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  • Event: Logan North Campaign, 28 Jun 2014
  • Team: Team Logan

Solving Kids' Cancer

We fund research and support families to access clinical trials for children.

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Updated 2nd November 2012:

Sadly, Logan missed the time slot to receive immunotherapy treatment in Philadelphia, as treatment on that trial has to begin within 100 days of a bone marrow transplant. While Logan’s family are understandably devastated, there is some good news: Logan has been accepted onto a new UK trial which has just started at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. He will begin treatment there on 19th November. 

While this treatment is part of an immunotherapy trial, it is not exactly the same as the treatment Logan would have received in America, where three drugs are used instead of the two that Logan will receive in Liverpool. 

Logan’s appeal with the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK (now Solving Kids' Cancer) for treatment costs abroad has been put on hold. All funds raised for Logan so far will be ring-fenced and will remain available for Logan should he need further treatment in the future. Sadly, for children with neuroblastoma, relapse rates are high.

We urge anyone who has an event planned for Logan to go ahead with their fundraising as planned. Any funds raised for Logan will be kept for him in his special fund. Should Logan not require further treatment in the next 5 years, the money raised will be released to help other children with neuroblastoma. 

Logan's story:

Five year old Logan was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in October 2011, after numerous trips to the doctor and hospital. His Mum, Amanda, said, “Logan is usually such a happy child, but his illness is making him weak, frail and unhappy. It’s heart breaking to see what this awful cancer is doing to my lovely boy – I need your help to put the smile back on his face.”

Logan’s treatment will cost about £250,000 and will not be funded by the NHS. Logan’s dad Ian plans to travel with Logan to America, while Amanda and the rest of family would stay in the UK. Please help Logan’s family to put the smile back on this lovely boy’s face. Logan deserves a chance of life – please do what you can to help this brave little boy.

Logan was born 2 May 2007. He has had health problems since being a baby but over the last year, the symptoms got worse, with Logan suffering pains in his stomach and back, which made his legs weak and wobbly.

His parents, Amanda and Ian, took him to the doctor on numerous occasions and Logan was given lactulose and calpol. But the pain continued, so Amanda and Ian took him to hospital. Once more they sent home with painkillers and without a diagnosis.

Finally the doctor arranged for Logan to go into the children’s ward for investigation. After an ultrasound doctors found that Logan had a tumour in his abdomen and diagnosed stage 4 neuroblastoma. Logan immediately started an 80-day course of chemotherapy, and Amanda and Ian were given so much information about treatments and the disease that they felt their heads were spinning.

Logan had surgery at the end of June and will go on to have high dose chemotherapy. After his chemotherapy Logan faces a bone marrow transplant, radiotherapy and restaging in around October or November 2012, when the progress of the neuroblastoma will be thoroughly checked again.

Logan has gone from a funny, happy child, who used to make his friends and family laugh with his funny sayings, to a frail little boy. He regularly experiences high temperatures, which means frequent stays in hospital and many courses antibiotics. He has needed a lot of blood transfusions and platelets, so much so that he has become neutropenic. This means that he is very susceptible to infections as his immune system is weak. His parents know when he is feeling poorly, as he becomes very sleepy, pale and weak.

Logan was only four years old when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. At the time he had just started school and was making friends, and to his mum, he seemed too young to be going to school. Now, with all he’s been through, he speaks like he is much older. His Mum Amanda said, “I don’t know how he keeps going, just dealing with all the things he has to go through is so hard, but he still has a smile for us.”

The family have a lot to deal with. Logan has an older brother Max, aged 12, with autistic spectrum disorder. His sister, Amy, aged 8, has Down’s Syndrome. Logan’s mum, Amanda, has lupus, an autoimmune disease. This has caused her to have numerous hip and knee replacements. To top it all, Amanda has just broken both of her legs, due to brittle bones caused by the lupus. This means that Ian has had to give up his job to care for the whole family.

Logan loves watching Ben 10 and Scooby Doo, and playing with Lego, especially his little Lego men. Like many children, he also really loves his Xbox! Since becoming ill, Logan no longer wants to go outside to play anymore, although he used to love going to the park, climbing on his climbing frame in the back garden and jumping on the trampoline.

So far, Logan hasn’t responded as hoped to chemotherapy, and still has neuroblastoma cells in his bone marrow. Logan part of the SIOPEN trial, but the residual disease he has means he does not fit the trial criteria and has had to come off this trial. Dr Guy Makin, Logan’s oncologist at Manchester Children’s Hospital, told Amanda and Ian that Logan could get the immunotherapy treatment that he needs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in America.

Logan’s treatment will cost about £250,000 and will not be funded by the NHS. Logan’s dad Ian plans to travel with Logan to America, while Amanda and the rest of family would stay in the UK. Please help Logan’s family to put the smile back on this lovely boy’s face. Logan deserves a chance of life – please do what you can to help this brave little boy.

If you can help, please make a donation to the Solving Kids' Cancer. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference. 

To read more about Logan, visit our website: http://www.SolvingKidsCancer.org.uk/journey/logans-journey/

To follow Logan's story visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LoganNorthAppeal 

Journey Terms and Conditions 

All donations are paid into Solving Kids' Cancer's general funds to further its general charitable purposes. The funds raised by this Journey are not restricted for the child's use. However, the trustees of Solving Kids' Cancer have agreed to designate funds raised by this Journey to help the child and their family pay for potential future treatment costs and all other associated costs including travel and accommodation. If the child no longer needs the funds, or if the trustees decide, at their absolute discretion, that the funds should be used for a different purpose, they may redesignate all or part of the funds for Solving Kids' Cancer's general charitable purposes. We are very grateful for your charitable donation. 

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  • Logan at quiz night by co-op funeralcare
  • Logan (right) with siblings Max & Amy
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