Give Lucas Strength!

$21,401 of $35k goal

Raised by 273 people in 39 months
Susan Halaburda   MACOMB, MI
Our son, Lucas, went from headaches to a MedullaBlastoma in a matter of 2 days. Our world has been turned upside down. In a matter of two weeks he's had 3 surgeries so far. The first to place an EVD (temporary shunt) as the headaches were caused by pressure building up in his brain due to the tumor blocking the path to drain his cerebral spinal fluid. The second was the craniotomy to remove the tumor as much as they could. This tumor turned out to be malignant. The third was to place a permanent shunt as his body would not drain the CSF on it's own after the tumor blockage. So now, were waiting to have an MRI, lumbar puncture and mediport placement. Should be this week. This will let us know if this cancer has spread to other parts of his body as this is frequent with this diagnosis.



Obviously i have few words on our feelings. This has been horrifying for both our families.



He was always a healthy kid. He'd actually only been on antibiotics once in his life due to pneumonia. So to get this diagnosis has been mystifying to say the least.
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Update 17
22 months ago
It's been 9 weeks today that we lost our beautiful boy. Thank you all for your support. It helped us when I wasn't able to work. Things are still tough. We just go thru the day trying to have normalcy. But we miss him so so so much, every second.
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Update 16
24 months ago
Not sure who's heard and who hasn't. But on July 15th at 6:39 pm. Lucas left us. He was so very sickly. His tumor grew so quickly and fiercely that hiss brain was shifted over. One minute he was up and talking, the next he was sleeping. He didn't wake from his last sleep. They took the tube out and he didn't take another breath. He did wait for everyone to get there miraculously. Then he stopped breathing over the vent and they extubated him. We were all there. Loving him, comforting him, telling him our last secret thoughts for him. Thank you all for supporting us. It's been a long, short year if that makes sense. We're lost and exhausted. We miss him so much already! His viewing is Friday at two at vanlerberghe funeral home in st Clair shores from 2-8 pm. And mass will be held Saturday at 10am, St. Thecla church in Clinton township.
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Update 15
26 months ago
So the chemo has stopped working. We're applying to M.D.Anderson in Boston for a new chemo trial. If we don't get approved, then he's done with those awful drugs. He's spent many, many, nights at the hospital for various illnesses and setbacks. Decisions have to be made. If we're done with the meds, then I want to take him to an island somewhere to spend his time with his family without illness. I'm prepared to walk away from my life and home, to be solely with him, and to love and care for him. Why doesn't God heal him? What's the purpose of talking away a child's future? I'm bitter and angry right now. I'm trying not to give up but the drs seem like they are also. Thanks to everyone for helping us financially thru this. It's been such a burden freed from us at this time. Now all we can do is pray.
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Update 14
28 months ago
One year ago yesterday we brought Lucas to the hospital for headaches. After his cat scan, around two pm, Dr Saad gave me his diagnosis. Medullablastoma. We immediately went to children's where he had many surgeries. I remember this like it was one minute ago... it brings back so much heartache and pain. And that's just for us. I can't imaging what Luke's gone thru. He's so strong and brave. He knows he's sick but still pushes on. He's our warrior, the love of our life! He's so sweet and kind! Thank you all for helping us out thru this. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy! We are still fighting! It's a tough battle, and with his cancer spreading, it may be a futile one. But we'll never give up for his sake! And we are so grateful to you all.
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Karlie Vitter
24 months ago

Lucas is getting bear hugs from Jesus now! My prayers will be lifted high for his parents and family.

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Allysia Doan
24 months ago

Praying for you and your family!!! I'm soo sorry!!! Please know many people are thinking and praying for you all and your beautiful Angel! HUGS

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Sue Sibbald
24 months ago

Susan. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. My heart is broken over your loss. Just know your little guy is free from the pain and can feel your love.

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Allysia Doan
30 months ago

Our family is praying for your little boy as well as. your family! Our son Collin has Mrs. Danko and he sends his love and well wishes to Lucas as well! HUGS!

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Jimmy Hazzard
30 months ago

My daughter and other dancers representing Dakota high school dance team are stopping up for the benefit before their nationals dinner. Where can they get the flyer? It's my understanding they need to bring a flyer

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Gina Rinaldo-Baggallay
39 months ago

I had the chance to work with Lucas this year in a small group setting as well as one on one. He is such a wonderful, hard-working little boy, I miss seeing his smile here!! I am praying for you buddy and will keep you and your family in my prayers. Stay strong!

