Logan, their 17 yr. old son, and Creekview High School Senior, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2011 when he was 9 years old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2015 and went into remission again and came back again last summer. His doctors decided to have him undergo CAR-T Therapy. This is a type of treatment in which a patient's cells are changed in the laboratory so they will attack cancerous cells. Logan began feeling better after this therapy and experienced eight months of a somewhat normal life for a teen; high school, hanging out with friends, learning to drive and getting his first job. This family experienced a glimpse of what living without cancer might look like.
Unfortunately, in December of 2018, Randall’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because it was caught early and treated swiftly, she is now doing well, but still has to undergo some additional surgery.
But the same can’t be said for Logan. His cancer has resurfaced again. Logan's doctor's have began chemotherapy and are urgently looking into trial treatment options which may include traveling to another state for treatment.
The family at home consists of three other school-aged children and an insulin-dependent grandparent who also needs care.
Some words from Logan’s scholarship essay seem most appropriate:
"Throughout my life I have always known my dad to be a hard worker and if he really wanted to do something he would do his best to make it happen. When my dad started the process to become a firefighter I was amazed. I always knew he was going to make it in, but the amount of effort he put in was just the greatest thing I have been able to witness my dad do. He was 45 years old when he decided to make this career change (the oldest guy in his training class) while working another job at the same time as his training. He would train all day, come home and study, do his other job, take care of us and start all over the next day. Watching him never give up and never complain has helped me in my fight against my cancer. 'Whatever it takes' is the motto that my dad has passed down to me. When he puts his mind to it, my father has to finish whatever he has started. Quitting and giving up is never an option for him. While my dad was going through his training to become a firefighter my cancer came back. There have been many months of treatment and hospital stays, but I know because of my dad’s example and having him at my side that I will never give up, I will fight hard and do whatever it takes."
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