is a nonprofit organization that supports pediatric cancer patients and those diagnosed with chronic/extended illnesses by providing colorful
that replace the hospital gown along with giving support to family members and hospital staff.
WE DO IT
WE DO IT
Founder & Cancer Survivor
“Early on during my treatment I told my parents wearing the hospital gown made me feel even sicker. I just wanted to feel like a normal kid. With that in mind we designed a long shirt with snaps along each side for me to wear in the hospital. Soon all the other kids in the hospital started asking where could they get one too, and that’s how Luke’s FastBreaks started.”
Our family decided to start LFB’s (medical shirts) because of how it helped our son Luke feel better about himself during his stays in the hospital without having to wear a “hospital gown.” Many kids and their family members continually asked where they could get a shirt like this? Once Luke kicked Cancer we were able to focus and began making shirts to give away to others fighting this disease. Fighting Cancer or any disease is a mental fight just as much as a physical fight and we found these shirts truly make people feel better about themselves during these difficult times.
Watching Luke go through treatment and the impact his shirts had on his attitude as well as those around him inspired Tracy to help Luke take the shirt to other patients. Luke’s just wanted to feel normal during this abnormal time in his life. The shirt gives patients a sense of normalcy and control; which are often lost during treatment.
REBECCA NICKENS, CCLS
Rebecca graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She obtained her Certification as a Child Life Specialist in 2015 and worked at Texas Children‘s Hospital in Houston, Texas before relocating to Dallas.
As Luke’s FastBreaks program director, she is excited to apply the knowledge she acquired as a Child Life Specialist to continue to support patients and families in the hospital.
“During treatment in the hospital, many pediatric patients lose their sense of independence and control, normalcy and privacy. The FastBreak snaps on Luke‘s medical shirts provides them with the option to wear a Luke’s medical shirt that looks like any other t-shirt, doesn’t require them to undress for procedures and gives back some of the control they have lost due to hospitalization.”