High Bridge Strutters Raise Over $8,000 For Local Child

Published 3:18 pm Thursday, June 20, 2013

Each year the High Bridge Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation selects a child diagnosed with cancer who is in need of monetary donations. This year Logan Kucz, son of Amanda Joyce from Victoria, and Wayne Kucz, of Buckingham, and grandson of Robin and Jack Davis, of Buckingham was selected.

At this year's event the Chapter purchased a gun and auctioned it for $3,200. A passing of donations buckets yielded another $2,768.10 Larry Algiers, owner of Quality Catering and rental Company in Keysville, donated a catered event for 200 people that was auctioned and purchased for another $1,800. Various table decorations donated by Rochette's Florist were also auctioned and returned yet another $600 for a total of $8368.10 being raised for this young man.

Logan just had an eleventh birthday February 26. Approximately 11 months earlier, he had been diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a cancerous tumor which was attached to the lower base of his brain.

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Prior to the diagnoses, Logan was a normal, healthy young boy with dreams of playing sports or one day becoming an Air Force pilot. He had moved to Austin, TX from North Carolina to live with his uncle. He had enrolled in school, was excelling in class work and was active in school functions when it became apparent that something was wrong. His uncle took him to the Dell Children's Hospital in Austin where the tumor was discovered. It was also determined that this tumor had caused pressure on the nerve to the eye thus affecting his vision.

After a successful surgery to remove the tumor, there were complications. Logan was in the hospital approximately three weeks. After Logan's release from the hospital it was decided that his cancer treatment could be best met by living with his grandmother in Virginia. The doctors at Dell Children's hospital prescribed an aggressive treatment plan that would begin at VCU Cancer Center. During this time Logan lost his hair and had to wear a patch over eye to avoid double vision.

Logan is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment at VCU. At present he is very frail and has lost weight due to the chemotherapy. He is wearing glasses to temporarily correct the double vision. Eye surgery may be in order later but he is too weak for that now.

“As for the future goes, we pray that Logan will be rid of this cancer,” a spokesperson said. “As he undergoes treatment, the school sends teachers twice a week to continue his education. He is presently in the fifth grade.”