Leo’s Tree: Four-Year-Old West Des Moines Boy Diagnosed with Rare Terminal Disorder Reminds All to “Bee Kind”
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Every year the Festival of Trees are donated to families with children who are treated at Blank Children’s Hospital. This year, one tree is going to a West Des Moines boy who is diagnosed with an extremely rare disease. Just last Christmas, Leo Van Gundy was walking and talking like any three-year-old boy. Now, at four-years-old, he is no longer able to form words or walk independently. Exactly one year ago Tuesday, Leo was diagnosed with Batten disease.