TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A young boy with a rare genetic disorder is on his way to getting his holy wish granted.
Landon LaChance is just eleven years old. He’s fighting a disorder called Neurofibromatosis.
Since he found out about his condition Landon has had one wish; a chance to meet the Pope.
“It’ll probably be very exciting,” said Landon. “I’ll probably be very nervous.”
Landon’s mom, Mary LaChance says benign tumors have been growing on the nerves behind Landon’s eyes since he was two-years-old.
“The constant poking, he’s been having needles, just to watch him go through all that, but thankfully he hasn’t had to have any surgeries,” she said.
Mary says Landon’s condition has made life a little different for Landon.
“I can’t run a lot,” said Landon. “Some days I feel a little sick.”
“It’s heartbreaking,” says Mary. “But then again, I’ve learning so much from him because he just wakes up with a smile on his face.”
Much of that positive outlook may come from his strong faith. Landon is an altar boy, and found out while at church that the Make-A-Wish Foundation had granted him his once-in-a-lifetime request to meet the Pope.
“He’s probably the most important person in the world,” said Landon, of Pope Francis.
Now Landon, and some of his family will get to meet the Pope in person.
“It will be me and [Landon] right next to the Pope,” said Mary. “And the rest of the family will be sitting right behind.
This family who believes in miracles is hoping the Pope’s blessing improves Landon’s health.
“If the Pope touches him or sees him, I feel like it’s going to change everything,” said Mary. “And hopefully, they’ll get rid of the tumors.”
In addition to meeting the Pope, Landon and his entire family will tour the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, another wish of Landon’s.
“I’ve always wanted to go see Italy,” he said.
Landon started his journey on Sunday, hopping into a limo, bound for JFK Airport.
The mass with the Pope is on Wednesday, and Landon will be back home next Sunday.