Logan Stevenson, the terminally ill 2-year-old best man, dies

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The sadness will linger, but Sean and Christine Stevenson won't have to worry that no one knew their 2-year-old son's story.

"Knowing that day was going to come, there was just more to the story than just the wedding and his illness," Mr. Stevenson, 27, said. "Everyone is going to remember Logan in some way, shape or form."

Logan, who was terminally ill, died Monday night in their Jeannette home, two days after the couple arranged a last-minute backyard wedding so he could be the best man.

The world watched.

Three television camera crews captured the nuptials, and newspaper reporters looked on as Logan fell asleep on his grandmother's shoulder while his parents recited their vows at the Saturday ceremony.

The story appeared in newspapers and television reports from Calgary to London. NBC's "Today" also had interviewed the couple, and Mrs. Stevenson's Facebook account flooded with friend requests.

The story of Logan's death was listed as fourth most popular on cbsnews.com Tuesday afternoon.

"We didn't have any realization of how big a story it was going to become," Mr. Stevenson said. "I'm just glad that we got his story out there."

On Monday night, they noticed Logan's breathing was labored -- and even though they knew it could be the end of his life, it's hard to shake feelings of helplessness.

"You know it's coming and there's nothing you can do about it as a parent," Mr. Stevenson said. "There's just nothing you can do to save his life."

Logan was born with a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi anemia. He had already suffered with leukemia and then developed a mass on his kidney.

On July 26, doctors told the couple Logan probably had only a couple more weeks to live.

When Logan passed away, "We were just letting him know it was OK -- and we didn't want him to suffer anymore," Mr. Stevenson said.

The family had insurance, but he said they still have thousands of dollars in outstanding medical bills. He said donations are accepted at any First Commonwealth Bank branch under the name Carnival for Cancer in care of Logan Stevenson. As of Tuesday night, $1,800 had been donated.

Friends and family will be received at the Mason-Gelder Funeral Home in Jeannette on Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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Alex Zimmerman: azimmerman@post-gazette.com, 412-263-3909 or on Twitter @AGZimmerman. Staff writer Maria Sciullo contributed. First Published August 6, 2013 12:45 PM


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