HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Logan Jordan was three when he was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It makes his bones brittle and affects his eyesight and internal organs.
"There's not a day that goes by that I'm not in pain. My hands, they're so stiff at times where I can't unbutton my shirt or my pants," he said.
"His worst is when the tears start flowing because it takes a lot for him to cry about pain," said his mother ReBecca Jordan.
Instead of giving in to the disease, the 14-year-old Kailua Intermediate School student works to raise arthritis awareness. He donates cash awards received in recognition for his volunteer work.
"I'm not doing it for any rewards or anything. I'm doing it to help people. That's what I really want people to know," he said.
Through his own organization called "Logan's Heroes" he's raised and donated over $30,000 to the Arthritis Foundation.
"Everything he has received over the years goes straight back into charity. He does not keep anything for himself," ReBecca Jordan said.
Prudential Insurance named Logan one of the nation's top youth volunteers of the year. And word is spreading. CSI New York actor Gary Sinise recruited him to help with his work with wounded soldiers.
"I could either control my disease or let it control me," Logan said.
"This is how he deals with his disease. This is his best medicine," ReBecca Jordan said.
Speaking from experience, Logan has a message for anyone who has suffered a setback.
"Just think of the bright side. Think of what they can do," he said.
The Jordans believe God gives tough battles to strong soldiers. Logan is fighting on the front lines.