Boy, 2, Dies After Serving As Best Man In Parents’ Wedding
PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The mother of a terminally ill 2-year-old western Pennsylvania boy who served as his parents’ best man, says he has died.
Christine Swidorsky Stevenson says on her Facebook page that little Logan Stevenson died in her arms at 8:18 p.m. Monday at the home she shared with the boy’s father, and her new husband, Sean Stevenson. The couple live in Jeannette and were wed at a ceremony at their home on Saturday.
“He is with angels and he’s in no more pain,” she said.
“It’s been tough,” said Debbie Stevenson, Logan’s grandmother. “I saw Logan being brought into the world when he was born, and I’ve been with Logan since day one.”
Logan’s grandmother and aunt say his parents, understandably, are going through an incredibly difficult time.
“They’re pretty devastated; it’s been pretty hard on the family,” she said. “We just all sat there and cried and held him.”
The boy, who had leukemia and other complications, was dressed in a tan pinstripe suit and orange shirt for Saturday’s 12-minute ceremony.
Sean and Christine wanted their son to be there for one of the happiest and most memorable days in their lives.
He spent his final days at home in the arms of his parents.
“I just held him, and Sean held him,” said Christine Stevenson, “and we held him together and we were on the couch and Sean kept saying, ‘It’s OK. It’s OK to go Logan.'”
“Because at that point, I’ve already made my peace with God,” said Sean Stevenson. “You know, I was accepting the fact that he needed it more than we did and that one day I will see him again. I belive taht.”
They bumped up the wedding date over a year and friends, family, even strangers, pitched in to pull the whole thing off in about a week.
Logan’s aunt says the wedding day, with Logan as best man, gave his parents an incredible gift. And they’re so very grateful for support from all over.
“It’s a very hard thing to go through this. It leaves a big hole in your heart to lose a child,” said Kellie Young, Logan’s aunt. “The thoughts and prayers that everyone gives, they’re little things, but they get us through each and every minute.”
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Logan’s mom ended her Facebook post with these words: “God Bless Logan. I’ll c u in my dreams, my son.”
The family has set up a fund to help pay for Logan’s medical bills.
If you’d like to help, you can donate at any First Commonwealth Bank Branch. The fund is named Carnival for Cancer in care of Logan Stevenson.
The funeral will be held Saturday in Westmoreland County.
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