Meet Logan – Lymphoma Warrior
"We feel blessed to the NCCS as a resource to help Logan and our family during this difficult time."
When Logan was in his 8th-grade year, he developed a persistent cough and a fever that wouldn’t break. His pediatrician mistook the common symptoms for pneumonia and sent him home with an inhaler and antibiotics. But the symptoms remained four weeks later. His concerned parents took him to a local urgent care clinic, where a scan revealed a mass.
Logan was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma and began chemotherapy treatment at the nearest children’s hospital about 25 miles away. During this time, the family received emotional and financial support from the NCCS to ease the burden of travel to and from Logan’s lifesaving treatments.
The following year, 14-year-old Logan was in remission and beginning high school. He had big plans for the start of his high school career – which he kicked off by gathering his lacrosse teammates for a tournament to benefit a local children’s hospital. He also joined the yearbook club and took pictures of his classmates during sporting events and other activities. He was truly embracing life.
Logan was one week away from traveling with his yearbook club to New York for a journalist conference – when he received shocking news. His cancer relapsed and was now stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The family – with two other children under the age of 10 – was shaken by the news. But they were determined to do whatever needed to be done to help Logan heal. Logan’s treatments will take a more aggressive approach this time, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and a bone marrow transplant.
The family finds comfort in living in the moment and taking things day by day. They look forward to “break days” when Logan can rest, and they can all spend time together.
Of course, there are major challenges. Logan’s mom can’t work because of the hectic treatment schedule. His siblings are confused. His parents’ parental support group was temporarily canceled. Finances are tight, and emotions are high.
But there are positive moments, too. Throughout it all, the biggest inspiration for Logan and his family has been Logan’s lacrosse team. His teammates have kept his spirits high through their friendship and support – something his mother is extremely grateful to see.
Logan’s treatments are going well. His immunotherapy and chemotherapy treatments are resulting in fewer side effects as time goes on. The family is hopeful he will be ready for a bone marrow transplant soon. They continue to live in the moment – and the NCCS will be there for them every step of the way.
NCCS continues to support Logan’s family through the Transportation Assistance Fund, which alleviates the financial burden of travel costs associated with cancer treatment. Because no family should go through childhood cancer alone.™