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William M. Welch, USA TODAY
Terminally ill at the age of just 2, Logan Stevenson served as best man as his parents married Saturday in emotional ceremony timed so he could participate.
"It means the world to me,'' Sean Stevenson, the groom, said after the ceremony in Jeannette, Pa., where he married Logan's mom, Christine Swidorsky.
" We're just blessed every day that he's here with us."
The couple moved up their originally planned wedding date by a year after doctors informed them in July that young Logan's cancer would soon cut short his life.
The boy suffers from leukemia and other complications, and his parents wanted Logan to be a part of their marriage and the photos that will endure, they said.
Their story gained national attention after it was first reported last week by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was picked up by other news organizations, bringing condolences and donations from around the world, the newspaper reported.
Logan wore a pin-striped tan suit and clutched his favorite toy, a stuffed rabbit named "Bun Bun,'' as he was held by his grandmother, Debbie Stevenson. The Post-Gazette reported that Logan, made sleepy by his medicines, dozed a bit during the 12-minute ceremony.
Logan, born in October 2010, was diagnosed shortly after his first birthday with acute myeloid leukemia. He has Fanconi anemia, a rare disease that often leads to cancer. He underwent a stem cell transplant in last year and in March underwent surgery to remove a tumorous kidney. He fell ill again during a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in June. Tests later revealed a mass in his remaining kidney, which led to his terminal prognosis.
Swidorsky's daughter, Isabella Johns, 13, served as bridesmaid and the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Savannah, was her parents' flower girl.
"This is our dream come true," Swidorsky said through tears, the Post-Gazette reported.
Contributing: Associated Press