On June 2, 2016, a Syracuse boy named Landon was swimming at the YMCA when he suffered a cardiac arrest due to a lethal arrythmia (in other words, his heart stopped working) and began to drown. He was rescued from the pool by an off-duty New York State Trooper, making local headlines .
Landon, who was born without a left ventricle and who has already had three open-heart surgeries, was treated at a local hospital and is now awaiting surgery to receive an automatic defibrillator. His parents, Tony and Ann, will need to travel with him to a hospital in another city in order to receive further treatment.
Due to Landon's condition and special needs, and with his brother off serving in the Marine Corps, Tony and Ann have been unable or limited in their ability to work, which has caused them great financial stress for over a decade. Landon now needs expensive medical equipment to keep him safe, which their insurance does not cover in full.
Landon has always struggled emotionally with the limitations that his heart condition places on him physically. Swimming has been his one redemption. While Landon had hopes of joining a swim team and continuing to thrive as a swimmer, he is now unable to participate in swimming because of these events.
Please, help Landon and his family get through this difficult period. Your contribution will help pay for medical expenses, living expenses, and cover lost wages while Landon’s parents care for him.
Taara Rahmanzadeh and Ris Golden-Sieradski, Co-Organizers