Born cognitively and physically challenged, Luke had many challenges in his short life. But, in his life he gave so much to those who surrounded him.
From a giggle that made everyone laugh and feel good, to a cuddle that made you feel that you were the best person on earth. He taught determination, acceptance and the ability to love unconditionally. Luke passed away unexpectedly in October 2005. Devastated by the loss of their son, Charles and Vonnie wanted to find a way to keep his memory alive. They established the Luke Bathke Special Education Endowment Fund to benefit students with disabilities between the ages of 4 and graduation who are in special education programs.
Grants support students in Special Education programs.