LINCOLNTON, N.C.––A much-loved little boy is gone, and an entire community is grieving.
Landen Johnson died peacefully on Friday. He was just 9 years old. He is survived by his parents, Pastor Luke and Amanda Johnson; and by his siblings: his older brother, Brayden, 12, his younger sister, Hannah Grace, 5, and his little brother, Tyler, six months.
The family will receive friends this evening, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at New Vision Ministries at 661 Clark Creek Road in Lincolnton. Worship services follow at 7 p.m. A private burial will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 17). In lieu of flowers, the Johnsons ask that donations in memory of Landen be made to the Potentials Foundation (www.potentialsfoundation.org).
The pastor of Highland Drive Free Will Baptist Church, Rev. Johnson told The Herald more about his son’s inspirational journey. Speaking earlier today, he explained that his son suffered from primordial dwarfism––an extremely rare form of dwarfism affecting only about one in four million people.
“He was very small but proportionate for his size,” the pastor noted of Landen.
Johnson continued that in 2013, Landen was diagnosed with DNA ligase IV deficiency. Among the symptoms of this condition, also a rare malady, is a compromised immune system. Landen needed a bone marrow transplant, and further complications with infections arose from this. For the past two years, Rev. and Mrs. Johnson have been fighting a protracted battle with Landen’s cruel afflictions.
“His immune system never recovered,” the pastor said, citing his son’s most recent struggles with a fungal infection and kidney, respiratory and liver failure. “He fought long and hard. Landen suffered greatly.”
But now that battle is over, and Landen is at peace, resting in the arms of Christ.
“I know exactly where Landen is,” his father continued. “He is with the Lord, where there is no more suffering and pain.”
Johnson added that some day, he and his family members will all be reunited with Landen in Heaven.