Love for Logan
Updated: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 03:00 PM EST
Social media is proving to be good medicine for one local teenager battling a rare type of cancer
As News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us in this special Health Alert, a "Love for Logan" Facebook page is lifting his spirits while bringing out the best in one community.
The surprise isn't just a 13th birthday party for Logan Maney but also that he's well enough to come home to Weaverville on this day despite his on-going battle with Diffuse Intrisic Pontine Glioma.
Jennifer Maney, Logan's mom, "DIPG is a pediatric cancer, it is very rare. 200 to 300 kids a year."
DIPG is the most primal of cancers in the brain and it's in the brain stem, inoperable.
Logan receives experimental treatment at Duke University aimed at shrinking his tumor.
Logan Maney, cancer survivor, "I have to do radiation and I have to take a study drug at 7 o'clock in the morning and 7 at night."
A Facebook page Love for Logan helps keep up his spirits. Everyone from friends and family to celebrities to politicians have sent "thumbs-up" well wishes.
Jennifer, "it is absolutely tremendous. I don't think the website was brought up until January 14 or 15 and we have more than 5,000 likes already."
Logan, "all the people believe in me."
Jennifer, "he is just absolutely a wonderful kid. He brings me joy, he brings his whole family joy. His friends he is always in a good mood. He's up, he's positive."
And that has inspired more and more people at this party, and through Facebook to host and participate in Benefits for Logan.
And the wish for many more which can happen because of the combination of modern medicine, community support, and personal faith.
Despite insurance and fundraisers, Logan's family still has enormous expenses. To learn about their needs, click here to visits Logan's Facebook page.