Meet Luke – Leukemia Warrior
"The NCCS has been such a blessing to us," - Lauren, Luke's mom
When Luke began bruising easily, was lethargic and whiney, his parents had “parent’s intuition” that something was terribly wrong. They took him to the doctor and he ordered a full battery of tests. As soon as the results were received, doctors sat down Luke’s parents, Lauren and Steven, to deliver the devastating news. Their 19-month old son was battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Lauren and Stephen immediately took time off work to care for him, but it was very limited. Because little Luke required constant care, his parents decided Lauren would leave her job and devote all of her time and energy into helping her son heal.
Luke’s treatment center was nearly two hours away from home and their travel expenses added up very quickly. They learned about the NCCS from their hospital social worker and reached out to the organization to see what assistance was available. The NCCS was there to help with mileage expenses since they travelled to treatment three times a week. His family was also eligible for additional support from the Emergency Assistance Fund because Luke was away from his home for six weeks during his chemotherapy treatment. “NCCS has been such a blessing to us,” Lauren shared.