Wendy Lemke wrote -I started donating to MRF and other's that care about Luke also have as a way to continue to give to Luke on Holidays such as his birthday. They recently contacted me with appreciation and told me how to create this page to make donations even easier.
There is no cure for migraines and millions of people struggle like Luke did. Many like him don't respond to the medications available. I know you’re tired of challenges so you can ignore this if it doesn’t pertain to you but it DOES pertain to 36 million people in addition to their loved ones. If those who care about someone with migraines would all just donate 10.00, we could make such an impact.
My son’s life with chronic migraines was a challenge beyond the belief of most and living without him is also a challenge beyond what most can believe. So bear with me for this easy, yet important and meaningful challenge. The goal: to raise as much money as possible for migraine research in memory of Luke Lemke and Melissa Dwyer who also lost her young beautiful life to the debilitating disease. (A $1,000 for each person with migraines but hope for much more as much more is needed!)
It means a lot to me and to Becky, Melissa’s Mom that donations are made in their memory as Luke and Melissa would want us to help others and I am sure are honored to do so from heaven. Thanks to those who already have, I’m deeply touched by your thoughtfulness.
This would mean a lot to Luke and to me as I promised him I’d never quit looking for a cure. I believe he keeps bringing me close to the people who struggle from the moment he died and wants me to keep searching for a cure. His friend’s car broke down on her way home from his funeral. She got help from a stranger whose daughter was really struggling with migraines and connected her with us. I’m sad that I didn’t have enough time or resources to find a cure for Luke, please help us so no other mom has to go through what Becky and I endure every day and no other child has to endure what Luke or Melissa did.
Migraines are the fifth leading cause of debilitating illnesses but receive little funding in comparison to other illnesses and inadequate migraine treatments including narcotics have led to an epidemic of opiate dependency which can and has resulted in death. Those who suffer also often struggle with suicidal ideation and sadly some see that at the only solution to end their pain.
Luke's sister Kelly Lemke has them and I have recently been diagnosed with vestibular migraines.
Rest in peace and without pain Luke Lemke--we miss you more than words can describe. Thanks for your donation.