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Seven year old with one wish; to beat cancer

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WARREN—A Warren, Minnesota boy has an unusual request for the holidays; he wants to beat cancer, for a second time.

Landon LaBine spent a brief part of his Christmas vacation at Sanford on Thursday, where oncologists studied the latest scans to see if he can claim "remission" yet again.

All it took was a 7-year old comedian to break the tension of Thursday; Landon singing UND Hockey goal song.

Landon, is your typical Northern Minnesota kid; addicted to hockey and fishing, but cancer has interrupted his young life.

"At 6-months old, he started having a left eye droop," said Becky LaBine, Landon's mom.

First diagnosed at the age of two with brain cancer, he had surgery to get what they could, then 15 months of chemo; he was just three.

"He never complains even on his tough days," said Becky.

The treatment worked, remission.

Then in 2016, the cancer showed up again; 12 more months of more chemo for Landon.

"It is really a rollercoaster of emotions that takes place," said Becky.

So on Thursday, the scan that all families dread; did treatment work??

Visits with doctors and nurses on Thursday, as Landon was brought down from his room at Sanford, down for the MRI, it would tell the family everything.

A long afternoon, then a visit with the oncologist at Roger Maris for the news.

"The scans were not what we wanted to see today, not a clear image, we are coming back in six weeks to see if it is not something or if it is, we can get at it right away. Not wanted we wanted to hear," said Becky.

No promises, no guarantees, just a kid who will keep fighting and since he is done with treatment for now, he gets to ring the honorary bell. 

It is how Landon is ringing in his new year.

To help educate Landon's classmates in Warren about his cancer, Sanford staff went to his school to talk about it.

A special stuffed monkey takes his classroom chair when he's gone for treatment.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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