For five and a half years Kyla Byard watched her son Logan go through a number of surgeries. "It was a really long, extensive hospital stay," Kyla said..
Logan Byard, 5, was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The disease compromised the function of Logan's heart and lungs.
Logan lost his battle with it on January 15, 2007. He had been in and out of the hospital many times during his young life.
It was after being by Logan's side for so long in the hospital that Kyla and her family decided more needed to be done. Before Logan passed away, his family came up with the idea of Logan's League, to help benefit other sick children in the area.
"We just realized we weren't the only ones that needed help. It was very, very apparent that there was a lot of people in the community that needed help and we really wanted to start something that could benefit other families and get awareness out there," Kyla said.
When Logan passed away, Kyla knew she must make Logan's League a reality. "At that moment I knew that it was going to be my purpose, that I needed to start helping other people and to get through this battle.”
Logan himself even contributed to the new fund. He requested his own savings be donated.
"We're honoring his memory and legacy of faith, hope, and miracles and we're gonna’ provide that to other people," Kyla said. "There's already three or four families that I've been in contact with that could really use our help and I know there's gonna’ be more, lots and lots more. I just don't want to give them barely enough. I want it to really be able to help them because you can't imagine the other life that it is to live in a hospital all the time with your sick child.”
Kyla even said Logan is already helping. "He is gonna’ be our spokesperson to help these kids. You know, he's our angel.”
This weekend at the Lil' Angels Attic sale in Bowling Green, Ky., shoppers can donate money for the cause.
To donate to Logan's League, you can also go to any branch of Franklin Bank and Trust, or contact Logan's mother Kyla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on Logan, you can log onto his Caring-Bridge page. It shows pictures of Logan through the years: http://www.caringbridge.org/ky/logan/.