Austin “goes gold” to raise awareness for much-needed childhood cancer campaign: CultureMap Austin — September 2015.
It was January 2009 when Janet Pollok rushed her 10-year-old son, Luke, to the hospital emergency room in San Antonio. He had been having headaches and dizzy spells since December and they had only gotten worse. On that day, Janet received the type of news that no parent ever wants to hear: Luke was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain tumor. Even more devastating, the doctors told Janet and Luke’s father that there was no cure. They gave Luke six to nine months to live.
Luke’s form of cancer is called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a cancer that only strikes children and in which little is known. Luke made it almost exactly nine months, and died on September 30, 2009.