How to help
The Landon M. Hatcher Benefit Donation Fund, an account established to help pay for the baby’s rising medical costs, is set up at Wells Fargo Bank. Checks can also be mailed to Terrie Hatcher, 1051 Fifth Ave. S., Craig, CO 81625. For more information, call Terrie Hatcher at 618-1760, or Paula Sadvar at 824-6142.
Craig resident Paula Sadvar said she was recently moved to action.
“I saw a picture of that cute little boy and I said, ‘I have to do something,’” Sadvar said. “I have no idea who this little boy is, but God does.”
Sadvar was speaking of Landon Hatcher, a 10-month-old baby from Craig who was recently hospitalized with a brain tumor.
Landon’s parents, Chris and Amber Hatcher, do not have health insurance, and medical expenses have already exceeded $80,000.
Sadvar is trying to raise money on behalf of a family she has not yet met.
“I am doing the best that I can do,” said Sadvar. “I’m spreading the word.”
Sadvar, who is retired, wants area residents to know about a donation fund that has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank by Landon’s grandparents, Ron and Terrie Hatcher.
Contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo branch by writing a check to the Landon M. Hatcher Benefit Donation Fund.
To spread that message, Sadvar is printing 20 informational posters she plans to hang around town before the 16th annual Art Walk and fifth annual Taste of Chocolate in Craig this weekend.
Sadvar has also ordered 250 bracelets with Landon’s name printed on them.
She plans to sell the bracelets for $5 each at this year’s KRAI Spring Expo at the Centennial Mall and the 2011 Craig Relay for Life.
“And all the money goes to the little boy,” she said.
Sadvar has also set up a Facebook page, “Landon Hatcher,” to raise awareness.
Landon was admitted Jan. 26 to Children’s Hospital in Denver. The next day, he underwent surgery that removed 80 percent of a tumor that was growing near his brainstem.
A pathology report of the tumor revealed anaplastic ependymoma, a malignant cancer.
A second surgery was scheduled for Wednesday. However, Landon’s grandmother, Terrie, said the surgery has been postponed.
“They didn’t do the surgery,” Terrie said. “He’s just not well enough yet, so they have him rescheduled for next Wednesday.
“Hopefully he’ll be better by then.”
Terrie said Landon is in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
“But, he’s doing pretty good right now, so we’re thankful for that,” she said.
Terrie said she’s aware of Sadvar’s fundraising effort.
“She’s being really sweet,” Terrie said. “She asked me if she could have permission to do (a fundraiser), and I said, ‘Sure.’”
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