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Dying 2 Year Old Son Will Be Best Man in Parent’s Wedding

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by Aaron D. Johnson

Sean Stevenson and Christine Swidorsky of Jeannette, Pennsylvania are some brave parents who are making a wonderful decision for dying sontheir sick child and entire family.

A two year old boy with only weeks to live will serve as his parent’s best man at their wedding this upcoming weekend.

After learning that their child was afflicted with leukemia, Sean Stevenson and Christine Swidorsky have decided to move their wedding plans up a whole year so that he could participate.

According to the National Library of Medicine, leukemia is a type of blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft tissue in the center of the bones, where blood cells are produced. The term leukemia means white blood. White blood cells (leukocytes) are used by the body to fight infections and other foreign substances.

Christine Swidorsky said, “We want Logan in our family pictures, and we want him to see his mother and dad get married.” The couple’s other children will also be participants in the ceremony. Christine’s daughter from a previous relationship as well as the couple’s one year old daughter will be in the bridal party.

According to the Associated Press, Logan has Fanconi anemia, a rare disease that often causes cancer. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at 14 months old and had a stem cell transplant a year ago. He lost one kidney to a tumor in March and now has a mass on his other kidney.

At this point, his prognosis looks bleak. Last week, doctors told the couple the boy would live only two to three more weeks.

Logan’s father has already begun to feel the weight of the impending circumstance rapidly approaching. “It’ll be the hardest thing I’ll ever do, is bury my son,” Stevenson said. “You know it’s coming and you can’t do anything about it.”

Friends and family have stepped in to do all of the heavy lifting of organizing and planning the wedding. It gives the immediate family maximum time to spend with Logan during his last few days.

“I just am thankful that I am able to bring my son home and have time with him and hold him before he goes,” Stevenson said. “So, in that sense, I feel lucky that I at least get to say goodbye to my son … and tell him it’s going to be OK.”

“He’s made me a better person,” Swidorsky said. “He’s just an angel from heaven and I’m going to miss him.”

3 Comments

  1. Yolanda

    August 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    This is such a sad sad story I could’nt imagine loosing a child not In a million years.I feel for this family and offer my Prayers and sympathy.

  2. kim

    August 3, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I am keeping this family in my prayers,….please know that your entire family is in our prayers and be strong and keep the faith.You never know what little miracles can happen.+++STAY STRONG+++

  3. Carrie Damman

    August 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    My heart goes out to this family..lost my first born in car accident 3 yrs ago..my other son has been in remission for the same Leukemia for 13 yrs..which ive been in remission for 25 yrs..I was given a death sentence and am still here today…God has a plan..never give up hope..HOPE is a strong medicine

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