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Tumor Patient's "Thumbs Up" Inspires

A 12-year-old's "thumbs up" has given the Weaverville community a spark of inspiration.

A benefit barbecue luncheon at Rodney's Auto in Weaverville Wednesday, is just the latest expression of love for Logan Maney. Maney is being treated at Duke for an inoperable brain tumor.

"We sent 600 meals out for delivery by 11 this morning," says supporter Tonya Gudger, among those hoping to raise money to help cover some of the family's medical and travel expenses.

Logan was diagnosed with the tumor on January 15th, leaving his family and friends at a loss for words. He's lost movement on his left side, but a simple gesture gave loved ones a spark.

His "thumbs up" has, in a sense, flipped the script. Now, Logan's the poster child for determination.

"The best way he can talk right now is just saying 'he's good, he's got this' and it's just kinda taken off," says Gudger.

"We'd say how are you doing and he'd be like this and his thumb was up like all the time and it just completely changed us," says Cristee Gully, Logan's Aunt. "And we said, you know, there's no way to be down when he's completely up."

Logan's finger pointed everyone in a less depressing direction, and the "thumbs up" spread via social media. On his "Love For Logan" Facebook page, everyone from cops to cheerleaders have shown their support by flashing their thumb.

"He's convinced he's gonna beat it," says Logan's grandfather Maney. "He's a fighter, he's a fighter."

That spirit brings a community together, driven by the non-verbal gesture that somehow speaks to them.


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