Kansas community rallies behind child battling cancer

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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CLAY CENTER, Kan.-- A North Kansas community is uniting to show their support of a second-grade student battling cancer.

About 20 classmates and fathers shaved their heads to support Luke Hauserman.

"So he doesn't feel like he's the only one, alone," said a classmate.

The 7-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Aug. 28. His parents, Anjanette and Chris, immediately turned to Facebook to ask for prayers.

"It exploded beyond what I ever thought it would be. A whole community came together and just supported us," said his mother.

Since then, Luke has been embraced by the community.

The Clay Center High School football team created a banner declaring that "Luke is Tiger Tough." At last week's homecoming game, they invited Luke to be their honorary captain.

The community has organized several fundraisers including lemonade stands and the sale of purple wristbands with the message that "Luke is Tiger Tough."

"I've never felt so much love and compassion and caring, and just being carried by a community," said Anjanette.

Luke's parents said their son's prognosis is good. Luke is responding to weekly chemotherapy but will continue it for several more months, traveling to Children's Mercy in Kansas City. With his immunity low, he often stays home from school.

For the "Pray for Luke" Facebook page, clicking here.

If you'd like to help the Hauserman family, you can send donations in care of Luke Hauserman to United Bank and Trust, 502 Lincoln Ave. P.O. Box 514, Clay Center, KS 67432.

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