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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Locals 'take plunge' to benefit infant with cancer

  • People far and wide are now “taking the plunge” to help benefit a Tarkio, Mo., infant. Friday a group of local residents stepped up to the challenge when owners of LaReese's in Nebraska City pledged a $5 donation per person as they took the plunge at a pond just east of the Highway 2 Missouri River Bridge.
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  • People far and wide are now “taking the plunge” to help benefit a Tarkio, Mo., infant. Friday a group of local residents stepped up to the challenge when owners of LaReese’s in Nebraska City pledged a $5 donation per person as they took the plunge at a pond just east of the Highway 2 Missouri River Bridge.
    A day after he turned four months old, Landon Shaw was admitted to the emergency room at Children’s Mercy because he was throwing up and losing weight.  An utrasound showed a large mass in his left kidney.
     
    Surgeons removed his left kidney and broke the news to the family: Five-month-old Landon had a rare form of cancer  that might travel to the kidneys, liver, lungs and the brain.
    An MRI showed a large mass in his brain, sitting on his spinal cord. With a prognosis of maybe only two weeks to live, the baby’s parents opted for surgery.  Although it was touch and go, Landon made it through the surgery and the critical next 48 hours, and slowly continued to improve.  
    He will continue to take chemotherapy and will still need many, many visits to doctors and hospitals, so friends of his family started a movement on Facebook called Plunge for Landon to help raise money for the family and Landon’s treatment.  The idea is that a person who is challenged to do so must go plunge into a body of water within 24 hours and record it for proof.
    Those videos are now going viral.
    Donations to Landon's family can be turned in at the Flower Mill in Tarkio, MO., or donors can mail checks written to Landon Shaw to Flower Mill, 606 Main Street, Tarkio Mo, 64491. Landon’s PAYPAL is teamlandon102113@outlook.com.
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