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Logan Boles is one of the most competitive 12-year-olds you'll ever meet.
“I don't let arthritis hold me back. I do everything I can and I make it work,” says Logan.
Logan has been battling arthritis since he was 5 years old, and it hasn't been easy.
“When it was really bad when I was much younger, I would go five steps and I would be exhausted as if I went five miles,” says Logan.
“They diagnosed him with arthritis, and I thought it was the craziest thing, because I’d never heard of children getting arthritis,” says Logan’s mother Bina.
Bina decided to turn his many treatments and doctor visits into an adventure.
“It all first started when he was little. I didn't want him to be afraid because I was terrified. It was something new and you question what's going on and how do we deal with this. But I didn't want him to be afraid, so I’d say, 'We're going to see a new doctor!’ or ‘We're going on a plane ride!’” says Bina.
Logan’s resilience really showed itself soon after his diagnosis.
“He said to his doctor, ‘All I want to do, I want to be able to run.’ So he started training with me and we did the Fargo Kids Marathon together, and the sense of accomplishment he received from that, that was everything to him,” says Bina.
Biathlons, road races, hiking, and even karate; it's pretty clear that Logan is a fighter.
“I always say that arthritis is the best thing that ever happened to me because like, I never would have ended up in Arizona, never would have met so many of the people I have met because of it, wouldn't have been to so many great doctors, and experienced most of what I’ve experienced in my life, without arthritis,” says Logan.