson who is fighting advanced Lyme Disease.
Submitted photo The goal of the benefit is raise $2,000 for a wheelchair in order to increase Bella's mobility.

This Saturday a concert will be held to help change the life of a local girl.

Heavens Thunder of Thunder Outreach Ministries will be coming to Boyertown to help with medical expenses for Bella Johnson. Johnson is suffering from Stage-IV Lyme Disease.

Thunder For Bella will be held at The Historic State Theatre of Boyertown on Saturday, July 12.

Organizers are looking to fill the theaters 200 seats. The proceeds are set to go towards a new all-terrain wheelchair in order to make Johnson more mobile.


Mark Malizzi of Thunder Outreach Ministries thinks that everyone will have a blast at the concert.

Its a local business giving back to the community, said Kevin Rhude, owner of the theater. Were providing entertainment, laughs; its about the community coming together.

The goal is to raise $2,000the approximate cost of the wheelchair.

Its more than an event; its a blessing for someone, said Malizzi, hoping the event and the ministry will be a positive component of the community.

Rhude says hes looking to do more with Thunder Outreach and benefit concerts in general, describing the event as up close and personal, with a meet and greet before the show begins. He also noted that while most people wont ask for helpeveryone is struggling.

We do concerts and shows, but to reach out and give backhelping people in our backyardthats the support that is needed, said Rhude. Its an honor to put these on.

Tickets are avaialble in advance and at the door. To order tickets and to find out more information, visit

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