On September 17th, 2016, our little boy Lucas (age 5) was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). DIPG is a terminal cancer residing in the brainstem - and one doctors hate because it is inoperable. We did everything we possibly could to combat the cancer and chase new science, light and hope for Lucas. In the end, it simply wasn't enough. Lucas died on March 21, 2018, just a few months shy of his 7th birthday.
As parents going through this, we can assure you there is no greater heartbreak. When something like this happens, you understand in an instant what truly matters in life. What matters to us now is doing everything we can to shine a bright light on DIPG and funding much-needed research towards finding a cure.
We have created a page on Facebook called Love4Lucas Foundation. Please join if you'd like to follow our updates.
Thank you for all your compassion, prayers, support and love—reminding us that love is always the answer. It is the only answer.
The Harashima Family
Sansan, Hide, Kai - and our angel - Lucas