A Logansport High School coach who has battled cancer is recognized this week with a special city honor.
Dena Kuhn was diagnosed with melanoma, but continued coaching the Logansport volleyball team last fall. She has been head coach for five years and with the program for seven years.
Mayor Dave Kitchell named her Citizen of the Week because she has been a role model for survivors.
“In a month that recognizes cancer survivors, we recognize Dena as an example of someone who has boldly forged ahead despite a diagnosis,” Kitchell said. “Her attitude is what we all need to reflect on because cancer can affect anyone.”
Coach Kuhn said the advice she can offer other cancer patients is simple.
“Keep a positive outlook. You just have to stay on the bright side.”
Born in Logansport, the former Dena Gaumer was raised in Twelve Mile and was a three-sport athlete at Caston where she also managed the football team and played alto saxophone in the marching band. She has been married to Randy Kuhn for seven years.
She graduated from St. Joseph College with a degree in physical education.
The Citizen of the Week is presented by the Mayor’s Office and acknowledges contributions of Logansport natives, former and current residents. Recipients receive a gift certificate and a certificate from the Mayor’s Office.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell