Born with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, six-year-old Logan Malc, of Egg Harbor Township, can't walk, talk and eats only a special formula that costs hundreds of dollars per month.
But at the Atlantic County Special Services School in Mays Landing, Logan is just a happy little boy, his father, Matthew, said. He has been learning to communicate and has friends and staff who treat him like family.
"We know he has limitations," Matthew Malc said. "But when we pop in there, he's in his element. He's a popular little boy. No one sees him as a boy with disabilities. He's so much more than that, but others don't see it."
When Logan was born on Dec. 11, 2008, he was four months early and weighed just 1 pound 4 ounces. He spent the first 150 days of his life in the hospital, fighting to survive.
He began attending the Special Services School when he was three, and this year the Malcs decided to do something to give back to the school. Logan's mother, Aruna Malc has participated in some Zumbathons and the family decided to sponsor one to raise money for the school.
"We absolutely love that school," Matthew said. "I work an hour and 45 minutes away (in Cranford) but we will never move because I want him to be able to stay in that school."
The Zumbathon will be held at Retro Fitness, on Tilton Road in Northfield, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. The cost is $10 per hour, and the Malcs are also accepting donations through the Logan's Dream Fund Raiser on PayPal.
Malc said the would like to buy a piece of equipment or maybe some type of communication device similar to what Logan uses.
A financial planner, Malc said he is blessed in that he is successful and can pay for the needs of Logan and his two daughters, Cierra, 14, and Alanna 4. But he knows many of the families at the school struggle, and school staff work hard to get their children the equipment and services that can improve their lives.
"This event is not about us at all," he said. "It's about giving something back to the school."
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The Zumbathon will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Retro Fitness, 6825 Tilton Road, Northfield. Donation is $10 per hour.