"Today we lost a son, a brother, a friend, and a warrior".
Luke Laufenberg battled Burkitt's lymphoma since he was first diagnosed on December 26, 2017, just weeks after wrapping up his first season at Mesa Community College. Luke starred at wide receiver for Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas, and spent the 2016 season as a redshirt tight end at Texas A&M.
Luke Laufenberg died after a almost two-year battle with cancer on August 22, 2019.
Typical of his spirit, Luke fought his disease with extraordinary determination and was declared cancer-free on May 3, 2018.
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While fighting tears, a visibly-upset Garrett gave a touching statement on "an wonderful young man". His spirit and fight are a reminder to me of what it means to play and coach the game of football. He was truly inspirational. "I don't know that I've ever seen a better example of that in my life".
Luke Laufenberg faced his cancer with a full heart and never wavered. RIP my sweet Luke. How's my dad doing?
"He followed us through Ruidoso, following everything, and his first thought going through all this was how his brothers were doing". You'd walk into the room and he'd just light up. As long as I am coaching, I will relay all the lessons that Luke taught me to the individual lives I will affect. "See you on the other side", said Babe Laufenberg in a statement. As a freshman, Laufenberg had ten receptions for 100 yards in six games for Mesa as they went on to have a 6-5 record. It's so hard to understand. "But I know I will, and anybody that ever knew him, will be forever inspired by the live that he lived".
One day after Christmas of the 2017 season, Laufenberg was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma and thus started his battle with this fast-growing cancer.