WEST FARGO — A 12-year-old boy who had been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for two years died Tuesday morning at his home.
His funeral will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, at Scheels Arena in Fargo and is open to the public. Visitation will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m.
At 10 years old, Landon Solberg was diagnosed with Grade III anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor. He had been fighting for his life since December 2017, when he was brought in for what were thought to be piercing migraines.
Landon was given a life expectancy of one to two years when he was initially diagnosed, the general prognosis for his type of tumor.
Landon's story touched the community — and even the nation.
He spent his recent weeks in hospice getting in-home care surrounded by family and friends. There was no chemo or effective treatment for the brain cancer Landon had. He had gone through a few rounds of radiation, one in Fargo and two different trials in Cincinnati, all of which were ineffective.
Landon would've been in sixth grade this year at Liberty Middle School.
There were many bright spots for Landon throughout his final weeks. In the past month, he received a FaceTime call from Taylor Swift, was welcomed to West Fargo Sheyenne's boys basketball team and was given a Summit League Championship ring from the North Dakota State men’s basketball team.
Throughout his entire journey of trials, traveling, hospital rooms, chemo and radiation, Landon had always been accepting of everything that had happened.
“He knows there’s a better place where we ultimately end up, every one of us,” Travis Solberg, Landon's dad told The Forum earlier this month. “He’s handled it far beyond how a lot of adults would handle it, which has been a life lesson for my wife and I.”
Landon and his light will continue to shine far beyond his room in his West Fargo home, which he shared with his parents, a 3-year-old brother, and a sister who is in fourth grade.
City of West Fargo officials shared a Facebook message asking the community to leave their porch lights on for the month of September in honor of the 12-year-old's life.
"Because although the world can bring us darkness, Landon showed us through his courageous and faithful heart the impact we can each have as a light in one another's lives during our time here on earth," the Facebook post said.