One Team,
One Voice,
One Mission

Our Story

My Name Is Tim Siegel, and I'm Luke's Dad.

I served as the tennis coach at Texas Tech for 23 years. On July 8, 2015, I resigned to spend more time with my wife Jenny and our four beautiful children: Alex, Kate, Ellie, and Luke. 20 days later, Luke had his accident.

In 2015, a 6-year-old boy named Luke and a friend were left unsupervised in a golf cart while playing at a friend’s house. The golf cart tipped over, pinning Luke to the ground. When his dad arrived at the hospital he was told, “Luke has been in cardiac arrest for 7 minutes. He has suffered head and chest trauma.” Life changed that afternoon in July for the Siegel family. Just twenty days before the accident Tim Siegel, Luke’s dad, resigned as the tennis coach at Texas Tech (where he had been the past 23 years) to spend more time with his wife Jenny and their four beautiful children. Luke spent the next six months in extensive treatment, brain surgeries, and therapy. Luke’s MRI was so bad the neurologist told the Siegel family that Luke would never use his voice or his limbs. “My little Luke was the greatest fighter I’ve ever seen,” says Tim Siegel. The Lubbock community stepped up and supported the Siegel family after the accident. “Fight Like Luke” and “Pray for Luke” became regular phrases in the town’s vocabulary.

In 2008, an 11-year-old boy named JD suffered an anoxic brain injury from a non-fatal drowning incident in a hot tub. The family saw “life as normal” change that Saturday afternoon as they and their four children faced the uncertainty of life ahead. As JD underwent extensive treatment for his injuries over a 6-month hospital stay, the community stepped up and supported the family both financially and emotionally through financial support and prayer. “Pray, Pray, Pray for JD” and “Hope4JD” became the slogans of these support efforts.

As JD began treatment, his family struggled with the lack of information and guidance, as well as the mounting expenses for items such as house renovations, transportation, medical equipment for their home, and recovery-based therapies not covered by insurance. They received significant financial support from their community and a decision was made to form Hope4JD (later to become Hope4Minds) to help families experiencing the same struggles. Approved in December 2011, HOPE4JD (dba HOPE4MINDS(2015), later to become Team Luke Hope For Minds(2018), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID #32-0351208)  that supports Texas families with children who have suffered an acquired brain injury.

In 2017, Tim Siegel met with Ronda Johnson in Austin to learn more about Hope4Minds. Immediately after that meeting, Tim knew the impact they could make together to support other children like Luke and JD. In 2018, the two organizations merged to create Team Luke Hope For Minds. We currently serve over 500 families across 40 different states. To learn more about our impact, click here.

In August 2021, our beloved friend and hero, Luke Siegel, gained his wings after complications related to COVID-19. The outpouring of love, prayer, and support across the nation has been overwhelming and a testament to the incredible impact Luke made on the world. Luke was able to inspire thousands without ever saying a word. His legacy lives on each and every day as Team Luke Hope For Minds continues to enrich the lives of children with brain injuries by giving hope to their families through support and education.

“JD is doing really good,” said John Hartman, JD’s father.  “He has recently started putting words in context when a person can’t understand him. It is amazing that he is still making progress in his recovery after 14 years,” said John. 

 

Why We Are Here

Our mission is to enrich the lives of children with a brain injury and give hope to their families through support and education.

According to The Center for Head Injury Services, approximately 1 in 500 school-age children each year receive a head injury severe enough to be hospitalized. Although families are eligible for state and federal financial support, funding is limited, and families are forced to pay for medical care on their own. The emotional, physical and financial strain of caring for a disabled child takes an enormous toll on families.

Because Team Luke and Hope4Minds share the same goals, we have decided to work together. Just as the members of our support groups find strength in one another, we know this partnership will further our goals of helping families pay for items not covered or partially covered by insurance, providing advocacy and education, and building support communities.

At the heart of our services is the conviction that the health and well-being of these children can improve over time if families have access to educational materials, therapeutic services, and adaptive equipment for their children. We also believe that families can gain strength by connecting with one other. To provide these crucial services, we need your help. Every dollar makes a difference. With your generous gift, you make it possible to keep hope alive—one precious child at a time.

Support Team Luke Hope For Minds

Meet Our Leadership and Board Members

Leadership:

Tim Siegel – Executive Director

Tim@teamlukehopeforminds.org

Ronda Johnson – Director of Family Services

Ronda@teamlukehopeforminds.org

Ruby Sanchez – Family Support Services Coordinator

Ruby@teamlukehopeforminds.org

Emily Scorgie – Director of Communications

Emily@teamlukehopeforminds.org

Chelsea Sims – Executive Assistant

Chelsea@teamlukehopeforminds.org

 

Board Members:

Kate Clarke –  President

Toni Burns – Vice President

John Capezzuti – Treasurer

Jason Bram- Secretary

Jason Lowrance– Director

Tiffany Robinson – Director

Dan Greathouse – Director

Dr. Kerrie Pinkney – Director

Alex Hilliard – Director

Sam Hawthorne – Director

Tony Minnis – Director

Grant Chen  – Director

Conrad Madsen – Director

Hannah Cagle – Director

John Hartman – Director

Living Proof: Stories of Hope

Taylor

Date Of Accident

7/7/15

Age At Accident

3 years old

Zach

Date Of Accident

August 2016

Joy

Date Of Accident

Jun 01, 2013

Age At Accident

four months old

George

Age At Accident

12 years old

Ellena

Date Of Accident

10/2/14

Age At Accident

2 years old

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