Honored Kid

Luke B.

Age 16
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Location

South Hadley, MA, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

February 2011

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Boston Children's Hospital Baystate Medical Center

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My Story

Luke is now 14 years old and is the strongest, most amazing and miraculous kid I know.  In his 14 years of life he has not only battled leukemia three times but bacterial meningitis as well. His first three years of treatment started in 2011 when he was just 6 years old.  We were saddened to learn that the leukemia retuned in April of 2015, a year after finishing treatments.  While undergoing a trial drug for ALL relapse patients, he contracted bacterial meningitis. He spent 6 weeks in the ICU and a total of 15 months in the hospital. He has undergone 14 neurosurgeries to date and has had to relearn how to walk again. In September of 2017 Luke relapsed for the third time. Our hope for a cure this time was a bone marrow transplant. We learned that Luke’s two younger brothers were not a match for him but by some rare circumstance, Luke’s father was!  100% match!!!! So on December 15, 2017, Luke was admitted to Boston children’s in preparation for his bone marrow transplant. December 22 was the big day. His body did well in accepting the new marrow but his lungs had a very big inflammatory response which kept him in the hospital longer than anticipated. Luke was finally discharged to home on February 12, 2018 and is doing well.  Luke is now 1 year and 1 month out post bone marrow transplant and remains cancer free.  #LUKESTRONGER With the support of all those that donate to St. Baldrick's I can only hope that eventually we will find a cure, as no child should ever have to endure that type of journey. Our Lukey is a strong and resilient boy and I am amazed every day that he holds his head up high despite all that he has been through.

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