What is the last thing you want to remember seeing?
For 7-year-old Logan Brewer of Martin, who is going blind, his wish is to see Disney World.
Several campus groups have worked hard, and are continuing to work hard, to raise enough money to make Logan’s wish come true.
On April 20, members of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity teeter-tottered in the Martin Wal-Mart parking lot to help raise funds not only for Logan, but also for other West Tennessee children served by the Ronald McDonald House, ADPi’s philanthropy. About $500 was raised.
This week, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils competed with penny-drop buckets in all major campus buildings to continue the fund-raising effort for Logan. The trip to Disney will cost about $3,000.
Logan, a first grader at Martin Primary School, is the son of Ronald and Sherry Brewer, both of whom are UTM alumni. Logan was 18 months old when he was diagnosed with nystagmus, an eye disease that affects the optic nerve and causes such symptoms as jerky eye movement. The disease will eventually blind him. He already is legally blind and will undergo a third and final surgery in June to help him focus by using what is left of his sight.
Sherry Brewer also is suffering from medical problems and has had to quit her job, forcing the family into financial difficulties. Mrs. Brewer has liver cancer, is preparing to undergo chemotherapy again and has been placed back on a liver transplant list.
Kelly Rea, a teacher at the UTM Children’s Center where Logan attends after school, said she believes the Disney trip will help Logan cope with the reality of going blind.“All I want to see is Mickey Mouse,” Logan said.
Anyone who wishes to help Logan may donate to the Logan Brewer Fund at Union Planters Bank in Martin. All proceeds will go toward the Disney trip, which the family hopes will take place at the end of May. Any leftover funds will help the family financially.
Ashley Hobbs, a freshman Elementary Education major from Pulaski, contributed to this report.