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Super Luke's Squad to the rescue!

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Organizer: Super Luke's Squad Beneficiary: The Knapke Family

Our fundraiser is to support Super Luke and his family through his journey to recovery. Become a squad member and help us help this family through this challenging time! #TEAMLUKE

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Super Luke's Squad to the rescue!

 

Luke Knapke is 2 and 1/2 years old and is one of two beautiful  twin sons of Aaron and Jessica Knapke.  Luke's twin brother's name is Colin. One of Luke's favorite things to do is to watch his hero Super Why on PBS kids.  About 9 months ago, Luke started to gradually and inexplicably lose his appetite, body weight and his interest in daily life activities. He wasn't able to run and play with his best buddy Colin. His Mommy and Daddy took him to multiple doctors to see what the cause was for Luke's medical issues. After all the doctor visits, no one could figure out what the problem was and Luke's health continued to deteriorate.

Luke's body eventually could not keep up with his decline, and in early July of this year, Luke began to  vomit uncontrollably.  His parents' emergently took him to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  After a multitude of blood tests and x-rays, the reason for Luke's multiple medical problems was finally found. Little frail Luke was diagnosed with an extremely rare inoperable brain tumor called a Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma.

His Mommy and Daddy's worst nightmare became their reality and they were devastated. Luke's dad described it as a feeling of sheer helplessness and  "being punched in the gut and kicked in face at the same time".   Once the shock and chaos temporarily subsided, a treatment plan was created in order to save Luke's life.

Luke has been at Cincinnati Children's Hospital since early July and he has had a difficult time gaining weight in order to get to his "fighting weight". Thus far, Luke has bravely and heroically endured numerous neurosurgical procedures; including a bilateral brain shunt to help lower the pressure on his brain caused by the tumor.  Luke's next step in his superhero battle against his cancer starts with extensive chemotherapy beginning in August which will last for at least one year. Luke's Mommy, Daddy and brother Colin's life will never be the same. They have stopped everything and have spent day and night at the hospital by Luke's side.

Many people have asked how they can help Superhero Luke and his family fight his cancer. The Knapke family is a humble family only requesting prayers. We, as their family, established this donation page to financially help them throughout their battle. The Knapke's will undoubtedly incur numerous and expensive medical bills associated with Luke's battle. In addition to a full year of chemotherapy, Luke will routinely have to be monitored by repeated medical procedures. As the Knapke family will put their lives on hold to be by their superhero's side for his treatment, we want to support them by easing their financial burden. Please find it  your heart to help Superhero Luke and his family in their fight to save little Luke's life.

All donations made go directly to the Knapke Family to ease the financial burden of upcoming medical expenses throughout Luke's treatment.


If you wish to donate by check please make it payable to:

The Luke Knapke Donation Fund
Fifth Third Bank
5002 Old Taylor Mill Rd.
Taylor Mill, KY 41015

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Updates

07/07/2014
by Super Luke's Squad
One year ago today we were rushing to Cincinnati Children's Hospital because our frail little boy was extremely sick. We had no idea what was wrong and we had no idea that we would get news that would change our lives forever.

Words you ne...ver thought you'd hear. Story's you read about, someone else's child....not your own.

"We found a brain tumor" Literally the worst day of our lives hearing those words from the doctor. Numb, confused, sadness, helpless, scared. Just a few of the things we felt sitting there waiting for more information. What could be done to save our son was our #1 question.

1 Year of hospital visits, sleepless nights, pokes, doctor appointments, tests, and chemo, but through it all our Super Luke still smiles and is happy as can be. A true testament of his strength, courage, and determination. It's been a roller-coaster, but to know we have so many people praying for Super Luke and our family reminds us we are not in this alone.

Luke is doing so well, he's gaining weight, strength, and responding well to treatment. We know this marathon must continue, but knowing we have the support and love from family, friends, and complete strangers is comforting.

Superhero hugs to every single person who is praying for Super Luke on his marathon to a complete recovery and for being the cheering section for our family.

Love,
Aaron, Jessica, Colin and Super Luke Knapke

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05/27/2014
by Super Luke's Squad

Hello Everyone,

It's been a while since I posted. We update Luke's Facebook page more often. If you haven't visited his page yet, it's www.facebook.com/superheroluke we add a lot of updates and pictures there.

Luke has been doing great, He's still getting monthly chemo treatments at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and is responding well to it. He's receiving chemo now as I type. I've added a few recent pics to the Picture Gallery so you can see how great our Superhero is doing.

Thanks to everyone for the continued love, support, and prayers for our entire family. The positive messages you send help us along this journey. We feel so loved and we want to thank you for continuing to follow Luke's journey.

Superhero Hugs!


