Team Luke!

Team Luke! Lucas is a brave superhero who was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in March 2010 at the age of 2 1/2. By the time it was found, the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, bone and bone marrow. Always a happy and healthy little boy, the cancer diagnosis came as a complete shock to his family, and changed their world forever. Since March 2010, Luke has endured 7 rounds of high dose chemotherapy, complete resection of his tumor, one stem cell transplant, and 12 days of radiation. As of May 2011, he also completed a 6-month Phase 3 clinical trial antibody treatment in the hopes of preventing his cancer from returning. Luke is an inspiration to his Mommy and Daddy, a best friend to his little sister Megan, and a superhero to all who know him. While he has gone through more pain than any child should ever know, he has done so bravely, never looking back. On July 21, 2016, Luke met his 5-year remission milestone. He is a happy, healthy boy with the world at his fingertips!

Lucas is a brave superhero who was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in March 2010 at the age of 2 1/2. By the time it was found, the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, bone and bone marrow. Always a happy and healthy little boy, the cancer diagnosis came as a complete shock to his family, and changed their world forever. Since March 2010, Luke has endured 7 rounds of high dose chemotherapy, complete resection of his tumor, one stem cell transplant, and 12 days of radiation. As of May 2011, he completed a 6-month Phase 3 clinical trial antibody treatment in the hopes of preventing his cancer from returning. Luke is an inspiration to his Mommy and Daddy, a best friend to his little sister Megan, and a super hero to all who know him. While he has gone through more pain than any child should ever know, he has done so bravely, never looking back. On July 21, 2016, Luke met his 5-year remission milestone. He is a happy, healthy boy with the world at his fingertips!

07/22/2016

Today is the day we've been dreaming, hoping, and praying for since March 2010...Luke is now 5 years in remission! After a visit to his oncologist this week and clear labs, we were told he no longer needs to see his oncologist, and has been transferred to the "survivor clinic" for once-a-year check-ups to monitor him for treatment late effects. It's a surreal feeling, and one that will take awhile to sink in!

When he was first diagnosed, we scoured the web looking for neuroblastoma success stories, and most of the stories we read did not have happy endings. So we leave this page not only as a tribute to our little boy's strength, courage, and determination, but as a beacon of hope to other families who need a ray of light during their darkest days.

Thank you to everyone for your countless prayers, words of encouragement, and support. Thank you to the amazing nurses and physicians who not only took care of Luke, but the rest of our family as well. There are no words that can truly show our appreciation. We love you all!

07/15/2015

SCANS ARE ALL CLEAR! Our oncologist did the impossible and managed to get us Luke's scan results to us in record time. Our hearts are filled with joy, relief, and appreciation for the many prayers and well wishes sent our way. Thank you!!!

It's been a full year since Luke's last scan -- a year full of love, laughter, fun, and incredible family memories. Luke...
07/14/2015

It's been a full year since Luke's last scan -- a year full of love, laughter, fun, and incredible family memories. Luke is a happy, growing boy who is a star soccer player and his little sister's best friend. Tomorrow we go for a CT scan and oncologist visit, and pray with all our hearts for his continued good health. We are grateful for any extra prayers you can send his way!

06/03/2014

Scan results are back in record time: ALL CLEAR! We feel so incredibly blessed to have such good news back so quickly. Thank you to everyone for your prayers, encouraging words & messages of support for our superhero!

Is it just us, or does six months really fly by??  Luke has been loving 1st grade and is always on the go go go!  From b...
06/02/2014

Is it just us, or does six months really fly by?? Luke has been loving 1st grade and is always on the go go go! From basketball to soccer to swimming, our superhero has endless amounts of energy--and we're loving every second of it. Tomorrow we go in for scans, blood-work and a visit to the oncologist. As always, we'd ask for any extra prayers to be sent our way...thank you!!!

12/04/2013

We just got word that all of Luke's tests are clear! Thanks to everyone for your support and prayers - it means so much to our family. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

Can it be six months already? Our days have lately been filled with the blessed normalcy of everyday life. Luke is thriv...
12/03/2013

Can it be six months already? Our days have lately been filled with the blessed normalcy of everyday life. Luke is thriving in first grade and continues to make us so proud. Tomorrow, with that familiar "pit in the stomach" feeling, we'll head out for a long day of scans and a visit to the oncologist. If you have any extra prayers for our super hero, we'd be incredibly grateful!

We've got ourselves a 1st grader!!!
09/03/2013

We've got ourselves a 1st grader!!!

