Earlier this month, former Oregon runner Luke Puskedra placed fourth in the US Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles, earning the alternate spot on the team if one of the top three runners can't run in Rio. But unfortunately, the thought of the Olympics for Puskedra have been put on hold as his daughter was diagnosed with a form of cancer.
Puskedra and his wife Trudie welcomed their daughter Penelope into the world last July. Recently, Penelope was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer found in the adrenal glands, which produce hormones that you cannot live without.
On Wednesday, a Go Fund Me link was created to help the Puskedra family with their medical funds. The support has been incredible with over $40,000 being raised as of Thursday morning at 10:00 AM PT. The page has been up for just over a day.
As expected, there has been nothing but tremendous support from members of the running community.
@lukepuskedra is one of the best guys I know. Please help him & his family during this time of need & donate here:https://t.co/Pqj8DUacaU— Matthew Centrowitz (@MattCentrowitz) February 24, 2016
.@lukepuskedra is one of the bravest & brightest stars out there. Please support his baby Penelope's medical fund:https://t.co/znJvyifAd5— Alexi Pappas (@AlexiPappas) February 24, 2016
Please keep our friend @lukepuskedra daughter in your prayers and consider donating here. https://t.co/NDklzaq4V8— Dathan Ritzenhein (@djritzenhein) February 24, 2016
Fortunately, the Puskedra family recently received some good news.
A positive update regarding @lukepuskedra and his daughter. pic.twitter.com/4XxCR473Qn— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavezSI) February 25, 2016
If you would like to help support a fellow member of our Oregon community, you can make a donation on the Go Fund Me page here.