Love For Logan
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Logan James Parker - Warrior - On September 1, 2010 Rich and Nancy Parker of Ocean Township, New Jersey, received news that no parent ever wants to hear. Their not-yet-four-year-old son, Logan, had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

On September 1, 2010, Rich Parker and Nancy Pahl of Ocean Township, New Jersey, received news that no parent ever wants to hear. Their not-yet-four-year-old son, Logan, had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). But the horror of that news did not stop there. At first it was believed that with several years of chemotherapy, Logan would be among the 80-90% of survivors of this disease and be cancer-free. He was placed in a “standard risk” category. However, in early October, they were struck with another blow. Tests had shown that Logan actually had a very rare type of ALL…hypodiploid ALL. In hypodiploid ALL, the individual does not have all the genetically-complete chromosomes necessary for humans. In this case, the survival rate is 40 – 50% and Logan has now been placed in a “very high risk category” and is currently undergoing a very aggressive chemotherapy treatment. Because of the rarity of his disease, his case was presented to the Leukemia Board at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) who recommended a bone marrow transplant. Logan and his family have been tested to determine the possibility of a bone marrow match. He has a brother who ordinarily would be considered his best chance at a match (25%) but his brother is only a half-sibling, sharing only one parent’s DNA. It is felt unlikely that anyone in the family will be able to provide the perfect match that the doctors are seeking. Logan’s ethnicity – which plays a large part in one’s genetic make-up and, therefore, bone marrow type – includes Filipino, Chinese, Irish, German, Cuban, and a host of other nationalities that make the search for a match complex, if not impossible. The doctors will conduct a search of bone marrow donors worldwide in the hope of finding a match. In the meantime, in addition to the emotional and psychological toll this is taking on the family, there is also the financial burden. While, up to this point, insurance has covered a great deal of the medical expenses, the future is increasingly uncertain. Additionally, each time Logan is hospitalized both parents lose wages. Neither makes a lot of money to begin with and the loss of even one day’s pay creates worry and anxiety. With a bone marrow transplant looming, this will only get worse since once a donor is found, Logan will have to remain in the hospital for about 6 weeks…in Philadelphia…and he will require extensive medical care after that. The Logan James Parker Fund was established to help the family with the financial issues that lay ahead. Friends have already begun organizing fundraisers, selling awareness bracelets and seeking outright donations. But, there is a long road to be traveled and so much more is needed. Any help that can be provided to this family will be more than welcomed and accepted with the deepest gratitude. Even the smallest contribution can make a difference. Thank you. (UPDATE 12/1/10 - The transplant chief at CHOP has found a number of "close matches" that she is happy with. She has transplanted closes matches with success. However, she would like to do a stem cell transplant using cord blood and hopes to do so by late January or early February 2011. However, with the hospital being in Philadelphia and Logan having to spend 6 weeks there, it will mean a lot of sacrifices by the family. One, of course, will be the time away from Jordan. Additionally, in order to be with Nancy and Logan during this very critical time, Rich will have to take a significant amount of time off from work. With Nancy having to quit her job to care for Logan, this will reduce their income to nothing. For that reason, it is more important now than ever to raise funds for the family. )

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