"Luke Lang was diagnosed at the age of 5 on March 28, 2013 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Positive Philadelphia Chromosome (ph+ALL). He has undergone many rounds of adult dose chemotherapy, blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, and numerous amounts of spinal taps (18) with chemotherapy injections. Luke has had many stays at the hospital he is being treated in (Winthrop University) for weeks at a time. Luke has three more years of treatment left. Luke missed three months of Kindergarten and half of first grade. While his friends were playing outside, Luke was either in the hospital or homebound without contact from people because his levels were so low he had no immune system. What has helped Luke was all the love and support from family and friends. He also made a lot of new friends in the New York Mets. While in the hospital Luke watched the games and then watched the reruns the next day. When he was well enough we went to a game and he then became friends with Anthony Recker, John Buck, Justin Turner, Josh Satin, Matt Harvey, just to name a few. Justin Turner and John Buck still keep in contact with Luke. Lukes passion is baseball and the Mets. His room is Met themed. Luke is their biggest little fan. Luke is a true fighter and his motto is "LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION ". It's the motto we live by everyday. LOVE4LUKE. LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION! - Jeannine Lang "Donations include: Mets suite package: 4 tickets in the Aramark suite to a game in 2015. Food and full bar included. (Donated by Aramark) Mets game package: 4 tickets to a future Mets game with a VIP batting practice experience! Come early to watch the Mets warm up from right on the field. (Donated by Metropolitan Hospitality) Brooklyn Cyclones package: 4 field box tickets to a game in 2015. (Donated by the Cyclones) Brooklyn Cyclones baskets (2): An assortment of hats, jerseys and accessories along with a Daniel Murphy bobble head. (Donated by the Cyclones) Hofstra men's basketball package: 4 SEASON tickets to their home games. That's 14 games in total along with some Hofstra merchandise. (Donated by Hofstra Athletics) Boomer & Carton package: Winner and a guest can hang in the producer studio from 9-10 one morning. Pics with B&C in the on air studio. They can bring whatever they want to get signed. Date has to be mutually agreed upon. (Donated by Al Dukes, "B&C" show producer) Mets jersey & Mets jacket (Donated by Majestic) Andrew Hermida aka Mr. Moody Met artwork (Donated by Andrew Hermida) Assorted signed Mets player photographs (Donated by Katie Daza) New Era Baskets (2): Assorted Mets hats and New Era apparel (Donated by (New Era) Signed Matt Harvey jersey (Donated by the Mets) Signed David Wright bat (Donated by the Mets) Signed Zack Wheeler hat (Donated by the Mets) Signed Daniel Murphy ball (Donated by the Mets) Signed Dwight Gooden photograph (Donated by the Mets) One of a kind artwork by Dave Majo McFadden's gift card The 7 Line Army basket: Two front row tickets to the final home game with The 7 Line Army, two hit towels, two thunder sticks and two event t-shirts Signed copy of Howie Rose's book "Put It In The Book!" (Donated by Howie) Signed copy of Dwight Gooden's book "DOC" (Donated by Doretta Scarola) ONE WEEK at the Create A Pro Wresting Academy, Curt Hawkins signed 8 x 10 photo & signed action figure. (Donated by Curt Hawkins) Professional Mets photographs (Donated by Justin Berl) Framed Citi Field photos (Donated by Darren Meenan) Mets 1969/1986 World Champions varsity jacket (Donated by George Ho) Raffle tickets for the fundraiser will be purchased at the event. The fundraiser will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
Athletics is an industry that oozes machismo, so it's understandable that some aren't eager to talk about mental health. But former Mets prospect Robert Whalen thinks its time to end the stigma.