ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Logan Channel, the brave little five-year-old who was battling stage four neuroblastoma, lost that battle on Tuesday night.
The Superhero LOGAN Facebook page, created in his honor, posted this statement Tuesday night:
"With tear filled eyes and heavy hearts, we would like to notify you that Logan peacefully gained his Superhero Angel wings tonight. Though our hearts are breaking, we can envision the joyous reunion between Logan and his mom Tara, and know that he is truly in the arms of an angel. We know that Logan is no longer in pain and for that we are grateful. We would like to extend our gratitude to the community and thank you for everything, especially the prayers. Thanks for sharing your hearts and love with our Superhero. He surely was blessed. Please continue prayers for our family and loved ones in the days ahead. #teamSuperheroLogan"
First Coast News Anchor Jeannie Blaylock has been covering Logan's story and had this to say:
"My heart goes out to Logan's family and close friends. I think a lot of us wanted to believe there could still be some hope for Logan, but our logic told us it would take a big, big miracle. Even when medical experts told us Logan was too ill for any more treatments and his passing could come any day, we just didn't want to accept it.
"But now Logan is out of pain, pain too terrible for a cute, little 5-year-old boy who loved Batman and loved his grandparents so much. We can all feel good that at least we tried to offer comfort from cards to prayers to thoughts to packages to gift cards. That's what a community is all about.
"And I think Logan's grandparents in Orange Park will still appreciate help with groceries. Any gift cards you might want to donate can still be sent to us at the First Coast News (1070 E. Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202). We are in close contact and we'll make sure the donations get to Logan's grandparents, who raised him after his mother passed away two days after giving birth to Logan.
"The gift cards will be welcome because family is coming from out of town for the funeral.
"You can also contact Nemours Children's Clinic to offer help with their project to raise research dollars for childhood cancer.
"Meanwhile, we can all just know there's another angel in Heaven who is very, very, very, very special."
---Jeannie Blaylock, firstname.lastname@example.org