Honored Kid

Luke R.

Luke R. Kid Photo


Clifton Park, NY, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

July 2004


Passed away

Treated At

Boston Children's Hospital Albany Medical Center

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My Story

Originally diagnosed with pre-B cell lymphoblastic lymphoma of his iliac crest and spine in August 2004. Bone biopsy confirmed small round blue cell tumor. His condition remained stable through the next 2 years of treatment and he completed his scheduled course of chemotherapy on 8/13/2006. Luke's platelet count dropped in Nov 2006 but a bone marrow aspirate was negative for any evidence of leukemia. March 2007 he began to have intermittent lower back pain. A wedge bone biopsies with marrow aspirates showed sheets of blasts diagnostic for pre-B lymphocytic leukemia. He commenced relapse chemotherapy a bone marrow confirmed remission. Given his early recurrence he was at high risk and he underwent a unrelated bone marrow transplantation at Dana-Farber / Boston Children's Hospital in August 2007. His BMT had minimal complications On 3/3/2008 (DAY +241) he underwent a bone marrow aspirate/ biopsy and lumbar puncture for back pain and drop in blood counts which confirmed ALL relapse. A bone marrow exam in April 2008 revealed refractory ALL. Against all the odds Luke was in remission again in Aug 2008. He started high school and is having a high quality of life--even with weekly chemotherapy.

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