JEANNETTE, Pa. - The parents of Logan Stevenson are sharing their emotional last moments spent together as a family, following their son’s passing Monday.
At 2 years old, Logan was an inspiration to so many, gaining national attention for the role he played in his parents’ wedding two days ago as he fought a rare disease.
After escorting his mother down the aisle and serving as his parents’ best man Saturday, Logan passed away in his mother’s arms.
“Sean and I held him all day. He was comfortable with his medication. Then at 8:18 (p.m.) my son took his last breath in my arms. Logan passed away. I’m so sad, upset and I’m in disbelief. He is with angels and he’s in no more pain. No more sickness. No more hospitals,” Christine Swidorsky wrote on her Facebook page.
Sean Stevenson said, “We got to hold him and tell him it was OK, and tell him how much we loved him and that we would be together again sometime.
Swidorsky said they told their son, “We'll meet again Logan, you go fly with the angels.”
Surrounded by his mom, dad and grandmother, Logan took his last breath.
Logan’s grandmother, Debbie Stevenson, then gave her grandson a final hug.
“It's just going to be hard that you don't get to pick him up and hold him anymore, you know, you just have to go with the pictures and the memories,” said Debbie Stevenson.
“I understand, but I can't accept it. I can't accept it,” said Swidorsky.
At 14 months, Logan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and had a stem cell transplant in July 2012. Several months later, he was diagnosed with a kidney tumor. In March, a kidney was removed.
During a visit to the emergency room last month when Logan fell ill, a test revealed a mass in his remaining kidney. Logan was then diagnosed with Fanconi anemia, a rare disease that often leads to cancer.
Doctors told Stevenson and Swidorsky that any further treatment would not be beneficial and gave him just weeks to live.
On Saturday, Swidorsky and Sean Stevenson married so their son could be there to witness the event. The couple said they had originally planned to wed when Logan’s health improved, but when doctors gave him just days to live, they decided to move up the date.
The public’s outpouring allowed the couple to transform Sean Stevenson’s back yard in Jeanette into their dream wedding.
"The public outpouring and support has been tremendous and wonderful," said Kelly Young, Sean Stevenson’s sister.
"Ever since they found out about Logan, they've grown stronger together. They still keep their attitudes great. They just try to stay strong for one another. It's amazing," said Seth Antoniak, a groomsman.
After local businesses heard about the couple’s story, they reached out and donated, putting the entire wedding together in a week.
“It’s like he waited,” said Swidorsky. “He saw relatives he never even met.”
“I'm not afraid to die. Logan has made me not afraid to die because I know he'll be waiting for me,” said Sean Stevenson.
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