Logan Bergman has demonstrated why he's known as “Warrior” since the day he was born. Amid more than 30 surgeries that began when he was 12 days old — including three open-heart procedures — Logan, 13, has always had a smile on his face.

Logan Bergman has demonstrated why he's known as “Warrior” since the day he was born. Amid more than 30 surgeries that began when he was 12 days old — including three open-heart procedures — Logan, 13, has always had a smile on his face.

Community members of all ages will have the chance to assist the young man who shares joy with everyone he meets during a family-friendly benefit beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the American Legion Hall Post #55, 3819 Highway MM in Hannibal.

Logan's mother, Leigh Ann, said doctors noticed a heart murmur the day Logan was born. When he was only 10 hours old, he was rushed to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Logan was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome when he was five days old. During his first five years, Logan developed hemophilia, a seizure disorder, and autoimmune deficiency, in addition to his heart condition.

In the last five years, he has also developed aneurysmal bone cysts, which consume bones from the inside — he has a titanium partial jaw replacement, and he has undergone multiple surgeries and three nasal reconstructions.

Logan “was doing great,” until the family received urgent news in the spring that his liver was irreversibly damaged due to the numerous heart surgeries and procedures he went through. Within the next year, he will likely need transplants for his liver and his heart, so any future surgeries cannot damage his liver again.

Brandy Flynn is a member of the front office staff at Hannibal Middle School. Her son, who is also named Logan, has been one of Logan Bergman's close friends since they were young. When he found out his friend was sick and not getting better because he needed a liver transplant, he told his mother he would donate his liver — “He would do anything for him,” she said. They decided that a benefit could make a great impact, joining with family and friends to organize the event.

Flynn prays with thanks that Logan's parents, Leigh Ann and Tyler, have been such strong advocates for their son and share his joyous demeanor. His brother, 10-year-old Lucas, is always ready to help during a trip to the doctor — echoing the happy attitude Logan exudes.

“You never see him down, even when he's hurting,” she said. “He's always got a smile on his face.” Bergman agreed. “He's the happiest kid you'll ever meet,” she said.

Logan loves school — he was resting at home following a seizure Tuesday, and he was eager to return. Last year, he received the Student of the Year award at Hannibal Middle School — “that just about made his entire year,” Bergman said.

“He's a happy kid — you wouldn't know everything he's been through if you sat down and talked to him for two minutes,” she said. “He doesn't know a stranger, and he loves to talk.” And as the benefit draws near, Logan and his family are looking forward to an event for visitors of all ages.

Bergman said her son's teacher, Zach Campbell, is organizing a cornhole tournament and donating the game boards. A silent and live auction will join live entertainment from Rock 'n' Roll Revival. Flynn said there will be a wide variety of food for everyone, including Maid-Rites, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, hot dogs and desserts. Kids can take part in unlimited activities, like a petting zoo from Bourbon, face painting and a bounce house.

Admission will be $7 at the door for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger, with the price including dinner.

To donate or arrange for a pick up, call Flynn at 573-248-6215 or Sheri Wiley at 217-316-3014. For more information, search for Logan “Warrior” Bergman Benefit on Facebook.

Logan's friends and family members are eager for a community event that will help out with present and future medical expenses. “I'm praying for great weather and a great turnout,” Flynn said.

trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com