With great strength, an unwavering smile and (let's call it a "unique") sense of humor, Henry balanced countless hospital visits with the curiosity of a wise soul beyond his toddler and preschool years.
Henry James Vaughn Tucker (Hank) was diagnosed with B-cell ALL, a commonly treated leukemic cancer, at a mere two and a half years of age. Henry's brave fight against cancer included three relapses and a bone marrow transplant. He drew his ultimate strength from sharing his family’s love, playing with his cousins and friends, and wishing for a younger brother, Georgie, who was born a mere five weeks prior to Henry’s death in June 2007.
During his all too short time with us, Hank grew to be a loving and proud older brother, a dearly treasured friend, and a veritable walking encyclopedia of all things Star Wars, Power Rangers, Sponge Bob, and dinosaurs. He especially loved planning and taking beach vacations with his family. Also known as an avid rocker, Hank reveled in listening to and playing rock music on his drum kit and guitar. This fantastic kid put a smile on everyone’s face and taught the world that we shouldn’t complain or judge, even when faced with insurmountable challenges.
We ARE 46 Mommas on a mission to raise awareness, raise funds for research and inspire others to help fund a cure for childhood cancer.
Each year a new class of 46 Mommas is inducted into the cause to empower and engage mothers of children with cancer. The number 46 is significant. On average, each weekday, 46 families receive the news that their child has cancer. Through increasing awareness of childhood cancer and raising funds for childhood cancer research by shaving our heads, we hope to one day be a group that no longer needs to exist.