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).

Doing Great and Thank You

Mar 27, 2019

Hello all...

This is not Luke’s Mom. I’m a Friends of Karen staffer with a brief update on Luke, as the last posted update was about a year and a half ago.

We recently had the chance to see Luke at the kick-off for an event called North Rockland Sports Day, an annual event that raises funds for Friends of Karen and other worthy causes.

As you can see from this photo of Luke with his mom Nicole, he looks GREAT!! When we asked Luke if he had anything to say, he shared that he’s feeling great. He also said thank you to everyone for “giving me so much help.”

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."

During this time of thanks I can’t help but think of the days not so long ago, I prayed for the things I have now. I stare at each curl on top of Luke’s head and somehow they each represent victory. I can’t look back at the pictures, but my heart will never forget. This brings me to this important question...

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.

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.