‘Logan’s Legacy’ Honored at Youth Services System Blood Drive in Wheeling | News, Sports, Jobs

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Dara Pond of Moundsville shares a laugh with Kaitlyn Weber of the American Red Cross, as Pond donates a unit of blood Thursday to the Youth Services System’s Hazel Atlas Building during a blood drive held at the Memoir of Logan Fluharty.

Tanya Duncan remembers her late son Logan Fluharty as a caring soul, someone who kept others in his mind and heart no matter what he personally faced. Even when he fought and eventually died of leukemia, she said, that spirit was strong.

On Thursday, community members came to the Youth Services System’s Hazel Atlas Building to donate blood in support of Logan’s Legacy Cancer Foundation, which was established to fight cancer and honor Fluharty’s memory.

Duncan, a residential manager at Tuel Center, which is part of the YSS Transitional Living Program, said they expect to get about 40 units from Thursday’s drive.

“It’s inspiring,” she said, “and it’s inspiring to see that our community comes together and they come here, not just in his memory, but to give back to potentially save someone’s life. ‘a.”

Fluharty was diagnosed in April 2020 with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After remission, he underwent a bone marrow transplant in November 2020. In March 2021, Fluharty relapsed and he died on August 1, 2021 at age 18 .

During his treatment, Fluharty received more than 100 blood and platelet products. Earlier this year, Duncan came to YSS staff to see if he would co-host a blood drive. YSS digital media and communications coordinator Tucker Riggleman said there was no doubt the organization would help.

“When Tanya reached out, we were really happy to help,” he said. “Helping with something like this is very special when it’s within the YSS family. And it’s something that helps others. So anything we could do to help honor Logan’s memory, we’re happy to help.

Duncan said donating blood was just one way for members of the community to do something in honor of his son.

“He was always thinking of others, so just giving back to everyone you can and helping out when you see there’s a need would help,” she said. “Whether it’s blood, platelets, even a donation to a pediatric floor of a cancer center, just to give the kids something to do while they’re there. It will also help.

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