Six years ago today, God blessed us with a beautiful 8lb, 13oz baby boy. He is our inspiration...our real life super her...
08/14/2013

Six years ago today, God blessed us with a beautiful 8lb, 13oz baby boy. He is our inspiration...our real life super hero. Happy Birthday, Luke! We love you more than words can say!

Our superhero is officially a kindergarten graduate!!  Couldn't be prouder!  Thank you everyone for all the support!
06/07/2013

Our superhero is officially a kindergarten graduate!! Couldn't be prouder! Thank you everyone for all the support!

05/30/2013

Scans look great!!!! Summer can officially begin! :-)

05/28/2013

This month marks 2 years off treatment for Lucas. There are days when cancer seems like a distant bad memory, and still others when it is still so painful it takes our breath away. Tomorrow we go in for our 6-month clinic visit and CT scan, and that never gets any easier no matter how far from treatment or diagnosis we are. Today we ask for prayers for continued remission and good health for Luke...he has a summer full of fun waiting for him!

03/22/2013

Today marks the 3-year anniversary that has forever changed our lives. It's all still so fresh and so painful that I can't even begin to think about all that we--specifically Lucas--have had to endure since March 21, 2010.

So instead of focusing on the negatives, I'm going to try and focus on the positives. Please note, there's no way I could "name names" because A) the list is too long!, and B) because I'd hate to accidentally leave someone out. So instead, I'll speak in generalities..but you know who you are. :-)

I want to again thank our family and friends for being here so we could somehow successfully juggle the two most important things in our lives--our son and our daughter. I'd like to thank our old Winwood family for the generous donations we received, as well as all the door-to-door special deliveries! I really want to thank the doctors and nurses at INOVA Fairfax. I'm happy to report we still keep in touch with quite a few of you! I'd like to thank you for the pancake breakfast fundraiser and the megaxe fitness fundraiser. I'd like to thank you for setting up our lotsahelpinghands site and every single meal you took the time to prepare and deliver. I'd like to thank you for listening. I'd like to thank you for understanding. I'd like to thank you for participating in our blood drive--or any other blood drive. I'd like to thank you for continuing to support us. I'd like to thank the doctors and nurses at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. I'd like to thank my wife for being the smartest, strongest, most amazing mother a child could wish for. I'd like to thank Make-A-Wish for coming into our home and making Luke's dreams come true. I'd like to thank Give Kids The World. As weird as this sounds, I'd like to thank Lightning McQueen and the Washington Capitals. Luke could just watch Cars over and over again and it would seem to transport him away from reality. Luke also discovered hockey during those long hospital stays and was immediately mesmerized by what he saw. I'd like to thank our nanny who took amazing care of our children when Lucas was unable to return to school. I'd like to thank you for visiting us and checking in. Thank you for putting things in perspective I'd like to thank you all for taking the time to read this...if you're even still reading at this point!!

Please be thankful for all the gifts you have every single day! Please continue to support pediatric cancer research and blood drives....every little bit really does help. Thank you!!

Please join the amazing team at J4AC and help the fight against pediatric cancers!!
03/02/2013

Please join the amazing team at J4AC and help the fight against pediatric cancers!!

Will you SHARE our page with your friends this weekend? Promote our page and help get people across the country involved in our letter writing campaign to get more research dollars for pediatric cancers!!! Please help!!

01/28/2013

Nothing like a little winter weather to add some "excitement" to Luke's first cardiology appointment today! Those powerful medications that did so much good also left behind a substantial list of possible long-term effects...so it's important to stay ahead of the game.

I'm happy to report that Lucas was a fantastic patient today and really impressed the technician with how well he listened and followed her instructions. I'm also thrilled to report that the cardiologist loved what she saw, declared everything to be "100% normal" and declared that he might not even need to come back for TWO years vs. the normal one year.

In other news, Luke is loving kindergarten, his thumb is almost fully healed (finally!), "little" sister Megan will be turning 4 soon, and of course, Luke's rockin' the red whenever the Washington Capitals are on!!

We're still forever grateful and thankful for the love and support we've received from friends, family & community...and always will be. Thank you!!!!

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS - This petition is an important step in childhood cancer awareness...
12/12/2012
Appoint A Pediatric Oncologist to the National Cancer Advisory Board | We the People: Your Voice in.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS - This petition is an important step in childhood cancer awareness. The petition requests that a pediatric cancer specialist be appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board (amazing that there isn't someone there already to represent childhood cancer issues).

We need 18 thousand signatures in the next 3 days to insure that a response from the White House will be forthcoming. Will you please sign the petition and ask all your friends to sign the petition. Kids need a voice on this board. Please help!!

