BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - It was a bittersweet moment in the middle of Assumption High School's graduation as the parents of a student who passed away after a long battle with cancer were able to receive his diploma.
Armond "Ziggy" Landry, 18, passed away back in December after a three-year fight against an aggressive form of leukemia.
Ziggy's mom, Dominique Landry, was able to grab his diploma during last night's ceremony and was greeted onto the field with a standing ovation from his fellow classmates. She tells WAFB's Scottie Hunter that it was a moment she will never forget.
"To the Assumption Parish School System and community, we will forever be grateful and thankful for your constant love and support for our beloved Ziggy and our entire family," she added.
The Napoleonville teen was in the 9th grade when a sudden change in his health prompted a string of doctor’s visits. Call it mother’s intuition but Ziggy’s mom, Dominique Landry knew something was wrong.
“We kept going back and forth basically for about a month with appointments doing antibiotics, steroids,” she said. “I knew it was more than something as simple as a cold.”
After a series of tests, on October 11, 2015, Ziggy was diagnosed. His mom says Ziggy's constant optimism and smile carried him through his battle with cancer and into remission, but last February, the family found out the leukemia was back.
Ziggy’s mom says she is proud to see that her son is still deeply loved throughout their community and even received a special graduation yard sign recently to help her celebrate the amazing milestone.