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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: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:53 p.m. (July 17): Niguel Hamilton’s family has retained the services of civil right attorney Ben Crump.
Crump, who has represented the family of Trayvon Martin and taken on other high profile cases, was retained by the Hamilton family to “pursue justice,” according to a statement issued Tuesday.
“They don't understand how you have three certified swimming instructors and only four children in the pool, and yet you lose one of them,” Crump said of the family. “They're heartbroken, and they just are searching for answers.”
The Hamilton family was paying for swimming lessons a Lohrey Recreation Center to prevent exactly this kind of tragedy, Crump said.
The attorney was in town Tuesday and he said he’s helping the Hamilton family plan Niguel’s home-going celebrations this weekend. He said he also plans to push the city for an explanation of how the boy could have died.
“The family has gotten no answers at this point,” Crump said.
Niguel’s parents released a statement for the first time Tuesday: “No parent should ever have to endure such a preventable loss, and we want to make sure no other parents suffer a loss like this."
Crump added: "He had his whole life ahead of him. He never ever, ever, ever should have been taken this soon."
Services for Niguel are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton.
The 6-year-old pulled from a Dayton pool last week has died, according to the coroner’s office.
Niguel Hamilton died at the hospital Sunday night, officials said.
Hamilton was pulled from the indoor pool at Lohrey Recreation Center in Dayton on July 12.
The city released a statement Friday afternoon: “A thorough investigation is underway. Out of respect for the family involved, we will not be making additional comments at this time.”
A Dayton Police Department detective also has been assigned to the case.
Niguel Hamilton was one of about four children in the indoor pool for swim lessons at the center, the boy’s grandfather, Willie Hamilton said.
“He’s happy, full of life, loving, smart,” his grandfather said Friday. “Niguel is a good kid. He is a loving kid. Everybody who meets Niguel loves him.”
The last thing Hamilton remembers of Niguel’s swim lesson is that he saw him with his class in the deep end, and that Niguel, who is 6 but small for his age, had just gone off the diving board with his instructor’s assistance.
Shortly after that, a lifeguard said they didn’t see Niguel in the water and asked if he had seen him, whether he had gone to the restroom.
“I got up, went to the bathroom and looked around and couldn’t find him,” Hamilton said.
The lifeguards then got everyone out of the pool and searched again, in vain.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:52 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:46 PM
MIAMISBURG — Restrictions on small cell phone towers have been approved by Miamisburg City Council.
Limits on locations on heights for the towers are among the guidelines approved in the 5-0 vote.
The restrictions go into effect immediately, city officials said.
Legislation regulating the 5G mobile technology facilities is an issue several area communities – Centerville, Kettering and Springboro, among them – are addressing as Ohio law allowing municipalities limited authority over their placement takes effect Aug. 1.
Miamisburg is “creating design and siting standards” for “small cell facilities and wireless support structures,” according to the legislation. The 20-plus page document covers issues ranging from applicability, procedures, standards, locations and right of way issues.
“Unfortunately, there will likely still be small cell facilities installed in areas that are not preferable from an aesthetic perspective,” according to a memo from Miamisburg Planner Ryan Homsi. “This ordinance is meant to prevent this from happening with the tools provided to municipalities by (state law) while still allowing this new technology to be added to the community.”
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
CLARK COUNTY — Clark County officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for a possible boa constrictor after shed skin of the snake was found in Springfield last week.
On Friday, officials said the skin was found in the area of Home Road and Wildwood Drive.
“Subsequent communications with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Reptilian experts indicate there is no direct danger to humans or large pets,” the Clark County Combined Health District said in a prepared statement.
Residents in the area are asked to pay extra attention to small pets and to be on the look out for the large snake. If spotted you are asked to call 937-390-5600 to report the exact location of the sighting.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:40 PM
This evening: A quiet evening with clear skies and a light breeze. Temperatures slowly dropping through the 80s with lower humidity.
Overnight: A comfortable night in the forecast with clear skies and temperatures dropping to around 60 degrees by morning.
Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with the humidity remaining low. It will be pleasantly warm with highs in the lower 80s.
Thursday: A warmer day is expected with some high clouds around mixed with sunshine. Highs will rebound into the middle 80s.
Friday: Clouds will be on the increase through the day with a chance for showers and storms developing by late afternoon. Highs will be in the middle 80s with humidity on the rise.
Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially during the afternoon and early evening. One or two stronger storms will be possible. Highs will be in the lower 80s.