Continuing the fight

BALDWIN - Baldwin residents Char and Dave Dagen have a personal interest in fighting Cystic Fibrosis.

When just four months old, their grandson was diagnosed with the disease.

In December of 2007, Cystic Fibrosis went from being some exotic ailment that one heard about on TV, to a scourge being battled on a daily basis by the extended family of a sweet young child.

Every day became a struggle to keep Logan healthy.

And lots of folks joined the struggle.

Last year, Logan Tyler’s aunt, Sara Bloom, held a unique auction offering a jar of Michigan snow to the highest bidder - as a fundraiser for Logan’s Heroes.

The efforts raised $200 and a lot of attention - not only to Logan’s plight, but to Cystic Fibrosis as a whole.

That was the point, really. To wake people up.

Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States.

For those suffering CF, mucus coats lungs and respiratory system, so much so that they generally must undergo therapy treatments to break up this remaining mucus.

Medications cost hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars every month.

Despite all of this, Logan’s family, which is spread across Osceola, Lake and Kent counties, is not raising money for his own treatment. They’re donating the money from eBay auctions and an annual live auction in Baldwin to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a group that performs research on the disease in hopes of finding a cure.

The family has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the foundation.

This year once again, Logan’s Heroes are on a roll.

The third annual auction, dinner, and bake sale will take place Saturday, May 21, at Amvets Post No. 1988, located at 1959 W. 24th Street, in Baldwin.

Dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. with the auction action kicking off at 6 p.m.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“In the 1950s, few children with (Cystic Fibrosis) lived to attend elementary school,” noted Dave Dagen.

“Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extend life for children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis.

“Nevertheless, we continue to lose precious young people to this disease.

“Please know that for every day we work, and for every dollar we raise, we are adding tomorrows for people with CF.”

At the auction there will be some wonderful items up for grabs including an electric guitar autographed by Ted Nugent, an overnight stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, a patio heater, an Algoma Railroad tour round trip tickets on the S.S. Badger and much, much more.

Again, 100 percent of the moneys raised will be forwarded to the CF Foundation.

For more information, contact Lil Clary-Welty at (231) 745-2826, or Charlene and Dave Dagen at (231) 745-6032.

To become one of Logan’s Heroes

Visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/search/?q=logan%27s+heroes&init=quick#/group.php?gid=113466480725&ref=search&sid=21700442.2970812149..1. or go to www.logansheroes.net.

To make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit Logan’s page at www.cff.org/Great_Strides/JenniferClary.