A lifelong Ducks fan and hockey player, Luke is a special education teacher at Westminster High School and a part-time youth pastor at his church. He jumps at the chance to encourage and inspire CHOC patients and families, and is an active supporter and advocate for the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, which serves and advocates for people with bone marrow failure disease and their families.
In 2008 before football practice, Luke Gane experienced a nosebleed that lasted over an hour. The Edison high school junior had high hopes to earn a football scholarship that year but soon found himself at CHOC hospital needing a bone marrow transplant. His diagnosis: Severe Aplastic Anemia. Luke needed a transplant quickly and out of his four younger brothers, his youngest two (identical twins) brothers were matches. When asked who would help their older brother, 10-year-old Jacob raised his hand just before his twin brother Noah. With chemotherapy and a successful bone marrow transplant from Jacob, Luke had a four month stay at CHOC.
With determination and great support from his family, friends and coaches, Luke returned for his senior year in high school as a starter on the football team. He was able to help his team to an undefeated regular season and went on to play on the UCLA football team as a preferred walk-on.
Now, Luke is a special education teacher at Westminster High School and a part-time youth pastor at his church. He jumps at the chance to encourage and inspire CHOC patients. To this day, his doctors will call him to speak to new patients with similar diagnoses and their families to provide words of encouragement and inspiration. He is also a supporter and advocate for the Aplastic Anemia Foundation (AAMDS).
Luke has been a Ducks fan since he was three years old. He loved wearing his Paul Kariya jersey everywhere and played inline hockey throughout his childhood, even inspiring his brothers and his father to take up the sport as well. Today, Luke continues to play ice hockey in a recreational league at The RINKS where his team won the league championship at Anaheim ICE last month. He loved it when the Ducks players would visit him during his CHOC stay and has remained a steadfast supporter of his favorite hockey club.