Meet Luke

Feb 11, 2017

We have a very unique opportunity to get to know and follow one brave little Friends of Karen child and his family. Luke just turned 5 years old in December and is currently in Pre-K. His mom, Nicole, is a teacher, his dad, John, works in sales, and he has a little sister, Grace, who is just a year and a half old. Luke and his family live in Rockland County, NY. They are a happy, unremarkable family, but for one thing… Luke is about to go through a bone marrow transplant (the 2nd in his short life).

What am I thankful for? EVERYTHING!

Nov 16, 2017

"Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing."
 
When I asked Luke what he was thankful for he said "lots of cupcakes!" I giggled at his most perfect answer. That is exactly what every 5 year old (almost 6) little boy should be thankful for. I was not surprised when my sweet little Luke added on to his response, "I am thankful for you and Daddy and Grace... for helping me."
 

My superhero is a kindergartener!

Oct 06, 2017

My superhero is a kindergartener! Luke has completed his first month of school. Each morning he wears the biggest smile. He pops out of bed and proudly gets dressed ready to take on the day. It has become so clear how much he loves life... the children, learning and playing. Luke is 6 months post-transplant. We have hit a huge milestone and the thing that comes to mind is a rocket ship soaring into space. Luke had his clinic appointment and the news was bright enough to light up the sky. His numbers were given an A+. His myeloid engraftment was 100% (it was 14% before the transplant).

A New Beginning

Aug 17, 2017

The best view comes after the hardest climb. We are approaching many milestones. On September 16, Luke will be 6 months post-transplant.  My mind has already put aside so many of the frightening details that had taken over our life a short time ago. Did that really happen?

Luke Says Thank You

Jul 20, 2017

It’s been several months since Luke’s bone marrow transplant and he’s now home recovering and growing stronger every day. We’ve heard a lot from mom, Nicole, about Luke’s progress, but now Luke has some things he wants to say!