Like most five year olds, Tiny Light Luke is fascinated with Star Wars and loves to play outside. He enjoys his time in the backyard with his siblings battling as pirates or knights. Luke is also interested in history and one day might be headed on a vacation to Egypt to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
At the age of four, Luke was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He immediately started on 13 months of intense chemotherapy involving more hospital visits and medications than he could probably count. Luke is now into the maintenance phase of his treatment which involves two more years of chemotherapy and countless more hospital visits.
Because Luke has a compromised immune system, his family built a big play structure in their backyard so he has a safe place to play with his two brothers and two sisters. His family also places a priority on helping others. They work with the Starlight Children's Foundation, the Children's Wish Foundation and a charity helping kids with cancer in Ecuador. In fact, Luke and his siblings have grown up forgoing birthday presents to donate money to their local children's hospital instead -- the same hospital where Luke would eventually be diagnosed and treated.
It's a long journey for this Tiny Light and his family, but Luke's mom is very proud of her tough kid and thinks he's wise beyond his years. "Luke is a little shining light and brings joy to those who haven't even met him."
written by Karis Sengara