And Helps Create Lucas Legos for Kids
On August 27, 2018, Lucas Nelson heard the worst news of his life.
At 13 years old, Lucas was diagnosed with a cancer of the worst kind–Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Lucas was supposed to play freely as a child; but now he had fevers, easy bruising and abnormal weight loss. He would need to undergo chemotherapy that would cause his hair to fall out and his weeks to be overtaken by pain and exhaustion.
Lucas, who lives with his family in Wisconsin, represents a lot of kids dealing with tough stuff. What he and so many others experience is so negative. They could easily become angry at the world and at God. But Lucas chose a better path. Lucas wants his story to be turned into something positive. He knows that he is blessed with what many kids don’t have. How can he turn his bad situation into a blessing for others?
Lucas’ father is Loren, an Adventist pastor. Lucas’ mother is Sue, is an Educational Superintendent. They are God-fearing individuals seeking for God’s will. Through prayer and the Holy Spirit’s guidance, they connected with Jennifer Turk, a close friend of theirs. Jennifer knew that Lucas loved legos, so she helped envision a way for Lucas to bless others using Legos. Why not put Legos into the hands of orphaned children, many of whom have never held Legos before? And that is how Lucas Legos for Kids came to be!
Schools, church groups, and individuals have to date collected over 250lbs of Legos since the beginning of this outreach. That’s over $3000 of gift-in-kind donations! Thank you Nelson family and contributing groups who are making Lucas’ story bright with love.
Update: Lucas is winning his fight against cancer! His blood is now cancer-free, but he needs to continue taking chemo pills and visiting the hospital until February 2022 to be fully recovered.