Springfield College will honor Luke Bradley and his family of South Hadley, Mass., as the recipients of the 2018 Springfield College Humanics Achievement Award as part of the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, Springfield College president announced recently.
The connection between the Bradley family and Springfield College was established five years ago with the help of Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Luke, now 13, was drafted by the Springfield College football team as an honorary team member through the Team IMPACT partnership. He has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since 2011.
Since that time, Luke and his family have become an important part of the Springfield College campus community attending countless games and practices, enjoying dinners with the football team players and coaches, attending Springfield College Athletics banquets, and leading community fundraisers. The Bradley family has become a major part of the Springfield College family.
“The relationship between the Bradley family and Springfield College has become much more than just a Team IMPACT relationship,” said Springfield College Executive Director of Athletics Craig Poisson. “The Bradley family has become a part of all of our families on campus, and they have touched us each in a special way.”
When Luke underwent a bone marrow transplant in December 2017, it was Luke’s father, Ryan, who was the donor. Following the transplant, Luke remains in isolation until September and will be unable to attend the May 13 Commencement ceremony. His parents Ryan and Nikki will accept the award on behalf of Luke and the Bradley family.
“The football team and the campus community continue to find ways to interact with the Bradley family through letters, text, face time and other social media outlets,” said Poisson. “President Cooper stated that this experience and our relationship with the Bradleys has been so much more than any of us expected. Luke and his family have taught us more than any of us could have imagined.”
The Springfield College Humanics Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group who has exhibited courage in the face of adversity, demonstrated leadership in service to others, advanced diversity and inclusion, served as a champion for the oppressed, furthered education in spirit, mind and body, or contributed significantly to the understanding of the universe.