Author: Chris Anselmo

Love and gratitude at the center of Evvie’s cleft lip and palate journey

Evvie was born with a cleft lip and palate

When Andrew and Karen Wu moved from their home in Manhattan to Manchester, New Hampshire, they were thrilled to be in closer proximity to Boston Children’s Hospital for their eldest daughter’s care. However, they had no idea just how fortuitous their decision would be until a few years later.

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Dodging a bullet: Lukas’ diagnosis uncovers his family’s predisposition to cancer

Boy with polyposis smiles with family
Lukas and his family

From a young age, Lukas Quinn’s life has centered around sports — playing them, following them and rooting for his favorite teams, the New York Giants and Syracuse University athletics. “He’s a real sports nut,” his mother Juli says with a laugh.

For the first seven years of his life, Lukas was a bundle of energy, active and playing sports without any health issues. So when Juli received a phone call from Lukas’s summer camp, explaining that he was locked in a bathroom with severe gastrointestinal issues, she was worried. “Lukas would not come out of the bathroom until I got there,” says Juli. “It was scary to see him in such distress.”

Little did the Quinns know that Lukas would soon be diagnosed with a medical condition that made him predisposed to develop cancer. And after a series of genetic tests, they would learn that his father and sister had the same condition.

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