Port Clinton teen loses battle with cancer
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:03:02 GMT —
Devin Kohlman, the teenager who brought the city of Port Clinton together to throw an early Christmas, has lost his battle with cancer.
Students and staff at Port Clinton Middle School have known this day was coming for some time, and grief counselors were on hand for those who needed help coping with the loss.
"That doesn't make it any easier, but it certainly gives you a greater time to process," said Principal Carrie Sanchez.
Devin passed away Monday evening.
Devin returned home two weeks ago, after being told his chemotherapy was not working. When he got there, he was welcomed with an early Christmas, which is his favorite holiday, courtesy of Port Clinton residents.
WATCH: A ceremony dedicated to Devin Kohlam (Courtesy of Port Clinton News-Herald)
"Everybody just wanted to make sure he had what he wanted. And that was his wish, was a nice Christmas," said resident Lori Urbin.
The small community rallied behind this young man. They say his spirit made it so easy.
"Always a big smile on his face," said Urbin.
Sanchez says he was a great student, and well-liked in school.
"He was a great teammate, and great friend to all of his classmates."
Community members said they couldn't be happier at the response from this tight-knit community, to help fulfill a boy's last wish.
Sanchez says, "I'm just so proud to be a part of Port Clinton. And so proud of our families and our kids for joining together and stepping up."
The mayor tells WNWO that the city the decorations will stay up through the holidays.