In 2014, at the age of nine, Luke Lange was visiting his grandmother when she noticed a bump on his neck. She mentioned it to Luke’s family, who immediately made an appointment to visit his doctor. After a diagnosis and a second opinion, Luke was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He and his family spent the following two years in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices.
During his treatment, Luke struggled with the hospital gown. He felt like he had no choice in his clothing, was not given adequate privacy with his gown, and did not like removing or changing his clothes for simple procedures. He and his mom, Tracy Lange, took a selection of his favorite t-shirts to a seamstress and had plastic snaps similar to those on a hospital gown sewed into each side.
In 2016 Luke completed his treatment and had been in remission since. He noticed that more and more kids would ask him about his shirts during checkups. That’s when Luke got the idea to develop a medical shirt design and help give back to all the children fighting cancer worldwide. As Luke was eating dinner with a family friend, he mentioned the idea. This family friend just happened to be Mr. Mark Cuban, the ultimate shark, and entrepreneur.
Mr. Cuban loved the idea and helped manufacture the first 500 shirts with the Mavericks and Cowboys logo to help children in the hospitals in the Dallas, Texas, area. Soon after, with his family’s help, Luke started a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to donating medical shirts to other children who need them, free of charge—that’s how Luke’s FastBreaks began! Luke’s FastBreaks has given away tens of thousands of medical shirts and served over 70 pediatric hospitals throughout the United States.
Founder of Luke’s FastBreaks & Cancer Survivor