SON IN­SPIRED ME TO HELP CHAR­ITY

Ray­mond raises cash af­ter Gary’s ill­ness

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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