Luke was always a mild-mannered 10 year old who loved playing sports, talking sports, watching sports, and going to sporting events. He especially loved baseball, where he was second basemen on his baseball team. He had a tremendous passion for competing and a very strong work ethic.
Luke and I threw the baseball or football every single day. It was our bond. Luke’s greatest qualities were always his easy-going nature and his tremendous heart. He loved being around his friends and family.
A friend of mine once said to me that Luke has a way of making all of his friends feel like they were Luke’s best friend.
He cares about people. He didn’t like seeing anyone left out. I always felt that Luke would impact lives because of his willingness to help others. Luke has three sisters who absolutely adore him. Alex, 24, is a nurse, Kate is 13 and loves to play basketball, and Ellie, 11, cheers competitively. Luke’s mom, Jenny, is the rock of our family. Jenny is a nurse practitioner and the quarterback of the family.
On July 28, 2015 at 2 P.M. our world changed. I received a call that Luke was involved in a golf cart accident. He suffered major head trauma, multiple fractures, and collapsed lungs.
Luke was in University Medical Center in Lubbock for 44 days. During that time he had multiple surgeries and procedures.
On September 10, 2015 Luke was admitted to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. The goal at Cook was to participate in extensive rehab and therapy. Unfortunately Luke’s blood pressure and heart rate limited his hours of therapy.
On January 6th, 2016 Luke came back home to Lubbock. He has been working extremely hard in therapy every weekday at P.T.I. Luke has speech, occupational, and physical therapy at least 3 times a week. In the last four months Luke has improved his ability to swallow frozen lemonade and has responded to various commands.
Luke is a huge fan of the Texas Rangers and his beloved New Orleans Saints. His favorite Texas Ranger, Elvis Andrus, visited Luke last year. In October we took Luke to New Orleans to watch the Saints practice and watch their win over Seattle. But, the real highlight was Luke’s hero, Drew Brees, coming over to talk to him. Drew told Luke that one day he would throw a ball to him.