For the Love of the Game: Beating Cancer

It was a persistent pain in his left hip that originally sent Logan Brasic to the doctor. He briefly thought the worst before his MRI, but thought, "I'm too young to get cancer."

But when the doctor called him back to his office, he knew it was bad.

It was.

Logan had a tumor the size of a softball in his hip. It was osteosarcoma-- bone cancer.

Logan, just 19 at the time and in his first year of college at Michigan State, soon had to make a decision-- lose the use of his leg or lose it altogether.

"That was a doozy," said Logan. "I didn't even know I would lose my leg until the night before my surgery."

"Not having even 7 hours to decide was pretty intense."

He went with what his doctor called the safest route, amputating his leg and half his pelvis.

It also meant the end of his dream of playing for the MSU soccer team. It was a decision that still haunts him as a lifelong goalkeeper who starred for his Jackson Northwest High School team.

"I'll never get over it," said Logan. "Some people say time heals all wounds, but i think you just learn to deal with the pain of it."

"That may have been the only time during his whole ordeal that he was really emotional," said his mother, Lori. "He said, 'Mom I just want to play soccer again.' And that was just breaking his heart."

Then one day in the hospital, Lori helped mend her son's broken heart by suggesting a soccer marathon to help raise money for osteosarcoma.

"YES!" was Logan's response to anything that involved soccer and helped fight the disease that had sidelined him.

And with that "Soccer Round the Clock" was born and this past weekend the second annual event was held in Jackson. Teams filled out every time slot of the 24-hour event helping to raise funds for osteosarcoma. Some call it the forgotten cancer because it gets so little funding.

Logan didn't play the first year, because of his treatment, but he wanted to this year.

"It's a little harder to play with one leg."

But he did.

Back where he belongs, in the net, playing on one leg for three games. And for the first two gave up just one goal. When he made his first save, Lori, also playing in the game, found her daughter on the field and they both hugged and cried.

"I went from a soccer mom to a cancer mom to a soccer mom again," she said. "'Soccer Round the Clock' allowed me to do that."

For Logan it allowed him to do so much more.

"I feel not only did I learn how to walk when I was a child, but when I was on the soccer field, I learned how to fly. I was off my feet more than I was on them. Now, for me to go back on the field without the crutches and to let everything else just fall away, it was a really nice-- a really cool way for me to get a little bit of that feeling back."

Logan's father and sister are also big parts of "Soccer Round the Clock" that raised $10,000 dollars the first year and another $4,000 this year. It's a one-of-a-kind-event and you can bet this soccer family from Rives Junction will do it again next year.

As for Logan, who is cancer free, he's thinking about coaching and already has plans to work with some kids' teams this fall.


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