A recent graduate of Creekview High School who is also a firefighter’s son died Sunday night after battling leukemia, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services reported Monday.
Logan Droke, 17, was a Cherokee County Fire Explorer and the son of firefighter Randall Droke. He loved drawing and had plans to go to Chattahoochee Technical College and become an artist.
Logan was fighting leukemia for the fourth time since 2011. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, known as ALL, when he was 9. Twice, he had gone into remission, but later the leukemia came back and he went through more treatments. He died at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston.
Firefighters based locally and from out of the state made videos with messages of support for Logan. When he was unable to attend his own graduation in May, a large group of firefighters stood by to watch his father take his diploma in his place.
When his cancer came back last summer, Droke underwent CAR-T cell therapy, in which cells from the patient are engineered to better find and destroy cancer cells. The teen seemed to recover and live a relatively normal life for months, but he experienced side effects from the new treatment, Randall Droke said in May.
Lt. Brady Cornelison, the station officer at Randall Droke’s fire station, created a GoFundMe page in the spring for the family to help with medical bills. As of this morning, the fund had collected more than $18,200 toward its $30,000 goal. To donate to the Droke family, visit gofundme.com/the-droke-family.