Charity Spotlight: Landan’s LegOcy

Landan Mark Bland passed away at age 3 in August 2012 after developing a brain tumor.
Landan Mark Bland passed away at age 3 in August 2012 after developing a brain tumor.

After Carrie and Ed Bland lost their 3 ½-year-old son, Landan, to a brain tumor in August 2012, they turned a tragedy into a positive.

That’s why Landan’s LegOcy is a tremendous fit among the nearly 50 Ozarks children’s charities this summer of the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

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The Ozarks-based non-profit financially assists cancer-stricken kids and their families. The mission statement reads as such: “The Mission of Landan’s LegOcy is helping children and their families on their journey through and beyond childhood cancer. Raising awareness through friendship, fellowship and fundraising. Caring for the needs of few by the generosity of many to make each day special for all.”

Carrie explained why the non-profit, formed in 2013, included the capitalized “O” in the title: Landan loved Legos, and his mom remembers him as a “Lego fanatic.”

“When parents lose a child, that child’s name will be forgotten by others,” Carrie said. “He was a huge Lego fan. Even when he was young, he could put them together at 2.”

Clearly, Landan’s LegOcy comes from the heart. A carnival was planned in September 2012 before Landan’s passing, and the family decided to keep the fundraising event. It hauled in $15,000.

“I told Ed, ‘I don’t think we should take that $15,000 and go on vacation,’” Carrie said. “I wanted to do something special.”

Landan’s LegOcy’s participation in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes program & Golf Ball Charity Auction has, on average, allowed the non-profit to reduce the financial burden of two additional childhood cancer families each year.

“The PCCC provides an opportunity for our volunteers to enjoy the outdoors while helping us fund our Mission,” Ed said. “The PCCC is one of only four major fundraising events we have yearly. I personally have been fortunate to tell our story and explain the ways we help others numerous times throughout every day I work the course.”

TO SUPPORT Landan’s LegOcy …

$25 — TLC PROPERTIES CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES

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A $25 ticket in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes enters you to win one of two grand prizes — either a 2020 Toyota Tundra (pictured) or $10,000. We have 8,000 tickets, and each is also good for a four-day grounds pass to the tournament, plus enters to win you into one of 125 daily prizes during the tournament.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS

Play with a pro & enjoy top courses such as Highland Springs, Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, LedgeStone Country Club, Millwood Golf & Racquet Club & Fremont Hills Country Club. Includes a great golfer gift package, continental breakfast, lunch, on-course beverages, team photos & trophies. Check out our list of golf experiences

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GOLF BALL & CHARITY AUCTION

Sponsored by Copy Products Inc. and University Plaza, this event is on Tuesday, July 21 at University Plaza Convention Center. We’ll also have electronic bidding at bidpal.net!

THE ULTIMATE presented by Custom Metalcraft & Ridewell Suspensions

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Win a 2020 Corvette Stingray, as a $1,200 buy-in guarantees a 1-in-100 chance of winning the car and a 1-in-10 chance of winning $1,000. You’ll also receive many other perks, including air-conditioned seating on the 18th green during the PCCC along with clubhouse parking, a luxurious dinner on Friday, July 17 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse daily during the PCCC, plus his and her shirts.

NAMI NEON 5K RUN

Join us Saturday, Aug. 22 for the inaugural NAMI Neon Night 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention. It’s at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park in west Springfield. This event will in part benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Southwest Missouri. Register here.

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ROCKIN’ ROLL BIKE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Turn out on Saturday, October 10 at the Riff. Not only ride in the afternoon on rides of 40, 20 or 10 miles but stay for the dinner and concert! All supporting Music Therapy of the Ozarks.

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400