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To support Aaron & Courtney Newport to cover expenses after the loss of their 2 year old, Luke on September 16, 2012.

Derek Tarr will be participating in the GoRuck Challenge. This challenge is an 8-10 hour, 15-20 mile guided tour led by a Special Operations Cadre, designed to turn 30 individuals into a team. All activities/obstacles are completed with 6 bricks on your back. We will be setting up a sponsor page for this event. Sponsoring a mile of Derek's challenge will go towards Courtney and Aaron's expenses for their precious son, Luke, taken to Heaven way too soon. 

Luke Ronald Newport was born on Feburary 9th, 2010. Courtney delivered at IU hospital and Luke was taken directly to Riley Hospital after delivery. A healthy 7lbs 7oz and 20 & 1/2 inches long - dark hair, beautiful baby!

Luke was born with congential Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome - he only had 3 chambers to his heart. This condition requires 3 open heart surgeries by the time he turns 2. The procedures are called Norwood, Hemi Fontan, and Fontan.

When he was born he was also diagnosed with an intestine infection NEC. He had emergency surgery on his intestine when he was 6 days old. They removed 25% of his intestine. He did have a colostomy bag, but they were able to reverse that on March 14, 2011. He was able to go home on March 19, 2011.

The next day Luke stopped breathing at home. He was taken to Blackford Hospital and then Lifelined to Riley Hospital. At that point, Aaron & Courtney were told that Luke may have brain damage and would have to undergo an MRI.

In May 2011, the MRI showed that Luke suffered a stroke. The neurologist told them that Luke would have to start over, learning his motor skills over again.

Since then, Luke had several visits to Riley Hospital and continued to fight for his life every single day.

On Sunday, September 16th, 2012 Luke couldn't fight anymore. God took him to be with the angels in heaven.

Luke will forever hold a special place many peoples' hearts. He was an incredible little guy and even through the heartache he went through he still smiled, laughed, and played. We all love you little man, Rest In Peace.

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