Northeastern Minn. boy gains worldwide attention after death

By KBJR News 1

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM CST

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A young boy from northeastern Minnesota is gaining worldwide attention after dying from a rare bone cancer. Ricky Lind died at the age of eleven on Saturday, Dec. 14 after fighting Ewing's Sarcoma.

People from the Northland, United States and around the world are joining in the Facebook effort to support ‘Lights on for Ricky’. A relative of Ricky started the Facebook page in which people promise to keep their porch lights on for Ricky from now until midnight on Christmas day as way to remember the boy.

Over 3,700 people have joined the ‘Lights on for Ricky’ movement so far. The ‘Ricky Rocks’ Facebook page says Ricky was diagnosed with the bone cancer in February 2012, going through chemotherapy, multiple surgeries and at one point was thought to be cancer free. However, the cancer came back in June 2013.

“It’s sad and we’re trying to get through it together. I thought the Facebook page was going to be something simple. Little did I know that this was going to snowball and become as big as it has become. We have people from probably all 50 states, Australia, Africa, Singapore, it’s everywhere! For the most part all of these people are strangers and showing love for our family," the creator of the Facebook page, Linda Troumbly, said.

“My baby entered The Lord’s Kingdom on Dec. 14, 2013. I know he’s rejoicing and that the only pain and torture that remains is here on earth, in our hearts. I pray we can someday soon find a cure for Ewing's Sarcoma for all of the Warriors still fighting,” Ricky’s mother, Brina Guyer, wrote on the 'Ricky Rocks' Facebook page.

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Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com