Christmas for Devin
Oct 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Who ever heard of Christmas in October? Port Clinton.
Volunteers celebrated the holiday early to grant the wishes of Devin Kohlman, 13, who has captured the heart of the city.
Devin, an eighth-grader at Port Clinton Middle School, has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer known as metastatic medulloblastoma. While most kids his age are making lists for video games and toys, Devin held on to a modest wish: celebrate the holiday.
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Volunteers this week decorated Adams Street Park and the gazebo with lights, ornaments and even a Christmas tree, all viewable from Devin’s family home on Second Street.
“You just don’t get this in big cities,” said Rachel Klimentov, Port Clinton deputy auditor. “This is small-town America. It is devastating to see what Kohlman is going through, but it touches everyone.”
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Klimentov showed up to work Monday, only to be informed by Mayor Vincent Leone that she needed to get over to the park quickly. She was overwhelmed by the events transpiring.
“People just started showing up and they were willing to help in any way,” she said. “I didn’t have a ladder but I had a tall friend, he was the guy hanging everything up.”
The park has a new pine tree now, thanks to Leone.
“I had a pine tree, which of course represents Christmas,” Leone said. “We’re honored to give him that one last special Christmas for him.
“So many people helped to make this happen,” he said. “If you want to see people who really care about each other, who really support each other, it’s here in Port Clinton.”