LOGAN ALMAZAN | South Florida's own Inked Superhero by Herb Sosa
We chat with one of South Florida's most eligible bachelors, who brings it every day, with a body and tats worthy of a superhero; the passion and dedication of a true leader; and a heart and smile that can (and does) win over every dance floor, beach towel and heart within a 45 mile radius. This is LOGAN ALMAZAN.
Logan was born in Boynton Beach Florida. Seven minutes after his identical twin brother who passed away at the age of 2 years old. He has one older brother, one younger and one younger sister, and grew up in West Palm Beach. He graduated from Wellington High School. "In my teenage years I came out to my parents and was asked to leave my home. I basically started my entire career and adulthood with just four garbage bags with clothes and homeless. This is why there will always be a special place in my heart for people that suffer and are homeless. I wasn't until last year, after my father passing away and after a ten year marriage that I was reconnected with my entire family and was welcomed back with open arms. This is why I'm always trying to pay it forward to all those that have loved me unconditionally for so many years.
Tell me a bit about your work (how long have you been doing it, what is an “average day”, like, etc)?. I'm currently working at the Ryder Trauma Center in the Trauma and Burns Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital since 1998. My average day is pretty much providing care to the most critically ill patients and emotional support to their loved ones.
"As a trauma nurse I've seen many young people lose their lives in freak accidents. I'll never forget the girl here on vacation that was run over while laying out on the beach and died. He (the surgeon) fought so hard to save her, and that day my coworker and I were so heartbroken and in tears knowing that 'that could have been us!' So I guess live life to the fullest and surround yourself with only people that love like you do. And don't let fear rob you from making amazing memories that can never be taken."
What motivated you to go into healthcare, and helping burn victims in particular? My original plan was to become a Veterinarian. But a few years of assisting the Doctor put pets to sleep was just too heart breaking for me to handle. So I switched careers and started working in the hospital setting back when I was 18 years old. I've always had a passion for burns because usually burn patients can be the sickest in our unit. I'm not sure why but as a nurse I get very competitive with myself to do my best to help save and protect the patients I care for.
Tell me about your most memorable patient, and why? My most memorable patient was a man who was involved in a huge boat explosion. I took care of him for several nights in a row. Probably one of the illest I've ever had taken care of. We could not oxygenate his body properly due to his abdominal compartment syndrome preventing his lungs from inflating properly so an open laparotomy needed to be performed to release the pressure. In conjunction to all this chaos, he seemed to also be suffering from multiple organ failure. The surgeon was hesitant knowing that if we did it.. The chances of him living were pretty much impossible. In his room the wife had a picture of their 3 year old daughter and that picture haunted me. I kept telling myself...This man needs to walk her down the aisle the day she gets married. So I begged the surgeon and told him "I don't want to live with the what if?" So he looked at me and said "let do it!!!" Well that patient made it and last I hear was living a normal happy life.
Dream Queens… what is it, and how did it get started? I took care of a burn patient 6 years ago that suffered burns to her face, hair and a lot of her body. Well 5 years later I was told she wanted to meet me so of course I agreed. When she saw me, she hugged me and told me "I still have the wig you bought me!" I was left speechless and numb. Went to my car to just sat there and cried. I was just so overwhelmed with emotions, knowing how one act of kindness met so much to someone many years later. So that's when I wanted to do more. So I thought of the idea to have the best of our community come and teach my female burn patients how to put on make up so that they can feel beautiful again. And who knows best??? Our Miami Drag Queens! So I went up to my favorite Athena Dion. I'll never forget how quick she said "YES YES YES IM IN!!!"... Before I could even finish explaining my idea. And I warned her by telling her "are you sure because this will change your life forever?" And still she said YES!!!! And that's how Dream Queens was started. Athena was so moved by what she did from that one idea that she has now built something on her own with the love and support of many that have caring hearts to continue to share the love we gave to those girls. And since Dream Queens have giving back with a toy drive for kids and at local homeless shelter and recently another Glam Day with the Lotus House which is a homeless shelter for abused women and their children.
You have some amazing ink… Which was your first, how many do you have, and what inspires you to get them? Hahaha my first was the name of my first boyfriend of 4 years. And yes it's now covered up. Tattoos for me is like Art. Many if mine have a very special meaning.
3 things you never leave home without: My cellphone, my keys and headphones.
I met logan in april of 2017. He approached me to join him at Jackson Memorial Hospital Burn Center to show makeup tips and provide makeovers to his former patients. These women and children suffered burn injuries and the opportunity to help them feel beautiful was too good to pass up! Both Logan and i saw the amazing response we received from the patients and how much they enjoyed the “glam day” I decided that I wanted to start an initiative to do more events like this in the community. I Founded the Dream Queens which is a group of local drag queens and drag supporters who together share love, light and fabulosity to anyone going through a tough patch in life or may want to add a little razzle dazzle to their event. Logan has been by my side for every dream queens charity event since that day at the burn center. He is very passionate about helping others and spreading love and creating smiles! - Athena Dion
How do you balance your Latino heritage and amazing foods, with healthy living and exercise? Any advice for the readers? To be honest...Growing up as a family we rarely had the privilege to eat out. It was always home cooking. Unless it was a birthday. So now as an adult I rarely eat Mexican food unless it comes from a family picnic. As for dieting... I try to eat right. But I was always a skinny kid growing up. Everyone warned me to wait till I hit 30... Well Aug I'll be 45 and I'm still fighting to keep the weight on.
Where do you hope to be, and doing, in 5-10 years? I'm sure I'll be married again and this time raising my own child and of course working as a nurse and I hope to be teaching new nurses all what I've learned over the many years. And of course continue traveling with those that I love dearly. I will definitely continue helping those in need wherever I can. It's funny when I hear people tell me how they look up to me for all that I've done over the years to help those in need. But to be honest.. I didn't help them. They helped me!.
I would wake up feel my scalp and specifically ask Logan "where’s my hair?” And he would tell me “honey it burned off” I would feel down and say I was growing it out so I continued to ask questions like if my hair would grow back Logan soon told me he had a couple of friends that do shows and know where to get hair the next time he came to work he handed me a wig tears of joy came to my eye I thanked him he gave me another chance to feel beautiful with his gift I promised to myself that when my hair grew I would cut it and donate it and bless somebody else with the gift that Logan blessed me with five years later I saw Logan and had to thank him for that blessing that changed my live view out look and perspective that there was still good people out there so I thank Logan. - Samantha Diaz
"Now that Dream Queens is up and running. I am thrilled that Athena is running with it. I proud enough to be the reason that came to life... but I wanna do more. I have more ideas on how to help people...my brain is always coming up with solving solutions, like homeless or people living with HIV and struggling to make ends meet. We help we free food from many local restaurants in south beach. Yes a lot is thrown away due to expectation dates and some law, etc... so why not get an average amount that gets thrown out...divide that in half and donate it before it expires. That way people in need are helped, and the restaurant gets to write it off as donation."
"I remember here at Ryder at 4am. Dunkin donuts always threw away that days leftover donuts - where steps away there were homeless sleeping. When I saw that i would ask to please give me a few bags full and the girl that liked me there would and I'd give it to the homeless sleeping."