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Pep rally, fundraiser for Port Clinton teen with cancer

PORT CLINTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Port Clinton community continues to rally behind 13-year-old Devin Kohlman. On Wednesday, there was a pep rally, and the mayor had a special message for Devin.

For the second time this week, hundreds of people gathered to show their support for Devin, who has brain cancer that is no longer responding to treatment. Doctors don't expect Devin to make it to Christmas, so the community has brought Christmas to him.

The town gathered for a pep rally Wednesday night. The school band played the fight song for him, a tune Devin says he has missed. His football teammates, the cheerleaders and his classmates all lined up to show their support.

"It's been really cool how our whole town has managed to throw things together," said Rachel Simpson. "We all came together as a whole community."

"I think that Devin has touched a lot of lives, not only in this town, but all around the world," added Mariah Rodman, a classmate and friend of Devin's.

Even though Devin couldn't attend the pep rally, Port Clinton Mayor Vincent Leone made sure he could see it. The mayor had his own message for Devin, as well.

"It's a proclamation honoring Devin Kohlman and actually designating, in the City of Port Clinton, October 31st is Devin Kohlman Day."

Friends of the Kohlmans say the town's efforts are worth it.

"You can just tell by the facial expressions that he makes," said Alejandro Zapata. "He smiles, his eyes – they light up."

There will be a fundraiser for the family Thursday at Lock, Dock and Barrel in Port Clinton. It will run from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Donations and Christmas cards for Devin can be sent to 218 E 2nd Street, PO 323, Port Clinton, OH.

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