This is my fun loving 8 year old son, Landon. He lives in Marine City, MI, is a 3rd grader at Belle River Elementary School, and one of five boys. He is your typical 8 year old boy, he loves playing baseball, basketball, and football. He has been a member of his little leagues U-8 boys’ tournament baseball team. He is a member of cub scouts and goes to church everySunday. His favorite colors include white, green, purple, and pink. He loves super-hero’s and wrestling, his favorite super-hero is the HULK!!!!He is so full of life, laughter, and love. Unfortunately back in the summer we found an odd looking mole on his back. We went and saw a dermatologist and had it removed. The results came back cancer, every parent’s worst nightmare. We started our 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, which he started on November 30th. We 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. This is a family of 7 living off 1 income at the time while the father stays home to help take care of Landon. 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.