Tonight a middle Tennessee family is preparing for a bittersweet Christmas celebration.
Logan Reynolds lost his battle with a rare brain tumor last Sunday. Before he died, the 7-year-old was asked to be the grand marshal in Petersburg's annual parade, and Saturday friends and family will honor his memory by riding in his place.
"He had no use of his right arm. His right leg by the end stopped working," Logan's father Michael Reynolds remembered.
His father said Logan's last days on this earth were extremely painful, but despite that he never lost faith.
"Six years old - he was in the ICU and he looked up at the nurse and he said, 'Did you know if you pray for me God can do anything?' And then he asked her to pray for him," Michael Reynolds recalled.
It was a testament to how the 7-year-old lived his life and how his family plans to honor his memory Saturday by riding in the parade in Logan's place.
"I have been inspired to raise awareness about childhood cancer. That's inspiring me to move forward we've got to find a cure," Logan's grandmother Rita Reynolds told Channel 4 News.
"By living the thing that Logan wants and Logan would have wanted he can continue to touch people through me and through my mom and his sister," Michael Reynolds explained.
Michael Reynolds said Logan passed a strong sense of faith on to his younger sister Chloe.
"She came up and said, 'Daddy I'm so happy!' And I said, 'You're happy, why are you happy?' And she said, 'Because Logan's in heaven with Jesus and he'll never hurt again,'" Michael Reynolds said.
"That's what gets me through. I know where he's at and I know he's no longer in pain," Rita Reynolds added.
Before he died, Logan and his father wrote a book called Max Spencer Space Inventor about a little boy battling cancer who invents a magical suit to help him walk again. Michael Reynolds said it should be finished early next year and will be sold on Amazon.com.
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