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The best of friends

Corona del Mar High’s Jarrett Logan has been able to endure a battle with brain cancer with the help from his seven friends.

October 24, 2007|By Andrew Snyder

In high school, waiting for test results can be scary.

They can cause anxiety and stress. Sometimes those tests can bring the toughest of teenagers to tears.

But most of the time, the tests in high school hold the fate of a grade, not a life.

Instead of waiting for his grade on an exam, Jarrett Logan had to wait for the results of a different type of test. One that was life-changing.

On March 5, the results came back shocking and eventually challenging. A tumor was found on the left half of Logan’s brain after he complained for more than a week of having flu-like symptoms. Later that morning, the tumor was removed in a successful surgery.

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The doctors said that Logan’s type of tumor, medulloblastoma, was very curable and that the treatments would be very aggressive, lasting up to eight months.

With the advances in treatments over the last 20 years, the cure rate has gone from less than 20 to as high as 85%, with no signs of reoccurence, according to an article written in 2006 about a study led by St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

But as one would imagine, reactions were similar: fear.

Questions of “Why Jarrett?” and “How could this happen to him?” raced through the minds of those concerned.

“When I first found out [I had brain cancer], the only thing that came to my mind was my family,” Logan said. “I just wanted to know where they were, and wanted them by my side right away to get into my comfort zone.”

WHO IS LOGAN?

Logan, a 16-year-old sophomore at Corona del Mar High, plays lacrosse and was set to play on the junior varsity team for the Sea Kings. With an accurate outside shot, he also played for the frosh-soph boys’ basketball team.

But because of his passion for contact and his deft hand-eye coordination, Jarrett has shown a strong love for lacrosse.

In that sport, he took on the responsibilities of the attack position, displaying quickness and speed as credited by his father, George Logan.

His coach and teammates are looking forward to having Logan back on the team. Logan is ready to return as well. Home school is a thing of the past.

The cancer seems to be behind him now, too. After going through his last round of chemotherapy this past Friday, he will be tired for roughly seven days. But after that he plans to be back to his normal self.

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