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Luca Assante was born on June 20, 2007 in Annapolis, Maryland to Vincenzo and Lucia Assante. In April of 2009, Luca was diagnosed with rabdomysarcoma, a very rare form of cancer. From that point forward, Luca and his family’s life changed drastically. Shortly after his diagnosis, Luca started intensive chemotherapy to attempt to shrink his tumor, which was deemed inoperable at the time due to its’ large size. After six months of chemotherapy and continuous monitoring of the tumor, the family saw positive results—the tumor had started to shrink. 

In September of 2009, the tumor started to grow again causing Luca to undergo surgery to have it removed. At that time, Luca's doctors believed the cancer had spread to his lungs, and a week after his tumor removal he had a lungoscopy. With God by Luca’s side, the doctors found nothing in his lungs--the cancer had not spread. 

Radiation was the next step in Luca’s treatment to prevent further growth of the cancer. In November of 2009, just eight months after Luca’s initial diagnosis, Luca and his family traveled to Boston for Proton Beam therapy. Luca went through 27 days of radiation, along with more intense chemotherapy.

The battle continued and Luca was able to over come the rabdomysarcoma for a period of time; making strides like learning how to ride bikes, playing superhero’s and enjoying his family and friends.

In 2013, at the age of 6, Luca was diagnosed with leukemia. Battling for his life once again under the careful watch of the doctors and nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital; Luca unfortunately was unable to win this time. Luca Assante gained his wings on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

Inspired by Batman, Spiderman, and the Incredible Hulk—Luca was brave, funny, caring, and a bit mischievous at times. His incredible smile, playful attitude and love for his sisters- Isabella and Gabriella and his family are what kept him strong. He, alone faced more challenges and obstacles then any child should, but through it all Luca remained positive.

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