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My 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.)


The Hochstetler Family posted a new journal entry, "Celebrate our Nation's Freedom, Hug a PCA".

Team Landon! YoU ArE thE toPs. Just saying.In Landon Land things have been steadily plugging along. In our experience with TBI, it insists on plugging. We'd love some ... Read more

Beth Pennings signed Landon's Guestbook.

Praying for wisdom and ultimately peace as you make difficult decisions for Landon's future care.   Realities can be hard to face but you have a wonderfully supportive ... Read more

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The Hochstetler Family added a new photo.

The Hochstetler Family added a new photo.

Judy Adkins signed Landon's Guestbook.

Thanks for the update.  I always look forward to them.  I know of a wonderful place that just might a good fit for Landon. Village Northwest in Sheldon, Iowa. You can ... Read more

Shirley Holzgrove & Family signed Landon's Guestbook.

You have been in the prayers of my heart since day 1, and will continue to be.  First of all, I would like to pass on a message to Super Ben:  You have been more of a ... Read more

Stacey Bailey (NPMC New Paris, IN) signed Landon's Guestbook.

Thank you for the uplifting updates.  You all are an inspiration!  Keep hagnin' in there and pluggin' away Hochstetlers! Read more

Karen Volinkaty, Litchfield, MN signed Landon's Guestbook.

I continue to lift Landon and your entire family up in prayer.  Thank you for the update. Read more

ann detweiler signed Landon's Guestbook.

I am shockingly low on pamphlets, but very grateful or the update nonetheless.Prayng an unexplainable degree of lightness of heart, particularly  for mom and pop. Been ... Read more

Beth Pennings signed Landon's Guestbook.

Glad you won the battle with the infected toe.   The things we take for granted ....  Still praying for you often.  Read more

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