Luke graduated from Eatonville High School in 2016. He joined the Army and left for boot camp in January of 2017. He got out of the service in May of 2020 after 3 1/2 years. He wanted to become a lineman and left for Line school in October of 2020. He had struggled with back paid for some time, and after he got to school ended up in so much paid one day he had to go to the hospital. He had to drop out and come back home and found out that he had a fractured S1 vertebrae and a torn labrum in his hip. He began doing physical therapy for that and seeing a spine specialist.
January 4th he was hospitalized and after running tests they found a tumor on his spine, they did a biopsy and found it to be Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a very rare form of cancer. After doing a PET scan he met with the oncologist and was told that the cancer had spread, along with the large mass on his spine he had 2 on his lungs and 2 on his ribs.
He is undergoing 5 days of Chemotherapy every 28 days for 12 months. During the 3 off chemo weeks he has blood work weekly, a pet scan, cat scan and MRI each month. He is also seeing the lung specialist each month and he has to meet with the oncologist each month. He does chemo for 1 week 5 days straight and they schedule all of his other appointments for the other weeks. He is receiving his treatment in Seattle, because the only Dr. that specializes in this cancer is in Seattle.
Luke’s attitude has remained positive given all he is dealing with.
Luke's testimony after the 2021 Wild Game Feed:
"Hi I’m Luke Keefer I’m the 2021 eatonville game feed recipient. You as a community and from what I’ve heard even different states even came together for my family and I and raised well over $75,000! I am from eatonville I pretty much grew up there my whole life and to be honest with you never heard anything about the game feed til they asked me to be the recipient for it. Maybe it’s a good thing because from what I’ve heard that it is just continuously growing every year and I really hope that is the case so we can raise even more money for the future years to come. From my family and I we would like to just tell you all that we appreciate everything you guys put on and everyone who came out to show their support for us. It really shows how great of a community we have out here and how great people are willing to be for someone. This game feed helped my family in more ways than you can imagine and helped with the financial burden I was having with being out of work and constantly traveling to Seattle for treatment. Without you the community we wouldn’t be where we are today so we would all like to say thank you. Now for 2022, we have 2 amazing people from the community that have constantly been around. Please come out for this years game feed and raise even more money and come share some good times with some good people and continue to help this thing grow! Thank you for everything God bless."
Sonja, a mother of 4, and a fiancé, was diagnosed in late April of 2019. After being diagnosed, she underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy at St. Peters hospital that were unsuccessful. Afterwards, she transferred to Seattle for better treatment options, but battled horrible side effects for about a month. Currently, she is in the process of having stem cell transplant. The road is still long for Sonja but she has the utmost faith in our Lord Jesus Christ to help her along her way. As you can imagine this to has taken a toll on her family emotionally and financially.
Anthony is only 15 years old and has been fighting Leukemia since 2017. The outcome looks good but fighting this ongoing battle has taken a serious toll on their family emotionally and financially. With the proceeds from the game feed Anthony and his family were able to move out of their mobile trailer and buy a home.