Son of MSU coach makes news for compassion for sick friend

Quinn Staten, the seven-year-old son of Michigan State’s offensive line coach Mark Staten, made news Monday for an act of kindness toward a friend of his who is battling cancer.

Quinn grew his hair out for a year, then cut it and donated it to Locks of Love, an organization that collects human hair and turns it into wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair during treatment.

His friend, Paige Duren, was the reason for the decision. The two met as Duren, who is battling brain cancer, became close to many of the football players in the past year or so.

Quinn told WILX that he “hopes his act of kindness and compassion will convince someone to do something nice for someone else.”

The Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode wrote a feature on the relationship between many of the Spartans, including coach Mark Dantonio, and Duren during last season.

For more on Duren and her battle with cancer, check out the Facebook page “Play for Paige.”