Balloons CHARGE skyward for Connor
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.
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
• Heart defects.
• Atresia ( blockage) of the
• Retardation of growth and/
• Genital and/or urinary
• Ear anomalies and/or deafness. See www.chargesyndrome.org.