BENEFITING: JOHN WAYNE CANCER FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: JOHN WAYNE CANCER FOUNDATION
EVENT: Tough Mudder Philly 2017
Cancer affects almost everyone, whether directly, or through those we love. A very close friend, Tommie Lukowski, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2007 as a senior in high school. After surgeries in 2008 to remove part of his arm, he got a prosthetic replacement. Complications steadily arose from the aggressive cancer, multiple surgeries, and rejection to the prosthetic. In 2010, Tommie also developed leukemia. Continued surgeries and strings of heavy medications controlled his everyday life, but Tommie always had a smile on his face. In 2013 he had finally went into remission, but in 2015, he had developed osteogenic sarcoma. Battling this took a major toll on Tommie, and on May 14, 2016 he passed away.
But Tommie was much more than a walking statistic for cancer. He was the most purely happy person I had ever known. Even after all 60 of the surgeries he had to endure, he was more concerned with how his friends and family were doing. He was a volunteer fireman for over 10 years, showing commitment to his community and to his brothers in the department. If he wasn’t in a hospital bed, he was likely at the fire house doing anything he could to help. Tommie showed true bravery in each and every battle he fought against cancer, and unquestionably made all those around him better. Any donations made should truly go in his name, because he taught us how hard we all can really fight cancer.