St. Jude helps Lafayette kindergartner live his best life

Posted at 7:19 AM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 17:46:40-04

Little Luke Osbourne doesn’t let anything slow him down.

Shortly after his second birthday, Luke was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia. Luke’s mother Shaunna, pregnant with her second child at the time, says she was devastated but says she knew the moment they walked through the doors of St. Jude that Luke would be okay.

"You’re never prepared to think that you’re child may not make it, says Osbourne. "All I know is that I remember showing up at 11 at night and they were there with open arms. They told me that there was a 94 percent chance of treatment and this never coming back."

After starting treatment, the steroids he was on compromised his bone density. It wasn’t until a few months ago that Luke was actually able to walk on his own. Shaunna says that even with three leg fractures and a cast up to his thigh, Luke was determined to do what he wanted to do. 

"he’d scoot himself across the floor," says Osbourne. "He never felt like he had any limitations."

Now, competing in his school’s Special Olympics, nothing is slowing this kindergartner down.

And while Luke will continue facing some obstacles in his life, he’ll do it with a smile, knowing that he has his whole life ahead of him thanks to St. Jude. 

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