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Heartfelt Journey Illuminates Mont Alto’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Amidst the twinkling lights and festive cheer, Mont Alto’s annual tree lighting ceremony shone a little brighter this year, thanks to a brave young heart, Logan. The Waynesboro Area Middle School seventh-grader, who recently received a life-saving heart transplant, was the star of the evening, as described by Chad Reichard, a candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in the 90th District.

Reichard expressed his admiration for Logan at the event, saying, “Another excellent tree lighting tonight, despite the rain, in Mont Alto! We had special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as the Grinch. The star of our show was Logan, a WAMS seventh grader who received an early Christmas present in the form of a heart transplant. Thank you Logan, members of Mont Alto Vol. Fire Department, Mont Alto Ambulance Association, staff and officials of Mont Alto borough, and all those who made this possible. 🎄”

Logan’s journey, followed closely by the community, has been one of incredible resilience and hope. From the daunting days of waiting for a donor to the triumphant moments post-transplant, Logan has bravely navigated his recovery, inspiring those around him. His story has rallied the community, leading to various support initiatives, including a golf tournament fundraiser, to aid his ongoing medical journey and support his family during this challenging time.

This year’s tree lighting, held in the heart of Mont Alto, was not just a celebration of the holiday season but also a testament to the enduring spirit of a young boy who embodies the true meaning of strength and community.

Logan’s presence illuminated the event, reminding everyone of the power of hope and the importance of coming together to support one another in times of need.

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