Breast cancer survivor, tough-as-nails son get DQ Miracle Treat

Becky Boughton was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 29 and pregnant — and told she may not make it to full term.

Doctors said the effects of chemotherapy and surgery on her unborn child were unknown.

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That news came in 2010.

Boughton gave birth to Luke in 2011. They are in Ontario this week to kick off Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day, with the ice cream juggernaut, Children’s Miracle Network and the Toronto Blue Jays providing a VIP experience for a few families before a Major League Baseball contest.

“Everyone has stuff,” Boughton said. “We just go day by day. We have a lot of faith and we have the mentality, at least I do, to enjoy each day.

“This will be a celebration. It was a nice surprise. That kind of stuff never happens to us. That’s how I felt when I got the phone call.”

Luke’s brother Braden, 14, and dad, Jeff Webb, will also be on the trip, which will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of Rogers Centre and an on-field viewing of batting practice before the Jays play the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

At his two-year checkup, doctors found a murmur in Luke’s heart and he was diagnosed with aortic stenosis and regurgitation.

Luke, who has also been diagnosed with aortic dilation, had open heart surgery and will likely have to have another one. The organ will have to be monitored closely for the rest of his life.

“I don’t hold him back,” Boughton said. “We weren’t particularly supposed to be here.”

Luke pitches heat in the Kamloops Minor Baseball Association ranks and is coached by mom in the Kamloops Minor Hockey Association initiation division.

The miracle kid told KTW he hopes to see Jays’ pitcher Marco Estrada and is looking forward to visiting Niagara Falls.

“He was super shocked and didn’t say much when he found out,” Boughton said.

“After that, it kind of sunk in.

“He enjoys the spotlight. It’ll be funny to watch him in his famous moment.”

Buy a Blizzard

Miracle Treat Day is Thursday, with net proceeds from every Blizzard sold at participating Dairy Queen locations going to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across Canada.

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