At only 5 months old, Lincoln Todd was diagnosed with Multiple System Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a disease similar to cancer.
"He had a rash since he was 2 months old so we thought it was eczema," Jessie Todd, Lincoln’s mother and Grimes resident, said.
However, when Lincoln started having a fever of 103 degrees and breaking out in a sever rash, the family took him to the ER. They later found out he had Multiple System Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.
"The doctors don’t really know what causes the disease," Jessie said. "It’s not genetic or environmental. About one in 250,000 are diagnosed with it so it’s very rare."
After Lincoln was diagnosed, he underwent one round of chemotherapy; however, the treatment did not kill all of the disease.
"We are on the secondary treatment right now," Jessie said. "It’s a much stronger regiment and harder on the body all-around. We are having conversations of a splenectomy (removal of the spleen) to increase blood flow."
With the possibility of surgery, compiling medical bills and Jessie spending the majority of her time in the hospital, the Grimes community is rallying behind the family in a fundraiser to be held this Saturday, May 18 from 5-7 p.m. at the Grimes Community Center.
The event will have a live auction with donations across the Des Moines metro area as well as games for kids.
"Anything people can do will be helpful to the Todd family," event organizer Nicole Smith said. "We have around $5,000 worth of auction donations."
The event will also feature Friendly Fire of Iowa that will perform a half-hour show from 7-7:30 p.m. including fire-breathing, juggling and sword fighting.
Jessie said seeing ongoing support from the community, friends, family and Blank Children’s Hospital is what has gotten her through the past few months.
""It’s rough; nobody wants to go through what we’ve been going through, but having support from the community, friends and family has helped me so much," she said. "I also could not be happier with the care we’ve received at Blank Children’s Hospital. We are lucky to have such a good hospital so close to our house."
Those who would like to donate can contact Nicole Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.