Lucas' Fight Against Child Cancer

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Will Jones
on behalf of Robert Jones
 KNOXVILLE, TN


At 8 years old, Lucas is the youngest of three boys. He always has a smile on his face and is one of the sweetest boys you’ll meet.

On March 29, 2016,  Lucas was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma. The doctors have said he will undergo months of treatment and chemotherapy. He has been given a 20-30% survival rate. He has a very large and rapidly growing tumor in his lower abdominal/ groin area and has metastisized in his bone marrow

My brother, Robert and my sister-in-law Karina, are amazing parents and both work full time to support their family. Like a lot of families, they live pay check to pay check. Robert is a self-employed piano tuner and does well supporting his family, but unfortunately does not have any benefits for time off to take care of his son. His wife also does not have any paid time off during treatment. 

 This is where family, friends, and community steps in. As his brother, I want to help relieve the financial anxiety of raising a family and travel costs for chemo. Please help my brother and his family in their courageous fight against cancer. Every little bit will help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

**I will be updating this page as more information comes in on treatment details.** You can also follow his facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/LoveforLuki


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Update 12
Posted by Will Jones
6 months ago
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Thank you to everyone for all the support! If you want to follow along with Lucas' treatment and wellness please visit Facebook.com/loveforluki as it is updated more frequently. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!
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Update 11
Posted by Will Jones
7 months ago
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After completing another week of chemotherapy, Lucas is home from the hospital for the weekend. He goes back into the clinic on Tuesday for evaluations - bone marrow biopsies, CT scan, and Bone scan. Once the radiologist and the pathologist get the results compiled, Lucas's whole team of doctors, surgeons, and therapists will meet to go over his case and determine the next course of treatment. They will decide if Proton Therapy or Photon Therapy is best for his particular case and if anything can be safely removed via surgery. Depending on this decision, he will either start five weeks of radiation and chemo that Monday or he will have surgery and then start five weeks of radiation and chemo the following Monday after a week of recovery from surgery.
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Update 10
Posted by Will Jones
10 months ago
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Yesterday - not feeling well. We are still in the hospital, more chemo tonight. He's sick and puking from yesterday's drugs. Monday we started with the Vincristine, administered by a single slow push. Then Doxorubicin, a.k.a. "The Red Devil", over a 15 minute drip. They call it "The Red Devil" because it's bright red, and because it makes a lot of people really sick. You could see his face starting to get weary as it went in to him. They gave him Zofran before the chemo started to help with the nausea, and Ativan right after. Then Benadryl, and then nothing until you can take the Zofran again... Even with all that, he's been vomiting and had diarrhea. Feels worse today than yesterday, and as I am writing this, he is sleeping through a second dose of Doxorubicin... Two days of Doxorubicin. 15 minute drips each time. If I understand it correctly, the acute side effects (acute meaning temporary - they go away after you stop taking the drug) are the stomach upset and nausea, hair loss, sores in the mouth and digestive track, lowered blood counts (fatigue because fewer red blood cells means less oxygen, risk of bleeding because of fewer platelets, and being immunocompromised due to less white blood cells). The more serious long term effects are infertility and permanent heart damage. That doesn't always happen, but that's obviously one that they monitor closely. After the "Red Devil", they started giving him a drug called Mesna. I think he got that for about 20 or 30 minutes before and after the Cyclophosphamide. The Mesna is supposed to protect your bladder from the Cyclophosphamide (it can damage the lining of the bladder and cause hemorrhaging there). Then the Cyclophosphamide - all of the above side effects plus the bladder problems, and increased future rich of lymphoma, leukemia, and bladder cancer.
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Update 9
Posted by Will Jones
10 months ago
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Lucas has completed 4 weeks of Chemo. His family feels so blessed by everyone's kindness, gifts, prayers, and support. Lucas was surprised to receive postcards and care packages from friends he has never met and from so many places he has never seen.

If you would like to send Lucas a postcard from your city/ town please send it to 10412 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922 .

