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3-year-old cancer patient becomes honorary deputy

3-year-old cancer patient becomes...

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A Coeur d'Alene cancer patient has a special new title tonight: Honorary Sheriff's deputy.

Landon Hill is fighting one of the rarest and most difficult kinds of childhood cancer, and now, he's got a badge to make things brighter.

In March, Landon was diagnosed with stage four metastatic neuroblastoma.

It's a cancer of the nervous system that most commonly affects children age 5 and under.

“I don't think you could prepare for any type of conversation like that with a doctor. So, it was the most devastating probably week I've ever had,” said Dylan Hill, Landon's father.

Landon's treatment's are intense, but he's proved himself a fighter.

“He's doing extremely well,” his father said. “Every single time he's been in the hospital he's been let out early and he's amazed the doctors with what he's done,” he said.

The Hills spend most of their time at Seattle Children's Hospital.

So, when they came home for the holidays, KCSO wanted to show their support.

“To be able to be involved in a youngster's life at a young level whose family is going through such a hard time and have a significant impact is pretty special,” said KCSO Sgt. John Brandel.

Landon was made an honorary deputy, and KCSO gave the family a check to help with the medical expenses- money deputies  were able to raise by participating in "No Shave November."

“You pay a fee in order to be able to grow the facial hair, and that money all goes toward the charitable cause that we try and find families that are going through medical disabilities, since that's what No Shave November is all about, [donating] the money back to the community,” Brandel said.

A dream come true for Landon and his family, and maybe a glimpse into the future they're fighting so fiercely for.

“I think every little boy wants to do something like that,” Hill said. “So if that's the route that he took, I would be extremely proud and happy,” he said.

If you would like to help children like Landon, you can donate blood and platelets. Contact your local Red Cross or the Inland Northwest Blood Center for more information. 


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