Watching 11-year-old Luke on the playground or at football practice, you would never guess he was battling a chronic illness. Luke was diagnosed shortly after birth with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that primarily affects his lungs, but also his intestines, pancreas, and liver. Luke knows maintenance is the key to keep him healthy, so he doesn’t complain about the eight breathing treatments, hour-long lung percussions, or 30 medications he has to take each day. His community really rallies to help him feel like a normal kid.
After school, you’ll find Luke surrounded by his neighbors and playing video games while he completes his breathing treatment. Since Luke’s diagnosis, his family members have become passionate advocates of cystic fibrosis research and treatment options. They often speak at events and participate in hospital fundraisers, encouraging donations that will give Luke the best chance at a long and healthy life.
Luke is a huge fan of the Kentucky Wildcats and Green Bay Packers.