Austin's youngest bone marrow transplant patient returning to school

A University of Texas student is headed back to school after taking a year off to fight a quickly progressing type of blood cancer.

Logan Crow was just 19-years-old when he found out he had cancer.  

At the time, the Round Rock native was starting his sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin.   

"It was a really difficult experience for me," he said. "I was just helping out my fraternity with summer rush when all this happened." 

Doctors told him he would need to take a year off from school to fight acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL.

ALL is a type of blood cancer that affects white blood cells. Logan was told if not treated right away, it could become fatal within a few months. 

"When the doctors told me what he had, that's when I started to cry," remembered his mother, Jenny Crow. 

However, those tears dried when they met the doctor who would treat Logan. 

"Dr. R sat with us for a couple hours and told us everything that would be going on." 

Fortunately, The Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Center at St. David's South Austin Medical Center had just opened, which meant Logan would not have to travel far for treatment. 

"Before we opened the blood cancer center here, patients who needed this specialized type of care often had to leave town to get it," explained Aravind Ramakrishnan, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at St. David's South Austin Medical Center. 

Logan underwent chemotherapy, radiation and then a bone marrow transplant. 

"He was the youngest patient we had treated here at South Austin Medical Center," Ramakrishnan said. 

"There were a few moments where I felt a little sad," Logan said. "I felt like I was like missing out on a lot of what my friends were doing at UT." 

He said he was happy to have his parents by his side. 

"Having them there to spend time with me really helped to pass the time," Logan said.  

The transplant went smoothly and Logan was discharged just 12 days later. Now cancer-free, he says he feels great. 

"I pretty much, for the most part, feel back to normal," Logan said.  

"It's just a blessing," Jenny added. 

 

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