GREENFIELD — Gruen Von Behrens knows his audiences have trouble understanding him.
“I know you can’t understand me sometimes,” Von Behrens warned a crowd of about 100 students at St. Michael School Tuesday. “I know not everything I say will come out just the way I want.”
But that doesn’t mean they didn’t get his message – loud and clear.
If anything, the disfigurement that affects his speech only helps illustrate Von Behrens’ point. The 35-year-old is missing most of lower jaw, part of his tongue and all of his teeth – lost to oral cancer caused by chewing tobacco use.