Fundraiser held at St. Joseph Reg. Medical Center for little hero Layton battling rare cancer

LEWISTON, ID - A Lewiston family is facing a hard battle after their three-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer.

However, they're not fighting alone. Shannon Moudy has the story.

Layton Tannahill is only three-years-old, but he's showing everyone that not all superheroes have super powers.

"After, you know, having his surgery and chemo he was running around playing games," said mother Lindsay Stearns. "He's an amazing, strong little guy."

Layton has been at Sacred Heart Children's Center for more than a month following a heartbreaking diagnosis.

"Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumor that we see in children outside of the brain and it accounts for about eight to ten percent of childhood cancers," said Valley Medical Center Pediatrics, Kristin Edgehouse.

Besides having his tumors removed, Layton still has to have more chemotherapy, radiation treatments, a bone marrow transplant, surgery to remove tubes in his chest, and therapy treatments.

"It's going to be a long road," said Stearns.

The road may be long, but Layton and his family are staying positive. His optimism has made a big impact on his mother's outlook.

"Just knowing that Layton needs me right now more than he ever has and if I were to be negative and be upset all the time that's gonna affect him," said Lindsay.

Lindsay has had to miss work since Layton was diagnosed.

"She's a single mom with two kids and I just can't imagine as a mother having to go through this let alone having a financial burden on top of it," said friend Wilson. "So we decided to get this fundraiser going."

Friday's silent auction and bake sale will be held in conference room one at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. The family is grateful for all the support.

"Those donations have been incredible," said Lindsay. "There's people that have shaved their heads for him."

Friday's benefit will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also those wishing to make a cash donation can do so by going to any local U.S. Bank branch and donating to the Tannahill family account. For more info, head to our KLEW News Facebook page.