Easton boy receives playhouse

17 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Though outwardly shy, 4-year-old Wyatt Brewer of Easton was jumping up and down on the inside last Wednesday as he received the key to a log playhouse that was raffled off by the Logan P. Graves Foundation.

    The son of Nick and Randi Brewer, Wyatt found out the previous Saturday that he had won the playhouse.
“We came home from fishing and we had a message on our answering machine,” said Nick.
“He was excited,” Randi said. “He was jumping up and down screaming. Wyatt wants the playhouse in our front yard, so we’ve got to decide exactly where to put it.”
Wyatt already has some plans for his new playhouse.
“He wants to paint some pictures and put them in picture frames on the walls,” said Randi, “and he wants to put some trucks in there, too. He’s supposed to share it with his little sister, Laynie.”
Tickets were one for $5 or three for $10. Wyatt used his own money to buy three tickets.
“Wyatt does chores for his Nana and Papa, Randy and Allyn Ladner,” Randi said. “He does things like pick up sticks in the yard and they give him money for helping. He was going to use the money at the Northern Maine Fair, but decided to buy raffle tickets instead.”
This is the second year the Foundation has raffled off a playhouse.
“Larry Allen, John Powers, Norm Driscoll, and Greg Roderick are the ones who wanted to do this so they came to us and asked if it was OK,” said Bob Graves Jr., Logan’s father. “Last year’s raffle was so successful, we readily agreed.”
The playhouse was donated by The Allens and Ward Cedar Log Homes and built by Driscoll, Powers and Roderick. Roofing materials were donated by Rathbun Lumber. Connie Driscoll also donated her time and talents, while Edgar LeBlanc of Star City Sanitation delivered the playhouse to the Graves’ Shop ‘n Save parking lot and will transport it to Wyatt’s home.
Graves said this year’s raffle raised about $4,000.
The Logan P. Graves Foundation was created by Bob Jr. and his wife, Lynne, to honor the life of their son, who passed away in December 1998 after courageously battling brain cancer. The purpose of the Foundation is to raise money for other organizations whose mission is to assist children who have life-threatening illnesses by treating the illness through direct treatment or research, and/or assisting families who live far from where their children receive treatment enabling them to stay with their child while the child undergoes treatment.
The Foundation’s second purpose is to fund the award of scholarships to qualified graduates entering qualified four-year institutions in the United States, preferably in medicine and related fields of study.
This year, the Logan P. Graves Foundation will be donating more than $70,000 to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, located at the Maine Center for Cancer Care in Portland. The Maine Children’s Cancer Program offers outpatient consultation and treatment for children diagnosed with cancer.
“That brings our 8-year total to $540,000,” said Graves, noting the family created the Foundation to keep Logan’s memory alive. “It’s incredible. Things are going very well and we’re extremely happy.”
Wyatt said he wanted to tell “that pretty lady [Lynne Graves] and nice man [Bob Graves Jr.] thank you for picking my ticket.”