Fun-loving Leland is a nine-year-old, active young man who loves to draw, play math games, swim, and unravel the Rubik’s Cube. Leland was diagnosed as an infant with a rare cancer—acute myeloid leukemia, which starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow. His body struggled with fatigue, bruising, and an increased risk of infection. As an engaged honoree who’s been playing in The Sandbox since 2014, the time of his diagnosis, Leland and his family have experienced an array of activities through the years. His favorite Sandbox event was always “An Evening of Believing” prom, where he enjoyed riding around the racetrack in the limousine and dancing the night away. When we launched “A Weekend of Believing,” Leland and his family jumped right into the new festivities at the Westin Hilton Head Oceanfront resort. We have counted it an honor to walk alongside Leland and his family through the ups and downs of his treatments, continued medical check-ups, and life in general, supporting them in whatever ways they specifically need. Today, we all smile as brightly as Leland does as we celebrate the news that he has been cancer-free for eight years!
By Andy Boone