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Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Jonathan Logan

We are continuing a series of posts highlighting the awards recipients for the 2015 Hometown Heroes Celebration put on by the American Red Cross of West Michigan.
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Hometown Heroes Celebration

The event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For ticket information please visit our Hometown Heroes event page.

Each year the American Red Cross celebrates the community heroes who inspire us through their commitment to service and their recognition of the humanity of their neighbors down the street, across the country, and around the world. The event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For ticket information please visit our Hometown Heroes event page.

The American Red Cross is very pleased to honor Jonathan Logan with the Jane Delano Lifesaver Award, which recognizes individuals who have acted bravely in an emergency to save a life. At 17 years old, Logan is the youngest individual to be recognized during the 2015 Hometown Heroes Celebration. He has dedicated much of his own life to saving lives and his story is inspiring.

When Logan was 4 years old, his younger sister Lyndsey died from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. After that, he chose to focus his efforts on prevention. He wanted to make sure other families didn’t experience the grief and loss his own family has endured.

“As a Boy Scout, I have sworn to help other people at all times,” says Logan. “A small good turn can go a long way.”

Logan has been a Boy Scout for 11 years and is finishing up the last requirements for his Eagle Scout Award. In honor of his sister and in his efforts as a Boy Scout, he held a bone marrow and blood drive at the Without Walls Vineyard Church in Holland, Michigan. They collected 44 pints of blood and swab tested 47 people. Swab testing is a simple process of swabbing the inside of the cheek to join the bone marrow registry.

Logan’s commitment to save lives and prevent others from experiencing grief truly demonstrates what the Jane Delano Lifesaver Award represents. The American Red Cross is proud to honor him and looks forward to seeing his future dedication to his community.

“Everyone can do a little thing to make somebody’s day a little better,” says Logan. “There are few easier ways to make a significant difference in someone’s life than by donating blood.”

 

To learn more about the marrow registry, please visit http://www.deletebloodcancer.org/en .

To find out how YOU can help your community, please visit http://www.redcross.org/support.

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