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Landon’s Story

On Sept. 13, Landon (who was 16 years old at the time) was hit by a car while rollerblading with his friend, Sherman, about a mile from his home in rural Minnesota. 

Due to concerns about brain trauma, he was life-flighted to the Neuro-Trauma ICU at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN.  He sustained multiple skull fractures, severe brain injury (diffuse axonal) and brain swelling as well as a broken leg and collarbone, a damaged lung and carotid artery and many cuts and bruises.   Landon was in a coma for many weeks and in a minimally responsive state for months.  His alertness grows little by little every day.

Landon was a Junior in High School and is #6 in a family of 8 children.  He has 7 splendid sisters (of which I am one) and 3 brothers-in-law.  His parents (Les and Gayle) and two younger sisters (Jonae and Brittany) live north of Detroit Lakes, MN, near Strawberry Lake.  Gayle homeschools Landon and his sisters and Les is a self-employed carpenter. 

Landon goes to Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church where he rocks the worship band and where the congregation agrees that he is generally awesome.  Landon played hockey on the Detroit Lakes High School varsity hockey team. 

He loves the Vikings, sleeping in ridiculously late, kicking it with his friends, playing music, being at camp, playing hockey, being really good at so many sports, fishing, late-night frozen pizza snack binges, making his sisters yell 'ewwww,' being the favorite uncle of his 4 neices and 4 nephews, finding a bargain at a garage sale and not mowing the lawn.

He really is a gem.  He is kind to those around him and carefully  shows love where ever he can.  He is a confident, natural leader who often blows us away with his intelligence, his sense of humor and his killer dance moves. 

We (his family) have been by his side since the day of the accident working our tails off making sure Landon has the best recovery possible.  He was in the Trauma-Neuro ICU for about a month and in rehab at Bethesda in St. Paul for 2 months and then at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul for 3 months.  He moved home on March 24, 2011.

We love him so much. 
And you would, too. 
Thank you for praying for Landon.

Landon's address:
31837 Co Hwy 34
Ogema, MN 56569

The address to send financial contributions to Landon's fund:

Wells Fargo Bank
211 Holmes St W
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
(Make checks payable to: Landon Hochstetler Benefit Fund.)

Latest Journal Update


Forgive me for not writing a full update on all the awesomeness that is Landon's continued recovery.
I just don't have time right this minute.

I wanted to share with you all a lovely article by Paula Quam about Landon's recovery that was in the Detroit Lakes paper this week (http://www.dl-online.com/content/running-landon-family-rallies-around-their-disabled-brother)
I wanted to invite you to come on out to the Dick Beardsley on Saturday and join us with a cheer or a run!


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Bonnie Laber
By Bonnie Laber
You have been in my thoughts recently. Just wanted you to know that your family has not been forgotten just because Carmen has moved from Jamestown.
Donna Blauw
By Donna Blauw
Just love getting the updates from the Land O Lakes! Thought you would all appreciate a little poetry.
Have a fun time at the run. I am praying for all of you,
Katrina Epp
By Katrina Epp
It was a fantastic article! I loved the picture and Landon's smile with his nephews! Have a great run!
ann detweiler
Oh, you dear, dear crazies - go, fight, win! Thanks for the heads up! Look forward to the recap soon. You Tube videos?
Vicki Warner
By Vicki Warner
Great article! So glad to see the pictures of your awesome family. Go Team Landon!