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We invite you to get to know more about Lucy's Love Bus through the stories of our staff, board members, supporters, integrative therapists, caregivers, and children.

In honor of all of those who let their inner light shine on others, and who put the needs of someone else above their own, Lucy’s Love Bus is excited to launch Marigolds for Mamas!

Meet Gabriel, Elijah, and Jonathan! Our June Butterfly Buddies went through a traumatic four years, after Elijah was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of two. But, all the boys are doing well in school and have an amazing support system of friends and family! Read more about the boys journey!

Meet our dog-loving, waffle-eating, fearless leader: Jackie Walker! Her dedication to preserving Lucy’s original vision, with an eye toward innovation and inclusion, makes her the perfect person to take on the role of Executive Director! We're lucky to have her...even if she does have questionable football fan loyalties!

For #NCSD2022 we want to highlight the fact that the effects of cancer don’t end when treatment does. Cancer survivors face ongoing, often long-lasting, hardships because of their disease. We also want to spotlight that there is life after cancer, and that is something to celebrate. We'd like to introduce you to Alice, another beautiful friend who has lived through childhood cancer.

Life after cancer can be complicated and chaotic. But it can also be beautiful, meaningful, triumphant, defiant, ordinary, and extraordinary. In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, coming up on June 5th, we wanted to share the stories of some of our beautiful friends who have lived through childhood cancer.

Meet Alex, your April Butterfly Buddy! Alex is now cancer free, and very recently came off chemotherapy treatments. Her experience with Annette, a Lucy's Love Bus integrative therapist, inspired Alex, and she is now a contracted massage therapist for Lucy’s Love Bus - providing the same comfort and care to sick children that she once received herself!

As the spring season brings the promise that everything can begin again - that we can embrace something new - Lucy's Love Bus, Founder, Beecher Grogan, has some exciting news about a new beginning.

Meet Jane: a determined and fearless five-and-a-half-year-old, who loves riding her bike and creating art projects. Jane was two years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Soon after treatment started, she caught pneumonia and was on a ventilator for a week. When she woke up, she barely had the strength to lift food to her mouth. But she persevered, taking her first steps since the episode, only looking back so she could give her mom a BIG smile!

Meet Adrianna and Vicky, your February Butterfly Buddies! Adrianna and Vicky are as close as sisters can be. They love animals and nature, and playing with their puppy. Read more about Adrianna, Vicky and their journey.

We are so thrilled to announce that, as of 2022, we will be filling an unmet need in the childhood cancer community: support for the siblings of children with cancer.

Meet Thad: An 11-year-old who has a great sense of humor and who loves to ski. Thad has had to relearn how to walk seven times between the time he first learned, through his two tumor removal surgeries, multiple corrective surgeries, and one broken leg. He jokes that he’s going to have a celebration when he’s hit the tenth time!

We are so excited to welcome John Pratt to the Love Bus Board, and Ann Biese to her new role as Board Chair! 

They say cancer doesn’t discriminate, but I never thought it could happen to an infant. My son Johnny was just 6 months old when he was diagnosed with stage IV high risk neuroblastoma. Johnny had a tumor the size of a grapefruit in his abdomen and had to undergo intense chemo and radiation. A few months later, Johnny’s tiny body endured a 12-hour surgery to remove the tumor. 

Meet Giovanna: a strong-willed, animal-loving, and super smart four-year-old girl who was supposed to be starting preschool when she was diagnosed with leukemia on September 5, 2019. Instead, she began her grueling, two-year journey through cancer treatment.

We're excited to welcome Stephanie Moran to the team!

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