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Landon's Family left behind  

Landon is survived by the loving family members below that miss him dearly:

Mommy-Amber Boothe, his hero and he is hers, of Montevallo, AL

Are You Still A Mother When Your Child Is Not With You?


I thought of you and closed my eyes
and prayed to God today.
I asked what makes a mother
and I know I heard him say...

"A mother has a baby."
This we know is true.
But can you be a mother
when your baby's not with you?

"Yes, you can," He said
with confidence in His voice.
"I give many women babies.
When they leave is not their choice.

Some I send for a lifetime,
and others for a day.
Some I send to feel your womb
but there's no need to stay."

I just don't understand this, God.
I want my baby here.
He took a breath and cleared His throat
and then I saw a tear.

"I wish that I could show you
what your child is doing today.
If you could see your child smile
with other children and say,

'We go to earth to learn our lessons
of love and life and fear.
My Mommy loved me oh, so much
I got to come straight here.

I feel so lucky to have a Mom
who had so much love for me.
I learned my lesson very quickly.
My Mommy set me free.

I miss my Mommy oh, so much
but I visit her each day.
When she goes to sleep,
on her pillow is where I lay.

I stroke her hair and kiss her cheek
and whisper in her ear,
"Mommy, don't be sad today.
I'm your baby and I'm here." '

So, you see, my dear sweet one,
your child is okay.
Your baby is here in my home
and this is where he'll stay.

He'll wait for you with me
until your lesson is through.
And on the day that you come home,
he'll be at the gates for you.

So, now you see what makes a mother.
It's the feeling in your heart.
It's the love you had so much of
right from the very start.

Though some on earth may not see
you're a mother with a son.
They'll be up here with me one day
and know you're the best one."


  Grandparents (Maternal) Daphne & Kevin Lucas, Gammy and Big Daddy, Mommy's Mom and Dad, of Montevallo, AL

"Grandparents Are A Special Gift"

Grandparents are a special gift
That God gives to each child.
Their love outshines the brightest star...
Their love can never be defiled.

Oh, but when a child becomes an angel,
Grandparents feel the pain and sorrow.
Beyond any pain they've known in life...
Or will ever come to know tomorrow.

For a grandparent holds a special love
For the child their child has had.
And, to lose what they hold dear...
Leaves them heartbroken and sad.

Their legacy is their grandchildren...
So how can they learn to survive?
Will the dreams of their tomorrows
Somehow be kept alive?

Yes, a grandparent is a survivor...
And life has taught them how to be.
For their wisdom, courage & love
Is carried from them... to You & me.

Author Kaye Des'Ormeaux

Great Grandfather Bernie Coggins-Pawpaw, Gammy's Daddy and Mommy's Pawpaw, of Alabaster, AL

Great Grandmother-Barbara Ann Coggins (in heaven with Landon) Gammy's Late Mommy and Mommy's Late Grandma Coggins (not pictured)

Great, Great, Grandmother-Gertie Mae Powell, Gammy's Grandma of Clanton, AL (not pictured)

Great Grandparents-Jackie (not pictured) and Debbie Lucas, Grandma and Granddaddy Lucas of Montevallo, AL

 


 Uncle-Adam Boothe, Mommy's brother, of Montevallo, AL

Uncle-Sonny Lucas, Mommy's brother, of Montevallo, AL

Aunt-Debbie Lucas, Mommy's sister of Montevallo, AL

Uncle-Jack Lucas, Mommy's brother of Montevallo, AL

 


 Great Aunt-Stephanie Davis and Family, Big Daddy Kevin's sister, of Montevallo, AL

 


 

 Great Aunt (Me)-Becky Howard, Gammy's sister, of Alabaster, AL

Great Uncle-James Howard, Aunt Becky's Husband, of Alabaster, AL

Cousins-(she calls herself Aunt to him) Jennifer Howard, her Fiance' Johnny Cosby, and their daughter Kailyn, my daughter and granddaughter, of Alabaster, AL

Cousins-Jason, Lindsey, and Piper Higgins, my son and his family, of Alabaster, AL

 


 Great Aunt-Debbie Boothe, Gammy's sister, of Jemison, AL

Cousins-Donnie Douglas and Family, Debbie's son and family, of Montevallo, AL


  Great Uncle-Keith Coggins and Family, Gammy's brother, of Alabaster, AL (not pictured)


  and many, many cousins and great, great Uncles and Aunts that live in Alabama and around the United States that never got the chance to meet this amazing relative but I know that they too loved him as much as we all do.


Spreading Awareness  

Landon fought so hard and was a brave little boy during his short little life. He touched the lives of thousands, if not millions, of people while he was with us. In our family, he changed our lives so much and strengthened the bond between us and restored our faith in God 1000%. I've said this many times since his passing, that his strength and courage and bravery during his battle with the life threatening defects that he had, taught us adults more about life in his short lifetime than we will ever learn in our lifetimes.

What Amber and all of us want most of all is for Landon's memory and legacy to be remembered. The strength and bravery that he showed over the six months during his life was amazing to say the least. For us to sit back and do nothing would be an injustice to this courageous little man.

