Hello friends. For the next weeks we will be posting a series of tributes written in honor Luke. If you'd like to write or suggest a tribute, please let me know. This one was written by Marsha McGuire on September 6th, the day Luke passed away. Luke met Marsha's son MacKale at DeVos Children's Hospital as they were battling cancer at the same time. The photo below was taken at DeVos last December, when Luke was bloated having just completed steroid treatments for his lung. You can read more about MacKale's story here.
Our hearts are heavy today. Losing friends or family to cancer is never easy. When your son loses a friend . . . a boy . . . a child . . . it is unbearable. We never knew Luke before cancer had ravaged his body. He was one of the first friends MacKale made when he entered the world of childhood cancer, chemo, surgery, broken bodies and hospitals. You couldn't help but love this kid. Luke was kind, outgoing, witty, wicked SMART and funny.
I remember one day when he found out Mac was in clinic and he didn't have his wheelchair, he grabbed one of those rolly doctor stools from his exam room and rolled himself down the hall until he found us. The nurses were searching everywhere for him.
When the pediatric oncology floor was making team posters for each room right before the big MSU/UofM football game, kids were posting banners of their favorite pick . . . MSU or UofM. Mac, of course, displayed his MSU poster with pride! Luke didn't care about football . . . He picked OHIO . . . just to make us crazy. (We loved him for that!)
He was brave and had such amazing faith. It makes my heart hurt to think of a world without this young man, but as he proclaimed in his own words, "broken on earth, made whole in heaven." This young man of incredible faith, touched so many lives and was an example to so many of us. I have no words Laura and James that will comfort you, but I can assure you that your boy was truly loved by all of us.
We love you Luke!
Marsha, Mike, MacKale, MaGill, & McCoy McGuire