Champions For Cures
🏆 Our 2023 Champion!
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Our 2023 Champion!
Lucas, a young athlete and quarterback, was diagnosed with T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma on October 29, 2022, after experiencing symptoms like swollen neck, fatigue, and breathing difficulties. His diagnosis and treatment journey included hospitalizations, chemotherapy, steroids, and physical therapy, with challenges such as a fungal lung infection, pulmonary embolism, hair loss, and adverse reactions to treatment. Despite setbacks like COVID-19, cellulitis, and fluctuating weight, Lucas persevered with support from his family and community, who provided meals, assistance, and fundraising for medical bills. The family remains hopeful for Lucas’s recovery and return to sports, as they navigate the emotional and logistical complexities of his health journey.
After his diagnosis with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, Lucas underwent intensive treatment that included chemotherapy and steroids. However, he faced several complications, including severe swelling from steroids that led to loss of mobility, a fungal infection in his lungs, a pulmonary embolism, and hallucinations from medication. Despite the good news that his cancer was gone, Lucas had to spend 32 days in the hospital, including Christmas, to address these issues. He also had to cope with hair loss, which was emotionally challenging for him and his family. Lucas then moved to Shirley Ryan for inpatient physical therapy, where he made significant progress, but his mental state suffered from the extended hospital stay. The family decided to take him home after 40 days, where he continued outpatient physical therapy.
Lucas experienced additional challenges, including adverse reactions to a treatment that required the use of an epipen and necessitated a change in medication. He also dealt with high calcium levels, high blood pressure, kidney issues, COVID-19, and cellulitis. Despite his weight dropping significantly, Lucas has shown improvement with medication and is gaining weight again.
Throughout this journey, Lucas’s family has faced stress and challenges, including supporting Lucas’s younger sibling, who is struggling to adjust. However, the family has received incredible support from their community, including meals, assistance with daily tasks, and fundraising for medical bills. Although the journey has been difficult, the family remains optimistic about Lucas’s future and looks forward to the day he completes treatment and can return to sports and a sense of normalcy.
Each year the proceeds raised by Champions for Cures are designated by our annually elected “Champion” to be used in support of families fighting cancer and research for cures with approval from the Champions for Cures Board. We earmark 50% of the net proceeds to go towards cancer research and funding clinical trials for treatments that the elected Champion received or is still receiving. Check out our latest delivery to in this video.