God sent us the gift of Landon for a reason and he gave Landon such amazing courage and strength to endure the most horrendous medical procedures no baby should ever have to suffer. But our Landon did and did it with such grace and the will to live. Each time after each procedure when we all thought this is it, he would come through like a true champion and hero. He was such an amazing little boy. We all miss him so so much. He will be forever in our hearts and "Our Little Hero and Miracle Baby".

He amazed all of his doctors and the nursing staff at Children's and UAB Hospitals here in Birmingham. As his doctors put it "Landon is writing his own pages in the medical journals". His lab work was sent all over the world for testing because he was such a rare case. His birth diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell is explained is his "About Him" section. He was a rare child and puzzled his doctors on a daily basis just by surviving for 6 months with this rare defect. He won the battle against the rare defect against all odds and truly amazed and won the hearts of millions of people and a few medical professionals at UAB and Children's Hospital here in Birmingham and around the world.

There are no foundations that have been started for the rare defect that Landon was born with after all there have only been 50 cases ever reported having had this defect. However, there are individual organizations that are dear to our hearts and are raising awareness and helping families like ours and that have defects like Landon's. These are organizations that we are dedicated to helping simply because they are there to help children and families who are in need of help and they all have been or are in situations that we were in with Landon. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Landon, or just make a donation, please visit their web-site listed for further information or contact me personally for information.

 

First and foremost is an organization that we truly believe in. They helped Amber and Landon more than any organization out there. They have helped so many families and children in need at the Children's Hospital here in Birmingham, AL. If you know of a family at Children's that is in need of assistance please contact them directly or contact me and I can put you in contact with them. If you would like to help by making a donation whether financial or a material donation, they take them all, please do so by contacting the ministry directly or by contacting me. I will make sure that they get the donation. We are working with them to try to give back some of what was given to us and to make sure that Jacob's memory is kept alive through our precious Landon with the help of all of you, our friends. We know that they are buddies in heaven now. Everything they make goes toward helping these families and the upkeep on the thrift store. Please go to the web-site below and read precious Jacob's story and how the ministry got started.

Jacob Christian Ministries - http://jacobchristian.memory-of.com

Jacob's ministry helped Amber and Landon more than any other organization while they were at Children's the entire six months of his life. Had it not been for them, Amber at times would not have had money to eat or money to pay her rent. They were a real blessing for her and for our family. I also saw Mr. and Mrs. Harper visiting other families in the PICU while Landon was there. They came by and visited Landon regularly and never failed to pray for him before they left. Even if we weren't there, they still visited with our little man and prayed with him. They, too along with their daughter Trovia grew to love our little Landon as we did. We are dedicated to helping them to help other families in Jacob's memory.



 
 
Landon, as part of the Pentalogy of Cantrell, also had a Diaphragmatic Hernia. This is one of the defects that caused so many problems for Landon and his breathing difficulties. This defect affects a babies developement of not only the lungs but in most cases the heart and other organs as well. Little is known about this deadly birth defect. Most babies born with this defect will die at birth or shortly after depending on the severity of the defect. Our Landon was one of the rare few to survive with this birth defect as long as he did. We must find a cause and a cure of this life threatening defect. For more information about this defect, please visit the CHERUBS web-site.


CHD Heart Foundation - http://www.myspace.com/chdheartfoundation

 
 


READ THE FACTS IN THIS BOOK FROM CHD H.E.A.R.T.
http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=46ea6ab09c8ce431ffa448&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=text_url
 
 

 
 
 
 
Click here to sign the petition:  http://www.gopetition.com/online/16298.html
Please take a moment to visit this site and sign the petition. Angelina's CHD Warriors put the petition togethter and it needs 50,000 signatures to even begin the process to get CHD awareness in the media. It only takes a second and there is no obligation or fees invovled. Please do this for all these precious babies that have and struggle everyday to overcome this life threatening defect. For more information on the petition, please visit Angelina's CHD Warriors and to order the book created by Seraphim books for CHD Awareness: http://www.myspace.com/angelinasfriends.

As part of the Pentalogy of Cantrell, Landon also had a Congenital Heart Defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. You can find out more about this defect and the other CHD at this web-sites listed above. CHD's are one of the most preventable deaths among birth defects in my opinion. However, most of them go undetected until it is too late, causing death in the infant. These are the organizations that we are asking that you contribute to in memory of our precious little Landon.


Until we meet again, little man, fly high Angel, and know that not a day goes by that we don't think of you.



Links about Landon including Videos & Medical Info  

Please click the link below to watch a beautiful video tribute to our precious Landon. This was our myspace prayer page for Landon, he has over 2000 friends there that followed his story and prayed dilligently for him and continue to support our efforts to raise awareness of the deadly defects that contributed to the loss of our little man. There is a lot of information on that page as well about Pentalogy of Cantrell, CDH, and CHD's with links to other pages about these defects.

http://www.myspace.com/babylandon0627

You can also watch the video tribute here without having a myspace account:

http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=26306167

and her on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7gz5N4gdPU

Please click below to watch a video about CHD and CDH awareness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTcCV3-WNV8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E605yAz7vSI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdmVul3pGeo

You can also google Pentalogy of Cantrell for more information about these life threatening defects.

 


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