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Idalou coach finds inspiration through daughter's leukemia battle

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COVID-19 isn't the only thing bringing adversity to the Idalou football staff. Baylor is Idalou assistant football, basketball and track coach Luke Buckner's daughter. She's two years old and has Down syndrome. When she began bruising easily and was acting cranky, Luke and his wife Shayna  decided to take her to the hospital. 

"Two or three hours pass by and I am pacing back and forth. I had no idea what was going on. Finally I get a call that I can come up. My wife was crying and told me she has leukemia," Buckner said. 

The doctors caught it as early as possible. Baylor undergoes chemotherapy twice weekly. 

Children with Down syndrome handle chemo much better than other kids. 90% of those with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia), the form of leukemia Baylor has, can be cured. 

"Our doctor on day one said 'In 28 days we plan to have you in remission,'" Buckner said. 

Buckner says his daughter's strength through this has been inspiring. 

"Every time she has to take medicine, she takes it. She doesn't cry. Through every chemo treatment she is just awake and happy. It's been a blessing to see how strong she is. That makes my wife and I tougher," Buckner said. 

The couple has received endless amounts of support. 

"We have people we haven't ever heard of calling us or checking in on us. All of the family and friends have been great and we don't have to worry about meals until the end of August," Buckner said. 

Click here to remain updated on Baylor's journey, and here to see how you can help.

 

 

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