Rollins Place Elementary School in Zachary recorded a special birthday wish for their classmate, Landon Blackwell, who is undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Landon, who turns 8 on Thursday, is the son of Carl and Charlee (Tate) Blackwell and older brother to Lucas.

The athletic second-grader recently suffered excruciating chest pain, kidney issues and high blood pressure before being sent to St. Jude where he was diagnosed with what doctors believe is neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissues in the adrenal gland, neck, chest or spinal cord.

On Sept. 23, Landon’s classmates at Rollins Place made signs, spelling out “Happy Birthday, Landon” and drew images of cupcakes and candles. They recorded a video of their birthday wish to Landon, which included the student body

The video was sent to Landon this week as a surprise.

A GoFundMe campaign has been established at, and a bank account set up in his name at Guaranty Bank in Zachary to help with expenses.