"They're not sure what causes it. They can't make any corrections with that yet, at this time. They just know his in particular needs to be removed," the toddler's mom, Michelle Boeglin, said.
20-month-old Dakota Boeglin was born with a giant congenital nevus, or birthmark, on the left side of his head.
"The doctor kind of looked at the nurse and gave him a funny look. I just thought, 'Oh, maybe we bruised him, with the delivery,'" Michelle said.
Doctors in Cincinnati told Michelle, since this birthmark is so extensive, there is a 90 percent chance it will become cancerous before it can be removed.
"Then he started the surgeries. He was 13-months-old," Michelle said.
Since then, Dakota has had 11 surgeries and Michelle says there are many more surgeries ahead.
That's why family and friends organized a benefit for this Sunday to help pay for them.
"At the Ferdinand Legion. We're going to start serving at 10:30, and then we're just going to keep serving until we run out of food," Michelle said.
They'll be selling pork chop and chicken dinners. Organizers say the food you buy may just be enough to save Dakota's life.
"He's just a special little guy. He really needs these surgeries to hopefully get rid of the cancer. Just appreciate everybody's support and help," Michelle said.
If you can't make it to the benefit on Sunday, you can donate money to Dakota and Michelle Boeglin at any German American Bank Branch.
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