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.
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.
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.)
Jan 2, 2014 11:43pmRight this moment, the H-Clan has gathered for Christmas. (Yes, we realize we’re a little behind. BiG surprise.) All 21 of us are smooshed into Kim and Trent’s house. All are wearing just awful Christmas sweaters. Including the newest addition, Emily Noelle, who joined this wild bunch just five days ago. She’s pretty adorable, people. Probably you will want to squeeze her immediately if you can. She will absolutely fart on you though. Apparently that’s just what new button babies do. She’s fitting in marvelously.
Christmas is the best and the worst around here. It’s the time of year where we spend a lot of time talking about waiting, expectation, & hope. We Hochstetlers know these words intimately. When you’re dealing with TBI, the waiting, the expectation, and the hope seem to never let up.
It’s the best because we have always done Christmas BiG. We love the Joy to the World and the sparkles and the gifts and the caroling. Mom makes approximately 578 million Christmas treats. We nearly bury the tree in gifts. We all get our surfing Santa moves on. We have a Christmas tree ornament called, Buttons on Foam. Which is literally some buttons glued on foam and, for some reason, it’s a family favorite. We get the scraggliest, most lop-sided Christmas tree we can find. And Landon was always in the middle of the Christmas laughter; making the best gomer faces ever, hanging all the worst ornaments on one branch, pestering Jae in every way he could, diving into the Christmas cheer with wild abandon. And that makes it the worst. Because now we do these same things—we eat too much, bake too much, sing too loud, laugh at things that are NoT that funny. But nothing is as it was. It’s heavy with the ache of what used to be. And, I’ll be honest, sometimes all the talk about Christmas Miracles feels like a kick in the pants. Because sometimes it feels like our prayers for a miracle just plain failed. Landon is still very broken.
Yet that’s only part of the story. The miracle we have received is no less miraculous than a crazy-fast recovery. Our miracle has been in the form of YoU, a team of energetic supporters who loudly and, with no regard for manners, holler at us to keep fighting. It’s annoying sometimes. It’s miraculous all the time. It carries us most of the time. There are not words for the kindness and support you have shown our family over and over and over again, reminding us that giving up is just not an option, even when our aching hearts are heavy with the endlessness of this slow healing process and we just really want to sit down and cry for a decade or two. You’ve supported our tears, but more importantly, you’ve cheered, demanded, and encouraged our hope and our fight for recovery.
You all DoVE into this mess with us, for us, knowing we would need a really big village to get through this. You are flippin’ nuts. In the best ways. Three years ago, when our lives were in hospital-scented shambles, you dove in. You made us Thanksgiving Dinner and delivered it to the hospital. You sent us boxes full of fun games to distract us from our hurting hearts. You did our laundry and cleaned our house and built a ramp and made us so much food and provided finances and offered shoulders for us to weep on.
And the thing is that, three years, three months, and twenty days later, you are still here. Thankfully, you don’t send us a fully cooked turkey everyday, but you are still filling our lives with goodness through your generosity. You are still taking our nightmare and turning it into a miracle with your overwhelming compassion. Knowing that we are not alone in this fight, knowing that we are cared for, knowing that immense beauty can grow out of our worst pain-- that, Team Landon, is nothing short of a miracle.
Since that aired and because of your miraculous generosity, we are thisclose to acquiring that quadriciser. Landon’s world is about to get at least 38 times more jazzercise-y. Thank you. One million times over. It’s going to be a very healing New Year.
Happy 2014, Team Landon.
We declare this to be the year of big steps.
Cheers!(we love you.)
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