Benefit for Five- Year-Old Boy with Cancer
There are only about 350 cases a year of a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma and a five- year- old boy in Ocala is battling it.
Five -year -old Landon Adam Parrish loves to listen to music, play in the park and go fishing, but this energetic child has been dealing with a rare disease.
Landon's father Dale Parrish who is an Ocala Police Officer said he realized something was wrong with his son after he was having issues going to the bathroom.
"Every time he would go he would say it would hurt or burn when he went. wW went to the doctors a couple of times here in Ocala and the doctor couldn't find the solution to it," said Dale Parrish.
April 2012, they ended up at shands hospital in Gainesville, where Landon and his family received the bad news.
"They told us he had a large mass in his lower abdomen about the size of a grape fruit and that it was possibly cancerous," said Parrish.
Forty-eight hours later the, doctors confirmed Landon had stage 4 cancer.
"We've had 54 weeks of chemo radiation. A lot of overnight stays. Sometimes a couple of days to a week," said Parrish.
"I had to eat room service food. Room service food is yuck," said Landon.
Little Landon has had three surgeries including the removal of his tumor, but is now out the hospital and doing a whole lot better.
"No more chemo right," said Parrish.
"No more chemo," said Landon.
Recently people in the community have reached out to Landon and his family organizing events to raise money.
"I've had personal experience with it. My wife had a brain aneurism back in July of last year and they held a benefit for us and it really helped. I often ask myself what's worse than what has happened to my wife and I saw landon and I got my answer," said Mike Kohn.
Kohn organized a benfit 8 ball tournament for May 25, 2013 at Bankshot Billiards Sports Bar and Grill on Silver Springs Boulevard.
The event starts at 11 a.m. and will continue until 6 p.m.
You can have five players a team and the cost is $50 per team to participate.
All the proceeds from the tournament and food sales will be donated to Landon.
Even though Landon and his family don't expect people to help, they say it really makes a difference.
"It kind of helps ease the pain or what not. Just knowing that there are people out there that are willing to help," said Parrish.
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