Hayden Valley Elementary School kindergartner Logan Morrison attends class Tuesday. Logan was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, last December. Logan is now cancer free and back at school.

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Hayden Valley Elementary School kindergartner Logan Morrison attends class Tuesday. Logan was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, last December. Logan is now cancer free and back at school.

Benefit to help Hayden's Morrison family

Funds from dinner to assist with Logan Morrison’s medical bills

If you go

What: Logan Morrison benefit dinner

When: 5 to 7 p.m. today

Where: Hayden Valley Elementary School cafeteria

Cost: $15 for families, $5 for adults, $3 for children, free for children 3 and younger

Call: Hayden Valley Elementary School at 276-3756 for more information

— Katresha Morrison said the Hayden community has rallied around her family since her son Logan’s diagnosis of Burkitt’s lymphoma in December.

Now it’s Hayden Valley Elementary School’s turn.

The elementary school staff is hosting a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. today in the school’s cafeteria. All proceeds will be given to the Morrison family to help pay for ongoing medical costs.

“We really wanted to do something as a staff to help the Morri­­sons,” Principal Rhonda Sweet­­ser said. “It’s one of those things where your heart goes out to the family when you hear about it. It’s a small thing the staff can do to help out.”

After missing most of the second half of the school year, 6-year-old Logan returned to school cancer free in early April.

Katresha Morrison said it’s a “big relief” to have her son back in school, after his Dec. 5 diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

Logan’s health issues began the day before Thanks­­giving, when he began to com­­plain about stomach pain. Katresha Morrison said her son was fati­­gued, skipped meals and didn’t want to do much of anything but lay on the couch.

“He’s not one that ever sits still,” she said. “It was a big switch when that happened. We knew something was wrong.”

Doctors at The Memorial Hospital in Craig found a tumor in his stomach. He was diagnosed with Burkitt’s, a cancer of the lymphatic system, at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. Morrison said it “was very scary at first,” but fortunately, the cancer was treatable.

Morrison said she drove Logan to Denver every three weeks for chemotherapy. His dad, Aden, would join them on the weekends, she said.

Sweetser said Logan returned to school twice in between treatments, but only stayed for half days. She said they’re excited to have Logan, a “bubbly, sweet kid,” back to school.

His teacher, Melany Neton, said Logan didn’t miss a beat.

“He’s just done incredibly well,” she said. “Academically, he’s kept up. Socially, the kids are excited to see him back. They were real concerned about him.”

Logan said he’s happy to be back and to play outside on the playground but mostly “to see my friends.”

The spaghetti dinner, prepared by Hayden Food Service Director Steve Carlson, also will include salad, bread and cookies and brownies for dessert.

The cost is $15 for families or $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children 3 and younger will be admitted for free.

For more information, call Hayden Valley Elementary School at 276-3756.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

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