May 30, 2019 - Atlanta - Logan Droke and his father, Randall, and stepmother, Veronique, spend some time together in his hospital room. Logan, 18, from Canton, facing his fourth battle with leukemia at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, is set to graduate from Creekview High School on Friday. Firefighters in two departments are rallying behind the teenager by raising money to help pay for treatments. Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com
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Teen cancer patient who wanted to attend graduation passes away

The Cherokee County teen cancer patient who wanted to participate in his high school graduation has passed away.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services said 17-year-old Logan Droke died Sunday at MD Anderson Center in Houston, Texas.

First responders around metro Atlanta and the country sent video messages of support to Droke while he was hospitalized at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, the Cherokee fire department said. He was later transferred to MD Anderson to continue his cancer treatments. 


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Cherokee and Cobb County firefighters also organized fundraisers to help the Droke family offset the cost of the teen’s medical bills. 

Logan’s father, Cherokee County firefighter Randall Droke, said his son wanted to attend his May 31 high school graduation ceremony, but doctors advised the teen against making that decision. Cherokee firefighters attended the teenager’s Creekview High School ceremony in his place.

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