A 6-year-old Gorham boy, now free of cancer, has been on the road meeting dignitaries and making personal appearances as a so-called “miracle ambassador” from Maine for a children’s hospital network

Logan Levesque was diagnosed with cancer as a kindergarten student last fall, but has been cancer free for six months. Logan is the son of Mitchell and Tara Levesque of Gorham.

Asked Tuesday if his son’s recovery was an answer to prayer, Mitchell Levesque replied, “Sure is.”

Through the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Logan was named as the state’s 2015 ambassador by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Traveling with his family, Logan recently returned from meeting dignitaries in Washington, D.C., and even had a tour of the White House, although he didn’t meet the president.

His father said the purpose of the trip was to heighten awareness of children’s medical needs and to raise funds for children’s hospitals. According to the website childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org, 62 children enter a network hospital for treatment every minute.

The website reports that the network since 1983 “has raised more than $5 billion most of it $1 at a time for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.”

Logan was diagnosed last fall. He had complained of stomach pain and his parents first thought it was caused by constipation. But, a scan revealed a tumor in his stomach, Logan’s father said.

Mitchell Levesque said the tumor was removed immediately and treatments began the next week. He said his son was afflicted with bone cancer and it had spread into his blood.

Logan was a patient at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and at a Boston medical facility. Logan had multiple treatments, all in Boston, including chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and blood transfusions.

Now, Logan has been pronounced cancer free for six months and is active. His father said Logan enjoys playing T-ball, watching hockey and baseball on TV, and swimming.

“He loves the beach,” Mitchell Levesque said. “He’s a typical little boy.”

On the recent trip to the nation’s capitol as an ambassador, Logan and his Gorham family flew courtesy of Delta Air Lines and Logan enjoyed talking with an airline pilot and even tried on the pilot’s cap. The family stayed in a hotel compliments of Marriott International.

In Washington, the family saw the sights, and Logan met with several Congressional representatives and senators. He met, talked and was photographed with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

His father said Logan has met celebrities – a child star from the Disney channel and Miss America Kira Kazantsev.

Next spring, Logan and his family will take a trip to Disneyland in Florida. Locally, Logan has made personal appearances at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Portland and has been featured on local radio stations.

Logan’s picture is posted at Walmart.

“He is recognized,” Mitchell Levesque said, and “he likes the attention.”

Even though he battled cancer, Logan continued his kindergarten classes. His father said his son missed some school but “pulled through.” He goes to Village School in Gorham, his father said.

Logan will enter the first grade there when school commences this fall and his sister, Lily, 7, will be a second-grader.

“It was a rough year” when he was sick, Mitchell Levesque said.

Mitchell and Tara Levesque of Gorham are pictured recently with their children, Logan, 6, and Lily,7, in the nation’s capitol.Logan Levesque, 6, of Gorham?,? is the 2015 Maine ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and recently visited Washington, D.C., with his family. Courtesy photos


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