Ride for Logan

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KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

This is a story about a boy. A boy named Logan whose mountain has been damn near impossible to climb. Logan was born premature at 29 weeks. He was an eager little cub, but healthy and strong. At just a week old, Logan was already lifting his head and kicking his little legs, and the nurses couldn’t believe how strong he was for a preemie! Unfortunately, that only lasted until his tenth day. At ten days old, Logan needed increased respiratory support and became lethargic. “He’s just tired, it’s a preemie thing,” we were told by doctors. “We’re going to do a lumbar puncture just to rule out meningitis, just in case.” As new parents, my wife and I heard the word “meningitis” and of course, we agreed to them doing what they had to do to make sure our boy was okay. It didn’t turn out the way we had hoped.
When we arrived the next day, Logan had stopped moving completely from the neck down. Paralysis. Over the next few days, Logan had received a total of five lumbar punctures and doctors continued to treat him for meningitis. Fast forward a little bit, he finally received an MRI that we had been begging for. Once he got it, they saw that there was a spinal abscess (that he had gotten via infection from God knows what) compressing his spinal cord from his cervical spine down to his sacrum, leaving him quadriplegic.
Logan received emergency spinal surgery (spinal decompression laminectomy) at 17 days old. After four months in the NICU and four months in St. Mary’s children’s hospital, Logan finally came home. It was not an easy journey though. He received a Tracheostemy in the NICU because, anytime he would cry, he would stop breathing. He had multiple collapsed lungs, UTI’s, Tracheitis, blood transfusions, common colds (which are especially dangerous for somebody with respiratory issues), and just about everything except the kitchen sink thrown at him; But, Logan, being as strong as he is, has not stopped fighting, and his mother and I have not stopped researching ways to help him…and I think we’ve finally found something.
Before I get into the extended information, I just want to speak from the heart instead of barraging you with his medical facts. I’m a first time dad, an older sibling of four, a dance/ theater teacher in an afterschool program and dance studio, a paraprofessional in a Special Education classroom – I am quite literally, surrounded by children. I get to see them run around, and express curiosity. I get to see them sing and dance. I get to see them fall and pick themselves up…and every single time, all I can think is “my son can’t do that”. I can’t just dress him up to go for a walk. He can’t sit up on his own and watch T.V with us. I want to be able to play catch with him when he’s older, and teach him how to dance. I couldn’t take him trick or treating on his first Halloween, and with his Birthday and Christmas coming in December, who knows what he’ll be able to enjoy. Everyday I watch him suffer from something that could have been prevented, and I’m not going to lie, it kills me. I have to keep up this act of being able to handle anything, and pretending that time heals everything, but internally I am dying. I would give anything to save him. To see him crawl, or sit up, or even just wiggle his toes at this point, I would do anything. And this is why I’m here, this is why we’re here, to try and save him, and I hope to all things that are good that we can make this work for him.
After extensive research, we believe that stem cell therapy is the way to go. The only problem is, it isn’t cheap. With my wife not working, and me working to pay the bills, it’s impossible for us to even reach half of the goal. It’s a cross-country trip that requires multiple hands on deck because he is on a vent 24/7. “All hands” includes my wife and I, his grandmothers, a respiratory therapist, and a nurse to maintain his vitals and respiratory care. I know that the asking price seems a bit much, but I hope that you trust that it’s necessary, and I assure you that if by chance, we have anything left over, it will be immediately sent to any surrounding hospitals, rehabilitation centers or charities that deal with helping children who suffer from paralysis or anything of the sort. You have my word.
No matter what you donate, be it $1 or $1000, I swear, you will always hold a special place in our hearts for at least trying to help our son. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
Best wishes to you and your families,
Andrew, Vicky and Logan Pichardo.



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Today our beautiful boy turns 2. Thank you again for all of your love and support. We could not have gotten his far without you all. Logan is currently fighting a cold but he is doing it on his own at home with his family. This is a huge step for him. We are hoping by Christmas he will be back to his normal self. Thank you again. Happy holidays!
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Hi all just wanted to share some pictures of Logan with his new (1st) Hair cut!
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Good morning everyone! Just a quick update on Logan. He is doing very well after his second treatment. He did have a little bump after our trip and spent a week in the PICU because of a cold but he got through it like a champ. We are now seeing more movement and control in both arms, hands, wrists and fingers. He is also sitting up more and holding his head up with more control. Yesterday he got his flu shot and for the first time cried when they put the needle in his leg. We have some feeling! He is only a month in from his second treatment and we are already seeing so much growth. Can't wait to give you an update at the 6 month mark! Thank you again for all your support!!
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Hi everyone. It's been a while and a lot has changed. Logan is doing so well. As you can see we are now doing trials off of the ventilator and he is handling it well so far. We are also seeing a lot more movement in his arms and now some control in his wrists. We have also seen some movement in a few fingers on both hands. As for his legs his therapists are feeling contractions in his muscles and we have seen some movement. He is definitely feeling in his legs now and responding to all sorts of stimulation. He is taking baby steps but he is moving in the right direction! He also just recently took a trip to Disney where he finally met Mickey Mouse and he loved it! Thank you again for all your love and support and I hope to have more updates on Logan's progress soon. Xoxo
On trach collar
With Mickey Mouse!
Having a great time in sunny Florida!
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Cat Lee
20 months ago
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I'm so sorry Logan is going thru this. Sending prayers ♥

