Boy with brain cancer gets Make-A-Wish dream at John Deere Factory

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL/ NBC) – Ten-year-old Landon Martin was diagnosed with Brain Cancer three years ago. A year after radiation and chemotherapy, the tumor came back and he’s been in and out of treatment since then.

He recently got a chance to fulfill his dream with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and John Deere.

His dad Jason Martin says Landon was thrilled, “He was pretty excited. He was excited and overwhelmed.”

Landon’s dad said he wasn’t surprised when Landon said he wanted to visit the John Deere Factory, “I didn’t doubt it one bit, you know because my dad-his granddaddy works at a John Deere dealer here so you know he's always been John Deere crazy and stuff. So I was like well it figures you know." With a warm welcome from the staff, the family got a full tour of the John Deere tractor cab assembly operation.

He met employees and learned how his favorite toy is made.
His father says, “He's been riding a tractor for as long as I can remember."

Even getting on a tractor again is something Landon hasn’t been able to do in a while.

Landon’s father says, "We had a great time-everybody we met up there-they're great people and it was kind of like we knew them forever-like our whole life you know. There were no strangers there."

"We kind of just want to thank everybody Make a Wish and John Deere we had a great time. It's great that people come together and do great things for people who are having a rough go in life.

But before Landon could leave, they made sure to give him his own sign engraved with his name, making this a lasting wish, "A smile means a whole lot, to us anyway so. There's good days and bad days but every day and every moment we can spend together is a good day in my book.”