2 Years Old at Diagnosis
Michelle and her family were shocked when they found out their 2-year-old son, Luke, had cancer. They received the official diagnosis on August 5, 2013. Their active and loving son had acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Luke began treatment immediately at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and received 84 doses of chemotherapy during his 114 days at the hospital. Because of his type of cancer, Luke had to stay in the hospital for each round. Every time, his family would anxiously wait for his white blood cell count to come back up so that they could go home. Despite the extended stays, Luke always remained upbeat.
During treatment, Luke received a superhero cape, and would proudly wear it around the hospital so that everyone knew that his superpower was beating cancer.
Michelle always knew that Luke was a fighter, and his battle with cancer showed just how strong he was. Luke completed his 4th and final round of chemotherapy on December 18, 2013 and was declared cancer free!
Throughout treatment, family friends told Michelle how they wanted to raise funds for children like Luke. Michelle had heard about CureSearch and about the research that was being funded, so she knew that was the organization she wanted to be involved with.
“Our doctor told us that only 10 years ago, children with AML had a much poorer prognosis,” says Michelle. “Gratefully, we have far more hope thanks to the research that organizations like CureSearch funds and I know that more still needs to be done. We are the beneficiaries of that previous research and want to pay it forward.”
Michelle decided to form a team at the Los Angeles CureSearch Walk, called Luke-ing for a Cure, and she and her friends began fundraising immediately. They sold bracelets in honor of Luke and held several other fundraisers and were able to raise $2,700 in just a few weeks!
Although Luke wasn’t able to attend the 2013 Walk due to his treatment, his team was there, celebrating how hard he was fighting. This year, Luke can’t wait to get up on stage and show everyone that he is a superhero that beat cancer.
You too can help kids like Luke by joining your local CureSearch Walk. Visit www.curesearchwalk.org to find a Walk near you!