A positive light

September 21, 2016
It's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, recognizing families like the Andersons
The Anderson family meeting Ronald McDonald

Landon Anderson is the “positive light in our family,” says his mom, Angel. His positivity has been a blessing during a scary time for the Andersons.

Landon, 8, is being treated for bone cancer. He was diagnosed earlier this year and has endured months of chemotherapy and major surgery. Between rounds of chemo, he recovers with his family at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto.

“The House has been great for us,” says Angel. “Its proximity to the hospital, the atmosphere, the amazing staff… Without RMHC Toronto, there would be no place for us to call home.”

The Anderson family lives in Garson, Ont., just outside of Sudbury. Landon’s siblings, Isaac, 14, and Vada, 7, have been attending the RMHC Toronto School so they can stay close to their brother.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, bringing attention to the 10,000 children in Canada battling cancer, like Landon. RMHC Toronto is proud to support many of their families. Thirty-one per cent of families that stay at our House are being treated for cancer.

Although he’s the “type of kid who’s super nice to everyone,” even Landon has had moments over the past few months when he has been scared.

“At first, Landon heard the word ‘cancer’ and immediately thought of his Papa, who died of cancer at age 50,” says Angel.

But there is much to be positive about for Landon and his family: more than 82 per cent of children survive their cancer diagnosis, and mortality has decreased 25 per cent in the last 10 years.

“Landon helps us remember that this is just the now, not the rest of our lives. He says, ‘It’s going to be fine. We’ll be going home soon.’”

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