Seven-year-old cancer patient from Tal-Y-Bont travels half way across the world for treatment

Reporter:

Dale Spridgeon

A DAD has posted moving images and posts chronicling the highs and lows of his son’s cancer treatment in America.

Seven-year-old Logan Sellers, from Tal-y-Bont, near Bangor, is ona10-week course
of proton therapy in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Tregarth School pupil, who was born with cerebral palsy, has rhabdomysarcoma, a rare type of tumour which has attached itself to his optic
nerve, threatening his sight and ultimately his life.

In a posting on a public Facebook page, Logan’s Journey, single dad James, 37,
said his brave son had completed his first week of specialist treatment.

Logan is pictured wiped out after his treatment, with his twin sister Francheska doing
her best to cheer him up. In one post Mr Sellers said:

“Not a good day with Logan recovering from his chemotherapy session.

“Francheska still brings a smile whilst she plays princess dress up to cheer Logan up”

In another post, he writes:“Logan is getting back to his normal self again after his
chemotherapy. It’s now time to spoil him.”

As a treat, Mr Sellers drove Logan and Francheska 13 hours and 852 miles to
Philadelphia to see the Jurassic World exhibition.

“All because Logan wants to go and see some dinosaurs. It’s kind of a special treat after completing his first week of proton therapy. The things I do for my little boy!” he said.

In another special trip, Logan was taken to meet Winter and Hope, dolphin stars of the Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 films.

Mr Sellers thanked David Yated, CEO of Clearwater and executive producer of Dolphin Tale, for giving the family the “opportunity of a life time” to meet him, but also allowing them to hold Winter’s actual prosthetic tail.

He also gave Logan and Francheska dolphin teddies signed by stars of the film.

“It was an amazing experience to see Winter and Hope in the flesh but the added extras just made Logan and Francheska so happy,” Mr Sellers wrote.

In a post on Monday, (December 5) Mr Sellers said it had been “...a busy weekend
and an emotional morning.

We are starting our second week of Proton therapy today. “But we’d just like to say a
quick thanks to all that have kindly donated to help Logan through this tough treatment process.”

The NHS is paying for the life-saving treatment, flights and accommodation, but the
family have to find day-to-day expenses and money for treats during their stay.

Since Logan has been ill, Mr Sellers,a self-employed landscape gardener, has had
to give up work.

People have pitched in to help raise money through the Logan’s Fund and on Facebook Go Fund Me.

Hundreds from around the world have also posted messages of support, and organised fundraising events.

Recent donations include St Anns Church, Mynydd Llandygai, who gave £200.
Ysgol Tregarth, which raised £546.44 at the end of October, has now raised another
£296.03.

In an event at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay, the North Wales Society For The Blind raised £375.

The society, which has a new charity shop on High Street, Bangor, will also donate all of its first few weeks’ takings.

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