By Ron Gregory
SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky — Plans for the upcoming “Tribute to Dawson” event are coming together, according to organizers.
About 30 area residents have already indicated interest in helping put the tribute together, organizers said.
Those planning the event will be asked to meet next week in South Williamson to determine a date, location and other details about the tribute. It is planned to honor the life and accomplishments of 18-year-old Dawson Isom.
Isom is in what doctors have called a permanent comatose condition in a local health facility. He was the victim of a May brawl in Williamson. At present, no charges are pending in the beating.
“We want to let people know that Dawson and his family are loved and appreciated here,” said one volunteer. “We are uniting together to ask for a miracle recovery for Dawson and for justice to finally come to Mingo County.”
A local minister, who pledged support for the event, said, “we just want everyone of faith to join together and send off prayers for Dawson and his family. We still believe God does all things well and we believe in miracles to this day.”
Organizers have emphasized that the gathering is intended “to unite the community” in the common goal of a miracle for Isom. “There’s not going to be any politics; no arguments; no pointing fingers of blame,” one organizer said. “We want a healing for Dawson and we want a healing for the community as well.”
While accounts of what happened to Isom have varied, “one thing we know is that an 18-year-old is lying motionless in a hospital bed,” said one volunteer. “He hasn’t spoken; he hasn’t moved; he hasn’t done anything he normally would since May. That’s just tragic and we should all realize that, regardless of anything else.”
The Isom family, as well as Dawson’s mother, Crystal, have expressed appreciation for the outpouring of support and for the planned tribute.