March 14th marked the one-year anniversary that the Vallee family received the blessing of a lifetime…Logan would receive a new heart. After 17 years of doctors, several open-heart surgeries, tests and uncertainty of heart failure this young man would get to finally do things we take for granted. Logan’s recovery was amazing and day by day he healed and adapted to be a little more normal. Logan now had stamina to watch an entire basketball game, without being exhausted and leaving early. He would ride a bicycle farther than one block and a tedious chore to most… shoveled snow for the first time in his life this winter. As a teenager, going to the mall or out for a bite to eat with his friends alone was unheard of, until this year.

His testing for rejection has been at zero, but he is still monitoring, testing and adapting to the right balance of several medicines that he will have to take for the rest of his life, but he doesn’t mind. He is very aware of his gift and when asked if he wanted to celebrate his one-year anniversary with a party, he said no. What Logan decided to do was ask his friends and family to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. A huge success, March 14th was the largest donation day from private parties, from money to vacuums they were overwhelmed by the generosity. The Vallee’s ask in honor of selfless donors, their families and miracles they provide, please consider organ donation yourself. Toss your change into the bin for the Ronald McDonald House at McD’s or contribute to CaringBridge.com a wonderful means of communication for families with critical illness, which they have used for years. As a community #TeamLogan helped keep a positive energy present during many dark days, but now we can all cheer our buddy on for more milestones and a bright future. 

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