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Luke's FastBreaks

#BeStrong #NoMoreHospitalGowns

aka Luke's FastBreaks   |   Carrollton, TX   |  https://lukesfastbreaks.org/
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Luke's FastBreaks

EIN: 81-1337763


Mission

Luke’s FastBreaks supports children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. We strive to promote normalcy and restore dignity during treatment by replacing the hospital gown with our unique Medical Shirts.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder

Mr. Luke Lange

CEO

Mrs. Tracy Lange

Main address

1313 Valwood Pkwy Suite 330

Carrollton, TX 75006 USA

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EIN

81-1337763

Subject area info

Hospital care

Oncology

Pediatrics

Cancers

Population served info

Children and youth

Caregivers

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hospital Visits

Luke's FastBreaks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that makes colorful medical shirts for toddlers, children and teens in the hospital for long periods of time with serious chronic and terminal illnesses including childhood cancer, bone marrow transplant, autoimmune diseases, infusion, heart transplant - the majority of children Luke’s FastBreaks serves have an extensive amount of IVs, lines, tubes, a port and many have feeding tubes.

The medical shirts enable pediatric patients to feel comfortable during their stay and boost their self-esteem by allowing for self-expression with various color options and designs. The Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts meet hospital standards, allowing them to replace the traditional hospital gown in an effort to help with the mental fight these children face. The medical shirts also restore their privacy—something that’s often lacking in the traditional hospital gown. Most importantly, we believe these medical shirts give children back their dignity.

The idea for the medical shirts was started by 9 year old cancer survivor, Luke Lange, from Dallas, Texas. During his hospital stay, Luke was forced to trade in his gym shorts and t-shirts for a new uniform—the hospital gown. Most pediatric patients will tell you the hospital gown leaves little room for privacy and strips them of their identity making the psychological challenges for a child fighting a serious illness like cancer even more severe.

Luke said the hospital gown made him “feel more sick”—he just wanted to feel like a normal 3rd grader.

That’s when Luke and his parents had an idea. They cut up the sides of his t-shirts and sewed in snap tape allowing easy access to ports, IVs and lines while also giving Luke the ability to be in an outfit that looked and felt normal (https://youtu.be/9gIqW99Rba0). Luke wore his new shirts to treatment at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas that day other children within the hospital started asking where they could get one. Soon after the nonprofit, Luke’s FastBreaks, was founded (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeCHhokYTDs).

Even though the shirts were designed for cancer patients any child who has “tubes” and IVs in them can benefit from these shirts. The Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts are beneficial to any child in the hospital long-term receiving care especially if that child has extensive tubing, IVs or ports.

The Luke's FastBreaks partners with a number of hospital-related organizations including the Association of Child Life Professionals. Physicians and hospital staff credit the Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts for giving the children a sense of normalcy during their hospital stay.

Luke’s Pediatric Oncologist, Dr. Kelly Vallance from Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas said the following about the Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts; “The Luke’s FastBreaks medical shirts are something that every child in treatment can use. It’s a tremendous benefit and gives (patients) a sense of normalcy while they are in the hospital.”

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Luke’s FastBreaks not only works to encourage pediatric patients on our hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities visits, but we also try to encourage the staff. That’s why we started our Letters of Encouragement program. We want the hospital and RMHC staffs to know they are supported by the community and we are thankful for their service.

In addition to our Letters of Encouragement, we always provide fun, themed cookies for the staff, families and patients (if the hospital permits) on our visits. The cookies range from emoji to superheros to holiday-themed to local sports teams. We hope hospital and RMHC staff members walk away after our visits feeling appreciated by the community they serve.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

Luke’s FastBreaks currently mails the majority of our medical shirts to patients for treatment. They are able to request a medical shirt care package to be sent to his or her home for free thanks to donations from individuals throughout the community.

Inside each care package a child will receive: up to 3 medical shirts, a fleece blanket, pair of gripper socks, 3 inspiring wristbands, chapstick (dry lips are a side effect of chemotherapy), and a custom encouragement card!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of care packages delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Medical Shirt Care Packages

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Luke's FastBreaks is steadily increasing care packages to pediatric cancer patients each year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To support pediatric and adolescent cancer patients with medical shirts that snap down each side to allow easy access to their port, line, and iv.

To provide medical shirts to patients who need them free of charge.

To provide normalcy to patients so they can feel like normal kids without wearing the hospital gown and feeling sicker.

To restore dignity during treatment by not feeling self-conscious in an open-back gown or having to be partially unclothed.

Through fund raising and support of continued donors .

Luke's FastBreaks holds two major fundraising events each year, BBQ Bash and Mahjong with Meaning. We are so thankful for the friends and family who sponsor the events so we can continue our mission to support patients with medical shirts free of charge.

The BBQ Bash is our main event, with tasty food, entertainment, a live auction, and raffle sales. The BBQ Bash is held each year in September during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Mahjong with Meaning is our second biggest fundraiser, held in April. This event allows ladies to play Mahjong, eat, visit with friends, and raise money for a great cause!

We are implementing smaller fundraising events that students in high school can serve at and give back to their community. These students are on our LFB Teen Council, formed in 2022. The Teen Council hosted the first Par-Tee with a Purpose in 2022 at Top Golf and helped raise almost $20k!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.38

Average of 8.57 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2

Average of 6.9 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 1% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Luke's FastBreaks

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Luke's FastBreaks’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $85,256 $76,871 $115,942 $93,660 -$708
As % of expenses 28.3% 33.3% 89.6% 56.3% -0.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $83,969 $74,297 $113,368 $86,034 -$7,234
As % of expenses 27.8% 31.9% 85.9% 49.5% -1.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $338,864 $307,121 $230,383 $259,877 $378,701
Total revenue, % change over prior year 20.5% -9.4% -25.0% 0.0% 45.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 96.6% 98.9% 101.4% 97.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 3.4% 1.1% -1.4% 2.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $300,871 $230,600 $129,441 $166,217 $378,903
Total expenses, % change over prior year 14.4% -23.4% -43.9% 0.0% 128.0%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 25.3%
Professional fees 4.0% 12.6% 2.0% 1.0% 2.2%
Occupancy 4.5% 0.0% 0.0% 17.3% 10.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 2.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 51.5% 20.2% 44.0% 44.3%
All other expenses 91.4% 35.9% 77.8% 37.0% 16.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $302,158 $233,174 $132,015 $173,843 $385,429
One month of savings $25,073 $19,217 $10,787 $13,851 $31,575
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $327,231 $252,391 $142,802 $187,694 $417,004

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.7 7.1 21.4 15.3 2.0
Months of cash and investments 1.7 7.1 21.4 15.3 2.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.1 9.2 26.9 10.4 4.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Cash $42,867 $136,111 $231,324 $211,994 $64,436
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $14,069 $0 $0 $2,832 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $25,268 $25,267
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 20.7% 41.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 26.1% 2.4% 4.7% 51.8% 55.5%
Unrestricted net assets $102,217 $176,514 $289,882 $143,835 $136,601
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $102,217 $176,514 $289,882 $143,835 $136,601

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Founder

Mr. Luke Lange

CEO

Tracy Lange

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Ben Lange


Board co-chair

Tracy Lange

Jim Singer

Gina Betts

Lisa Cooley

Dr. Kelly Vallance

Thomas Lynn

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/20/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/18/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.