TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) — 7-year-old Luke Engelman from Oregon takes his responsibilities as the oldest of four children seriously. So seriously, that he decided to go to work to help his mother battle cancer.
His mom, Lisa Engelman, was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2013.
As Luke said, “It’s a kind of cancer that’s not easy to get rid of. It’s not that powerful but not easy to get rid of.”
This type of cancer forms tumors in the lymph nodes and elsewhere in the body.
Medical definitions say follicular non-Hodgkins lymphoma accounts for about 20% of all non-Hodgkins lymphomas. “Patients with advanced-stage follicular lymphoma are not cured with current therapeutic options, according to Web MD.
So Luke decided to have a lemonade stand at their Tigard, Oregon home to help raise money “to pay for the treatment in Mexico.”
Lisa was diagnosed just 4 months after she gave birth to her and husband Stephen’s 4th child in 2013. She’s already done chemo and it didn’t work, so she and her family are looking at natural healing treatments in Mexico.
And Luke said he’s not going to stop doing what he can until his mom is healthy.