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Tega Cay family gets big surprise to help with special needs son

(Kristi O'Connor | WBTV) (Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)
(Kristi O'Connor | WBTV) (Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)
TEGA CAY, SC (WBTV) -

A family in Tega Cay was going to a fundraiser at Danny’s Pizza Tuesday night for their son who has special needs. But when they got there, the funds were already raised and a big surprise was waiting for them.

Their son, 4-year-old Logan Neely, was born with a gene mutation that prevented his brain from developing properly. Because of the mutation, Logan cannot walk, crawl, hold himself up, eat, or talk.

He often has seizures several times a day and needs his breathing machine and other equipment to keep him alive at all times.

The family reached out to All Things Possible Ministries to help them buy a medical car seat for Logan. His father is a Tega Cay Police Sergeant. His mom, Melissa, stays at home to help him and their other son.

“Most police officers don’t make a lot of pay,” Tega Cay Police Chief Steve Parker said. “He was struggling to meet those needs.”

They asked for All Things Possible Ministries to help them buy the car seat, which costs $3,500. But once Executive Director Lisa Sexton saw that was just one of many needs the family had, she decided they needed to do more.

The family was traveling in a 12-year-old Kia Optima with more than 200,000 miles on it. Because Logan’s wheelchair is large, they would have to dismantle it to get it into the car, then put it back together once they arrived.

Plus, his other equipment prevented them from ever riding together to get somewhere. If they did not take all of his equipment and he had a seizure, it was extremely dangerous.

“We don’t take risks on peoples' lives, and especially not a boy as sweet as him,” Sexton said.

Through community donations, fundraisers at Danny’s Pizza and Tega Cay Children’s Academy, the ministry raised enough money to buy the family a new car. Burns Chevrolet in Rock Hill and Lancaster sold the car to them “at cost.”

It came together in just a month - the most challenging part was keeping it a secret.

“I am truly overwhelmed by today,” Melissa Neely said. “It’s amazing, because I know Logan will be safe.”

Since the money was raised for the car before the fundraiser at Danny’s Pizza, All Things Possible Ministries will be using the money raised to buy the car seat and build a wheelchair accessible ramp and front porch of the Neely’s home.

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