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WOODSTOCK: Community remembers Dylan Kent
WOODSTOCK: Community remembers Dylan Kent

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Coaches and players with the Cherokee Youth Football Association are mourning the loss of one of their own.

Dylan James Kent, 16, passed away this morning after an eight-month battle with cancer. He was a freshman at Etowah High School in Woodstock.

"He was a great kid -- very coachable," said Jim McCarty, a coach with the CYFA, who worked with Dylan for two years. "He's going to be missed by the entire community."

In July 2010, Dylan was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The cancer was aggressive, and Dylan spent the last several months of his life in the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Dylan's parents took a good deal of time off work to be with him. They are now struggling to pay his funeral expenses.

A memorial fund has been set up through SunTrust Bank. To donate, visit any SunTrust branch and say that you would like to contribute to the Dylan James Kent Trust Fund.

A couple of local restaurants are also lending a hand.

Stevie B's on Highway 92 will donate 50 cents from every order made in Dylan's name this Saturday, Mar. 12. The Chili's on Towne Lake Parkway will donate 10 percent of all orders to Dylan's fund when customers mention his name next Monday, Mar. 14 through Thursday, Mar. 17.