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Spotlight on Luke Gamble
“Dad Going Blind Sees Life with His Heart” 

Luke, daughter, Sadie, and Michelle Gamble
Luke, daughter, Sadie, and Michelle Gamble

Michelle Gamble is  a member of my Retinitis Pigmentosa Support Group. Boy, did she have wonderful news! Michelle had entered her husband, Luke,  into a contest by sharing his story to see if she could honor him on a regularly featured segment of the Today show called “Everyone Has a Story.” Her letter won over the hearts in the studio and they were invited to the Today to surprise Luke Gamble.

See what Michelle has to say about Luke HERE. 

He was definitely surprised by both the letter and the honor of being invited on the show.  One of the ways the show honored Luke was through a song Kathy Lee Gifford and David Friedman wrote called, “See With Your Heart.” Broadway performer, Kevin Kern, performing in”Finding Neverland” came on the show to sing the song.  You can listen to it HERE. 

In the last part of the show, the hosts surprise Luke with all kinds of goodies with the Minnesota Twins, which is Luke’s favorite team, the same one in which he got engaged to Michelle at the Jumbotron. The family received jerseys, baseballs, and were even invited to batting practice there.

Cast of Today Show for the Gamble family segment
Cast of Today Show with the Gamble family


Dad leans on faith in God to help him get through degenerative eye disease
by Scott Stump

A Minnesota dad may be suffering from a degenerative eye disease that will ultimately leave him blind, but he still approaches every day with a smile and a big heart.

Luke Gamble, who has limited vision because of retinitis pigmentosa, has been a source of inspiration for his wife, Michelle, and his daughter, Sadie, 8, who has the same disease. As part of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s “Everyone Has a Story” series, Michelle wanted the world to know what he means to their family and also give him a little surprise.

“Luke’s outlook on it all is that he has a wonderful life and she can as well despite the challenges they face,” Michelle wrote in a letter that aired on TODAY Thursday. “He’s an amazing role model for her.”

Luke and Sadie have a close relationship. Though they both suffer from RP, he's such a good role mode that she says, "I don't mind that my eyes don't work well. I want to be like daddy."
Luke and Sadie have a close relationship. Though they both suffer from RP, he’s such a good role mode that she says, “I don’t mind that my eyes don’t work well. I want to be like daddy.”

Luke works full time at a local hospital and also is going to school full time for business management so that he has a back-up plan for when his vision is gone entirely.

“Luke never puts himself first,” Michelle wrote. “It breaks my heart to see him struggle in ways that most of us take for granted every day. I could never imagine my life without him. The best things in life you don’t see with your eyes. You see them with your heart!”

Appearing with his family on TODAY, Luke was surprised by a performance by Broadway star Kevin Kern of the song “See It With Your Heart.” He also was given hats, shirts, headphones and an autograph from star Joe Mauer from his favorite baseball team, the Minnesota Twins, who invited him to join them on the field before an upcoming game.

What would you like to ask Luke, either about being on the TODAY show or about his life? When have you been honored for something? Was it a surprise? Share it in the Comments below.

You have just read, “Dad Goi thng Blind Sees Life with His Heart.” posted by Amy L. Bovaird, June 11, 2015.


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20 thoughts on “Friday Friends: Spotlight on Luke Gamble

  • June 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I think that people like Luke and others are very inspirational.

  • June 12, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Amy,
    What an inspirational post you have shared today! I can not even imagine losing my sight, I can see from this story that he definitely sees with his heart 🙂 Great post!! Fantastic share!!!

  • June 12, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    this is really a motivating instance. wherever there is a will there is a solution. thanks for sharing. i would like to ask Luke about “what inspires him and does he have any role model?”

  • June 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I love reading inspirational stories that remind us that even though the world is an imperfect place, there’s nothing stronger than the power of determination and will.

  • June 12, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Luke is so positive and so inspiring. I wish him all the best for his management program and hope he has a great life ahead even if it is blurred.

  • June 12, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    A positive attitude will always take you far in life. I admire Luke for his positivity and for instilling the same characteristics in his daughter. This was a pleasant read!

  • June 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    What an awesome way to honor her husband! Did I read correctly that the whole family has the same diagnosis? I wonder if that simplifies things in the household or creates additional obstacles for them?

    Great post, Amy!

  • June 12, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks, Carrie!
    This whole thing just happened YESTERDAY on the TODAY show so they were still in the moment of electrifying excitement!!! I was definitely fortunate to share a tiny bit of the moment with them. Luke and Sadie have RP. Michelle does not. So happy when someone gets honored like this. Luke is going to share some of his feelings next week on my Friday Friends after he has had time to digest what happened a little bit. 🙂

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Hi Keesha,
    I agree. Awesome!!

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Hi Tina,
    Excellent wishes for his future! Thank you for taking time to comment.

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Good evening, Amar.
    You are very welcome. Great questions.
    I look forward to Luke’s answers. 😀

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Hello Dorit,
    I thought the same thing when I saw Luke’s story–that no matter how much we struggle and how things go wrong, being determined will move us forward. I like how Luke said that when he feels discouraged, hope somehow leaks through, new clinical studies are happening all the time.I like also what he said about this being the path God put him on because it was part of His plan. I like that and believe it to be true in my own life.

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Thanks! I was very lucky to connect with Luke and his family at this exciting time in their life.
    Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my post.

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Hi Carol,
    Yes, I have to agree with you! I loved this story. Luke will also be featured again after he has had time to digest all that he has experienced as a result of being honored on the TODAY show.

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Thank you, Nick, and for taking time to respond to Luke’s story.

  • June 15, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Great story. Sounds like the two of them have a pretty cool daddy-daughter bond developing there.
    I look forward to next week’s post, hearing him speak directly here.
    Have a great week Amy.

  • June 15, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Congratulations to Luke. That is really cool, especially the song. I have been struggling to read your blog posts now that I finally have a diagnosis that has a 25% chance of taking most of my eyesight. Somehow this post feels encouraging.

  • June 16, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Hi Rhonda,
    So glad to offer you something encouraging.
    Please feel free to send me an email and share your diagnosis or anything else with me if it would help. I may be able to make a suggestion or even just be a listening ear.
    Rooting you on…

  • June 16, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Hi Kerry,
    Yes, this coming up week’s post will be interesting. I’m looking forward to it as well.
    Thanks so much for following me and commenting, Kerry.

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