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Pa. boy, 2, who served as parents' best man, has died

Christine Swidorsky holds her son, Logan Stevenson, 2, with Logan´s father Sean Stevenson, for a portrait on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in their Jeannette, Pa., home. The couple´s dying toddler served as the groom´s best man at their Aug. 3 wedding. Logan died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Tribune-Review, Eric Schmadel)
Christine Swidorsky holds her son, Logan Stevenson, 2, with Logan's father Sean Stevenson, for a portrait on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in their Jeannette, Pa., home. The couple's dying toddler served as the groom's best man at their Aug. 3 wedding. Logan died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Tribune-Review, Eric Schmadel)

A 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy with leukemia who served as the best man at his parents' wedding over the weekend has died.

Christine Swidorsky wrote on her Facebook page late Monday that 2-year-old Logan "took his last breath in my arms" at 8:18 p.m. 

Swidorsky and Sean Stevenson, of Jeannette, Pa., had planned to marry next year but moved the ceremony to Saturday so Logan could be involved.

"We want Logan in our family pictures, and we want him to see his mother and dad get married," Swidorsky, 36, told the Associated Press last week.

The couple had recently learned that the boy would likely only live another few weeks.

Logan had Fanconi's anemia, a rare genetic disease that results in decreased production of blood cells and often leads to cancer, and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when he was 14 months old. He's had a stem cell transplant and was later diagnosed with a kidney tumor; the kidney was removed earlier this year. A mass in the child's remaining kidney was found in July.

The couple's quickly planned wedding took place in their backyard in Jeannette, a small town in Westmoreland County, outside of Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Logan wore a tan, pin-striped suit with an orange shirt, and held a favorite stuffed rabbit during the ceremony. He was alert when he entered the chapel, then fell asleep with head on his grandmother's shoulder as his parents said their vows, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It's just going to be one of those things that you remember all your life," Stevenson, 27, told the Tribune-Review. "It means the world to me. We're just blessed every day that he's here with us."

Their other children also participated in the ceremony, Pittsburgh news outlets reported. Swidorsky's 13-year-old daughter was a bridesmaid, and the couple's 1-year-old daughter was the flower girl.

After news organizations reported on the impromptu wedding, originally planned for July 2014, last week, the couple was flooded with donations of food, wine and photography services for the wedding.

Swidorsky wrote Monday night that she was "in disbelief" but her son "is with angels and he's in no more pain."


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