Toddler treated at Cincinnati Children's for rare disease after fundraiser for him was robbed
April 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM EST - Updated June 23 at 8:13 PM
Just days after a lemonade stand set up to help pay for a toddler's medical expenses was robbed, the Georgia boy has been admitted to Cincinnati Children's Hospital to undergo surgery for his rare intestinal disease.
Donations flowed in to the Logan Vardnadoe's family after word spread that the money was taken. Three girls were selling lemonade Saturday, including Logan's 13-year-old cousin Chelsea Edwards, when they told authorities they were robbed of about $130.
Authorities arrested Amber M. Umbarger, 21, and Gage Allen Turner, 20 for the robbery.
Logan's mother, April Varnadoe, says the family received more than $3,000 within 12 hours of the story airing on local television.
The Varnadoe family says it never expected such an outpouring of support. "It's been wonderful. People are really reaching out to not only Logan but to Chelsea and the girls as well," said Varnadoe. "The prayers and the thoughts and the support has just been wonderful, we really needed it. It's lifted a big burden off our hearts."
Taking care of Logan is a full time job for April, something she has been doing since he was a baby. "They think he has something called intestinal pseudo-obstruction, which is a pretty rare intestinal disease," says Varnadoe.
Logan has had about ten surgeries since he was a baby. He has seen multiple specialists and no one has been able to diagnosis him. This is why he spending time at Children's Hospital; to run more tests and to hopefully determine a diagnosis and treatment.
If you are interested in following Logan's progress you can visit his web site here.