This just might be the best gift you give during this holiday season, and Mana Foods is wholeheartedly ready and hoping to donate as much as possible to sweet little Trucker and his family!
The donations gathered through our Bag Credit Program, during the month of December, are all going to the Dukes family to help little Trucker win this battle!
This means that whenever you bring your own grocery bag to Mana Foods, you receive a bag credit of $0.05 that you can donate.
And, we absolutely invite anyone who feels inspired to do so to contribute as much as they'd like/can to supporting this child's fight against cancer (see below donation options).
With a heavy heart, but a very hopeful spirit, we share the following story with you all. We hope that you feel moved to remind the Dukes family just how loved and supported they are by the Maui community through your donations!
" Trucker Dukes, the youngest of four children, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2014. Trucker, at 19 months old, had a fast-growing tumor in his abdomen and the cancer had spread throughout 50% of his body.
Three-year-old Trucker has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and life-threatening surgeries trying to rid his little body of this horrible disease. Just before Thanksgiving 2015, almost a year exactly after he was originally diagnosed, doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City discovered a new tumor in his brain.
The brain tumor was successfully removed and he is currently on one of the only trials for brain relapse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Although the Dukes live on Maui, Hawaii they decided to take Trucker to New York to seek treatment to save his life. His dad, Joshua Dukes, a Maui Fire Fighter continues to work in Hawaii while Trucker and his mom fly back and forth from Hawaii to New York. The family, including Trucker's three older siblings, are all faced with extreme adversity as they try to save his life.
"Thank you times a million for caring and supporting us in any way you can through the hardest thing we have ever done," writes Trucker's mom, Shauna Dukes."