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Boy with brain cancer fulfills his dream by visiting John Deere

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A 10-year-old boy with brain cancer had his wish come true this past week. Landon Martin and his family traveled from Virginia to Waterloo so he could fulfill his dream of visiting John Deere: the place where they make his favorite big green tractors. 

Martin has been battling a cancerous brain tumor called Medulloblastoma for the past three years. 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish with a full-stop tour of everything John Deere. Landon first visited the John Deere Tractor Cab Assembly Operations and John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. and then traveled to Moline, Illinois to visit the John Deere Pavillion.

Landon isn't shy to tell you, his favorite part of the trip was being the Grand Marshal in the Heritage Tractor Parade in Moline, leading the parade of tractors. 

We spoke with his father John Mason shortly after they came back from Waterloo. He said he wasn't surprised one bit when Landon said his wish was to visit John Deere.

"I didn't doubt it one bit," said Mason. "You know because my dad, his grand-daddy 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 staff, Landon got a full tour of the John Deere Tractor Cab Assembly Operation. He was able to meet employees, learn the ins and out of designing a tractor and even got a chance to get back on a John Deere tractor-something he hasn't been able to do in a while because of his health. 

"He's been riding a tractor for as long as I can remember," said Mason. "We had a great time, everybody there were great people. It's kind of like we knew them our whole life, there were no strangers there."

Amid chemotherapy treatments and hospital visits, Mason says it was just great to see his son smile. 

"We want to just thank everybody at Make-A-Wish and John Deere," said Mason. "We had a great time and it's great that people come together and do great things for people who are having a rough-go in life. A smile means a whole lot to us. There's good days and bad days but you know everyday and every moment we can spend together as a family is a good day in my book." 

Before he could leave, John Deere made sure to give him his own John Deere sign, engraved with his name- making his trip a lasting wish. 

For more on Landon's story, visit his Facebook page LandonStrong

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