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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

home again with great celebration!

Well, Team Landon, we are safely and soundly back in the great white north.
After a long day of traveling, we arrived back to the thunderous quiet of Strawberry Lake on Thursday evening.  Atlanta is not a small town, people.  Not sure if you were aware of that or not.  It was enough to "loosen a rattlesnake's rattle," as Les would say. 
The day of traveling home may have been entirely exhausting except that this foursome was still super jazzed about one big *small* victory. 
For three years now, Mom has focused on getting Landon to have better tongue control.  You can't drink liquids, you can't say, 'Mom,' and you're useless on the kazoo unless you've got some good tongue control.  So she's been working on it with him.  And he's made some (slooooow) progress.  As we were getting settled in Atlanta, Mom said, "If he sticks his tongue out as a result of this treatment, that alone would make this whole trip worth it."  And *BooM* right there in the Minneapolis airport, just as the trip was ending, Landon stuck his tongue out.  All the way out.  We squealed.  I think even Dad squealed a little.  Mom very nearly hollered, "EveryBODY!  COmE and SEe HoW AmAZING this IS!" 
Part of the treatments Landon had in Atlanta did focus on his tongue (see photo) and ShaZAM!
There is So much more to say.  BuT for now.  Just know that we are home and we are already seeing reasonable healing. 
To celebrate, I strongly suggest you stick your tongue out and make a loud fart noise for all to hear. 
EveryBODy NOW!
*fart noise*

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Sarah Smits
By Sarah Smits
I will fart in celebration!
Kim Becky Lovgren
By Kim & Becky Lovgren
Great news!!
Phyllis Friesen
By Phyllis Friesen
hip hip HoorAyyy!! I stuck out my tongue . . . . i don't fart . . . . haha
Lucy Epp
By Lucy Epp
So glad to hear of the progress Landon has made. We continue to pray that you will feel evidence of God's grace as you work to build on the the progress that has been made.
Rhonda Menze
By Rhonda
WOOHOO!!!! Fart noises and squeals around. Love and hugs to all.
ann detweiler
By ann detweiler
That is so excellent - a gift of confirmation for the decision to go. But how,pray tell, do you help someone ELSE get tongue control - trying very hard but envisioning nothing....?! And what are the oh so happening glasses for? Details, details!
LaVerne Seefeld
What an amazing post! Go, Landon. Thanks be to God for this great step. Prayers and hope keep going. Have a restful night. Peace.
Donna Blauw
By Donna Blauw
Great news! One of these days I am coming out your way and will want to come meet your amaZingLy, WondErfly, weird family! I love your posts and am so glad to hear Landon is responding to this latest treatment. You are all in my prayers.