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Devin's mom: "He reminded everybody what is important"

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The family of Devin Kohlman and the entire community of Port Clinton is in mourning after the 8th grader lost his long battle with brain cancer on Monday.

The 13-year-old's story touched people across our area and the world.

13abc's Christine Long is in Port Clinton where the community moved up the holidays to make Devin's wish to celebrate one final Christmas come true.

On Tuesday Devin's family made arrangements.

Visitation is on Thursday, November 14, 2013, from noon until 8 p.m. Funeral Mass is Friday, November 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Both will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church: 414 Madison Street in Port Clinton.

Alexis Kohlman, Devin's mom, believes her son's legacy will be his bravery and how he brought the community together. She says it will be how Devin inspired people to spread joy and love in such a sad time.

Devin Kohlman will always be remembered as a great athlete with a big smile, who got good grades, and loved Christmas.

"It snowed right when he passed away. It started snowing," says Alexis Kohlman, Devin's mom. "I said, 'Devin, it snowed for you.' Then I thought about it and I think it was Devin and God saying that he's OK."

It's a story that has touched many hearts.

Devin loved Christmas so much that people in Port Clinton, many who didn't know him, decorated early. At the end of October, they even brought in some snow to make his final wish come true.

"No one knows what God has in store, but just in case, we're going to make sure Devin has Christmas," Cari Rogers told 13abc on October 28th as she hung lights on the gazebo at Adams Street Park.

"It was remarkable that it snowed last night and quite a little miracle," says Carrie Sanchez, the principal of Port Clinton Middle School where Devin was an eighth grader.

Sanchez says counselors were on hand on Tuesday to help students the day after Devin passed away.

Devin's classmates know how hard Devin tried to stay in school as long as possible as he battled an aggressive form of brain cancer.

"We're a family and we're teammates and we will all get through this together," says Sanchez.

"I would switch places with him in a heartbeat," says Hondo Zapata, a father of three who was Devin's baseball coach.

Zapata visited the 13-year-old as Christmas cards came in from all across the country surrounding Devin with love and the Christmas spirit up to the end.

"He was my third baseman and I told him he'll always have that spot," says Zapata. "He will always be remembered."

"He's reminded everybody what's important," says Devin's mom Alexis. "Love is what is important. Material things aren't important. Love is the most important thing."

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