Landon Ryan Jaros went to be with our Heavenly Father on October 18th, 2016 after a hard fought battle with leukemia. His final days were spent surrounded by friends and family who adored him and who will be forever impacted by the enthusiasm and excitement he exuded for life on a daily basis.
When looking at Landon’s life from an outside perspective, it’s easy to say his days were cut far too short on this earth. In the same breath, no one more than Landon understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.In every step, Landon emitted a determination and passion to live his life to the fullest. His high-fives could peal the skin right off your hand if he slapped it just right; and then he could take the pain away in a second with that movie-star smile and a subtle thumbs up. He was an incredibly special boy whom we will all miss dearly.
From the day Landon was born he started showing us how to overcome adversity in life. Landon was diagnosed with a rare disease called tyrosinemia, in which his body could not effectively break down the amino acid tyrosine found in protein. Most would think something like this would have slowed Landon down… it didn’t. The only difference in Landon compared to most other kids his age was a positive one – he was a far quicker study when it came to anything athletic; and when he picked something up it was not long before he excelled at it. Landon absolutely loved all things sports related. He was a huge fan of the local professional soccer team, Sporting KC (in which he was able to attend a game as the special guest of honor), adored Eric Hosmer and the KC Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs (Eric Berry was his favorite player and actually came to visit him in the hospital when he was sick), and of course anything to do with the Platte County Pirates! If there was a baseball, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, etc., game where the PC Pirates were playing, we could typically see the fiery red-haired kid on the sidelines showing us “how it’s done”.
Landon’s passing should be a reminder to us all that this life we have is fragile and not one day given should ever be taken for granted. He was certainly wise beyond his years as we think of so many prophetic statements he made in just these past few months he was here with us. While in the hospital undergoing some of the more difficult rounds of chemotherapy treatments, he threw out this little pearl; “This is hard, but we are not going to live here forever”. At just four years of age, Landon had a love for his Lord that most would hope to achieve in a lifetime and he knew where he was going should something ever happen to him. So rejoice in the fact Landon is no longer in a world with restricted diets or weekly chemotherapy appointments. Let us revel in the words written in John 14: 1-3, where Jesus comforted his disciples by saying to them, “1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Be comforted in the fact that Landon is in his Father’s house right now watching “Dino Dan” and “Teen Beach”, while he prepares for his baseball/soccer/football/basketball/volleyball games later in the day. This is certainly not the end little buddy and we look forward to seeing you on the other side.
Landon is survived by his loving parents, Todd and Megan Jaros; sister Campbell Ann Jaros; grandparents Steve and Kim Nichols and Greg and Cindy Jaros; great-grandparents Patricia McEntee, Frances Sharpe and John Nichols and wife Nancy; uncles and aunts Nick Jaros and wife Kristi and Ryan Nichols and wife Colleen; and cousins Rennik Jaros and Riley Kate Nichols. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Cheryl Ann Jaros.
A celebration of Landon Jaros’ life will be held Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00AM at the Vineyard North Church, 12300 NW Arrowhead Trfy, Kansas City, MO 64165. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Child Life at Children’s Mercy Hospital.