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12/31/2013
by Super Luke's Squad
Today marks Luke's 13th Chemo treatment. We wanted to share some very exciting news we just got from Luke's Oncologist today. Luke had an MRI on Friday to see what the current status of his tumor was. We are VERY HAPPY to report the chemo is working and the tumor is smaller! We will continue with monthly chemo treatments until August 2014.  We want to thank everyone who has prayed for Luke and our family these past 6 months. We have a journey ahead but knowing we have the support of family, friends, and complete strangers is very comforting. We couldn't have asked for better news going into 2014!!!!!  Happy New Year and Superhero Hugs to everyone. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!!!!
The Knapke's
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12/30/2013
by Super Luke's Squad

Today Colin and Luke turn 3!!! They had their Superhero birthday party over the weekend and had a great time. Please visit Luke's FB page to see video of him walk all by himself! We are so proud of his strength and determination, he's making huge strides and is an inspiration to us all. www.facebook.com/superheroluke

Thanks for the continued prayers!

The Knapke's


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12/02/2013
by Super Luke's Squad

Hi Everyone,

Luke had a great Thanksgiving and went to see Santa at the Mall....let's just say Luke likes Santa better from afar. Check out the most recent pictures of our Super Luke.
Luke is getting stronger everyday and has physical therapy twice a week to get him strong enough to walk again. He's such a trooper; he's giving everything he has during his PT sessions with Miss. Joy. We are so proud of how far he has come.

Tomorrow Luke will have his monthly Chemo which is treatment #12, please keep him in your prayers.

We are looking forward to all of the Christmas activities coming up and Luke and Colin's birthday, which is December 30th.

Thank you for checking in on Super Luke and continuing to pray for Luke, Colin, Aaron and Jessica.

Big SUPERHERO hugs to everyone!!!


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11/20/2013
by Super Luke's Squad
Wednesday November 20t:
Luke is getting stronger everyday and receving weekly PT to get him walking again. He's crawling and we are so proud of his determination and strength. I couldn't post the video on here, but if you visit his Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/superheroluke you can see the video of him crawling!!!
Thank you for the continued support from everyone! The Knapke's appreciate the ongoing support. Luke's next chemo treatment is December 3rd.
Big Superhero Hugs to Everyone!
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10/29/2013
by Super Luke's Squad
Luke starts his monthly chemo treatments today, they will be using his new port! No more pic line in his arm. He's doing very well and is starting to eat more consistently since having the feeding tube from his nose removed.
Luke is going to be a scarecrow for Halloween and his twin brother Colin is going to be a Lion...hopefully we'll have some pictures to post.
Thank you for all the love, support and prayers!
Superhero hugs to everyone!!!!
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10/18/2013
by Super Luke's Squad
Hi Super Luke Supporters,
Luke is feeling alot better today and will hopefully be released tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers!
Superhero Hugs to Everyone!
See new pics added
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10/16/2013
by Super Luke's Squad

Luke's surgery went well today. He's resting comfortably and getting his superhero strength back! Thanks for all the messages and prayers!
A Big Superhero Hug To You All !!!!!!!


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10/15/2013
by Super Luke's Squad
Hello Super Luke Supporters,
Tomorrow Luke will have surgery to implant a port in his chest and a G Tube in his stomach to replace the feeding tube in his nose. Please say prayers for our Super Luke, Jessica, Aaron, and Colin. We will make sure to post an update once Luke is in recovery, thank you for continuing to flood heaven with prayers!
Superhero hugs to everyone!!!!!!

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10/11/2013
by Super Luke's Squad

Happy Friday Super Luke Followers. Today marks Chemo Treatment #10 for Luke.(See pic) We can't believe we are already at #10. This is the last treatment in the Induction Phase and Luke will get a few weeks off until he resumes Chemo Oct 29th. He will then receive monthly treatments instead of weekly until August 2014. Next Wednesday Oct 16th Luke will have surgery to Implant a port in his chest and GTube in his stomach(just like a feeding tube, but in his stomach instead of his nose.) He should only be in the hospital a couple days.

Thanks for checking in and continuing to send prayers to Aaron, Jessica, Colin and Luke. They appreciate all of the love and support they are receiving from Family, Friends, and Complete Strangers!!! See pic of Luke- Chemo #10
 


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10/08/2013
by Super Luke's Squad
HI Super Luke Supporters, Sorry this is the 1st update. It's been crazy with all of the benefit stuff and I wanted to make sure I gave everyone on here an update.

Super Luke will have his 10th Chemo treatment this Friday!! We can't believe it's going to be #10. He's getting stronger everyday and gaining weight...he's a;ready up to 26lbs!!!! He looks so good!!!! This journey has had it's peaks and valleys, but through it all family, friends, and complete strangers have sent words of encouragment that have given Aaron & Jessica strength though this journey. They would like to thank each and everyone of you for donating to Youcaring.com and continuing to send prayers and well wishes to their little Luke. I added some new photos of Super Luke...hope you enjoy them.
Love,
A Super Luke Family Member



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