Ardmore family says they owe toddler's life to blood donations


ARDMORE, OK -- An Ardmore family says they wouldn't be enjoying life today with their toddler, if it hadn't been for blood donors.

"Logan Grace is quite a fighter. She's very stubborn and hard-headed and my husband, Ruben and I, have to remind each other on a daily basis that that's why she's here today."

Logan Grace, who turned 2 in May, was born with a cancerous tumor on her spine that weighed half of her birth weight.

"She was in Oklahoma City the first 3 months of her life and then she was in New York for a month for her major re-section surgery to remove her tumor."

"Everyday we usually, we got bad news. When we'd get a little good news, we'd get a lot more bad news. It was just stressful. We worried all the time. We prayed a lot."

Logan's parents, Toni and Ruben, say after receiving multiple blood donations and after four months in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy and multiple procedures, they were finally able to take their new baby girl home.

"We called Logan Grace our little vampire there for a while because she had so many units of blood. I've lost count."

Garcia says the experience changed her family's perspective on giving blood.

"You don't realize how much it really does matter, and means to other families. It is a matter of life and death."

"I think Oklahomans, in general, they have a big heart. And I think, when the time is needed, I think they'll pull through and they'll help out."

Our OBI All American Blood Drive wraps up Thursday in Ardmore and Ada. Details are on our webchannel: kxii.com.


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