For more detailed updates, please follow us on Facebook at Lucas' Fight Against Childhood Cancer - Alveolar Rhabdomysarcoma https://www.facebook.com/LoveforLuki/

Thank you for all of your love and support!
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Millie Gonzalez
11 months ago

I just want to say that i am so sorry this is happening to your son especially at such a young age. I just want you to know that my son at the age of 14 yrs was also diagnosed with Brain Cancer and was only given 2yrs of life. It was a very hard road but we never gave up we had lots of faith in God and Thanks to such great faith and we believed in the Lord. My son is now 22 yrs old and he is doing great. yes the aftermath of it all is something that we will never forget. Please keep your faith and be strong you have a long road but he will be healed just put him in gods hands and Mom you have to be very strong for your Baby i have been right where you are now . Wishing you the best and lots of Prayers for you Family...

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Sherry Dunn-Oliver
11 months ago

I definitely know your pain. My youngest daughter had cancer when she was 8. They gave her 4 to 6 weeks to live. My job fired me as soon as they found out she 'might' have cancer (pre biopsy). It was a very hard time for our family. We lost everything material. BUT she survived and is now a healthy 23 y.o. Keep affirming positive thoughts and prayers. Your nephews mental state plays a very vital part in his healing. I am again fighting as my husband needs a heart transplant immediately. Please know that my heartfelt prayers are with your entire family. One suggestion. Keep him away from all forms of processed sugar as it rapidly feeds cancer. Also look up Dr. Sebi on youtube. My friend had stage 4 cancer and began following his dietary suggestions and she is now healthy and off all her cancer meds. GOD BLESS YOU!

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Debbie English
11 months ago

I shared this post and am hoping Lucas gets the best possible care. Please call St.Jude in Memphis TN. The care is free and your family will have a place to stay . Praying for a miracle!

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Christy Gulledge Craig
11 months ago
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8

Father God, I lift up this baby in Jesus name. Your word says children are the heritage of the Lord, I pray that a supernatural healing take place in his body and he'll be fully restored back to good health. I believe that you are the ultimate decision maker and this baby can beat this cancer no matter what the doctors say. Cure him in Jesus name. I ask that you give his family a peace that surpasses all understanding, wrap your loving arms around them and this child, fill their hearts with a peace and comfort that can only come from you. I thank you in advance for all you do and all you're gonna do. Amen.

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Kim Bowden Moser
11 months ago
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8

Hello, my son Patrick was diagnosed with rhabdo in 2012 at age 17 & went thru 54 weeks of a clinical trial at ETCH. Please check into Pediatric Rhabdo Support Group on FB. You will find others who are going thru or have gone thru this journey you are embarking on. I found comfort talking to other parents there. If ever you want someone local to speak with, don't hesitate to contact me. Lucas & your family are in my prayers. I've asked Patrick's support system to pray as well. God Bless.

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Tracey Lynn
11 months ago
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5

I have had cancer 3 times and I know how traumatizing it can be, and especially terrifying for such a little man. I can't express how sorry I am or how much positive energy I sending your way. I'll do what I can but if you need someone to talk to who hastill been there multiple times, you can always message me.

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James Brewer
11 months ago
3
3

Our son Reid was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage 4 in march 2015 at age 5. We were devistated. He had a large tumor in his abdomen which had metastasized into his bone marrow. He has gone through several rounds of chemo, a surgery and bone marrow transplant. As of today, one year later, his scans are clear and he is cancer free. Keep the faith and trust in God, always. God bless Lucas and his family. We will be praying for you.

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Leyda Cartagena
11 months ago
3
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All my prayers are for this little soul and his family. It's heartbreaking to see kids with this horrible disease . Stay strong little one. God bless you. ❤

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Virginia Ball
11 months ago
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Im so sorry for what yor angel and family is go i ng through, my niece just fought bone cancer a couple of mths ago...she is only 13. She was 12 when she got diagnosed. We saw her through her toughest times....she fought and fought and through the power of prayer and JESUS NAME SHE IS HEALED.....i pray God is with you all through this moment!!! GOD IS ABLE TO HEAL YOUR SON!!!...hold on to Gods promises and your faith, stay strong and when you can longer take it, call on the Lord..he is in control, just remember this....GOD HAS THE LAST WORD!!!...we will keep your son and your family in our prayers❤....we pray for LUCAS TO BE HEALED FROM CANCER in the NAME OF JESUS!!

