UW-Oshkosh basketball team raises awareness for special teammate

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- 14-year-old Luke Peters is a year away from high school, but he is already a big part of UW-Oshkosh’s basketball team.

“I get to talk with them on the bench and I get to be a player too I guess,” said Peters, an 8th grader from Neenah.

The team adopted Peters three years ago through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. It's a nonprofit organization, which works with sports teams to raise the spirits of children battling cancer.

Peters was diagnosed with a brain tumor just before his sixth birthday.

“About two weeks later he had surgery to remove it,” said Keith Peters, Luke’s father. “Now he is 14, so he has been doing good.”

Peters is now cancer free, but still deals with seizures and several doctor visits a year.

“It's really eye opening to see like what he has been through and who he is today,” said Kyle Beyak, a sophomore on the team. “He is a great kid.”

Getting to know Peters is why UWO's team organized "Shooting it for Luke" night for its home game versus UW-Stevens Point. T-shirts with the slogan, and raffle tickets were sold, benefiting the Fox Valley Brain Coalition.

“He still has some ongoing symptoms and we know it's tough for him, so any way that we can support him and show him that we care and show him that he is part of our family, we have to do it,” said Sean Dwyer, a senior on the team.

“It's hard to think that someone cares this much, the whole team,” said Peters. “It's just something that I couldn't ask for.”

UWO says the 50/50 raffle raised $245 for the Fox Valley Brain Tumor Coalition. The school does not have a total yet from the t-shirt sales.

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