Movie "Chance" focuses on suicide with Hamersville teen's story
HAMERSVILLE, Ohio (WKRC) - Chance Smith was more than just a baseball player to Mike Daly. He was like a son.
"He was special," said Daly, who coached Chance for 10 years. " He just had higher highs and lower lows. I felt his heart."
Sadly, those lows became too much for Chance in his own heart. In February of 2012, the 16-year-old committed suicide.
Daly said it was a series of misleading and deceptive text messages that led to Chance taking his own life.
"It would be like if I borrowed your phone," explained Daly, "And sent somebody else a message from your phone. Then that person would think it came from you. So, some of that was going on."
Daly, along with his wife, actress Pamela Daly, wanted to share Chance's story with a movie, in hopes of raising awareness about teen suicide.
"The word surreal comes to mind." said Pamela, "And that's so often the case when it comes to suicide, that family and friends, the loved ones of those who have lost a loved one, have gotten blindsided by it. That was certainly the case with us, because we didn't see any signs, nor did his parents, his family, or anyone."
The film "Chance" stars veteran actor Matthew Modine, who plays Mike Daly.
"It's a wonderful thing that film can do," said Modine, "To have impact on peoples' lives, so that they realize that we're not alone; that we all have dark periods in our lives. All of us."
Whether it's to honor the memory of Chance, or to prevent tragedies like this from happening again, the hope for this film is to make a difference.
"If we can just remember that we're not alone," Modine said. "And find opportunities through our friendships, our families, and our spirituality, to find someone who can help you get through that period of darkness. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and if this film can help deliver that message, then I'm honored and thrilled and blessed to be a part of it."