Help Landon beat Stage 3 Melanoma

$11,090 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 238 people in 41 months
This is my fun loving 8 year old nephew, Landon.  He is your typical 8 year old boy, he loves playing baseball, basketball, and football.  He is a member of cub scouts and goes to church every Sunday with his family. His favorite colors include white, green, purple, and pink. He is so full of life, laughter, and love. Unfortunately back in the summer his parents found an odd looking mole on his back. They went and saw a dermatologist and had it removed. The results came back cancer, every parents worse nightmare. They started their journey to U of M. First surgery was to remove a larger border around where the mole was removed, they also took out a total of 15 lymph nodes from his arm pits. Once again the family got bad news....the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. He went back for surgery #2, they removed both major lymph node chains from his arm pits and did a full body MRI. Thankfully the cancer had not spread any further. The results were STAGE 3 MELANOMA though!!! This cancer is extremely rare in children....the doctors have already stated that Landon is going to be teaching them. The next step in this family's journey is for him to get a port placed and to receive Interferon injections. This is where I am asking for your help!!! The family will have to drive from Marine City to Ann Arbor 5 times a week for 4 weeks in order for Landon to receive these injections. The insurance company will not pay for a hospital stay being as they wouldn't if it was an adult and they have no research to base the need of a stay with a child involved. The family can not afford a hotel room. This is a family of 7 living off 1 income. After the 4 weeks is done Landon will be receiving 3 injections a week for 48 weeks at home!!! As I have said before this is so rare for a child this age, especially stage 3. The preventative drug being given is a hard drug even on an adult, the medical staff is not sure how his little body is going to handle it.
thank you for taking them time to read about my nephew, any help what so ever is greatly appreciated!!! If you can't donate money, please at least pray for him!!!
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Medical bills have finally started rolling in for Landon's treatments. Some things were paid for thank goodness; however, there were some that weren't and thankfully they have the gofundme to help them out with some of these medical expenses but not all. Once again from my family to yours, thank you for all of the kind words and generosity!!!
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays from our family to yours!! God bless everyone for the continued prayers and well wishes.
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The money that's been raised has greatly helped out the family...being on one income and a household of 7 this money has relieved a lot of stress and strain. It has been used for all of the expenses of going back and forth to Ann Arbor. The family is still patiently waiting for the medical bills to start rolling in.
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Thank you for the continued support of my family!!
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Tiff Unspoken
41 months ago
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In 2004 at the age of 14 I was diagnosed with stage 4 melonoma, at the time I was considered in the same situation as landon. With the care of my doctors and love of my family and a bit of faith, I am now 29 years old with a 9 yr old daughter. I'm sorry for the pain you are going through, I hope that my story gives you a little extra hope. You will be in my prayers.

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Kimberly Fulmer
41 months ago
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Hello I'm so sorry to hear about your nephew so young getting this terrible disease. I was diagnosed three years ago. I've under gone three surgeries and did interferon treatment as well. Ask your doctors about new treatments available. Immunotherapy drugs called Yervoy. I will pray for Landon and your family.

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Holly N Greg Watts
41 months ago
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I am praying for Landon. I saw your story on Facebook and I was immediately drawn to it. I had a mole removed on my thigh (that started itching) which was melanoma. It was surgically removed and I immediately began Interferon treatments. For the first month it was five days a week. For the remaining 11 months it was weekly. It was the hardest thing I've been through. I wanted to encourage you by saying this...I was diagnosed 6 six years ago. Today, I am cancer free. My church family and faith in God are what got me through it. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to talk. Because of Him, Holly

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Bee Neil-Boubrit
41 months ago

When will his 5 day a week treatment begin

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SarahandRob Redman
41 months ago

Rmh-annarbor.org

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Susan Duby
41 months ago

Noticed "Agosta" in mom's name being Italian. VERY common children in Italy born (maybe by genetics?) with below normal Vit. "D". Low vitamin D in anyone allows cancer. We need supplements (sometimes IV Vitamin D in severe absence). Have yourself & your children blood checked for this depletion . Alternative for melanoma is treated w/vitamin C or vitamin D, IV. Of course our country believes only in the pharmaceutical avenue. Also celiac disease in Italy is predominate in Europe, but especially Italy where preschoolers are checked for this inherited disease before they attend school. Celiac disease has a high rate of cancer. If you or whomever have this disease, read book : "Dangerous Grains". As having a German heritage I have genetic celiac. If not celiac, still grains for all are super bad. I will financially be contributing to your need & in prayer.

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$50
Anonymous
35 months ago
CA
$100
Carolyn Agosta
39 months ago

wishing you all the best in 2016. keep believing in the cure.

$10
Anonymous
40 months ago
$50
Anonymous
40 months ago
DT
$100
Debbie Tremp
40 months ago

Two time Melanoma survivor. He is going to be OK! Sending prayers"

MM
$25
martha mickle
40 months ago

God Bless and we are praying for you and your family

Tiff Unspoken
41 months ago
1
1

In 2004 at the age of 14 I was diagnosed with stage 4 melonoma, at the time I was considered in the same situation as landon. With the care of my doctors and love of my family and a bit of faith, I am now 29 years old with a 9 yr old daughter. I'm sorry for the pain you are going through, I hope that my story gives you a little extra hope. You will be in my prayers.

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Kimberly Fulmer
41 months ago
1
1

Hello I'm so sorry to hear about your nephew so young getting this terrible disease. I was diagnosed three years ago. I've under gone three surgeries and did interferon treatment as well. Ask your doctors about new treatments available. Immunotherapy drugs called Yervoy. I will pray for Landon and your family.

+ Read More
Holly N Greg Watts
41 months ago
1
1

I am praying for Landon. I saw your story on Facebook and I was immediately drawn to it. I had a mole removed on my thigh (that started itching) which was melanoma. It was surgically removed and I immediately began Interferon treatments. For the first month it was five days a week. For the remaining 11 months it was weekly. It was the hardest thing I've been through. I wanted to encourage you by saying this...I was diagnosed 6 six years ago. Today, I am cancer free. My church family and faith in God are what got me through it. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to talk. Because of Him, Holly

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Bee Neil-Boubrit
41 months ago

When will his 5 day a week treatment begin

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SarahandRob Redman
41 months ago

Rmh-annarbor.org

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Susan Duby
41 months ago

Noticed "Agosta" in mom's name being Italian. VERY common children in Italy born (maybe by genetics?) with below normal Vit. "D". Low vitamin D in anyone allows cancer. We need supplements (sometimes IV Vitamin D in severe absence). Have yourself & your children blood checked for this depletion . Alternative for melanoma is treated w/vitamin C or vitamin D, IV. Of course our country believes only in the pharmaceutical avenue. Also celiac disease in Italy is predominate in Europe, but especially Italy where preschoolers are checked for this inherited disease before they attend school. Celiac disease has a high rate of cancer. If you or whomever have this disease, read book : "Dangerous Grains". As having a German heritage I have genetic celiac. If not celiac, still grains for all are super bad. I will financially be contributing to your need & in prayer.

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