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Jody L Schweiner
11 months ago
2
2

I do not know you, but your story has touched my heart...I want to tell you a story of HOPE. My niece dated a young man at around 17 years old who had a miraculos recovery from FULL BLOWN Stage 4 Cancer, the cancer was everywhere in his body! The report about how bad it was and the fact that the doctors had no more treatments for him and he was going to pass away in the next few weeks was accidentally faxed to his home by mistake, no sugar coating on it, death was eminent...Well, guess what... he didn't die like the doctors said he was going to. He went for a visit to the doctor a few weeks after reading the horrifying news about himself, and when they did a bunch of new tests(because he had started feeling SO much better), the cancer was COMPLETELY GONE out of his body...that was 10 years ago and has not had ANY reoccurrence. My point in telling you this story, is to say"Never give up HOPE" things DO happen, miracles can and DO happen....I am praying for a Miracle for your son, God Bless!

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Lilah Cantone
11 months ago
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2

My prayer for Lucas is that he will live & not die in Jesus name. For Gods Glory.

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Yevette Trussell
11 months ago
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I will be sending a donation later this month (after payday). PLEASE watch the 9-part series “Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest”. The series premiere starts tonight online at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central time. It is not on TV, it's free, and they are not selling anything. They are on a mission to help people , families, affected by cancer by sharing important information. I don't work for them. I am sharing this with you in hopes that it may help in some way. https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com/?ref=15bb9988-2e61-41c1-b447-48f2c9762d62. or Google - thetruthaboutcancer. com God Bless you all! You are in my prayers!

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Roz Collins
11 months ago
1
1

I don't know your beautiful family but I hope this small token helps your family at this time sending love and positive thoughts your way .

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Betty Sandoval
11 months ago
1
1

I just wanted to let you know that my family is Praying for your son, you & your whole family. We went to similar circumstances with our oldest child. He was 11 years old when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer. He went to Heaven a little over a year ago, at the age of 16 years old. We took him to 4 different hospital's out of town & tried so many treatments, including the marinal pills, which is a synthetic form of Marijuana in a pill. He has numerous surgeries. I'm here to talk if you ever want to talk. The Dr's say I have major severe depression & severe or panic attacks & insomnia. I do go to Church weekly & am very religious. Praying God watches over your son today, tomorrow & alway's!

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Helen Gilmore
11 months ago
1
1

hello my name is helen gilmore my grandson has this same cancer his name is Devin he was in remission for 4 months and then the car came back he is now doing the last chemo that he say for him he has a tumour on his back and can't walk three weeks ago he couldn't move his legs but know he can.God is a good god.and he will walk again.he is aHelen strong little boy .

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Juarez Janet
11 months ago
1
1

I'm sorry to hear what's going on with Lucas :( it breaks my heart every time I hear what a child is going through.. Just remember God had the last word on this! Lots of faith and my prayers are with Lucas and all his family! God bless!

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Cindy L Mosher
11 months ago
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1

Prayer for Lucas, May god heal Lucas , give him strengh, be with his family , give them strengh

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Jen Koziol
11 months ago
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1

Hi i just wanted to say that I just ran into your brother's story and it has me in tears. I don't have money, living paycheck to paycheck as well. If there's anything else i can do to help, let me know. I know how it feels to have a family member with cancer. Your brother and family members and in my thoughts constantly. Everything will be ok, it will. It has it, right! It's just a test of our strength, like when baby was in the nicu for a month. You don't realize how strong you are until, strong is all you can be. No one is given a test they can't handle. I have epilepsy for 19 yrs and counting... your brother is a warrior, get him a cape or some warrior paint. Let him know! Let him know. Because I know. Sending love and prayers.

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Oc Tucker
11 months ago
1
1

We love you Lucas, so sorry you are going through this. Our family and friends are sharing you page and praying for you and your family. Be strong little one, Big Hugs from John & Oc and family!

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Cheryl Ann
7 months ago

Praying for your son and the entire family. May God Bless you always.

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$62,978 of $75k goal

Raised by 1,501 people in 12 months
Created March 29, 2016
Will Jones  
on behalf of Robert Jones
JP
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Jack Polk
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Jessica Lascano-Arteaga
1 month ago
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Jacobo Gamez
2 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lucas, your whole family. Que Dios lo sane pronto..

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Kristen Lanigan
2 months ago

TEAM MEMO Sending all our fight and strength to your family .

