Don't let his dimples fool you -- Logan Hooker isn't your typical toddler. The 2-year old is sick; his second home is the hospital.
"It's just been his life and he's just grown used to what we do all the time at the doctor's," said Logan's mom, Amanda Brigandi.
Logan has an undiagnosed blood disorder, causing him to need day-long transfusions every few weeks.
"He's kind of, I tell people, like a car. You put gas in the car, you use it, and then you gotta put more gas in the car. Same with him. He gets blood, he uses it up and then he has to get more blood," Brigandi said Thursday.
Doctors say the only plausible cure is a bone marrow transplant, scheduled for this summer. The recovery will likely lock them down at Gainesville's Shands Hospital for at least six months.
"We want her to be able to be there for her son and have her financial bills and everything covered while her son is recovering," said Joyful Hearts Preschool director Dawn McDonald.
That's where the jeans come in. Joyful Hearts Preschool is loaded up with them. They're doing a denim drive with plans to sell the blue jeans to help with costs coinciding with the surgery.
So far, they have 300 pairs. They're shooting for 5,000.
"We'll just start piling them up wherever!" McDonald laughed.
The Blue Jeans for Bone Marrow drive will wrap up on May 17th, when the school opens up the sea of denim for sale.
Meanwhile, Logan's mom is grateful for the help, with hopes that a blessing from blue jeans can finally help heal her son.
"We're just going to pray that everything works out in our favor and he just is normal. Healthy," Brigandi said.
The denim donation drive will go until the May 17th jean sale date. For more information, call 863-617-2131.
There are a number of donation drop off areas for the Blue Jeans for Bone Marrow drive:
Joyful Hearts Preschool
Lakeland Bible Church
1725 Parker Rd.
Lakeland, Fl 33611
Bella Lei Hair Designs
619 Mid Florida Dr.
Lakeland, Fl 33812
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