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2-Year-Old Best Man: Terminal Toddler Part of Parents' Wedding

By    |   Tuesday, 06 August 2013 08:22 AM

A 2-year-old boy with terminal cancer was the best man Saturday at his parent's wedding, an emotional, unique ceremony that was designed so he could participate.

"It means the world to me,'' said Sean Stevenson, the groom, after the ceremony in Jeannette, Pa., where he married Logan's mom, Christine Swidorsky,"We're just blessed every day that he's here with us."

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After learning in July that Logan's leukemia and other health complications would end his life in two to three weeks, the couple moved up their originally planned wedding date by a year and organized the ceremony in a week so he could be part of their marriage and the photos that would endure, they told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Logan wore a pin-striped tan suit and clutched his favorite toy, a stuffed rabbit named "Bun Bun,'' as he was held by his grandmother, Debbie Stevenson, during the 12-minute ceremony in the family's backyard. Sleepy from medications, Logan dozed a bit.

Logan, born in October 2010, was diagnosed shortly after his first birthday with acute myeloid leukemia. He has Fanconi anemia, a rare disease that often leads to cancer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Logan underwent a stem cell transplant last year and underwent surgery to remove a tumorous kidney in March but fell ill again during a June trip to Disney with the Make-A-Wish foundation. Tests later revealed a mass remained in his kidney, and doctors told the couple there was nothing they could do. He has less than a month to live.

Swidorsky said she spent most of the last week in the house with her son while family members readied the yard for the wedding. Swidorsky has experience with loss. Her mother died six years ago and her father died just two months ago, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Donna Stevenson, Sean Stevenson's aunt, her mother and her daughters took on the task of decorating the back yard from the wedding. Donna used the arch and candelabras from her own wedding as the decorations for her nephew's.

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

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

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