For the Love of the Game: Beating Cancer

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email

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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  • by Gregory Location: Somewhere in Canada on Aug 5, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    Logan is one of my heros. The funny thing is, he doesn't consider himself to be a hero or to be couragous. He feels he didn't get to choose his fate, that he only had to make the best of what life threw at him. That my son is the true definition of courage, and the thing that makes someone a hero to someone else. We don't get to choose what we go through in life, only where we go with it. Jason, you are a talented and a wonderful man. Your piece was beautifully crafted, and riviting to watch. You truly deserved to co-host Regis! Well done and thank-you! Logan's Dad
  • by Mindy Location: Lansing on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    This is an awesome story. So inspiring to all. I wish there were more stories like this on a regular basis. I am going to play it again so my kids can watch it. Maybe they won't feel so bad about the "little" things they have had to deal with. Thanks for the story Jason.
  • by Jenn Florinki Location: Lansing, MI on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    This family is a shining example of how to turn tragedy into inspiration. I know that others who are suffering from osteosarcoma and other cancers will be enlightened with this young man's enthusiasm and vigor for life!
  • by Tony Location: Okemos, MI on Jul 29, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    This is an inspiring story in the midst of all the negative stories we hear day in and day out. Logan's determination is a great encouragement to anyone struggling.
  • by Mary Location: Cumming, GA on Jul 28, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    What a great inspiring story of love, determination, faith and character. You're a dream come true to so many. God Bless you, Logan.
  • by Doug Location: Lansing on Jul 26, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    Logan, your an inspiration to all thoese who have been delt a challenging hand in life. Keep your positive attitude, great work ethic and dedication to your future and you will always reach your goal no matter which obstacles present themselves. You have learned to overcome the most arduous of challenges and managed to pull out a win. We think of you often loveThe Bushard Family
  • by Claire Location: U.K on Jul 26, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    This guy is an inspiration not only to those who have fought cancer but to everyone he proves that if you are really determind you can achieve anything well done on acheiving you dream logan and keep going.
  • by Julie Location: Chicago on Jul 25, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    What an amazing person Logan is! This story is touching and we are lucky to part of the Brasic family!
  • by Paula Location: Jackson on Jul 24, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    Thank you WILX and Jason for the wonderful coverage of this annual event. I've known the Brasic family for many years, and I'm so proud of their strength and faith, and their willingness to help others. I know how much work goes into producing an event like this. Please continue to help support their effort by covering this event every year.
  • by Libby Location: Oaklnad, MI on Jul 24, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    Great coverage! Hope next year they'll do it before the event so you can raise another 10K. Love those t-shirts!
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