Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio
Diagnosis: Ulcerative Colitis
On September 22, 2012, Luke, at the age of 15 and weighing in at 107 pounds, underwent a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The diagnosis was ulcerative colitis, an irritable bowel disease. On July 8, 2013, when all medications failed to put him into remission, Luke underwent a total colectomy and Ileostomy surgery and began living with an ostomy bag.
Just a few months later, on December 12, he elected to have J Pouch surgery to make his digestive tract internal again. The disease has had an epic impact on his life. Beyond the procedures and surgeries mentioned, he has had multitudes of blood draws, flexible sigmoidoscopy with biopsy, robotic-assisted proctectomy, diverting loop Ileostomy, closure ileostomy, wound vac, primary closure of the right lower quadrant abdominal wound, IVs, a PICC line, an NG Tube, an epidural, and catheters, not to mention MRIs, CT Scans, X-rays, dye contrast studies and a bone density scan.
Lucas has been on many medications and has been admitted to Nationwide Children's Hospital on 6 occasions totaling 72 days. His mom is so proud of his determination to be “normal” and to continue to participate in sports in spite of his illness and his compassion for those who suffer from any type of illness. “Luke is my HERO!”
Luke loves sports and is an avid Cleveland fan - Browns, Cavs and Indians. He likes to play soccer and basketball and will talk sports with anyone who is willing.
He enjoys spending time with his friends and family game nights. He dislikes those who want to treat him differently than others due to his disease.
Luke would someday like to be a Sports Analyst and/or Broadcaster. He is also interested in spreading awareness about Crohn's and Colitis.
What does Nationwide Children's mean to Luke’s mom?
The best way for me to explain what Nationwide Children's Hospital is to go back to that time when I would journal each and every day about our journey. “Children's Hospital 5A has become a special place to us. It's not about the beauty of the facility, but the beauty of the nurses and staff that made Luke's health their priority. Our family will be forever grateful for the staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital for the concern, commitment and care shown to Luke and our entire family.