Family members give back to community supporting their son

By Anna Carrera

Published 02/12 2014 06:32PM

Updated 03/07 2014 10:18AM

Latest: 6:08 pm, 3/6/14, Thursday
CHAMPAIGN -- A family has reached out to dozens of others with kids undergoing surgery. After Landon Wilson got diagnosed with heart defects, people started pitching in donations to support the family.

His mom decided to make hospital gowns for other kids to try to pay it forward. So far, she's made more than 30 and sent them all over the world.

To find out more about the Wilson family and their journey, click here.

To find out how to help, click here.
Update: 6:03 pm, 2/13/14, Thursday
CHAMPAIGN -- People have pitched in thousands of dollars to help an area boy fight his medical battle. Landon Wilson was born with two heart defects and needs surgery soon.

People donated more than $5,000, adding hundreds more since our story. For every $250 donated, Landon's mom is sewing custom-made hospital gowns for children in similar situations.
Original: 6:32 pm, 2/12/14, Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN -- Ever since a family was faced with a major crisis, people from the community have come together to support them. For the Wilson family, just saying thanks isn't enough.

Even before Landon Wilson was born, his parents knew his little heart would struggle to support his body. But with so many healthy hearts happy to help, his family is more than grateful for all the love.

To Becky Wilson, every day she spends with her son is a miracle.

"It's amazing," said Wilson. "It's amazing he's here."

The four-and-a-half-year-old is amazingly good at Angry Birds. Even more impressive, the strength of his tiny body.

"About a million kids are diagnosed with a heart defect each year," said Wilson. "About 100,000 of them won't make it to their first birthday."

Despite two heart defects, Landon's made it past that milestone and then some. But it hasn't been easy.

"Of course you're terrified," said Wilson. "You're absolutely terrified. You don't know what's going to happen. And you feel really alone. You feel really alone. But connections are made and you realize you're not the only one."

Her little one's happy face hides a problem that's getting worse.

"His heart is failing a lot faster than we anticipated," said Wilson.

So it's back to the hospital for the Wilson's, something that's becoming more difficult to afford. People from the community have pitched in thousands of dollars to help.

"You just can't pay that much back so I thought I could pay it forward," said Wilson.

So that's what she's doing. For every $250 donated, Wilson's sewing a custom-made hospital gown for families struggling with similar situations.

"The hardest message I got was from a mom asking me how small I could make one for her little girl," said Wilson. "It's hard. You don't think that these little bodies can do it but they do."

Her goal is to give families hope and help bring a smile through some of their toughest times.

"We're going to put more into them and mail them out," said Wilson. "I think this is going to go on a lot longer than just after Landon's surgery."

Landon and his mom left Wednesday afternoon to go to St. Louis to get an MRI. They're hoping surgery in the next couple weeks will help his heart keep beating for a lot longer.

To find out more about the Wilson family and their journey, click here

To find out how to help, click here.

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