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BYRON, MN - The Logan family of Byron, Minnesota has been rocked by tragedy not once but twice in the past year, but today they find comfort within their community.
“We’re very blessed by the number of people who came out today. This is amazing. We didn’t have any specific expectations but to have this, to get all the hugs we’ve gotten today and everything. Just the support has been amazing,” said Matt Logan, father of Deianerah “Deej” Logan.
Back in 2012, Deej Logan was killed in a car crash on the first day of her senior year when she ran into the back of a school bus. A troubling memory that her parents say should serve as a reminder for the risks of texting and driving.
“We want to lead by example and promote not texting and driving because it’s obviously very close to our hearts. To keep the youth involved reminds them of the risks and hopefully they can reach out to other youth and remind them to not text and drive,” said Matt.
The benefit and auction held at the Byron American Legion, helped to raise funds for the Deej’s Dream scholarship, something family members say was a cause close to her heart.
“Deej had a dream and life wasn’t expecting what she wanted it to be. So we had all the seniors write a scholarship and its going through 2018. So this is a big deal for the scholarship,” said Chanelle Logan, sister of Deej.
A variety of sponsors and vendors donated raffle and auction items in hopes of raising money for the scholarship, though Matt and Megan say it’s the little things that made all the difference.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of our friends, family and community. They lift us up and help us get through this. Just them smiling back at us and things like that is amazing for us,” said Matt.