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Buncombe Co. boy bravely battling inoperable brain tumor

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Logan Maney gives a thumbs up. (Source: Love for Logan Facebook page) Logan Maney gives a thumbs up. (Source: Love for Logan Facebook page)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

In just four weeks, a western North Carolina family went from thinking a boy had an inner ear infection to discovering he had an inoperable brain tumor.

Despite the odds, 12-year-old Logan Maney remains hopeful as he continues to fight and receive treatment. His spirit is keeping his family going during the difficult time.

Logan was a typical kid enjoying life, playing on the North Buncombe Blackhawks football team without a worry in a world when he received the diagnosis.

But when Logan got sick and antibiotics weren't working for what doctors thought was an inner ear infection, he ended up in the emergency room.

"What people don't understand is on Jan. 6 my son walked into the ER and three days later he was almost completely paralyzed on his left side," Jennifer Maney said.

Doctors found the tumor in his brain stem. They said it is an extremely rare pediatric tumor called DIPG, and very aggressive. Only 200 to 300 kids are diagnosed with it a year.

"I just couldn't believe it," Logan said. "Mom freaked out. Yeah, I freaked out."

Logan is not letting the diagnosis get him down because he is a fighter. And his courage is inspiring many others with the five simple words he told his doctors when they told him the news.

"We're going to beat this," he said.

Jennifer Maney said the minute they put Logan in an ambulance to send him to Durham to receive treatment, he gave everyone a thumbs up, which has sparked the "thumbs up" movement.

"He loves his community, he loves his family and he loves his friends," Jennifer Maney said.

And to show their support for Logan, coworkers, friends, family, even the FOX Carolina crew, are sending Logan thumbs up and sharing them on the Facebook page created to keep people up-to-date with his progress and fundraisers.

One of those fundraisers is Friday. The Buncombe County Detention Center is hosting a spaghetti dinner at the North Asheville Baptist Church. Jennifer Maney has worked at the detention center for more than 10 years. Click here for more information.

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