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Missouri Community Plunges for Young Cancer Patient

Apr. 4, 2014: Kansas City Chiefs fan Ty Rowton, known as XFactor, exits the water with a toy fish in his mouth after taking a Plunge for Landon in a farm pond near Bonner Springs, Kan.AP

An attempt to assist Landon Shaw, a 5-month old Tarkio, Missouri cancer infant’s family has encouraged several individuals across the nation and also abroad to dive into the cold water bodies.

Apr. 4, 2014: Kansas City Chiefs fan Ty Rowton, known as XFactor, exits the water with a toy fish in his mouth after taking a Plunge for Landon in a farm pond near Bonner Springs, Kan.AP

Apr. 4, 2014: Kansas City Chiefs fan Ty Rowton, known as XFactor, exits the water with a toy fish in his mouth after taking a Plunge for Landon in a farm pond near Bonner Springs, Kan.AP

Facebook-based Plunge for Landon fundraiser organizers revealed that their team has lost a count of the number of people who have published videos of themselves plunging for Landon.

He was diagnosed to be suffering from a rare kind of cancer in late Feb.  Individuals are diving in from cold farm pools north of Kansas City to the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.

Landon’s mom, Alyssa Shaw told that she was surprised with the kind of response the family received, given the fact that they were not so popular.

Before diving into water, participants have been recording themselves daring 3 other individuals to follow the same with financial promises for each individual who finishes the task. By Friday evening, the campaign had helped in raising over $30,000, just 5 days after the fundraiser notice was first published on the famous social networking website.

All businesses, schools, and police departments around the area have published videos of the partakers taking the dive. When Landon was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City) on February 23 to get him diagnosed why he was losing weight and vomiting, he was four months old. He was found to have a tumor in his left kidney, which was removed, but later a huge mass was also found in his brain.

A complicated surgery was accomplished successfully to remove his brain tumor. But still, this little one has to go through chemotherapy sessions, CT and MRI scans. The family is known to be on Medicaid, but still it isn’t just sufficient to cover up the medical bills.

The Facebook page of the plunge group had over 11,700 members as on Friday, which is almost 7 times the number of Tarkio’s small farming community.

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