Our Reason For Giving

Tucker Layne Anderson was diagnosed with his first disease, Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis  (HLH) at 4 months and later with another type of histiocytosis, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH).  Having two types of histiocytosis is extremely rare.  Despite his diagnoses, Tucker was an amazingly tough little guy who loved animals, playing with his trucks and cars, riding his four-wheeler, turtles, tater tots, the movie “Finding Nemo” and most of all his family.  He was always willing to give a high five, blow a kiss, or read a story.

Shaun and Dawn Anderson lost their son due to complications recovering from his second bone marrow transplant on January 24th, 2006, just days before his 2nd birthday. Tucker faced all obstacles with bravery and courage, earning him the nickname “little man” by the staff of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  He taught us to appreciate life, to savor every minute, and not take anything for granted.  He taught us patience, to help others instead of thinking of ourselves, and not to worry about the future.

Tucker had a purpose on earth and although we would love to have him here with us in body, we know that he is here with us in spirit.  He is now blowing kisses to all as he walks in a beautiful garden, holding the hand of someone Greater than us.  Thank you, God, for sharing Tucker with us, our “Little Man”.