WASHINGTON, August 5, 2013 —Two-year-old Logan Stevenson served as best man in his parents’ wedding, which they hastily arranged after learning Logan has only a few weeks to live.
During the ceremony, Logan wore a tan pin stripe suit with an orange shirt and rested on his mother’s shoulder.
Logan has a rare disease called acute myeloid leukemia as a result of Fanconi Anemia (FA) which is the impetus for Logan’s cancer.
FA is a genetic disorder found in one of 350,000 births with a higher incidence in Ashkenazi Jews and Afrikaners. The majority of victims develop a type cancer characterized by rapid growth of abnormal of white blood cells in the bone marrow. The rate of cancer incidence increases with age, but Logan received his initial diagnosis when he was just one year old.
After enduring a stem cell transplant, Logan underwent additional surgery to remove one kidney that was affected by a tumor. His second kidney is rapidly failing.
The wedding took place in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where Logan was flown after falling critically ill at a Make a Wish Foundation event in Florida. His parents bumped up the wedding to accommodate Logan’s failing health and to have him part of the family activity and family photos during the ceremony.
Logan’s mother made two outstanding comments on her wedding day. She said, “We’re married” and added, “This is our dream come true.” The other Stevenson children also participated in the wedding. Isabella, age 13 served as bridesmaid and Savannah, age one, served as flower girl.
Logan slept through much of the ceremony, as his medications caused drowsiness. To observers, he seemed seemed comfortable.
A bittersweet day if there ever was one.
Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
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