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10/14/2013 10:28:00 AM
'Love for Logan' benefit tops $19,000 mark
Supporters enjoyed a pulled pork dinner, silent auction, bake sale and a kid's carnival at the Love for Logan benefit held October 5th. Photo submitted
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Supporters enjoyed a pulled pork dinner, silent auction, bake sale and a kid's carnival at the Love for Logan benefit held October 5th. Photo submitted

By David Richards

The goal was to raise more than $20,000, and they made it.

Friends, family and community members have come through in a big way to help the family of a 3-year Byron boy born with a congenital virus.

The benefit for Logan Fritsche Oct. 5, that included a pulled pork dinner and auctioned more than 100 gift baskets, raised $19,000, with monetary donations covering the rest.

"It makes you cry like a little baby," said Nick Fritsche, Logan's father, of the support.

The purpose of the benefit was to raise enough funds so the family can pay off its van to eliminate that monthly payment in addition to helping pay down escalating medical bills.

With only Nick's job as a nurse, things have been tight.

"It's doable, it's just uncomfortable all the time," Nick said.

Logan was born with congenital Cytomegalovirus that left him with calcifications around his brain.

He suffers from epilepsy, can see from side views, but is legally blind, can hear voices, but can't speak and is tube fed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in 150 children is born with congenital CMV infection. And about one in every five born with it develops permanent problems.

According to the CMV Action Network, more children have disabilities due to congenital CMV than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Pediatric HIV/AIDS.

"Amber (Nick's wife and Logan's mother) and I are forever grateful to live in a nice community like this," Nick said. "Our hope is that Byron continues to help support those in need."

Monetary donations can be made to Logan Fritsche at First Alliance Credit Union, (507) 288-0330.

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