Find Out How Suddenly and Unexpectedly Myocarditis Took the Life of a Young Boy

Luke’s Vibrant Spirit Lives on with Family and Friends

As told by Joe & Amy Skowronski – West Seneca, NY

Luke GouldAn infectious smile, wit, as well as a magnetic personality, Luke Anthony could make friends wherever he went. Lukey was a loving, caring, and compassionate son, brother, grandson and friend.

Lukey is an angel now, passing of myocarditis on November 16, 2011. Luke was ten years old.

Luke was a gifted artist as well as athlete, and was always on the go.

His favorite school subject was art, and he was able, even from a very young age, to draw incredible pictures and art projects. Lukey maintained his studies, but I suspect the rest of the school day was another avenue to socialize and make friends.

Lukey excelled in sports as well, playing baseball, soccer, and hockey in our town leagues. He never stopped moving, and when he made a save as a hockey goalie, you could see that smile under his mask, and the pride he felt, as did we all. Lukey’s future seemed so bright, and he was loved by so many.

On November 15, 2011 Luke kissed Mom good night and told her he loved her; Luke did not awaken on November 16. How could this happen? Luke was a happy, active, vibrant ten-year-old boy with no symptoms of any illness, and a future as bright as the sun waiting for him to embrace it. Our world stopped turning on this day, as we were living every parent’s worst nightmare, the loss of a child. Our family’s hearts all have a void, missing his smile, his laugh, his unending energy with every breath.

Initially deemed unknown cause, efforts from NY Senator Tim Kennedy allowed Lukey’s case to remain open and myocarditis be found as cause of Luke’s sudden passing.

The Myocarditis Foundation has provided much comfort to our family these past months.

Our current efforts, which are guided by an angel, are focused on establishing autopsy guidelines and raising awareness of this disease.

Every moment of every day, Lukey is missed by so many, our hearts are broken, our resolve is not.

Fly High Lukey!

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