This past six months, the Logans have faced devastating tragedy within their family. In May 2017, Kim was diagnosed with grade 4 Glioblastoma, an aggressive and rare form of brain cancer. It is highly malignant and very difficult to treat.Since her arrival in the Neuro ICU where they first found the large mass on her brain, Kim has frequently commuted to receive treatments, visit doctors, and spend time with her family, while making a total 7 hour trip from Hot Springs, Arkansas where she and her husband Dale reside. The rest of the Logan family resides in Memphis, Tennessee.
She had a total resection from the left frontal lobe of a golf ball sized tumor that was unmethylated. She has undergone 6 weeks of radiation and has started her third round of an aggressive cancer-fighting drug, in addition to continuing and discontinuing several other medications. She has suffered with not only physical ailments including leg weakness, difficulty walking on stairs, but also mental ailments like confusion and word finding. This recovery process comes with mental, emotional, and physical trials each and every day.
In August, the Logans traveled over 900 miles and 13 hours to Duke University's medical center to receive more information on participating in potential clinical trials. However, while en route to Durham, Kim experienced her first grand mal seizure in Atlanta. Following her seizure, the local radiologist and Duke have struggled to determine from the MRI whether or not the tumor is back due to the swelling from radiation.
Unexpectedly, the life of the Logan family was turned upside down even more when their son, Garrett (27), was admitted to the ER at Regional One Medical Center last night. Garrett arrived blue from the waist up having been without oxygen for half an hour. The doctors performed compressions for a while until he coded and was defibrillated. He has been on a ventilator since and today the neurology team declared him brain dead. The family has chosen to donate his organs and has lost an important loved one far too soon. This tragedy was one the family did not see coming, and has been especially difficult given Kim’s condition.
The entire Logan family has faced a great emotional hardship. For months, I have seen Kim and her family keep nothing short of a positive attitude throughout this process, despite the toll on her physically and emotionally. I have no doubt they will do the same in facing the sudden tragedy of Garrett’s death. This page was originally created in an effort to support Kim and her fight with Glioblastoma, but she and her family also now face the great, insurmountable loss of a son and brother. This GoFundMe is an effort to alleviate some of the financial hardship that arises from the medical bills both in the past and future for herself, her son, and the expenses that will arise from his unexpected death.
Anything you can provide to help would be of great value to the Logan Family. If you are unable to help financially, please learn more about and spread awareness of Glioblastoma and the people it affects. We ask that you keep Kim and the Logan family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of battling cancer and grieving the loss of Garrett.
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