Thirteen-year-old Logan Kavaluskis recently lost his father after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer. After an unimaginable loss, Logan received the belated birthday present his dad had planned for him before he passed away.
Logan’s dad, Joe Kavaluskis, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (blood cancer) more than ten years ago, Fox 17 reports. Towards the end of his battle, Joe knew exactly what he wanted to do for son after he was gone.
Dad Surprises Son on His 13th Birthday With a New Puppy After Passing Away
In a video shared online, Logan is seen going into a pet shop to pick out a puppy for his cousin, or at least that’s what he was led to believe. In truth, though, Logan’s dad had picked out a Boston Terrier to give to his son for Logan’s 13th birthday.
Logan’s dad was allergic to animals, which meant the family couldn’t have one in the house while he was alive. So the father had arranged for his son to get the new pet after he passed.
Logan named the puppy Indie. “I think it’s probably the best gift, I’ve ever gotten, from my dad,” Logan told Fox 17. And Logan’s mom, Melani Kavaluksia, said the puppy has become a welcome distraction.
“So much love, and comfort, and distraction, because we can’t sit still,” Logan’s mom Melanie Kavaluksia told the news station. On the family’s GoFundMe page, they shared that Joe had been through multiple rounds of chemotherapy over the years.
At one point, Joe’s cancer was being well managed, though unfortunately, this particular type of cancer doesn’t go into remission. He passed away just five days before Logan’s birthday at the age of 47.
Logan’s mom told Fox17 that it was important to her and her family to focus on the positive as much as possible. And Joe knew that Indie would be just what his family needed to turn something so heartbreaking into something more positive.
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