Just minutes after posting our gallery of goofy portraits earlier today, Rolf and I got the devastating news that Rudy’s CTICU buddy, Logan, passed away suddenly this morning (Wednesday, October 14th). For our longtime Rudy’s Beat readers, you may remember that Logan arrived in the CTICU just a few days after Rudy…flown in from Santa Barbara at 2months of age when his serious heart condition was detected at a routine well-child visit. Because of the SB connection, we bonded with Logan and his parents, Rayme and Brett, quickly. Although Rudy and Logan did not have the same condition, they did have many of the same complications after their surgeries and for awhile it seemed we were walking parallel paths. Logan’s struggle was fierce and intense but he survived and began to show major improvement which encouraged us as we waited for Rudy’s “turning point”. For eight weeks, we shared life and created community with the Elliotts in the CTICU and rejoiced with them when Logan was discharged at the end of November ’08. I watched Rayme make that tough transition to home after a long hospital stay and when our turn finally came to bring Rudy home, Rayme’s texts and blog comments were of great comfort and encouragement because I knew she had just been through it herself. I ran into Brett and Logan at our cardiologist’s office shortly after we brought Rudy home from UCLA in May. He looked so great and strong and happy. Because he was doing so well (as the above picture would suggest), today’s news came completely out of left field. It literally knocked the wind out of me and I immediately began to sob for Rayme and Brett and their families. Please join us in praying for this precious family…for Brett, Rayme and big sisters Kaelee and Emma. No one saw this coming and, as you can imagine, they need our prayers for grace, comfort, strength and faith as they face this tragic loss. The losses along the way have been hard but this one is tough…hitting very close to home for me and Rolf. Please blanket these dear ones in prayer.