Celebrities support #TruckerToughChallenge for three-year-old Maui boy fighting cancer
In 2014, Trucker was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma cancer. He was just 19-months-old.
MAUI - He's been capturing our hearts and causing many to shed tears. Trucker Dukes, a three-year-old Maui boy continues his battle with cancer and now he's got some celebrities joining his fight.
Social media is lighting up for the child who needs every bit of it. From stars like The Rock to Auli'i Cravalho, local UFC fighter Yancy Medeiros, to a whole bunch of Major League Baseball players including Maui's Kurt Suzuki, the #TruckerToughChallenge started two weeks ago and has been helping share the story of Trucker Dukes.
In 2014, Trucker was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer, he was just 19-months-old. Trucker's been fighting the disease for most of his life. Treatments with chemotherapy have taken him from Oahu to New York City. He's gone through surgeries, but the cancer won't go away. In January, his mother and father made this video.
"After a lot of prayer Joshua (Trucker's father) and I made the really hard decision to keep him home and treat him nutritionally for a better quality of life," said Shauna Dukes, Trucker's mother. "This little guy has has more pokes and prods and surgeries than most of us will ever have in our lives and he is our hero."
Trucker's been honored by other heroes in New York City. A wish of his to go to Disneyland also came true, but behind the fun has been a lot of pain, evident in his pictures. Trucker's family is back home together on Maui. They say the support has fueled them and they appreciate the prayers, but one of their latest posts saying as of noon Friday until the night "We are kindly asking for no one to visit. we are going to be spending some time as parents and keiki." We're told Trucker is still fighting but his body is deteriorating.
Just this week, his dad captured in a photo at Ho'okipa saying Trucker asked to go for a car ride marking his first time out of the house since early January.
Truckers family hoping the #truckertoughchallenge will help better educate people about cancer funding where just 4% of federal dollars goes to childhood cancer research. The family has had limited treatment options. They're also sharing a message of love.
"If there's one thing that you walk away with, I hope it is that you love a little harder, a little better, stop the craziness in your life and just kiss your loved ones more, tell them you love them more," said Shauna Dukes.
More information about Trucker and his story can be found at www.teamtrucker.org