When Jordan Luke was only 4 years old, he died of a rare and deadly cancer called neuroblastoma. Friends of his Kingwood family, Lea Hartung and Chery Axsom, began to co-chair an event called Jordan’s Christmas Express, which benefits other children battling cancer. “My husband Don and I established Jordan’s Foundation for Neuroblastoma Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation after his death in 2004,” said Cheryl Luke, Jordan’s mother. “This is the first year since his passing that I’ve been in town during the toy drive. The death of a child is so hard and we still grieve as intensely as the first year.” The toy drive gathers new, unwrapped toys, games and books, which will be distributed to children fighting cancer at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Gifts are needed for children ages 1-17. It is important donations are unwrapped, since they must be sorted by age and gender by volunteers. “Some people prefer to contribute to only those who are truly poor,” said Hartung. “Unless they’ve been through a battle with cancer, they don’t realize how the illness can financially devastate any family. The medical expenses are enormous and parents are financially, physically and emotionally drained at the holidays.” She said last year the foundation collected enough toys to fill a large U-Haul truck. She also said the greatest need is for gifts for older children. “Everyone loves the idea of contributing gifts such as Teddy bears and trucks, but we don’t want to forget teens and preteens,” said Hartung. She said that video games, CDs and clothing can be great gifts for the older children. The toy drive continues until Dec. 19, the Friday before Christmas, allowing time to process the gifts in time for the Christmas delivery. There are several drop off points in the community, including Red Door Realty, Week Day Learning Center at Atascocita Methodist Church, Deerwood Elementary and the Lake Houston Performing Arts Center. For information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photo: Jordan Luke lost his fight with neuroblastoma at age 4, but family and friends keep his memory alive through Jordan’s Christmas Express, a toy drive benefiting children hospitalized for cancer treatments during the holidays. Here Jordan is pictured with his father, Don Luke.

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