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Parents create medical shirts for their son who struggled with cancer

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2018-05-08 12:26

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According to Luke, the hospital gowns were making him feel sicker. “Early on during my treatment I told my parents wearing the hospital gown made me feel even sicker. I just wanted to feel like a normal kid. With that in mind we designed a long shirt with snaps along each side for me to wear in the hospital”, Luke explained.

So, his parents had the idea of cutting up sides of his t-shirts and sewed up snap tape allowing for easy access to his port, IVs and lines. In addition to the snap tape, medical shirts are about 3 inches longer than a normal t-shirt—a similar length as the hospital gown—enabling privacy while wearing the medical shirt.

This way, almost look like the boy was wearing a normal outfit and he was also able to feel more comfortable and confident.

When he started wearing these t-shirts, other patients began asking where they could get one for themselves.

That’s when Ben and Tracy founded Luke’s FastBreaks, a nonprofit organization that supports pediatric cancer patients by providing colorful medical shirts that replace the hospital gowns.

The Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts are MRI and X-ray safe, come in hot pink, navy, royal blue, black camouflage, purple, white and red colors. The shirts start at 3T-Toddler and go into youth sizes finishing at Adult XXL, enabling every child in the hospital to find a medical shirt that fits properly.

This nonprofit has donated thousands of shirts, and works in 20 states, 35 cities and 46 hospitals and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Adapted from: https://bit.ly/2I4q1sG

More info: https://lukesfastbreaks.org/

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Ben and Tracy Lange, from USA, are the parents of Luke Lange, who struggled with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was just 9 nine years old (he is now a cancer survivor). In 2014 they created special medical shirts for their son, because the traditional hospital gowns had little room for privacy and stripped Luke of his self-confidence.

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