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Jessica Lascano-Arteaga
4 months ago

Most loving prayers to the Jones family from the Arteaga's. Blessed are we to have each other ⚓️

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4 months ago
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Millie Gonzalez
11 months ago

I just want to say that i am so sorry this is happening to your son especially at such a young age. I just want you to know that my son at the age of 14 yrs was also diagnosed with Brain Cancer and was only given 2yrs of life. It was a very hard road but we never gave up we had lots of faith in God and Thanks to such great faith and we believed in the Lord. My son is now 22 yrs old and he is doing great. yes the aftermath of it all is something that we will never forget. Please keep your faith and be strong you have a long road but he will be healed just put him in gods hands and Mom you have to be very strong for your Baby i have been right where you are now . Wishing you the best and lots of Prayers for you Family...

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Sherry Dunn-Oliver
11 months ago

I definitely know your pain. My youngest daughter had cancer when she was 8. They gave her 4 to 6 weeks to live. My job fired me as soon as they found out she 'might' have cancer (pre biopsy). It was a very hard time for our family. We lost everything material. BUT she survived and is now a healthy 23 y.o. Keep affirming positive thoughts and prayers. Your nephews mental state plays a very vital part in his healing. I am again fighting as my husband needs a heart transplant immediately. Please know that my heartfelt prayers are with your entire family. One suggestion. Keep him away from all forms of processed sugar as it rapidly feeds cancer. Also look up Dr. Sebi on youtube. My friend had stage 4 cancer and began following his dietary suggestions and she is now healthy and off all her cancer meds. GOD BLESS YOU!

+ Read More
Debbie English
11 months ago

I shared this post and am hoping Lucas gets the best possible care. Please call St.Jude in Memphis TN. The care is free and your family will have a place to stay . Praying for a miracle!

+ Read More
Christy Gulledge Craig
11 months ago
8
8

Father God, I lift up this baby in Jesus name. Your word says children are the heritage of the Lord, I pray that a supernatural healing take place in his body and he'll be fully restored back to good health. I believe that you are the ultimate decision maker and this baby can beat this cancer no matter what the doctors say. Cure him in Jesus name. I ask that you give his family a peace that surpasses all understanding, wrap your loving arms around them and this child, fill their hearts with a peace and comfort that can only come from you. I thank you in advance for all you do and all you're gonna do. Amen.

+ Read More
Kim Bowden Moser
11 months ago
8
8

Hello, my son Patrick was diagnosed with rhabdo in 2012 at age 17 & went thru 54 weeks of a clinical trial at ETCH. Please check into Pediatric Rhabdo Support Group on FB. You will find others who are going thru or have gone thru this journey you are embarking on. I found comfort talking to other parents there. If ever you want someone local to speak with, don't hesitate to contact me. Lucas & your family are in my prayers. I've asked Patrick's support system to pray as well. God Bless.

+ Read More
Tracey Lynn
11 months ago
5
5

I have had cancer 3 times and I know how traumatizing it can be, and especially terrifying for such a little man. I can't express how sorry I am or how much positive energy I sending your way. I'll do what I can but if you need someone to talk to who hastill been there multiple times, you can always message me.

+ Read More
James Brewer
11 months ago
3
3

Our son Reid was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage 4 in march 2015 at age 5. We were devistated. He had a large tumor in his abdomen which had metastasized into his bone marrow. He has gone through several rounds of chemo, a surgery and bone marrow transplant. As of today, one year later, his scans are clear and he is cancer free. Keep the faith and trust in God, always. God bless Lucas and his family. We will be praying for you.

+ Read More
Leyda Cartagena
11 months ago
3
3

All my prayers are for this little soul and his family. It's heartbreaking to see kids with this horrible disease . Stay strong little one. God bless you. ❤

+ Read More
Virginia Ball
11 months ago
2
2

Im so sorry for what yor angel and family is go i ng through, my niece just fought bone cancer a couple of mths ago...she is only 13. She was 12 when she got diagnosed. We saw her through her toughest times....she fought and fought and through the power of prayer and JESUS NAME SHE IS HEALED.....i pray God is with you all through this moment!!! GOD IS ABLE TO HEAL YOUR SON!!!...hold on to Gods promises and your faith, stay strong and when you can longer take it, call on the Lord..he is in control, just remember this....GOD HAS THE LAST WORD!!!...we will keep your son and your family in our prayers❤....we pray for LUCAS TO BE HEALED FROM CANCER in the NAME OF JESUS!!

