Making more wishes come true

Rudy Norman
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Landon Vincent of Springdale is five years old. At first glance, he appears to be a normal, active young boy who loves to play, climb and do things young boys love to do. He goes to school, and loves the fact that he's in Kindergarten.
However, on the inside, Landon isn't so much like normal boys his age. It's those abnormalities that have seen him on the operating table undergoing open-heart surgery twice in his young life, to help save him from a life-threatening condition.

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Landon was born with a congenital defect called Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia.

"It's hard to explain," says Landon's mother, Karen. "Basically he has five different heart problems; to look at him you wouldn't know there was anything wrong."

Karen Vincent and her husband, Lance, have been dealing with Landon's sickness since he was born.

When he was just three days old, they watched him undergo his first open heart surgery. They did it again when he was six months old. Vincent says they're waiting on even more surgeries and procedures.

"They're waiting until he gets a bit bigger," she said, "to reduce the risk... of doing it; they don't want to try it at his age right now."

Despite the worry, the Vincents try to make life as happy and safe for their son as possible.

Which is why in 2012 they were excited when an opportunity arose through an organization that grants wishes to children like Landon with life-threatening medical issues.

"Make-a-wish gives wishes to kids all over Atlantic Canada," explained Vincent. "They focus especially on children who have life-threatening conditions and try to make their wishes come true."

The Vincents were accepted for a wish that would help them get away and relax for a little while.

The three, along with Landon's 'Papa,' set off to the place where dreams come true - Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.

They spent eight nights touring the park, getting on rides, and discovering the magic that comes with a trip.

"We were so excited - Landon loved it," said his mother.

"We were treated so good," recalls Vincent. "They were so kind to us, because they knew why we were there, and stuff, and it was just amazing."

Since the Vincents returned from their Wish trip, they've had a desire to help in some way so that other children like Landon can experience the magic that comes with having their dreams come true as well.

Lance Vincent works at Duck Pond - he had the idea to conscript his fellow co-workers to raise money in hopes that they would raise enough to donate it back to the Make-a-Wish Foundation to help them make other children's wishes come true.

"They started having Jeans Day at work," says Karen. "I think they set out to raise a goal of $1,000."

As time went on, workers raised the money until a donation from their company, Eddy's Services, based in South Brook, helped them reach their goal.

When Teck, the company that runs the Duck Pond operation, heard what the workers and Eddy's Services were doing, they decided to help as well, and matched the money already raised.

"All in all we had $2,000," says Vincent. "Landon is so proud, because he says he wants to help other boys and girls get their wishes too."

A ceremony at Duck Pond handed the money over to Landon and his parents, and Karen says they've now passed it on to Make-a-Wish Foundation.

"It's great, you know," she said. "They did so much and helped us through a difficult time, so it's great to know this is going to help someone else do the same."

Organizations: Wish Foundation

Geographic location: Duck Pond, Atlantic Canada, Eddy South Brook

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  • Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces
    March 24, 2014 - 13:07

    On behalf of wish kids like Landon from across Atlantic Canada, many thanks to the team at Duck Pond who helped make this wonderful donation possible.