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

Luke Engelman
(Courtesy: 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.”

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 Oregon 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.

Luke said he’s not going to stop doing what he can until his mom is healthy. To donate and help the Engleman family click here.

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