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Luke Strikes Back

Luke was diagnosed with stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma on August 19, 2016. He started treatment on August 22. We appreciate all of your support.

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Posted 2020-01-05T20:33:00Z

Port removal...

Luke hit another milestone on Friday with his port removal surgery. His port served him very well for 3 years, 4 months and 17 days. I like to think it helped other kids too, because he was always quick to offer to let nurses in training practice on him. The procedure went well, and he’s been pretty comfortable aside from some side effects from the anesthesia. 

35 days until our Cycle for Survival Chicago ride, 34 days until Luke's 17th birthday. He's grown up so much...experienced so much, and of course we hope and pray that he'll get to experience so much more. James didn't get to turn 9, Cooper didn't get to turn 15, Mike 14, Nikko 16, Harmony 10, Finn 4, Makayla 7, Sophie 11, Derek 1, Odin 4, Lauren 11 and the list goes on and on. It's heartbreaking to think about what these kids won't get to experience and about what it must be like for their parents to start a new day let alone a new year without them. They needed more options. They needed better options.

Several people have mentioned that they might be interested in riding. If you are interested, please sign up in the next few days. I have 2 bikes reserved, but if we don't get more riders, I'll drop the second bike next week so another team can grab it.Each bike can accommodate 4-8 riders (4 riders - 50 minute shifts, 8 riders - 25 minute shifts). Thanks for considering and please feel free to share with friends. Anyone is welcome. I have 2 bikes reserved, but if we don't get more riders, I'll drop the second bike so another team can grab it. Each bike can accommodate 4-8 riders (4 riders - 50 minute shifts, 8 riders - 25 minute shifts). Several people have mentioned that they might be interested. If you are interested, please sign up in the next few days before I drop the second bike.Thanks for considering and please feel free to share with friends. Anyone is welcome. Click here to sign up or to donate. The password to join is luke.

Some things to know: indoors at Equinox Chicago Loop, pedal hard or hardly pedal, Feb 9 between 1 and 5 pm, you can just show up for your shift and then leave, 100% of funds raised go directly to research within 6 months of the event, no cost to sign up (but we hope you'll raise at least $150). 

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