Lucas Livingston was a radiant young boy full of life and love, whose leukemia diagnosis at the age of six led his family into a grueling struggle to save him, a journey that no parent should have to go through.
Lucas passed away, but not without fighting for his life with every medical option available at Johns Hopkins.
In memory of his beautiful son, Dr. Livingston created the Lucas Scott Livingston Memorial Suite at the Tremont Plaza Hotel near Johns Hopkins. This suite is provided to families with financial need whose children are undergoing prolonged hospitalization for cancer treatment. These families often come from far away to have their child treated at Johns Hopkins, but many can’t afford the cost of a hotel.
“For families of limited financial ability, this really is an oasis in the desert for all that they’re going through,” said Dr. Jerry Reardon, director of Patient and Family Services at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
The suite includes photographs of Lucas and many of his belongings, such as a wind-up, four-wheel-drive truck and a set of cellophane-wrapped stick-on dinosaur pictures that the kindergarten student never had a chance to open.
“He took with him our dreams for his future, but he left behind the memory of the purest love, given and received, that we have ever known,” said his father, Dr. Gordon Livingston.
TO DONATE ONLINE, go to the Columbia Foundation website here, and follow these steps:
1) Select a donation amount,
2) On the dropdown menu of funds, scroll down to “THE BIG SHAVE: FIGHTING CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA IN MEMORY OF LUCAS LIVINGSTON”.
3) Click “Donate Now” and proceed with payment information.
If you have any questions, just email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
TO DONATE BY CHECK
Make a check out to the Lucas Livingston Memorial Fund, with the words “Big Shave” written in the memo line.
Mail it to:
THE LUCAS SCOTT LIVINGSTON MEMORIAL FUND
c/o The Columbia Foundation
10221 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21045
All donations are tax-deductible.