SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The funeral service for Landan Bland is Saturday at 2 at Greenlawn East Funeral Home on East Seminole Street, east of U.S. 65. The visitation time with family members is from 5 to 8 on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bass Chapel Cemetery in Greene County.
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family asks for memorial contributions to be be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., or to the Landan Bland Fund at any Great Southern Bank.----
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The family of a 3-year-old boy with brain cancer says he died Wednesday morning. His death came on the same day that the family invited the community to join them in an "Hour of Prayers For Landan."
Landan Bland was diagnosed with an S-PNET brain tumor last March. He underwent his first craniotomy in Springfield on March 12 and a second craniotomy at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., on April 9. The second pathology report revealed Landan had an amplification of the N-MYC gene. Doctors told his parents that meant the tumor was even more rare and aggressive than initially thought.