Luke is the oldest of 3 boys in his family. He lives with his mom and dad, and brothers Caleb and Eli. The three boys were born in under 4 years and are very close.
Luke was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 1st grade at age 6 in February, 2011. His initial 3 years of treatment went smoothly and he responded well to treatment. A year after treatment ended, in April 2015, Luke relapsed and was sent to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for a trial medication. Three weeks into this treatment, Luke contracted bacterial meningitis. He spent 6 weeks in the ICU and 15 months in the hospital with seizures and a stroke. After nine neurosurgeries (13 surgeries total), and a shunt placement we were finally able to come home. Because of complication in leukemia treatment from the meningitis setback, Luke relapsed again in August of 2017. In Dec 2017, he had a bone marrow transplant. Luke is now in full remission and working on his rehab from the brain injury.
The impact on our family is beyond words as we have been dealing with this for 8 years now. During the 15 months in the hospital either my wife or I was always with Luke so we rarely had any time together as a family with our other children. Luke’s brothers were extremely sad and scared…as were we all! Our champions were our extended family – Luke’s aunts and grandparents were lifesavers for us! They helped hold things together at home and would visit constantly in the hospital. Also, Springfield College football went beyond words to embrace Luke, make him a part of their team through a program called Team Impact, and did more than we could put into words for our family.
While Luke’s struggle has been heartbreaking, it was also a chance to witness the best in people, our community, and our church. People rallied around our family, generosity shone bright, and Luke has made many connections in the community.
Our hope is that someday he will not only be the Face of the Race, but recover enough to be a participant!