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Randy Logan lives life to the fullest

CAMBRIDGE (WKOW)-- The annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon is this weekend.

WKOW is a proud partner with MDA and host the telethon locally each year.

Leading up to the it, we are featuring some of the people MDA has helped, whether it be through equipment or support.

Tonight we meet Randy Logan.

His amazing attitude towards life really makes him "Someone You Should Know."

Randy Logan helped put the muscle in his muscle car.

He loves to go fast in the 1975 Trans Am that he helped his stepdad, Todd, rebuild.

Randy's love for fast cars is obvious.

He loves Nascar and Richard Petty.

He even has a rare autographed picture of fellow-Cambridge native and Nascar driver Matt Kennseth.

Randy never has and never will hit the gas peddle and turn the corners.

But the smile on his face shows his love for fast cars is just the same.

"I was never able to walk, never able to crawl," said Randy

Randy has Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA, type II.

"It's a disease that mainly attacks muscle and weakens my bones," said Randy.

"That was just the hand I was dealt, just fight it and keep going on," said Randy.

About 1 in 6,000 babies are born affected.

1 in 40 people are carriers.

Randy's mom and dad are both carriers.

With each pregnancy, they had a one in four chance of having a baby with SMA.

"There's nights where I can't sleep because I'm in so much pain, there's nights where I'll be just fine and I'll feel 100%."

"It started attacking my muscles and ate away at my spine and I had to go in for a back fusion," said Randy.

But Randy has defied the odds.

SMA type II can be fatal before adulthood.

Randy is now 21.

"I went to the doctor and they pretty much told me I have 6 months to live and I kinda looked at them and laughed and said you've been telling me this my whole life," said Randy.

Randy's positive attitude has helped him persevere and to not waste time feeling sorry for himself.

"It's not the worse thing in the world to have, but it could be a little better, but I'm not arguing," said Randy.

Randy has fought through the ups and downs, even going against doctor's recommendations not to go to school.

"I wanted to live my life," said Randy. "I wanted to make friends, I didn't care whether I was going to be sick. I wanted to have a life. I graduated from high school."

Randy says the Muscular Dystrophy Association helped save his life.

"How has MDA helped you?" said Diana.

"Oh, man they've gotten me through a lot," said Randy.

"I don't know what I would have done if they wouldn't have been able to help me that way because I probably wouldn't be here," said Randy.

Watch the 44th Annual MDA Telethon on WKOW. The local broadcast is Monday, Labor Day, from 6 am to 6pm.

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