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.
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.
"It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that Landon passed away peacefully this morning at home. He was surrounded by his family and wrapped in love," the journal entry posted Tuesday afternoon on Landon's CaringBridge site read.
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Landon was given a life expectancy of one to two years when he was initially diagnosed, the general prognosis for his type of tumor.
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.
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.