Logan Grosz, 18, of Torrington, Wyo., a member of Goshen County 4-H and a senior at Southeast High School, organized fundraisers that yielded more than $7,500 to buy toys and equipment for Children’s Hospital Colorado, where doctors have twice saved his life. Logan must travel three hours to the Denver area to receive treatment for his autoimmune disorder. “When I go see my doctors, they make me feel so welcome and speak to me in a language I can understand,” said Logan. During one of his hospitalizations, he decided he wanted to give back to the hospital that had done so much for him, and at the same time do something that would make hospital stays a little easier for other young patients.
After the second time Logan was airlifted to the hospital, officials there asked him to be the hospital’s “Champion” for the state of Wyoming. As a Champion, Logan tells his story at special events that have raised large amounts of money and awareness for the hospital, conducts his own fundraisers, and works with the hospital’s foundation. The first fundraiser Logan organized was a “hat day” that allowed students to wear hats at school in exchange for a donation. The results of that event and a subsequent fundraiser enabled Logan to help purchase a specialized blood transfusion machine for the hospital, as well as toys, movies and video games for children being treated there.