+ Read More
Jody L Schweiner
11 months ago
2
2

I do not know you, but your story has touched my heart...I want to tell you a story of HOPE. My niece dated a young man at around 17 years old who had a miraculos recovery from FULL BLOWN Stage 4 Cancer, the cancer was everywhere in his body! The report about how bad it was and the fact that the doctors had no more treatments for him and he was going to pass away in the next few weeks was accidentally faxed to his home by mistake, no sugar coating on it, death was eminent...Well, guess what... he didn't die like the doctors said he was going to. He went for a visit to the doctor a few weeks after reading the horrifying news about himself, and when they did a bunch of new tests(because he had started feeling SO much better), the cancer was COMPLETELY GONE out of his body...that was 10 years ago and has not had ANY reoccurrence. My point in telling you this story, is to say"Never give up HOPE" things DO happen, miracles can and DO happen....I am praying for a Miracle for your son, God Bless!

+ Read More
Lilah Cantone
11 months ago
2
2

My prayer for Lucas is that he will live & not die in Jesus name. For Gods Glory.

+ Read More
Yevette Trussell
11 months ago
1
1

I will be sending a donation later this month (after payday). PLEASE watch the 9-part series “Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest”. The series premiere starts tonight online at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central time. It is not on TV, it's free, and they are not selling anything. They are on a mission to help people , families, affected by cancer by sharing important information. I don't work for them. I am sharing this with you in hopes that it may help in some way. https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com/?ref=15bb9988-2e61-41c1-b447-48f2c9762d62. or Google - thetruthaboutcancer. com God Bless you all! You are in my prayers!

+ Read More
Roz Collins
11 months ago
1
1

I don't know your beautiful family but I hope this small token helps your family at this time sending love and positive thoughts your way .

+ Read More
Betty Sandoval
11 months ago
1
1

I just wanted to let you know that my family is Praying for your son, you & your whole family. We went to similar circumstances with our oldest child. He was 11 years old when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer. He went to Heaven a little over a year ago, at the age of 16 years old. We took him to 4 different hospital's out of town & tried so many treatments, including the marinal pills, which is a synthetic form of Marijuana in a pill. He has numerous surgeries. I'm here to talk if you ever want to talk. The Dr's say I have major severe depression & severe or panic attacks & insomnia. I do go to Church weekly & am very religious. Praying God watches over your son today, tomorrow & alway's!

+ Read More
Helen Gilmore
11 months ago
1
1

hello my name is helen gilmore my grandson has this same cancer his name is Devin he was in remission for 4 months and then the car came back he is now doing the last chemo that he say for him he has a tumour on his back and can't walk three weeks ago he couldn't move his legs but know he can.God is a good god.and he will walk again.he is aHelen strong little boy .

+ Read More
Juarez Janet
11 months ago
1
1

I'm sorry to hear what's going on with Lucas :( it breaks my heart every time I hear what a child is going through.. Just remember God had the last word on this! Lots of faith and my prayers are with Lucas and all his family! God bless!

+ Read More
Cindy L Mosher
11 months ago
1
1

Prayer for Lucas, May god heal Lucas , give him strengh, be with his family , give them strengh

+ Read More
Jen Koziol
11 months ago
1
1

Hi i just wanted to say that I just ran into your brother's story and it has me in tears. I don't have money, living paycheck to paycheck as well. If there's anything else i can do to help, let me know. I know how it feels to have a family member with cancer. Your brother and family members and in my thoughts constantly. Everything will be ok, it will. It has it, right! It's just a test of our strength, like when baby was in the nicu for a month. You don't realize how strong you are until, strong is all you can be. No one is given a test they can't handle. I have epilepsy for 19 yrs and counting... your brother is a warrior, get him a cape or some warrior paint. Let him know! Let him know. Because I know. Sending love and prayers.

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Oc Tucker
11 months ago
1
1

We love you Lucas, so sorry you are going through this. Our family and friends are sharing you page and praying for you and your family. Be strong little one, Big Hugs from John & Oc and family!

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Cheryl Ann
7 months ago

Praying for your son and the entire family. May God Bless you always.

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