Please sign this petition to urge President Obama and National Cancer Institute Director, Harold Varmus, to appoint a pediatric cancer specialist to the National Cancer Advisory Board in order to give a voice to all children fighting cancer!

11/28/2012

Thank you for ALL the prayers!! Luke did such a great job today and we JUST got the incredible news that his CT scan and labs came back clean!!!!!! Hallelujah!!!

11/26/2012

It's hard to believe, but it has been six months since Luke has had scans or visited the oncologist. Tomorrow, we're due for both. If you have a few spare prayers this week, please send them our way!

11/21/2012

Be thankful!!! :-)

A broken finger and stitches are no match for our super hero! He's on the mend after a mishap on the soccer field, but i...
10/15/2012

A broken finger and stitches are no match for our super hero! He's on the mend after a mishap on the soccer field, but in true Luke fashion, he's smiling through it all.

We're still trying to fill out the 3rd Annual Declan Carmical Memorial Golf Tournament!!  Spread the word and help tee i...
09/20/2012
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We're still trying to fill out the 3rd Annual Declan Carmical Memorial Golf Tournament!! Spread the word and help tee it up for a great cause. Thanks!!

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Declan Carmical Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Journey 4 a Cure on October 1, 2012. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful River Creek Club in Leesburg, VA (www.rivercreekclub.com). The event will include a 4-person scramble, continental breakf...

By simply watching this short 2-minute video, you can help raise $30,000 toward more innovative and personalized treatme...
09/15/2012
Children’s Cancer Care

By simply watching this short 2-minute video, you can help raise $30,000 toward more innovative and personalized treatments for neuroblastoma patients. For every person who views the video, Dell will donate $1 to the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC) -- a group of amazingly dedicated physicians and researchers who are working tirelessly to accelerate more personalized, less harsh treatments for kids with cancer.

If you have two minutes to spare, please help us support NMTRC and Dell as they continue to fight for Luke and all of his fellow super heroes!

Thank you!

Dell’s Children’s Cancer Care initiatives use our technology, expertise and partnerships to help accelerate children’s cancer treatments, and offer comfort and care to families.

0n this, the 8th day of National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we send love & hugs to the amazing nurses who cared f...
09/08/2012

0n this, the 8th day of National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, we send love & hugs to the amazing nurses who cared for Luke during his treatment. They dried our tears, shared our laughter, cheered our triumphs, and kept our boy safe through 14 months of brutal treatments. We are forever grateful!

Happy Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day! A big thanks goes out to all of the wonderful nurses who work hard to care for our kids.

Rally On!

09/08/2012

Stand Up 2 Cancer!!!

Our Super Hero is officially a Kindergartener today! This morning, our hearts were filled with pride (and Mommy's eyes a...
08/27/2012

Our Super Hero is officially a Kindergartener today! This morning, our hearts were filled with pride (and Mommy's eyes a few tears!) as we watched Luke enter an exciting new phase of life. We couldn't be more proud of him or more grateful for this day!

Happy 5th Birthday, Luke!!!!!!!! You inspire us each day to do better, be better, and live life to the fullest. We love ...
08/14/2012

Happy 5th Birthday, Luke!!!!!!!! You inspire us each day to do better, be better, and live life to the fullest. We love you, buddy!!

07/10/2012

Had some really touching moments the past couple weeks running into friends, family & acquaintances who haven't seen Luke in quite some time. It's amazing to see how many people Luke's journey has touched. And although we don't post as much as we used to (thankfully!), we're forever grateful for everyone who's helped us along the way!!

05/31/2012

Just got word that Luke's one-year post-treatment scans from yesterday came back CLEAN!!! He doesn't need to go back in for six months!!

Two years after we canceled our first family beach vacation due to Luke's cancer diagnosis, we were finally able to take...
05/28/2012

Two years after we canceled our first family beach vacation due to Luke's cancer diagnosis, we were finally able to take the kids to the ocean -- what an incredible week we just spent together! Now, as we begin to prepare ourselves for Luke's next round of scans on May 30th, we can still smell the sea air and feel the sand between our toes. Please keep Luke in your prayers and pray, pray, pray for good test results!

A Mom is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all. Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!
05/13/2012

A Mom is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all. Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!

Happy Easter weekend!!
04/08/2012

Happy Easter weekend!!

03/16/2012

Loving this weather! Luke (and Megan, of course) have taken full advantage with trips to the National Children's Museum and the National Zoo this week. We're doing great and are happy to report last weekend's Journey 4 A Cure poker tournament raised nearly $20k for pediatric cancer research!!

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03/01/2012

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