SON INSPIRED ME TO HELP CHARITY
Raymond raises cash after Gary’s illness
A loving dad has recalled the moment he was told his child could die and how it has inspired him to raise money for charity.
Raymond Logan watched on as his son Gary suffered kidney failure just days after his 21st birthday almost six years ago.
The family were told he needed a transplant, prompting Raymond to hit the gym to make sure he was in peak physical condition in case he was a match.
As it transpired, his other son Greig was a match and stepped up to help his brother without a moment’s hesitation.
Forty-eight-year-old Raymond and his wife, Angela, have watched Grieg, now 30, and Gary, 27, get back to fitness.
But he can still remember that dark days when it was uncertain is his son would survive.
“It was two or three days after his 21st birthday party, Gary felt something popping in his eye,” Raymond recalls.
“We took him to the opticians in Rutherglen shopping centre and they examined him.
“Half an hour after we got home they phoned and told us to take him to hospital immediately.
“He ended up in a coma for a few days before we found out the problem was, his kidneys were simply knackered.
“When he was in the coma, the doctor came and told us he was fighting for his life. It was like a kick in the guts, I didn’t know what to do.
“They sent us for tests to see if anyone was a match to be a donor. It was my boy lying there, I would have happily given him my two kidneys.
“Grieg came back positive and didn’t need to think twice about it. He would do anything for his brother.
“The family all call Gary ‘The Special One’ now.”
The transplant eventually happened five years ago, but it was a long journey back for both brothers, especially Gary.
“It’s only now Gary is getting back to normal,” Raymond says.
“People don’t realise it takes a while to get back, it’s a long journey. Even Grieg took six months to recover, it’s not like getting a tooth out.”
Gary’s illness came at a difficult time for the family. Angela was registered disabled and Raymond became her full-time carer.
Around that time he discovered Inferno Gym on Rutherglen’s Cathcart Road. He became friendly with Muay Thai international champion, Amy Pirnie, who runs the gym, and her trainer, Rab Izat.
They will help him raise money for kidney research by donating signed gloves and a signed t-shirt as well as three months gym membership to be raffled off at a charity night in the Millcroft Pub on September 23. Raymond will then tackle the Glasgow Half Marathon on October 1 to raise even more money. “I started going to that gym in case I was a donor match,” Raymond remembers. “But I just stuck at it and they are now sponsoring me. “I ran the half marathon in 2010 for cancer research as my mum died from cancer. I do enjoy running but I’ll be thrilled to finish it because I’m getting older.” The charity night will also include raffles and auctions with prizes including singed Rangers and Celtic memorabilia. Tickets cost £5 and are available by contacting Raymond through his Facebook page www.facebook. com/raymond. logan.1848. You can also donate at www. justgiving.com/ Raymond-Logan.
Half an hour after we got home they phoned and told us to take him to hospital immediately
Brotherly love Greig Logan, right, did not hesitate when his brother Gary needed a life-saving transplant