Four-year-old Logan’s run for Kidney Research

Marie Pears and her children, Jasmine, 10, and Logan, four. Logan has Kidney disease and the family are fundraising for that and Wildcats Theatre School, which Jasmine attends.'Photo: MSMP161012-020ow
Marie Pears and her children, Jasmine, 10, and Logan, four. Logan has Kidney disease and the family are fundraising for that and Wildcats Theatre School, which Jasmine attends.'Photo: MSMP161012-020ow
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Hundreds of people took part in a 5km fun run and for little Logan Bell it was a major achievement to complete the course.

In his short life, the four-year-old has battled a number of health difficulties and just getting to the start line of the fun run at the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough on Sunday put a huge smile on mum Marie Pears’ face.

Logan was born four weeks early with a kidney infection and was later diagnosed with a duplex kidney, which means he has an extra tube and dirty urine can loop back into the kidney.

This makes Logan more susceptible to infections and he has to attend regular appointments with the urologist at Peterborough City Hospital, who monitors his condition.

If the condition worsens or is not monitored properly, it could mean Logan needs an operation in the future to remove the duplex kidney.

In addition, Logan also suffers from problems with his legs and doctors are investigating whether he has arthritis.

So for Logan to complete the course was a huge achievement. He also raised more than £300 for Kidney Research.

Marie, who is also mum to 10-year-old Jasmine, said: “Logan is always willing to have a go and I was keen for us to enter because I wanted to show Logan that even with the setbacks he has, he can do things.

“He had a few little stops along the way and a piggy back from me but even if it had taken us 10 hours, we were going to get round!”

Logan was proud to show off his medal to all his classmates and teachers at Malcolm Sargent Primary School.

Logan also has to go for regular eye appointments after doctors discovered a shadow on his eye.

He also suffers tonsilitis regularly and his start at school was delayed by a fortnight after he had to have his tonsils out.

Marie, 31, a sales manager for a security company, is determined to continue fundraising for Kidney Research and West End Wildcats, which has been key in supporting Jasmine.

The family, of West Street Gardens, Stamford, are holding a race night on Saturday next week at the Danish Invader in Empingham Road. The first race will be at 6pm and there will also be a family disco afterwards. Entry is £3 per adult and £1 per child.

There is also a collection tin at the Danish Invader for donations.

She also plans to do the Stamford Santa fun run and is considering a half-marathon to raise even more funds for the two causes.

Marie said: “I just want people to be aware that fundraising needs to be done. Even a few pounds can go a long way for charities like Kidney Research to make sure that the research can continue.

“The support that Wildcats has offered not just Jasmine but all of us has been fantastic.

“I don’t want any sympathy though because this is just what we deal with and we are very lucky.

“I’ve got a fantastic support network and two wonderful children.”