'Wheel Of Fortune' makes dream come true for wheelchair enabled Roxboro teen and grandmother

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Roxboro teen, grandmother compete on 'Wheel of Fortune'
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RA Roxboro teen and his grandmother are competing on "Wheel of Fortune."

ROXBORO (WTVD) -- UPDATE: Logan placed third on Friday night's '"Wheel" and took home $2,550. Congratulations, Logan!

A Roxboro teen and his grandmother are competing for some big bucks on Friday night's special 35th-anniversary edition of "Wheel Of Fortune" at Disney World.

"Wheel of Fortune" is celebrating its 35th season at Epcot, which is also celebrating it's 35th birthday, by shooting a slew of special episodes at the most magical place on earth.

The Roxboro teen competed with his grandmother Jeanette Abdo which was a dream come true for Abdo, a lifelong fan.

"I just went online, I never thought anything else about it, and a couple months later, I got an email to come to the audition," Abdo said.

She said the opportunity couldn't come at a better time.

Her grandson, Logan Abdo, was just getting out of the hospital after battling a double kidney infection.

"I was like in total shock," Logan said. "I was like OK then. Well, now my life is about to be flipped upside down."

Logan has VATER syndrome, a series of birth defects; he just had one of his kidney's removed but that doesn't stop him from loving the stage.

He's the frontman for a scream-core metal band, "Mirada."

The chance to take on the national spotlight on "Wheel of Fortune" is also a dream come true for the 18-year-old, who hopes to embolden others who may deal with similar issues.

The wheelchair-enabled teen said the 15 minutes of fame are less about money and more about respect.

"I want it to be something special, not out of pity, out of like respect of like, 'Dude, this kid's got something,'" Logan said.

He's asking everyone to tune into ABC11 Friday night to catch him on "Wheel of Fortune" at 7:30 p.m. to cheer him on.

If you'd like to help Logan with medical expenses as he continues his fight, you can check an event his band - and other local bands - are putting on.

It's called the "Mosh for Miracles" and will be at Palace Pointe in Roxboro, January 20, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.


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