Parents' 2-Year-Old Best Man Dies Days After Wedding

Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 12:29 PM EDT
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Dying Boy to Be Best Man at Parents' Wedding

A Pennsylvania couple moved up their wedding so their dying 2-year-old son could attend.

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Dying Boy Plays Best Man at Wedding

Looking dapper in a tiny tan pinstripe suit and orange shirt, a 2-year-old boy with only weeks to live served as the best man Saturday afternoon for his parents' Pennsylvania wedding. The Pennsylvania couple moved up their wedding day so their terminally ill toddler could be present.

Dying Boy to Be Best Man at Parents' Wedding

A Pennsylvania couple moved up their wedding so their dying 2-year-old son could attend. The boy, who doctors say has only a few weeks to live, will serve as best man
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A terminally ill 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy has died after gaining national attention for serving as best man at his parents' wedding with just days to live.

Looking dapper in a tiny tan pinstripe suit and orange shirt, Logan Stevenson served as the best man for his parents' wedding Saturday afternoon. Two days later he was gone, family spokeswoman Sylvia Johnson confirmed to the Associated Press.

Logan's mother Christine Swidorsky shared the news on her Facebook page late Monday night, saying that he was "with angels" and "in no more pain."

"Today Logan was doing very bad his breathing was very rapid then slowing down," Swirdorsky wrote. "...Sean and I held him all day, he was comfortable with his medication then at 8:18 my son took his last breath in my arms.

"I'm so sad upset and I'm in disbelief he is with angels and he's in no more pain, no more sickness, no more hospitals. We love all of (you) for all your prayers. Thank (you) all for caring god bless (you) all! And most of all god bless Logan, I'll c u in my dreams my son."

Swidorsky carried Logan on her shoulder at the Saturday afternoon wedding in Jeannette, a suburb of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Logan stood with his grandmother, Debbie Stevenson, during a 12-minute ceremony uniting Logan's mother and his father, Sean Stevenson. The boy suffered from leukemia and other complications.

“We're married,” Swidorsky exclaimed joyously after kissing her groom to applause from family and friends.

After a whirlwind week, the Jeannette couple tied the knot in a hastily arranged backyard ceremony that formalized their union and celebrated Logan's life, which doctors said would be cut short soon by cancer.

The Stevensons abandoned an original wedding date of July 2014 after learning from doctors late last month that their son had two to three weeks to live. The couple wanted Logan to see them marry and to be part of family photos.

Logan dozed off and on during the ceremony, nestled on his grandmother's shoulder, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Debbie Stevenson said he was on medication to make him comfortable, but it also made him sleepy.

Swidorsky's mother died six years ago and her father died just two months ago, the newspaper said.

Logan, who was born Oct. 22, 2010, was diagnosed shortly after his first birthday with acute myeloid leukemia. He has Fanconi anemia, a rare disease that often leads to cancer.

He endured a stem cell transplant in July 2012. Last March, he underwent surgery to remove a kidney ravaged by a tumor.

During a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in June, Logan fell ill. He was hospitalized in Florida before he was flown back to Pittsburgh.

During a trip to the emergency room last month, a test revealed a mass in his remaining kidney, which led to his terminal prognosis. Logan spent his remaining days at home.

Swidorsky's daughter, Isabella Johns, 13, served as bridesmaid and the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Savannah, was her parents' flower girl.

“This is our dream come true,” Swidorsky said through tears, the Post-Gazette reported.  

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