…118 Days Until Race Day
The middle 30 miles of my Snowdrop Ultra 55 Hour Race & Relay were run for Landon.
The first nearly 10 miles were run yesterday and the other 20+ were run today.
Scott and Jaymi, Landon’s parents, are two of the kindest, most genuine people you will meet. One meeting with them and you are forever changed by their generosity, their strength and most of all, their love for their son.
Here are Scott‘s words about Landon’s story:
“We are no longer whole.
On May 21, 2014, we lost our son, our brother, our friend, Landon Thomas Ahrendt.
Landon was your typical 9 year old boy. Full of energy. Athletic. Smart. He loved soccer, running, Yoshi, his sisters and his buddies.
It all started as an innocuous bump on his foot as if he had twisted an ankle or been kicked while playing soccer.
But it didn’t go away.
Then it grew.
His pediatrician thought it was a cyst, so he had an X-ray, then a biopsy. Then, on August 4, 2012, we received the worst call imaginable. Our son had cancer and one of the worst kinds – alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.
It had metastasized to his lungs. Not good.
In fact, a death sentence.
So when his classmates were starting 3rd grade, Landon went to Texas Children’s Cancer Center for round after round of chemotherapy.
Initially, we had phenomenal results to use his oncologist’s exact words. It was almost gone. He lost his hair. He lost his appetite and weight.
However, he never lost his smile, his spirit, his bravery (he gave himself his own shots) or his sense of humor.
Cancer couldn’t take those things away.
But then one day, the chemo simply stopped working and while the medical team tried everything they could, we lost our son.”
It was started to keep Landon’s legacy alive.
Before he died, his family asked Landon what the foundation should focus on. He said to find a cure and to help others. L3 is committed to making a difference in the lives of children who are fighting a fight they didn’t ask for.
The day the scourge that is pediatric cancer is defeated will be a day of great joy and celebration.
Team L3 are the largest fundraisers for Snowdrop Ultra 55 Hour Race & Relay and they send many supporters and racers to represent the organization, support Scott and Jaymi and to keep Landon’s legacy alive.
The photo of the white crosses is from the race. The cross that Scott and Jaymi are standing with has Landon’s name written on it. Behind them, are the members of L3, the crusaders in this fight against childhood cancer and the army that keeps Landon’s legacy alive.
Who will you meet tomorrow?