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Posse Arena to hold benefit for Landon

July 12, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Southwest Florida has come together to help a North Fort Myers family whose 10-year-old son is battling cancer.

This past weekend, a benefit silent auction was held for the family at Millennial Brewing Co. in Fort Myers. It came on the heels of a truck pull that also served as a benefit.

This coming weekend, the Lee County Junior Posse hopes to raise a few thousand more as it holds a benefit of its own on Friday and Saturday, featuring food, barrel racing and a "someone's trash that could be someone else's treasure" sale.

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Landon Jordan, wearing the hat, with his family, Kirsten, his mom, John, his dad, and Lane, his brother, at a benefit for Landon at Millennial Brewing Co. in Fort Myers on Saturday.

CHUCK BALLARO

The event is to benefit Landon Jordan, who was diagnosed six weeks ago with stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. His mother, Kirstin, will have to quit her job to care for him, so people have come together to help cover medical expenses beyond what insurance covers, as well contribute to living expenses.

Kirsten said she has been overwhelmed by the support given to their family.

"We are blown away and amazed. The pressure has already been taken off by the community. We would have figured things out regardless, but it has made it a lot easier," Kirsten said.

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Landon had been sick for six months. An ultrasound revealed masses and an oncologist, on May 31, determined he had cancer. A biopsy was done the next day and chemo began four days later.

Landon said he's doing fine, all things considered, and is also blown away by the support.

"I'm feeling pretty good. It's crazy all the support we've gotten. There are a lot of good people here," Landon said.

"There is a lot more good than people see and they don't get to see all the good things, but it's been a blessing to our family," Landon's father, John, said. "Finding a balance is the hardest thing between daycare and getting him to the doctor and my work situation. Keeping track of everything at home is the hardest part."

The idea for the arena fundraiser came from the junior racers at the posse, who do community service as part of their membership and thought it would be a good way to do it.

"We thought it would be a good idea because Landon lives just down the road from the arena. It's like he's one of the neighborhood kids," said Bobbi Harrison, Lee County Junior Posse advisor and event organizer. "We hope everyone turns out to support him."

The Posse event will start off with a spaghetti and meatball dinner for $5 a plate starting at 5:30 p.m., with to-go boxes available. There also will be a bake auction with an auctioneer at 7:15 p.m. in the pavilion. You can either bake and donate an item or bid on one.

The main event will be the garage sale, which will take place on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can donate an item or cash at Landon's corner or rent a table for $10.

"There will be a little bit of everything there. It will go into Saturday so that people who couldn't come Friday can go on Saturday," Harrison said. "We're hoping some who buy a table come back and donate a percentage, but that's up to them."

The Mary Lou's Just Because Poles and Barrel Racing Series will start at 8 p.m., with the profits from that, as well as proceeds from all the other events going to Landon.

For more information go to their Facebook page or to leecountypossearena.com

 
 

 

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