Recipient Stories - Luke LeHue
Luke LeHue Profile Story A little boy with so much to live for suffering from stage 3 hepatoblastoma, a rare form of cancer, with tumors in multiple sections of his liver. At age three, this little boy has already endured more pain and adversity than many people face throughout a lifetime. This is the story of Luke LeHue and his courageous battle with cancer as well as his life-saving liver transplant.
Before his diagnosis Luke was a very active and healthy child. It wasn’t until doctors found the tumors that his life started to change. Chemotherapy wouldn’t be enough for little Luke, he needed a new liver.
Luke waited and received treatments at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He spent three long, stressful weeks on the waiting list before he got the call that once again changed his life. At 5 in the morning the LeHue family awoke to the call that informed them that there was a liver available to save Luke’s life. Crazily enough, this call came only ten days after Luke’s little sister was born giving him the chance to be an older brother for years to come. ͞
Not a day goes by that I don’t think of the donor,͟ said Lori LeHue, Luke’s mother.
However Luke ended up suffering another complication and had to spend another six months in the hospital. Luke fought back once again though and today Luke is living life to the fullest and he enjoys playing hockey and basketball.
Luke’s story has already impacted many people and has resulted in many of his family and friends becoming organ, eye, and tissue donors. Luke has even learned his own lesson from his journey, and that is the importance of giving. ͞
Life is the ultimate gift to give with the greatest impact,͟ said Lori LeHue.
Every person has a chance to save or heal a life through organ, eye and tissue donation. Anyone can be a hero. A single organ donor has the ability to save up to eight lives and a single tissue donor can better the lives of up to fifty people. An average of twenty-two people die each and every day waiting for their life-saving gift. Say yes to organ, eye, and tissue donation because it could save the life of another man, woman, or child who is suffering from a life threatening disease similar to Luke and his new liver that helped him overcome his battle with cancer.