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Porch-light campaign launched for Minnesota boy who died of cancer

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A Facebook campaign to keep porch lights burning for a northeast Minnesota boy who died of cancer is attracting international attention, Northland's Newscenter reports.

More than 3,700 people on the Lights on for Ricky Facebook page have pledged to keep their lights on through Christmas Day for Ricky Lind, of Hibbing, who died Dec. 14 after a battle with Ewing's Sarcoma.

The boy was diagnosed with the bone cancer in February 2012, and he was doing well after chemotherapy and surgeries, Northland's Newscenter reported. But the cancer, a relatively rare bone cancer that accounts for only about 1 percent of all childhood cancers, came back in June 2013.

The creator of the Lights On page said people have responded from nearly every state and nations including Peru, South Korea and Singapore. People have responded from Africa and Australia.

On another Facebook page called Ricky Rocks, the boy's mother Brina Guyer says her son died in the comfort of the family's cabin. She says he was witty, compassionate and adventurous and loved the outdoors – he enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, camping and bonfires, she said. "He was a Valiant Warrior and fought hard until the end. He touched so many lives and will live on in our hearts forever."

Among Ricky's survivors are two sisters. Ricky's obituary says a visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Coleraine, Minnesota. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at Mary Immaculate Church in Coleraine. You can leave condolence messages on the funeral home website.

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