WIBW Remembers Two Young Heroes

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - From time to time, 13 News introduces viewers to young heroes - children who inspire us with their spirit and enthusiasm as they fight obstacles, like medical conditions.

Sadly, two of them passed away recently.

Luke Savage first graced the airwaves in 2009, when he was the American Heart Association's "Heart Child." He received a heart transplant when he was six weeks old and later overcame lymphoma.

Luke died Monday, Oct. 15, of a sudden infection. He had just celebrated his sixth birthday.

His parents and big brother and sister suggest memorials to Topeka Lutheran School.

On September 30th, we lost Dawson Brunkow. The ten-year old had become a regular guest on the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. He and his older brother Dylan both had Duchenne Dystrophy.

Dawson fell ill and died at Children's Mercy Hospital. The town of Onaga wore blue, Dawson's favorite color, at his funeral.

His parents, brother and two sisters established the Dawson Brunkow Memorial Fund to celebrate his life. Contributions may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 312, Onaga 66521.

WIBW-TV extends our sympathies to the Brunkow and Savage families, along with our gratitude for sharing Dawson and Luke with us.