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Tobacco-free lifestyle speaker talks to youth


Jess Field / Petersburg Pilot

Michael Patterson delivers his message to students on stage at the Wright Auditorium last Thursday.

Motivational speaker Michael Patterson traveled to town last week to take part in the Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the Petersburg Indian Association. Patterson spoke to middle school students at the Wright Auditorium on Thursday, and then he took part in an event later in the day at PIA.

Patterson started living on the streets at a young age, before he was 10, and he's open about the fact he could die from COPD any day because he smoked cigarettes for decades. A lot of Patterson's message to the Mitkof Middle School students dealt with how to deal with pain.

"All of us have to go...

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