'The Loop' restaurants hold fundraiser for boy with leukemia

Luke Bond, 3, was diagnosed with rare form of leukemia

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 3-year-old boy is proving that he's a little man of steel resolve.

Luke Bond was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. On Saturday, he not only got help from his favorite superhero, but support from a local business helping him show leukemia doesn't stand a chance against "Super Luke."

Strong and supported with plates of pizza and prayer, and side dishes of artistic treats and bands of encouragement, all with of this with a signature logo from Luke's favorite comic book hero, Superman.

"A lot of kids that have read about Luke on Facebook," said Bill Bond, Luke's uncle. "They're wanting to come here. It's been awesome."

Dozens of people locked down a table at one of two Loop restaurants in town, eager to give 20 percent of their lunch sales to help 3-year-old Luke Bond and his family help pay for his medical bills as he battles leukemia.

But between the burgers and fries came tears of joy when Luke's uncle shared some exciting news.

"They said that it is in remission, which is the greatest news they've had in two months," said Bill Bond. "He's still got a long battle ahead of him. He starts four straight months of chemo starting this week."

Channel 4 first met Luke about a week ago. At the time, he had already undergone extensive poking, prodding and doctors visits, and was gearing up for another surgery and chemotherapy.

It's a story that tugged at the heartstrings of moms like Jeanie Collins.

"You can see your own children in Luke, and what they're going through as a family, and I think people's hearts bleed for that," said Collins, who helped organize the event. "It's very sweet."

It's a sweet and satisfying gesture that inspired customers and restaurant staff to dig deep.

"We were very busy from the get-go," said General Manager of The Loop, Joanne Holmes. "Very first customer said, 'I'm here for Super Luke.'"

"I love the Loop and I love to support the Bond family however I can, so I was so glad when I heard about this and that I could help, even if it's in a small way," said Allison McClain.

While guests all know Luke's road to recovery is just getting started, they hope their slice, soda and spare change will help Luke heal, faster than a speeding bullet.

Luke will still have to undergo several weeks of chemotherapy, but his family said they're ecstatic over the encouraging news they've received so far from the doctors.

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