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We are uniting to raise funds for our nephew Lucas in his fight against brain cancer.


Our incredibly wonderful, funny and brave nephew Lucas is in the fight of his life and needs our help. If we were asked to give the definition of courage, strength, fortitude, we would look no further than our exceptional 7-year-old nephew, Lucas Reiling. Lucas has been fighting brain cancer for most of his young life. He was diagnosed with multiple tumors in his brain stem, a few weeks before his second birthday. Since being diagnosed, he has endured; brain surgery, two rounds of chemotherapy(15 months each), port surgery, bouts with life-threatening viruses, and numerous hospital stays. Along the way he has been poked, prodded and subjected to seemingly endless tests. Lucas’ grace and courage is almost unimaginable for someone of his age. The tumors affect all aspects of his everyday life.

There have been a few times during this heart wrenching journey that Lucas’ parents Amy and Joseph were told to prepare for the worst but Lucas has defied the odds at every turn.

Our beautiful boy has an incredible will to live. And we are counting on that will and strength now. Lucas has been in the hospital for the last several weeks in critically ill condition. On Friday, April 26th, he will have brain decompression surgery. They will also try and remove some of the tumors, if possible. As he recovers from surgery, it’s possible that he will need a tracheotomy. He will eventually have to endure 6 weeks of experimental proton radiation. In addition to all of this,

Lucas will have many needs that far exceed what insurance will cover. Such as: Home health aide Oxygen Therapy Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Speech Therapy Equine Therapy Walkers, Strollers, and Push Chairs Tutors Alternative treatments: chiropractic, acupuncture and Reiki

For the past few years, Amy has tirelessly fundraised for research for brain cancer and now we must do the same for our Lucas. With your help and support, Amy and Joseph will have the tools to give Lucas the best possible quality of life.

We appreciate and are beyond grateful for any contribution you can make. Lucas will be 7 on July 7, 2013. This is an important milestone for him and we will be celebrating this amazing boy that we all love and cherish.

In gratitude,

Aunt Jill, Aunt Beth,  Aunt Lisa, Uncle Ivan and Aunt Claudia

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