Cancer Survivor Is Now Fighting To Save Her Son's Life - KMSP-TV

Cancer Survivor Is Now Fighting To Save Her Son's Life

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PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. -

 A single mother from Phoenixville who overcame a life threatening illness twice, now needs your help to combat a terminal condition afflicting her young son.

10-year-old LJ Kidon has a form of Muscular Dystrophy that is getting worse over time.

As you're about to see, his happy go lucky attitude doesn't show it.

Every for LJ and his mother Erica begins with buckling him into a chair.

LJ has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and while he can walk now, it will eventually put him in a wheel chair full time.

"I call it the devil of diseases. It's insane," Erica Kidon said.

LJ also sleeps with these braces on his legs every night.

More than anything, his mom said he just wants to be like the other kids.

"Anybody that comes in contact with LJ loves him. He's so little, but he's the rock. Everybody rallies around him," she said.

Erica beat cancer twice in her 20's, but it took away her ability to have another child.

Right before she adopted LJ, she learned of his incurable diagnosis.

She didn't waver.

"You just know that you beat it to help him. I'm sorry," Erica said.

As he weakens over time, LJ will soon need a motorized chair to get around, one too big to fit in the family's SUV.

Living pay check to pay check, a new van would bust their budget.

So Erica's sister nominated her for a contest by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association to win one, a reward her daughter Justyce said she deserves.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association will give a van to a local hero that is in the top 10% of highest total votes.

"The hope that my mom has really helps LJ, not to realize exactly what he's going through," Justyce Ricketts said.

Erica said getting that van would help LJ maintain his independence, and help keep a smile on the face of a boy who's often the bravest one in the room.

"As long as he feels like he fits in, I feel like he'll never be held down. As long as he's just like the rest of the kids and can keep up with them, the van would help him do that," she said.

In the coming months, doctors will have to put walking casts on both of LJ's legs.

 He will be in them for around five or six weeks.

 You can follow his progress on the LJ's Army page on Facebook.

The winner of the contest will be announced in May.

 

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