The organizers of DC Strong (clockwise from front, left) Zach Verhage, Larry Gonzalez, Nate Smith and Dustan Colyer with the “Cancer Response Unit” jeep. Gonzalez said the jeep is a symbol of their organization children can see coming. “You see Batman’s logo, it’s the same thing,” he said.

Plainwell's DC Strong prepares for Sunday's video launch

Kayla Deneau, Staff Writer


Plainwell-based childhood cancer nonprofit DC Strong will release a video it hopes will garner national attention Sunday, April 13, at 8 p.m.

“The video is DC Strong; it’s what we are," said Dustan Colyer, the “D.C.” in DC Strong. “It’s emotionally touching, but not sad. It’s uplifting and legit.”
Colyer, now battling cancer for the fifth time, is the face of the organization. He, president Nate Smith, event and mentorship manager Zach Verhage and media and technology manager Larry Gon­zalez support child cancer victims.
Colyer said the video ex­plains the organization, tells his story and includes one of the children DC Strong has helped.
The group hopes the video will be their official debut to all of America. 
Colyer said, “It’s kind of an unveiling to let people know we exist, we’re here and if anyone needs help, shoot us a message.
Viewers will be able to submit questions during and after the video, with group members answering during a live online segment. All four members will be present. Shine­down bassist Eric Bass will also be present during the segment.
Bass created the organization’s logo and worked on the launch video. “He’s really helped us get everything going,” Colyer said.
Links to the video and live chat will be available at as well as on the organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information, visit


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