An 11-year-old Lakeville boy will be featured as part of in this year’s KS95 for Kids Radiothon.
Logan Swedberg, along with his parents, Todd and Tara Swedberg, will be among a select group of children featured in this year’s radiothon.
Logan was born with a chromosomal abnormality so unusual that it doesn’t have a name.
“He had two clubfeet, a cleft lip and palate, and a large mass in his abdomen,” his mother, Tara, said. He also had a major spinal curvature. As Logan grew, the curve of his spine began putting dangerous pressure on his heart and lungs. “Everyday activities, even breathing, became a constant struggle,” she said.
In a first-of-its-kind procedure that spanned more than eight months, Gillette doctors surgically attached a metal device, called a halo, to the outside of Logan’s skull. Logan then underwent spinal fusion—a highly complex surgery that straightens the spine using metal implants and bone.
Today, the boy who once struggled to keep pace with peers can walk to school—even complete a round of golf—without getting winded. “Logan is my fighter,” Tara said. “He’s determined to be just like everyone else.”
The radiothon, which begins at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 and concludes at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, is a two-day broadcast on 94.5 FM, KS95, that raises funds for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF). The public is invited to donate by calling 1-877-253-5437 (KIDS) on Dec. 6-7, or by visiting www.ks95.com keyword “Kids.”
In the past thirteen years, the KS95 for Kids radiothon has raised more than $11.6 million for Gillette and CCRF. Funds are raised through phone and online pledges, corporate donations, and KS95 for Kids’ Change for Kids, a change collection program for schools, businesses and other community groups.