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Family with local ties faces ordeal

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Logan Sopeland
Logan Sopeland has had to deal with physical challenges, but has reason to have hope for the future.

The boy, who just turned nine on Friday, is the son of Chad and Shirlene Sopeland. Shirlene, the daughter of Ron and Ellen Wolterman of Cherokee, is a 1987 graduate of Washington High School

Logan was born with hypoplastic left-sided right heart syndrome. He has had six open heart surgeries at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During the fifth surgery, Logan developed high pulmonary pressure in his stomach, causing him to lose protein which affects his other organs.

He is currently in the third grade in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he, his parents and older brother Trent (now in seventh grade), moved seven years ago from Spencer.

Logan is limited to quiet activities. He likes playing board games, using the computer and watching Sponge Bob. He also enjoys playing with his cousins and his uncle and aunt when he returns to Iowa for yearly visits.

Logan will be placed on a heart transplant list in California in January. He and his father will return to California every other weekend until a heart is found.

Family members in Cherokee are participating in fund raising to help cover expenses not covered by insurance. Donations may be made at Valley Bank and Trust or Design Cutz, 717 Hyland.

The family requests that Logan be included in people's prayers this holiday season.

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