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Balloons CHARGE skyward for Connor

15-month-old remembered in Texas, Ohio


Red balloons (the late Connor Logsdon’s favorite color) fly skyward, then are tracked by health care employees at RMH Friday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Red balloons (the late Connor Logsdon’s favorite color) fly skyward, then are tracked by health care employees at RMH Friday. Reporter/Mike Brown There were smiles, cheers and, yes, more than a few tears, Friday morning when a couple of dozen members of Rockdale’s health care community gathered to release 210 bright red balloons into a brisk north wind.

Balloons were in honor of Connor Michael Logsdon, 15-month-old grandson of Jody Logsdon Morris of Rockdale. Connor lost his battle with CHARGE Syndrome the previous Friday. Obituary, page 4D.

Morris is the assistant to Dr. Janelle House, a general practitioner in Rockdale.

The event was unique in a number of ways. All balloons launched have a tag bearing Connor’s name and a web address with information on CHARGE Syndrome.

Those finding balloons are being asked to notify organizers so they can determine how far the tribute traveled.

And Rockdale’s tr ibute wasn’t the only one. In Ohio, a simultaneous balloon launch was also held to memorialize Connor.

There were also several launches of red balloons across the nation in Connor’s honor.

Balloons in Ohio flew directly across the child’s grave.

In Rockdale, Dr. House led the brief ceremony, the small crowd released strings to smiles and a few cheers, then immediately grew more somber as the scarlet balloons soared upwards for about 100 feet, were quickly whisked southward by the cool north wind and faded into the distance.

CHARGE Syndrome, formerly known as CHARGE Association, is a name given to a set of unusual congenital features

seen in a number of newborns.
CHARGE is an acronym coined
in 1981 to describe a cluster of
features as follows:
• Coloboma (a type of hole) of
the eye.
• Heart defects.
• Atresia ( blockage) of the
nasal passage.
• Retardation of growth and/
or development.
• Genital and/or urinary
defects.
• Ear anomalies and/or deafness. See www.chargesyndrome.org.



Fi f teen- month- old Connor passed away Jan. 10 in Ohio. Fi f teen- month- old Connor passed away Jan. 10 in Ohio.

Balloon launch in Liberty Township, Ohio—where the weather was very different—was timed to be simultaneous with the one in Rockdale. There were similar launches throughout the nation. Balloon launch in Liberty Township, Ohio—where the weather was very different—was timed to be simultaneous with the one in Rockdale. There were similar launches throughout the nation.

Connor’s grandmother, Jody Morris of Rockdale, assists general practitioner Dr. Janelle House, who officiated Friday. Connor’s grandmother, Jody Morris of Rockdale, assists general practitioner Dr. Janelle House, who officiated Friday.

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