Luketacular Online Celebrity Charity Auction to Benefit Children with Cancer through the Luke Neuhedel Foundation

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The Luke Neuhedel Foundation will hold an Online Auction of celebrity autographed items to raise funds for children with cancer. The auction runs May 15 through June 4 at http://www.lukefund.org and features autographed items from sports and entertainment celebs. All funds raised are directly donated to children undergoing cancer treatment throughout the US.

The Luke Neuhedel Foundation will hold an online charity auction of celebrity autographed items at http://www.lukefund.org from May 15 through June 4. Funds raised by LNF's Luketacular Online Auction directly benefit children undergoing cancer treatment in the US. LNF has received donations from celebrities in entertainment, sports, politics, and more, including Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta, Carol Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, Tim McGraw, Robin Williams, Jackie Chan, Tiger Woods. A complete list of items available, including photos of the items, and instructions for participating in the auction, can be found at http://www.lukefund.org.

The Luke Neuhedel Foundation (LNF) was founded in 2002 in memory of Luke Neuhedel, who died at age 3 from heptoblastoma (a rare liver cancer) after a brave 32-month battle, by Luke's family and friends. What was supposed to be a brief, losing battle with cancer turned into an educational introduction into the rollercoaster world of pediatric oncology. Yet, Luke's family and friends followed his lead and helped him win each day with a smile. Luke endured over 30 surgeries, countless chemotherapy treatments, radiation treatments, experimental treatments to extend his wonderful life to age 3 years and 5 months - each day with a smile. Luke's energetic spirit encourages volunteers who knew him and those who never got the chance to meet him to work toward LNF's goal - to help make pediatric cancer an oxymoron.

LNF's main goal is to provide grants to children with cancer and their families to assist with the many bills that make their life-and-death struggle so much harder to bear. LNF helps with various expenses, from medical to household to childcare, to even just getting groceries on the table. LNF's secondary goal is to provide quality of life events to help families build happy memories, a factor that was as significant during Luke's treatment as was getting his chemotherapy. LNF realizes this goal by sponsoring outings for children receiving treatment in the NY-Metro area to baseball games, movies, and special parties and events just for them and their family.

LNF raises funds through big events named for LNF's inspiration, such as Luketacular and LNF's summer event, Lukefest, and through small events that mainly focus on kids helping LNF's kids, such as candy and bake sales, recycling collections, toy drives, and Cancer Awareness Projects.

All funds raised by LNF directly benefit children with cancer, who are recommended for assistance by their hospital social worker. Volunteers complete all LNF work, from office work to planning and running all events. LNF is pleased to be unique in this area; no salaries means all monies raised reach the children who need help. LNF is a 501c3 charity registered in New York State and with the Federal Government. While LNF is based on Long Island, New York, LNF does not limit assistance to one geographic area. Any child undergoing cancer treatment in the US is eligible to apply to LNF for help.

The Luke Neuhedel Foundation's website is http://www.lukefund.org, and provides information on Luke, on pediatric cancer, on LNF events (past and present), and on ways you can have a direct impact on children who need help. LNF can also be reached at 516-882-9183 or at: Luke Neuhedel Foundation, PO Box 137, Massapequa Park NY 11762.

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