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Dottie Furman
39 months ago

I am so sorry to hear this news about Lucas. I also have a 6 year old at Ojibwa and I can't imagine what your family must be going through. Please know we will keep Lucas in our thoughts and prayers!

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Jerry Apel
39 months ago

So sorry to hear this! My son is a kinder at you so a school. I can't even imagine! Prayers to you and yours. I am a fireman in Detroit and would love to give Lucas a tour, let him squirt a fire house, sound the air horns, the whole 9 yards. Ease contact me at jerryapel2@yahoo.com if Lucas would enjoy this. God be with Lucas and your family.

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Gina Munaco
39 months ago

Lucas is in my kindergarten class. We all miss him dearly and wish for a speedy recovery!

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Barbara Beatty
39 months ago

Prayers being sent for Lucas and his family. God be with you all.

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Karen LaFave
39 months ago

Lucas is my son Mark's only child and is dearly loved by our whole family. This photo was taken only two weeks before his tumor was discovered. He just turned 6 years old and was a kindergartener. He has gone through a lot in the last 2 weeks and has a tough road ahead of him. We are fervently praying that his cancer has not spread and for the hand of God to reach down and cure him. I love you so much Luke

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$21,401 of $35k goal

Raised by 273 people in 39 months
Created April 20, 2013
Susan Halaburda  
  Medical   MACOMB, MI
BK
$87
Beth Kraemer
24 months ago

Some of Lucas' schoolmates raised this money in his honor. Please accept this donation from the families of Lake Arrowhead subdivision in Macomb.

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AW
$50
Andrea Wheat-Wojcinski
24 months ago
MG
$100
mary ellen guilloz
24 months ago
AS
$20
Amy Siler
24 months ago

We are very sorry for your loss.

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JP
$50
Joan Poupard
24 months ago

My heart goes out to you all. I am SO very sorry about Lucas.

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$200
Anonymous
24 months ago
KR
$25
Kristen Ryan
24 months ago

Heartbroken about the loss of your Baby boy. Sending prayers for your family.

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$100
Anonymous
24 months ago
HC
$70
Hutchins, Maddie and Emma; Polsinelli, Sophia and Amelia; Paich, Christina
24 months ago

The girls hosted a lemonade stand in our neighborhood in honor of Lucas. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

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JV
$10
JAMES VROOMAN
24 months ago
Karlie Vitter
24 months ago

Lucas is getting bear hugs from Jesus now! My prayers will be lifted high for his parents and family.

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Allysia Doan
24 months ago

Praying for you and your family!!! I'm soo sorry!!! Please know many people are thinking and praying for you all and your beautiful Angel! HUGS

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Sue Sibbald
24 months ago

Susan. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. My heart is broken over your loss. Just know your little guy is free from the pain and can feel your love.

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Allysia Doan
30 months ago

Our family is praying for your little boy as well as. your family! Our son Collin has Mrs. Danko and he sends his love and well wishes to Lucas as well! HUGS!

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Jimmy Hazzard
30 months ago

My daughter and other dancers representing Dakota high school dance team are stopping up for the benefit before their nationals dinner. Where can they get the flyer? It's my understanding they need to bring a flyer

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Gina Rinaldo-Baggallay
39 months ago

I had the chance to work with Lucas this year in a small group setting as well as one on one. He is such a wonderful, hard-working little boy, I miss seeing his smile here!! I am praying for you buddy and will keep you and your family in my prayers. Stay strong!

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Dottie Furman
39 months ago

I am so sorry to hear this news about Lucas. I also have a 6 year old at Ojibwa and I can't imagine what your family must be going through. Please know we will keep Lucas in our thoughts and prayers!

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Jerry Apel
39 months ago

So sorry to hear this! My son is a kinder at you so a school. I can't even imagine! Prayers to you and yours. I am a fireman in Detroit and would love to give Lucas a tour, let him squirt a fire house, sound the air horns, the whole 9 yards. Ease contact me at jerryapel2@yahoo.com if Lucas would enjoy this. God be with Lucas and your family.

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Gina Munaco
39 months ago

Lucas is in my kindergarten class. We all miss him dearly and wish for a speedy recovery!

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Barbara Beatty
39 months ago

Prayers being sent for Lucas and his family. God be with you all.

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Karen LaFave
39 months ago

Lucas is my son Mark's only child and is dearly loved by our whole family. This photo was taken only two weeks before his tumor was discovered. He just turned 6 years old and was a kindergartener. He has gone through a lot in the last 2 weeks and has a tough road ahead of him. We are fervently praying that his cancer has not spread and for the hand of God to reach down and cure him. I love you so much Luke

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