TOP PHOTO: Dalton Brown’s photo is courtesy of Kim Barnett of A Different Angle Photography.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – This is a story WLAF first brought to you last March, and we are republishing it today after billboards went up around Knoxville recognizing Dalton Brown as the “Boy of the Year.”
Dalton Brown has been battling leukemia since early 2020. Regular stays and visits to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) have been a part of his journey.
Along the way, a social worker at ETCH asked Brown if she could nominate him for “Boy of the Year” of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “I said yes,” said Brown.
He was notified earlier this year that he received the honor. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society annually has a “Man and Woman and Boy and Girl of the Year.”
“It means a lot. I think it’s really neat and cool that they picked me out of everyone to represent the society,” said Brown.
The J. Frank White Academy sophomore, soon to turn 16, enjoys getting behind the wheel every chance he can. Though he only has a learner’s permit, he still loves driving his bright red Toyota Tacoma around town.
When Number 23’s life took a dramatic turn, he was just coming off his freshman basketball season. He had to scrap this season though he’s looking forward to getting back on the court for his junior year.
Congratulations, Dalton Brown, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Boy of the Year.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/15/2021-6AM-REPUBLISHED – 02/02/2022-6AM))