MOUNT VERNON — Ronald ‘Ron’ Coleman was an appropriate guest speaker at Knox Community Hospital’s Fall Breast Cancer Awareness Event Wednesday night at the Gallagher Centre at the Ohio Eastern Star. Coleman’s story informs audiences that breast cancer does not just affect women.
Not only can men get breast cancer, they can also be sensitive supporters, as attendees learned from a young local athlete who raises awareness to support his grandmother.
Dakota Smith, son of Danielle and Christopher Price, is in the sixth grade at Fredericktown and his mother said all he wanted for his birthday were pink gloves and a pink chin strap to wear in youth football games in honor of his grandmother.
His grandparents are Sonny and Wendy Smith of Fredericktown. Wendy Smith has had a lumpectomy several times due to lumps in her breast and the lumps were benign. On Nov. 2, she will learn if a new lump is malignant. Sonny described the waiting as “nerve-wracking.”
Dakota worries in his own way and wanted to wear his gloves and chin strap for games. When he got his gloves and chin strap, his coach told him he couldn’t wear them.
“Coach would not let me wear pink gloves. He said he didn’t like pink.”
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