Honored Kid

Parker Lutz

Parker Lutz Kid Photo

Location

Macungie, PA, US

Diagnosis

Neuroblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

June 2006

Status

Angel

Treated At

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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My Story

Parker was our beautiful little boy ~ a son, a brother, and a friend to everyone who knew him. We remember him being filled with spunk, smiles, and having a zest for life. In June of 2006, at the age of 4, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. Imagine being told at such a young age to be ready for the fight of your life. Not only did he have a softball-sized tumor in his abdomen at the time of his diagnosis, he also had cancer in his bones and bone marrow. Parker underwent 7 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to resect the tumor, 2 stem cell transplants, localized & total body radiation, and accutane therapy. His days of treatment were often tough and bumpy, but through it all he taught us a lesson of wisdom: showing us the courage and strength to move on, to fight, and to persevere through the trying times. One glance of his smile and the twinkle in his eye would light up a room ~ and through all this he remained a bright, shining star to all who knew him. Following a sudden relapse in October, 2007, Parker's bright star joined other young angel stars in heaven on November 7, 2007, just 6 days after turning 6 years old. He has forever blessed those who will continue to remember and love him ~~ as our PARKER POWER HERO!! Our family and friends are choosing to do what Parker always did ~ FIGHT!! He fought to the very end, never giving up and always making us proud. Parker touched and inspired each one of us in some way, and this is one way to give back and honor his life and others who fight every day. His power remains in our hearts and lives on in each one of us, and we know he wants us to keep fighting cancer for him. The St. Baldrick's event is giving us that opportunity, and we’re excited to participate in such a worthy cause. We will never give up hope that doctors will one day find a cure to Neuroblastoma along with every other. There is no doubt that Parker will be right beside us on April 23rd. We feel it is our mission to raise money for childhood cancer research in Parker's honor so that other kids have a chance to receive better treatments in the future with fewer long-term side effects and ultimately, a cure. We sincerely hope that you consider joining in the fight!

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