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Temmy Chang
19 months ago
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I pray to God that Logan will have a chance to run and have all the opportunities every child deserve!!

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Dorothy Petropoulos
19 months ago
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Happy to hear everything went well...have a safe trip home...hoping for all the best for Logan...he is certainly a "fighter"...Go Wolverine...Go Logan...you're in my Prayers...

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Yankeila Jerez
19 months ago
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#GoBeyondGiving

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Emmanuel Manoguito Abreu
20 months ago
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Shared your story to Imgur to help spread the word. Hope you don't mind. Prayers and love your way brother.

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Harry Lee
2 months ago

Blessings little angel I wish I could help I'm bad off myself

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Heather Deaton
5 months ago

Keeping him in my prayers.

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Amy Treesa Paul
7 months ago

Congrats to you as parents for keeping your faith, and of course to Logan, what an inspiration!

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Yukia Kuruma
7 months ago

彼の笑顔は私の家族の心を掴んだ。あなたは幸運な親であり、あなたの人生でこのような素敵な小さな人を持つことができます。彼はこれを持っている!あなたたちはこれを持っている!神の祝福♡♡

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Smashly Nicole
7 months ago

I'm so glad for Logan I myself have set up a gofundme for a family in need please donate if you can

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Phoenix Love
20 months ago

God bless, we love you all

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Nicholas Gonzalez Galano
20 months ago

GOD BLESS YOUR CHILD. I WILL SHARE IT IN MY BOTH FACEB... AND TWITER. BLESSES

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Katie Stcms
20 months ago

His smile has captured my family's heart. You're lucky parents to have such a wonderful, little man in your life. He's got this! You guys got this! God bless ♡♡

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Rosemarie Fileen
20 months ago

May god bless your beautiful little fighter Logan and may he give you and your family the continued strength and faith. I will keep you all in prayer and look forward to updates on when Logan takes his first steps...because he will!!!!!

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Cat Lee
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I'm so sorry Logan is going thru this. Sending prayers ♥

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Temmy Chang
19 months ago
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I pray to God that Logan will have a chance to run and have all the opportunities every child deserve!!

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Dorothy Petropoulos
19 months ago
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Happy to hear everything went well...have a safe trip home...hoping for all the best for Logan...he is certainly a "fighter"...Go Wolverine...Go Logan...you're in my Prayers...

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Yankeila Jerez
19 months ago
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#GoBeyondGiving

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Emmanuel Manoguito Abreu
20 months ago
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Shared your story to Imgur to help spread the word. Hope you don't mind. Prayers and love your way brother.

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Harry Lee
2 months ago

Blessings little angel I wish I could help I'm bad off myself

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Heather Deaton
5 months ago

Keeping him in my prayers.

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Amy Treesa Paul
7 months ago

Congrats to you as parents for keeping your faith, and of course to Logan, what an inspiration!

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Yukia Kuruma
7 months ago

彼の笑顔は私の家族の心を掴んだ。あなたは幸運な親であり、あなたの人生でこのような素敵な小さな人を持つことができます。彼はこれを持っている!あなたたちはこれを持っている!神の祝福♡♡

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Smashly Nicole
7 months ago

I'm so glad for Logan I myself have set up a gofundme for a family in need please donate if you can

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Phoenix Love
20 months ago

God bless, we love you all

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NG
Nicholas Gonzalez Galano
20 months ago

GOD BLESS YOUR CHILD. I WILL SHARE IT IN MY BOTH FACEB... AND TWITER. BLESSES

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Katie Stcms
20 months ago

His smile has captured my family's heart. You're lucky parents to have such a wonderful, little man in your life. He's got this! You guys got this! God bless ♡♡

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Rosemarie Fileen
20 months ago

May god bless your beautiful little fighter Logan and may he give you and your family the continued strength and faith. I will keep you all in prayer and look forward to updates on when Logan takes his first steps...because he will!!!!!

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