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Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 5:27 PM
— When I first met 13-year-old Collin Griffin last May, he was diagnosed with cancer and had already lost 35 pounds from early chemotherapy treatments.
On Monday, I stopped by to see my friend who has now lost 70 pounds. While Collin still faces 24 more weeks of chemo, he said that this Thanksgiving brings him renewed hope, perspective and determination.
"It's definitely a fight," said Griffen, who has missed his 8th grade year at Tecumseh. He credits his parents, siblings and classmates for giving him love and support.
"You would not wish this on anyone," said Collin's mother, Erin."We spent 90 percent of the summer in the hospital."
Griffen endured 30 weeks of chemo and radiation after doctors diagnosed him with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma. The cancer started behind his eye, then spread to his lymph nodes and eventually to other parts of his body.
"Until this happened to me, I can say there were things I was unappreciative of, things I took for granted," Griffen said. "It's kind of hard to say this; but I'm thankful to be here. I'm sitting down with you right now. I'm walking, breathing, I'm alive."
Through all these months of treatment, Collin has been more worried about what cancer is doing to his family, than what it was doing to his own body. But, there is no denying these last six months have been tough.
"There's always the fear of, what if it comes back? I try not to think about that," Griffen said.
I asked Collin what he wants people to remember most about his journey and what he hopes others will find most important this Thanksgiving.
"Tell your family you love them through your life," said Griffen. "No matter what happens between you and your family, that's who you will have in the end. That's who will be there no matter what."
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
TUESDAY: Some snow showers have made their way up from the south with temperatures being at or below freezing for the morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Rain and freezing rain will mix for the next couple of hours with main roads staying above freezing after a mild and sunny day, but a light ice accumulation could develop on elevated surfaces, bridges, and overpasses before and around sunrise. Drivers should take their time if they are out before the sun comes up. Temperatures improve by climbing to the low 40s after sunrise with some dry time expected in the middle of the day. Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m. Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result.
WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. It’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s.
THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day.
FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight.
SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 4:18 AM
MIAMI VALLEY — Spring will officially arrive at 12:15 p.m. today, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region starting this morning.
RELATED: Winter Weather Advisory in effect
Precipitation is expected to develop early today across the far southern Miami Valley and spread northward toward I-70 by daybreak. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but as temperatures drop toward daybreak, a band of freezing rain is possible.
The morning commute may not be too bad, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
"The last few days of mild temperatures has helped push road surface temperatures well above freezing. That means that main roads should just be wet early Tuesday," he said. "However, elevated surfaces like cars, bridges and decks could become slippery."
But the wintry weather won't be over yet.
A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. tonight and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A break in the precipitation is expected midday today before returning in the evening. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity tonight, Elwell said.
"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.
This is something we'll have to watch closely as new model data comes in."
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
PREBLE COUNTY — Nearly 1,200 DP&L customers are without power in Preble County.
According to the DP&L website, power is expected to be restored by 6 a.m. The outage was reported around 4:35 a.m.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
FAIRFIELD — Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Cause of Xenia house fire on Glen Kegley Drive under investigation
Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.
We will continue to update this story as additional details become available.