Lukas was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when he was 17. He went through four months of chemotherapy and 15 days of radiation at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. During his treatment, he overheard a conversation between his social worker and his mom that he was eligible for a wish through Make-A-Wish. While he was half asleep and feeling nauseous from his treatment, Lukas sat up in bed and said, “Bryce Harper!”
“Picking Bryce as my Make-A-Wish was probably the quickest answer I’ve ever had to a question,” Lukas told us. Ever since Bryce Harper came into MLB, Lukas has been a fan. In fact, Lukas remembers looking at a famous birthdays chart in his middle school library and finding out that he and Bryce share the same birthday, October 16th. The similarities don’t end there though. In fact, Bryce and Lukas are lefty hitters, righty throwers, and they both play the outfield.
“He was always the type of player that I tried to be growing up,” Lukas said about Bryce.
Last summer, Lukas got to fly to Washington D.C. and meet his favorite baseball player of all time. His favorite part of the wish was taking batting practice on the field.
“I told Bryce before I started hitting that I’m not the best hitter... shortly after that I hit a ball that hopped the wall. I’ve never hit a ball that hard or far so I’ll attribute that to the batting gloves Bryce gave me that I was wearing,” Lukas said.
Lukas is now attending college part time while working. He is also assisting his old high school to help run their 2nd annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament for charity. And, of course, Lukas is also looking forward to joining both a men’s softball and baseball league!
“The wish is a story that I’ll always have that is unique to me and that I can share for the rest of my life,” said Lukas about how the wish impacted him.