7-year-old’s lemonade stand aims to help ill mom

Lisa Engelman diagnosed with cancer in 2013

Luke Engelman, 7, ran this lemonade stand to help raise money for his mom's cancer treatment, Aug. 15, 2015 (KOIN)

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) — Luke Engelman takes his responsibilities as the oldest of 4 children seriously. He decided to go to work to help his mother battle cancer.

Luke is 7.

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.”

Lisa Engelman, her husband Stephen and their 4 children in an undated photo posted to their website, August 2015
Lisa Engelman, her husband Stephen and their 4 children in an undated photo posted to their website, August 2015

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,” WebMd.com states.

So Luke decided to have a lemonade stand at their Tigard 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.

On the Net:

Engelman family blog

Lisa Engelman Facebook page

Lisa Engelman fundraiser

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