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Following cancer diagnosis, Madison County teen joins band in parade

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 09:42:35-05

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Madison Central Band had to leave for New York City without one of their bandmates, but he finally made it to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

LEX 18's Eleanor Buckley met with Linda and Paul Blackburn Thursday. They were glued to their television, waiting to see their son Logan walk down Central Park West.

Logan plays the euphonium.

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Photos from the Blackburn family

For the past year, he's been excited to play the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but he started feeling sick last Friday. His family took him to the hospital and he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Logan and his family acted quickly and his surgery was scheduled Tuesday. They were shocked when his doctor gave him the 'okay' to fly to New York and join the rest of the band.

"He was just overwhelmed and he was smiling and he said, "I think I can do this,' and we made him promise he would listen to his body and how he was feeling, and it lifted his spirit," Linda said.

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Photos from the Blackburn Family

When he comes back from New York, the family will find out what the next step in Logan's treatment is, but this Thanksgiving break, they just want him to enjoy this moment.

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Photos from Blackburn family

The band performed Maroon 5's "Animals" in the Macy's main square